Win kicks off party in Annapolis

November 04, 2007|By Patrick Gutierrez | Patrick Gutierrez,Sun Reporter

Few things can make hallowed Tecumseh Court resemble an Animal House-style fraternity party, but as evidenced last night in Annapolis, a Navy football victory over Notre Dame is certainly one of them.

The Midshipmen's stunning 46-44, triple-overtime victory in South Bend, Ind., against probably the most storied program in college football set off a chain of events that culminated in the late-evening gathering.

With the court littered by white streamers and the campus radio station blaring dance tunes from a makeshift DJ stand, an estimated 1,000 revelers celebrated the Mids' victory before, during and after the team arrived by bus to address them.

"This went pretty well for something that was pulled together in 15 minutes," said Midshipman 1st Class Chris Familetti, who was part of the group that organized the impromptu rally.

The celebration was the brainchild of Familetti and fellow midshipman Tebin Glebus, who had watch duty last night and observed his classmates spilling out of the halls after the final gun had sounded and Navy had emerged victorious.

"The energy is totally electric," Glebus said as he observed his commanding officer crowd surfing. "We haven't experienced anything like this in quite some time."

As the event was breaking up shortly after midnight, the remaining crowd still had enough energy to sing along with the final tune of the night: "We Are the Champions" by Queen.

patrick.gutierrez@baltsun.com

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