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Home-team Navy crowd, plus hordes of Pitt fans, boost Military Bowl impact in Annapolis

Home-team Navy crowd, plus hordes of Pitt fans, boost Military Bowl impact in Annapolis

For a third straight holiday season, cheerleaders, marching bands and politicians paraded up Main Street in Annapolis on Monday, the sidewalks lined with fans and flags of the two college football teams facing off at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

But while the NCAA bowl system can often pit unfamiliar foes in Sun Belt locales, this year's Military Bowl had a more recognizable air to it — that of a Navy home game, but on steroids. (Never mind that at least half of the blue-and-gold-clad fans were wearing Pitt gear.)

"It's [Navy's] hometown," said Janet Anderson, who drove from Alexandria, Va., for the game with her husband, Naval Academy alumnus Dale...

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