Hampton Takes “The Real HU” Title
Pirates on and off the field dominated the 2016 AT&T Nation’s Football Classic
The 2016 Nation’s Football Classic (NFC) is now in the books, and it’s hard to imagine the event going much better than it did for my fellow Pirates. With a 34-7 victory over the Howard University Bison at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. this past Saturday, we took the title of “The Real HU” and the AT&T NFC trophy home for the second straight year.
The game was a blowout (“Get up HU, HU get up! Get up HU, HU get up!”). Depending on your alliance, that’s a trophy emoji or a “facepalm” moment. Regardless of your loyalty, though, the pre-game block party had something for everyone.
Gates opened at 11 a.m. and, by the time the game started at 3 p.m., hundreds were eating, dancing and catching up. The lot was filled with red, white and blue as Pirates and Bisons mixed and mingled. Greeks put on a show with their strolls and calls. Music provided a booming backdrop for the day.
Right before the battle on the gridiron, there was another battle that took place inside the AT&T tent. A Hampton vs. Howard DJ contest judged by none other than “The Human Beat Box” himself, Doug E. Fresh brought fans together with only one goal in mind: having a good time.
That competition was much closer than the game ended up being, but Hampton took home the win on the turntables, too. Our DJ Camo hyped the crowd with a mix of old-school classics and new-school jams. After a killer set, he earned praises from Doug E. and a tech prize package from AT&T. Howard’s DJ Dream also took home gear from AT&T.
And, in case you were wondering, we did triumph one last time before the day was done. In all fairness, both schools’ bands put on strong halftime performances. In the end, however, Hampton’s Marching Force had the pleasure of playing Howard’s “Showtime” band off as they boarded their bus to go back to 2400 Sixth St.
Hampton won the 2016 Battle of the Real HU. Our nation’s capital might be preparing for major change as we say goodbye to President Obama but the Pirates’ D.C. dominance remains firmly in place for another year (or at least until basketball season starts).
Jelani Scott is senior journalism student with an area of emphasis in marketing at Hampton University.