Thursday, November 3, 2011
First Shirt First Snow
One of the great traditions at USAFA is First Shirt First Snow. After first decent snow storm of the year (yes we get snow here in the middle of October) the four degrees in each squadron attempts to throw their First Sergeant, First Shirt is their nickname, into the snow while the upperclassmen protect him. This creates a 3:1 ratio of upperclassmen to four degrees, making it very difficult for the freshman to get the First Shirt. Basically, it turns into a huge hall brawl. It all started with the upperclassmen protecting his room, while we tried to get in. We were pushing, they pushed back and soon enough everyone was wrestling and choking people out until they tapped out. It got pretty violent, but it was so much fun. After about 10 minutes of trying to get into his room, he runs out of another room and down the hall; he was never in his room to begin with. From there, we chased him down the hall and got stopped by the upperclassmen. One it turned into a stale mate, he would run down to the other side, we would follow, get close, then get taken out once again. This went on for about an hour, then once the First Shirt realized we were getting close to capturing him, he ran down the stairs himself so he wouldn't get carried down by us. We wrestled outside in the snow for a little, then finally I see my roommate fly by me in the air and take him down into the snow. O and I almost forgot to mention- he was only in Captain America underwear and all greased up with Vaseline.