The bowl game has moved from RFK Stadium to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, but the team hotel, practice and bowl-related festivities remain in Washington. Players are likely to see the usual landmarks such as the White House, the National Mall, etc.
Bazzie has seen many of those, whether driving around or on field trips in his school days. He's eager to share, but he's not going to be a tour guide.
"Nah, nah, nah, I'm not volunteering for that. It's not a field trip," he said. "I don't want to be anybody's chaperone, but I told the guys, 'There's going to be a lot of things you can get into, a lot of exciting views of the city.' "
Bazzie does expect a little culture shock for his teammates from Florida and other areas. The mass of humanity, even during the holiday week, could appear to be overwhelming.
"I told them, 'It's nothing you have be shy or scared about. It's going to be a little different because you're going to see a lot of people on a sidewalk at the same time,' " he said. "That's something you guys are not used to, you're not used to the buildings being so close to one another. You know, you all are a little spaced out down there in the South.'
"They all started laughing."
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