Sunday, November 06, 2005

Army-Air Force Football Game

Yesterday Army's football team beat Air Force at Falcon Stadium for the first time since 1977. It's been 8 years or so since they beat Air Force at all.

For West Point graduates and Army fans worldwide, it was truly a game to savor. Army now has two (consecutive) wins to its credit this season, which obviously stinks, but this one was a good one!

I actually got to watch the game. ESPN 360 broadcast it over the internet for those with broadband connection. The picture was pretty clear, and except for the small screen, was just what people on tv were seeing--including commercials. Kudos to ESPN for making that service available!

Periodically during the game, especially in the 2nd half, I sent out play-by-play emails to a West Point emaillist of which I am a member. While many people (who apparently have neither broadband or ESPN) appreciated that effort, two made an impact on me--one graduate in Aceh, Indonesia, and another in Manila.

Thanks, ESPN. You made three people that I know of very happy campers yesterday.


Kate said...

Darren, We also were thrilled at the results of the football game. Although our luck in Colorado Springs may not continue, (but who knows with Bobby Ross at the helm), my husband and I decided we would go down in two years with the trailer and do some tailgating and socializing with the Army folks. Come out and join us! Kate

Darren said...

Gonna have any barbeque and root beer? :-)

Kate said...

You bet! Rootbeer and barbeque for everyone. Birng your wife, bring your kids. Stay at our house. I guess they have a big tent down there in the parking lot for the Army people. The Air Force weenies that I work for here in Cheyenne say it's a lot of fun.

The Smack said...

This Air Force Weenie says it was a building year.... and besides.... our coach wants to recruit some speed for the backfield. The day before the game we had 4 2005 rio graduates standing on the rugby field here at the Academy. We would have had 5 if the other cadet was here. It was an awesome sight.

Darren said...

I've heard all about that "building speed in the backfield" comment from St. Fisher!

As for "rebuilding year", that's what losers always say :-)

We've had several rebuilding years in a row!

Kate said...

Good luck Air Force weenies!! Although my husband went to West Point,class of 80, his brother went to AFA and graduated in 85.
Hard to resist gloating a little though. As Darren says it has been so long. Usually our chances of beating Navy are much better than beating Air Force but not this year I fear. By the way Smack you are also invited to the barbeque, Kate

Darren said...

Smack, I assume the rule is still there that says you can't drink at tailgates? When I was there, under-21 could drink 3.2 beer in Colorado but obviously USAFA didn't want drunk cadets at their games so no drinking during tailgating.

Good thing we'll be having root beer at Kate's tailgate!