Hey, It’s The Bird! And He’s Doing Stuff.

Air Force mascot, The Bird, guilted me into taking his picture on Friday.

Here he is doing this leaning against the board thing…

 

Here he is pretending to watch the game, or cry, or something…

 

And here he is doing something else, airing out his pit I guess.

I did what you asked Bird. Now would you please release my children, unharmed, liked you promised. Thank you.

The Pig-Man! I Saw A Pig-Man!

“I’m tellin ya the pigman is alive. The government’s been experimenting with pigmen since the fifties.”

 

“Pigman, baby. Pigman.”

 

“Let me understand this. So if you find the pigman, your intention is to …emancipate him?”

 

He may be a pigman, but pigman is respectful of our nation’s anthem.

 

“Pig man! It’s a pig man! Pig man! He looked up at me and made this horrible sound, eeeeaaaahhh, eeeeaaaahhh.”

 

The pigman is off to take a dump. Godspeed pigman!

“Believe me…somewhere in this arena the anguished oink of pigman cries for help.”

Oh, Air Force came back in this game, down 3-0, scoring 3 times in the last 4 minutes to earn a tie against AIC.

 

Shout out for the quoted material goes to Seinfeld season 5,  episode 5, “The Bris”

My Goal Has Made All You Much Sad

I got tired of looking at that dead frog in the last post (I am bad updating content. Sorry), so here’s a picture of Air Force’s Jordan Himley celebrating the game winning goal against Army West Point on Friday, January 27th.

The glum folks behind Jordan are Army fans in the away fans section at the Cadet Ice Arena. Air Force defeated Army 3-1 on Friday & 3-2 on Saturday to sweep the series.

The Misadventures of NM Lobos

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Damn fine television if you ask me. This was TV’s Golden Age.

The final episode of The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo aired on May 5, 1981. On October 18, 2014 Air Force beat the New Mexico Lobos 35-31. What’s the connection, besides the Lobo thing? Hell if I know, but I do know that a B.J. and the Bear spinoff is only a couple of degrees of separation away from connecting something to anything, like Sheriff Lobo and an Air Force football game. So there.

Air Force holds off New Mexico 35-31
Air Force quarterback, Kale Pearson, airs one out to wide receiver Jalen Robinette
in the 3rd quarter of the Falcons 35-31 victory over New Mexico.
Air Force holds off New Mexico 35-31
Jalen Robinette hauls in said pass from Pearson against the Lobos.
Air Force holds off New Mexico 35-31
Don’t worry. He scores. Dude has some talent.

Their next home game is against Nevada on November 12th at Noon. Tickets are cheap. The setting is beautiful. And the team isn’t half bad this year. Come out and support your Air Force Falcons.

Now here’s a pyramid of Gatorade stuffs the Lobos’ staff constructed.

Air Force holds off New Mexico 35-31
Behold! Fort Gatorade!

Lacrosse! Just Like Hockey…

…but without all that pesky ‘excitement’ and stuff. I’ve watched for years and always kind of enjoyed it, but never really knew why I didn’t enjoy it more until I shot the Air Force v Richmond NCAA Tournament play in game on Wednesday night at Falcon Stadium. The Falcons won 13-5 in a game that had intensity, skill and showcased great athletes, but was boring as dirt.

Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Your Air Force Falcons!

The college lacrosse game is get the ball, pass, pass, run a bit, get whacked with a stick, run, pass, pass, run, run, shoot, miss, get the ball back (or not), pass, run, whacked, pass, run, SCORE! (or not). The transition from offense to defense is entertaining, but once a team is settled in the offensive zone, it’s bland and fairly predicable. Just not my cup of tea.

Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
My net on a stick is bigger than your net on a stick. Just saying.
Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Air Force was just too tough for an over matched Richmond team.

Air Force takes on Duke today at 315pm in the round of 16 on ESPNU. I’ll watch it because it’s Air Force and there’s nothing else on (Dammit! The Tour of California is on NBCSN at the same time, so the clicker will get a workout).

Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Did you know that lacrosse is the national sport of Canada, eh?
Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Air Force scores! Air Force is happy! Richmond is sad.
Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Every time the Falcons scored the thousands, and thousands of subs on the sideline would break into a mosh pit celebration (because they were bored).

I really do fell bad ragging on the sport like this. Really. But, damn, it’s just not that exciting of a sport.

Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Looks pretty cool in photos. Not as cool live.
Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
#42 & #33 bought tickets for a pair of sweet seats to watch this Air Force goal.
Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Running, whacking and shooting! All at the same time!

So, anywho, GO AIR FORCE! Beat Duke! (not going to happen, but they have had a great season and this is an awesome accomplishment for them).

Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
By the way, Richmond’s team name is the Spiders, and that’s so not cool.

Here the crowd shot from the game:

Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Attendance was 1225. That’s a great crowd for lacrosse!
Really, it is. It just looks sad in a 50,000 seat stadium.
Click to embiggen.

Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals

Air Force holds off Niagara 2-1 to take a 1-0 series lead
Air Force defeats Niagara 2-1 in game one of their quarterfinal series at the Cadet Ice Arena.

The Air Force hockey team is a win away from another trip to next weekend’s Atlantic Hockey Championships in Rochester, NY on the heels of last night’s hard fought 2-1 quarterfinal win over Niagara at the Cadet Ice Arena.

Air Force holds off Niagara 2-1 to take a 1-0 series lead
Cole Gunner opens the Falcons’ scoring at 6:28 of the 2nd period off a pass from Alex Demers.
Air Force holds off Niagara 2-1 to take a 1-0 series lead
Max Hartner one-times the game winner off a pass by George Michalke III
beating Niagara’s goaltender Jackson Teichroeb at 9:43 of the 2nd.

Tickets are still available for game 2 tonight (and Sunday’s game 3 if necessary). Come support the Falcons and their drive to get back to the NCAA tournament.

Air Force Hockey’s Tough Road Teat

Looking at the Gazette.com tonight when I saw this tease for Air Force hockey:

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Blah; blah; blah; ROAD TEAT!?; blah…

Yeah, they are going to Buffalo this weekend to take on Canisius. So, it should be cold, but ‘Witch’s Teat’ cold? And does the cold make the teat ‘tough’?

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Is the ‘Road Teat’ tough because it’s has been on the road so long, or does it have some other affliction?

Hell, maybe Air Force hockey team is full off AG majors and are going on a field trip to get the poop on Winter vs Teats. To us, it just sound kind of weird.

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Who knew that Winter was so hard on teats?

Click the above image to read the full article from AGWeb.com if you want/need to know more about the age-old battle between Winter and teats. But, unless you run a dairy it’s about as interesting as it sounds.

Or it could have been a typo. Anyways, go Air Force! Beat the Teats Golden Griffins!

duh-MERZ!

Air Force swept first place Mercyhurst last weekend with a 5-3 track meet win on Friday and followed up with a 2-0 victory in a defensive battle on Saturday. The Falcons picked up 4 big points from the conference leading Lakers in their bid to secure a top 4 slot in the Atlantic Hockey playoffs .

The Falcons’ Chad Demers (duh-MERZ), #17, scored Saturday’s game winner with 1:34 to go in the game. To say he, and the team, were excited would be an understatement.

Air Force sweeps Mercyhurst on the back of tonight's 2-0 victory.
Chad Demers in the offensive zone driving to the net.
Air Force sweeps Mercyhurst on the back of tonight's 2-0 victory.
Demers redirects a Cole Gunner pass and watches
the puck slide by Mercyhurst goaltender Jordan Tibbett.
Air Force sweeps Mercyhurst on the back of tonight's 2-0 victory.
The goal puts Air Force up 1-0 with 1:34 to play.
Air Force sweeps Mercyhurst on the back of tonight's 2-0 victory.
duh-MERZ! duh-MERZ! duh-MERZ!
Air Force sweeps Mercyhurst on the back of tonight's 2-0 victory.
The goal blows the lid off an amped up Cadet Ice Arena.
Air Force sweeps Mercyhurst on the back of tonight's 2-0 victory.
Demers launches himself into the glass in front of the Cadet cheering section.
Air Force sweeps Mercyhurst on the back of tonight's 2-0 victory.
The Falcons celebrate in front of their fans.
Air Force sweeps Mercyhurst on the back of tonight's 2-0 victory.
Cole Gunner follows up with a launch of his own.

Air Force hosts RIT on February 21 & 22 to close out the regular season home schedule. Get your butt out there and watch some damn good hockey.

WABAC Machine, AFA Style

Here are some cool old photos of the Air Force vs Wyoming game from November 3, 1962, the year they opened Falcon Stadium, taken by Stan Howey.

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Pregame crowd is kind of light,
just like the in-game crowds this year.
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Cool goalposts! 
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The Cadets marching onto the field.
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Hey! Look everyone! It’s a guy with a bird!
Let’s eat it!
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Now that’s a better crowd!
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Air Force wins! Air Force wins!

Ben Martin’s Falcons beat the Cowboys 35-14 and finished the season at 5-5 with wins over Colorado State, @ SMU, @ Arizona, @ UCLA and Wyoming, and losses to @ Penn State, Oregon, Miami (FL), Baylor and @ Colorado. I’d say that’s one hell of a schedule.

This year they beat Colgate and Army and lost ten games. That’s about all I’ve got about that so here’s another picture of a Cadet with a falcon.

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Air Force guy with a bird.

Thanks to Sean O’Connell for his grandfather’s pictures!