Saturday, November 7, 2009
Pageantry part of Air Force-Army
Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson
AIR FORCE ACADEMY -- The pageantry is starting here at the Air Force Academy.
The cadets are marching out onto the field and the stands are starting to fill up.
Cars are still coming in and I heard from a couple media folks who cover this team regularly this is the most traffic they’ve seen trek into this stadium in quite some time.
The crowd just held a moment of silence for the victims of the Fort Hood shootings before the national anthem was played.
I'm eagerly awaiting the flyover.
As I pointed out in an earlier post, Air Force has dominated this game over the past 20 years, but this will be a tougher test than the Falcons have faced in the past. Army hasn’t really been blown out this season. While some of the scores have been lopsided, the Black Knights have been in almost every game they’ve played and this one should be no different.
“It means a lot to us especially the seniors,” Army receiver Ali Villanueva said. “We’ve tried for four years now and this is our last chance to get it. They’re a great football team, but we obviously have a chance. We have a chance to beat every single team we play on our schedule. It’s a test, a new season for us right now, so we just need to come out and prove to everybody that we can do this.”