That’s what the latter stages of Air Force’s Friday practice looked like. Save for the car lights.
From the parking lot east of the field – maybe 30 yards away – you couldn’t see any players. But you could hear them hooting, hollering and loving every minute of practice.
Calhoun has said all season that one of the things that sets the 2007 team apart is the players’ love for the game. They even love practice, he says. That was apparent on Friday night as they battled the cold, a steady, sleety rain and darkness.
But nobody complained or batted an eye when Calhoun told the players they’d be outside in 30-degree temperatures and freezing rain.
“They just said, ‘Pad up, and here we go,’” Calhoun said. “That’s just our guys, attitude-wise. They’d rather be outside.”
“It was fun,” senior inside linebacker Drew Fowler said. “Just to get out here and play. It was kind of like backyard football there.
“It got tough there at the end. Everything was blending in with everybody.”
Not tough enough for Calhoun. “I wanted it to be a little darker,” he joked.
“As long as you’ve got some decent footing, I want to practice outside. I just think you get so much more done, and I think the elements are real in football. This isn’t a sport that you only play when it’s between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. I just think you’ve got to train that way.”