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  • Air Force to set a world record … by having 4,000 cadets play dodgeball

    Wed, May 18, 2011 by admin with 1 comment

    With the school year winding down, Air Force cadets are taking the common approach to kicking off the summer, by getting in the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest dodgeball game ever recorded.

    “It’s going to be an unbelievable event,” athletic director Hans Mueh said.

    At 5 p.m. today all of the cadets, about 4,000 of them, will be on opposite teams. Somehow Air Force got 1,200 dodgeballs for the event (I just assume Mueh picked them up at Target on his way to work), and they’ll apparently play until there is one left standing. The old record for largest dodgeball game was 2,012, set at the University of Alberta in February. Proving that Americans can be every bit as wacky as our neighbors to the north, the cadets should about double that record.

    And since you knew a gratuitous mention of the movie would be somewhere in this post, I won’t disappoint you:

  • Hockey: AHA changes playoff format

    Wed, May 18, 2011 by admin with no comments

    Last season’s controversial divisional playoff seeding experiment came to an end earlier this week when the Atlantic Hockey Association board of directors voted to alter its postseason format.

    Starting next March, all 12 teams will be seeded based on the results of the regular season standings with the top four teams getting a bye in the first round.

    The one-and-done first-round games are replaced with a best-of-three series March 2-4, 2012 for the fifth through last-place finishers in the 12-team league that includes Air Force. The fifth-place team hosts the 12th-place team with sixth hosting 11th and so on.

    The top four seeds will host the best-of-three quarterfinals March 9-11 with the winners advancing to the semifinals in Rochester, N.Y. on March 16. The March 17 championship winner garners an automatic NCAA berth.

    The surviving teams are reseeded following each round. There will no longer be any divisions that determine playoff seeding.

  • Chad Hall was Fisher’s parting gift to Air Force Academy

    Wed, May 18, 2011 by David Ramsey with no comments

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  • Calhoun on DeBerry: “Very, very deserving”

    Tue, May 17, 2011 by admin with 1 comment

    Troy Calhoun enjoys talking about football history, especially service academy football history. When he respectfully speaks of Fisher DeBerry getting into the College Football Hall of Fame, he does so as a historian, former player of DeBerry’s and fellow Air Force coach.

    “Very, very deserving,” Calhoun said. “When you think of the values and the basis in which the National Football Foundation uses to select coaches, you couldn’t get a better fit. That’s a credit to him, and his staff.

    “He was a great, great leader.”

    DeBerry’s effect on service academy football is still felt in the triple-option attack used by Army, Navy and Air Force. DeBerry had a great run of success with the offense, and as Calhoun pointed out, he did it as the rest of college football was shifting to more spread offenses with a higher reliance on the passing game, which allowed the service academies to stay competitive.

    “I think the single biggest factor you recognize is you have to do something different at a service academy,” Calhoun said, as a tip of the hat to DeBerry’s innovation.

    Calhoun speaks of DeBerry in the highest regard, and DeBerry’s coaching style has influenced how he leads the Falcons today.

    “Anybody that coached or played for him, or family members or friends, has had a significant influence from Coach DeBerry,” Calhoun said. “To quantify it, I don’t know if there’s words to do it.

    “He always had time for people. He always was respectful, cordial, and cared so much for others.”

  • Lloyd Carr, who joins DeBerry in hall of fame, almost played for the Falcons

    Tue, May 17, 2011 by admin with no comments

    Tuesday’s College Football Hall of Fame class wasn’t significant to Jim Bowman just because of Fisher DeBerry’s inclusion. He remembered when the other coach in the class, Michigan’s Lloyd Carr, was being recruited to come play for Air Force.

    Bowman, who was a longtime associate athletic director and coach of the freshman and junior varsity football teams at Air Force, hosted Carr, a high school quarterback from Michigan.

    “He had a campus visit here,” Bowman said. “I personally recruited Lloyd Carr for the Air Force Academy. He came out here on a campus visit, but he went to Missouri.”

    Carr eventually transferred and finished his playing career at Northern Michigan. Bowman, who played at Michigan, said he stayed close friends with Carr through his time as coach of the Wolverines.

    “You’re talking to a guy that knew both of them very well,” Bowman said. “Fisher DeBerry hall of fame and Lloyd Carr hall of fame. I’m on cloud nine.”

  • It’s time to celebrate as DeBerry prepares to enter Hall of Fame

    Tue, May 17, 2011 by David Ramsey with no comments

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  • Fisher DeBerry: Hall of Famer

    Tue, May 17, 2011 by admin with 2 comments

    Legendary Air Force football coach Fisher DeBerry is in the College Football Hall of Fame.

    According to a source, who didn’t wish to be named because the official announcement won’t come until later this morning, DeBerry is one of two coaches in the 2011 hall of fame class. He will be inducted this Dec. 6. Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr is the other coach in the class.

    DeBerry is the all-time leader in wins for a coach at the Air Force Academy. He retired after the 2006 season, with a 169-109-1 record in 23 years as Falcons coach.

  • Keeping an eye on the Holaday Athletic Center progress

    Mon, May 16, 2011 by admin with no comments

    Air Force has set up a live webcam of construction on the Holaday Athletic Center, the $15 million indoor practice facility that is going to open in late July. Here is the link to the live cam, and there are links on that site to photo and video galleries and a bunch of other stuff related to the new building.

    Here is a story I wrote on the progress of the HAC.

  • First look at football schedule poster

    Mon, May 16, 2011 by admin with 7 comments

    GoAirForceFalcons.com put this on its Facebook page (they’re calling it an early draft), so I figured I’d share it, too:

    First of all, it’s a pretty cool poster – nice work by those involved. What strikes me a bit about it is how quarterback Tim Jefferson is front and center. In 2010 no player was featured prominently, and in 2009 “I AM TEAM” was the motto. This year there’s no mistaking the leader of this group (and I’m not saying Air Force set out to put Jefferson front and center in the photo, that just naturally happens with a senior quarterback I’d think, my point is that those involved with the making of the poster didn’t necessarily resist it either). I think not ignoring the obvious, that Jefferson is the headliner of the team, is fine because of Jefferson himself. He’s humble and far from a self promoter. The Falcons rarely, if ever, promote an individual player, but I thought there was a bit of a shift in praising Jefferson in the postgame press conference at the Independence Bowl (I’ll write more on this topic sometime before the season). Remember, last year Air Force coach Troy Calhoun wouldn’t even come out and say Tim Jefferson was clearly his starter all through training camp, even though that was never in doubt.

    Besides, having Jefferson out front makes the poster a bit more aesthetically pleasing, don’t you think?

  • One of the two coaching slots for College Football Hall of Fame class is filled – Carr is in

    Sun, May 15, 2011 by admin with no comments

    If Air Force’s Fisher DeBerry wants to get in the College Football Hall of Fame this year, he’ll have to claim the last spot designated for coaches. Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr has been informed he will be part of the class, according to AnnArbor.com. Two coaches will be included in this year’s class, which will be announced in full on Tuesday.

    I talked to DeBerry on Friday and he said he hadn’t even thought about the hall of fame, but was honored to be nominated with the other great coaches on the ballot. There will be a full story on DeBerry and the hall of fame in the next couple days on Gazette.com.