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  • Jason Kons will miss tonight’s game

    Sat, September 22, 2012 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Air Force offensive tackle Jason Kons, arguably the team’s best player, will not play against UNLV. He did not make the trip because of illness.

    Junior Jerry Henry will replace Kons in the starting lineup.

  • From Vegas: 30 minutes until kickoff and it’s 94 degrees

    Sat, September 22, 2012 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Will be interesting to see how Air Force players react to the heat here at Sam Boyd Stadium. It might hit 100 degrees tomorrow in Vegas.

    Of course, Air Force is favored, but as I sit here I can’t help but think about the Falcons 2006 trip to Sam Boyd. On that visit, a Friday night, Air Force found a way to lose to the Rebels, 42-39.

     

     

  • Will Air Force’s Getz continue to thrive?

    Mon, September 17, 2012 by David Ramsey with 19 comments

    Opposing defenses will be focusing on Cody Getz, Air Force’s unlikely offensive star. I say unlikely because Getz was a bench-sitter for three seasons. He spent fall afternoons watching Asher Clark get all the carries. So far this season, Getz has risen to heights Clark never quite reached. He’s been sensational, especially in The Big House against Michigan.

    Can he keep up this pace? Can he stay healthy? Remember, he’s only 5-foot-7, 175 pounds.

    Let me know what you think.

     

  • Calhoun did not speak to media after loss. Your thoughts?

    Wed, September 12, 2012 by David Ramsey with 56 comments

    I’m going to wait until later before sharing my thoughts on this subject. As you might know, Air Force coach Troy Calhoun did not speak to the media after Saturday’s loss to Michigan. He did not allow his players to speak either. This is an exceedingly rare thing. I have been covering college sports for more than 30 years. I have never covered a game in which nobody from a team talked. Never, that is,  until Saturday.

    Your thoughts? Did Calhoun made a mistake? Was he justified in his decision? Do you buy his explanation that the decision not to talk was based on academic concerns?

    Let me know.

     

  • Final: Michigan 31, Air Force 25

    Sat, September 8, 2012 by David Ramsey with 16 comments

    Coming close will have to be enough for Air Force. The Falcons collected 417 yards of total offense, including 290 rushing yards, but had to settle for a 31-25 loss to Michigan.

    Air Force had two chances in the final quarter to walk out of The Big House with a massive upset but could not convert. Michigan’s defense, which had struggled to stop the option all afternoon, finally toughened.

     

  • Michigan 28, Air Force 17 end of 3rd period

    Sat, September 8, 2012 by David Ramsey with 2 comments

    Troy Calhoun gambled, and this time the gamble didn’t pay off.

    Calhoun called a fake field goal, and the fake failed. This allowed Michigan to retain a 28-17 lead.

  • Halftime: Michigan 14, Air Force 10

    Sat, September 8, 2012 by David Ramsey with no comments

    The Falcons have moved the ball consistently on Michigan’s bigger, faster defense, collecting 155 yards rushing. Cody Getz has 52 yards, and his touchdown with 1:20 left in the first half cut Michigan’s lead to 14-10.

    The game did not start with promise for the Falcons. On Michigan’s second play from scrimmage, quarterback Denard Robinson sprinted 79 yards to a touchdown.

    In the second quarter, Robinson found Devin Funchess for a 30-yard score, and the massive crowd at The Big House sensed a rout.

    But Air Force recovered.

    Michigan gets the ball to start the second half.

     

     

     

  • At The Big House

    Sat, September 8, 2012 by David Ramsey with no comments

    It’s a gorgeous day for football here in Ann Arbor. Temperature at kickoff is expected to be 70 degrees.This

    This is Michigan’s home opener.

    And here’s a number to consider if you’re an Air Force fan:

    Michigan is 109-18-2 in home openers.

     

  • Farewell

    Fri, September 7, 2012 by admin with 13 comments

    I was finishing up dinner with my family Tuesday night when my phone rang. It was Air Force men’s basketball coach Dave Pilipovich.

    “You’re leaving us? You can’t do that!” he said.

    He laughed, like he always does, and congratulated me on my move to Yahoo! Sports, which begins on Saturday. I’ll be mostly writing about college football for the Dr. Saturday blog. We talked some Pittsburgh Pirates baseball (he’s a big fan) and he invited me to come down for a Falcons game this season and say hello.

    That’s how my final week covering Air Force went. When people who work at the academy learned the news, they shook my hand, congratulated me and wished me well. That happened dozens of times. Pilipovich didn’t have to call me, and I certainly wasn’t expecting it, but it was a classy gesture. But, actually, that’s how my 26 or so months covering the academy went.

    This is one thing all Air Force fans should know: I wrote stories on many athletes from many different sports, and I did not have one negative encounter with a cadet. Not all of them liked doing interviews, and some were obviously nervous if it was their first one, but nobody said a bad word to me. Nobody ever stood me up on purpose for an interview request. I covered the NFL for 10 years. I know what it’s like to have bad words said to me, and definitely know what it’s like to be blown off. It’s remarkable that it never happened at Air Force, considering how many stories I wrote and how many interactions I had. I’m not saying the cadets are perfect – were you when you were 21 or 22, much less 19 or 20? – but for the most part they represent the academy well. You should be proud to root for them.

    Here’s an example: I had planned to do a story on Falcons center Michael Husar Jr. for weeks. His father played at Michigan, and I knew this week was a big deal for his family. Then Husar hurt his knee against Idaho State and was out for the season. I requested to interview him, not knowing if he’d want to talk. He came down to the media room on crutches, and was great for the story I did for Friday’s paper. I told him a few times how I was sorry to be talking to him under those circumstances. I thanked him for coming down to talk, but he thanked me back.

    “Thanks for the interest,” Husar said after answering questions about the most devastating injury of his football career.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time covering Air Force, and all nine of my years at The Gazette. I saw great games at Navy and at the Military Bowl. I got to chronicle incredible stories like diver Moranda Hern’s non-profit organization to help teenage girls, the always entertaining Frank Serratore, the incredibly touching backstory on the Holadays and their record donation to Air Force, Alex Means starting a family and the inside story on Troy Calhoun’s first recruiting class. There were so many other fun and interesting stories too, and I couldn’t have done them without the cooperation of the Air Force athletes and coaches and the great work by the sports information staff, or without the support from The Gazette, especially from Jake Schaller, who laid a great foundation before I replaced him on the beat and just handed his playbook to me.

    I also enjoyed interacting with all of you, whether it was one of the great and proud parents of an Air Force player, or the fans who read and commented. I’ll be @YahooSchwab on Twitter, and I hope you all stay in touch with me there.

    Thank you.

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  • Air Force should probably expect to face a focused Michigan team

    Thu, September 6, 2012 by admin with no comments

    Air Force tight end Nate Dreslinski is from Michigan, says he knows some people on the Michigan football team, and has a pretty good idea what the Wolverines’ demeanor will be for Saturday’s game against the Falcons.

    Michigan was embarrassed 41-14 in its season opener against Alabama.

    “I have some friends on that team, and they’re angry,” Dreslinski said. “That wasn’t a pretty loss for them, and they know it. They’re going to come out looking to prove a point.”

    The psyche of Michigan has been a hot topic around the academy this week. There’s two pretty obvious schools of thought. Either Michigan, which had every right to believe it could beat Alabama last week, will be mentally crushed and have a hangover against Air Force; or Michigan would be livid and come out ready to pound whoever its next opponent happened to be. And this week it happens to be the Falcons.

    The latter is what happened last year to Air Force. TCU lost against Baylor in its season opener, giving up 50 points to Robert Griffin III and friends, then came to Air Force and took out its frustration on the Falcons in Week 2. The Horned Frogs won that game 35-19.

    Michigan coach Brady Hoke seems intent on making sure his team isn’t still thinking about last week’s game.

    “You can’t let one team beat you twice,” Hoke said in his Monday press conference, which was transcribed on the school’s website. “I mean, you can’t do that.

    “I think this week we’ll learn a little bit more about our leadership. I’ve liked it to this point. This week we’ll learn a little bit more on how motivated they are. I think when you only have 11 guaranteed opportunities left and you’re Michigan, I think you’ll be very motivated.”