Yes, that was a hatless Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, the Superintendent of the Air Force Academy, being passed up into the stands–and apparently enjoying every minute of it. I did not get a good look at the next officer being passed up, but I think it was the Commandant, BGen Richard M. Clark, looking slightly anxious. He is, after all, the official disciplinarian for the cadets.
No, not everyone on Air Force is named “Service” or “Freedom.” The USAFA football team wears these “names” on the back of their jerseys (“freedom” on the even numbers and “service” on the odd numbers) to honor active duty service men and women.
Similarly, Army uses “West Point” on the back of their jerseys to emphasize that it is all about the team and the Corps of Cadets. The words “The Corps” on the back of their helmets refers to their loyalty not just to the Corps of Cadets, but to the long line of army officers who have given their lives protecting our country. More specifically, “The Corps” is a poem all West Point cadets memorize, and which you can read or listen to at this web page.
The purple emblem in the center of Falcon Football Stadium is the logo for the Mountain West college football conference, that USAFA plays in.
The Commander-in-Chief Trophy is the President’s Trophy. It is awarded to the Service Academy that defeats the other two academies in football in one season. If none of the three teams defeat both of the others in one season, then the trophy remains with the Academy that had it last.
Today’s final score was AF 24, Army 14.
West Point is short for the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, that trains future Army officers. Annapolis is short for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, that trains future Naval and Marine officers. Colorado Springs is NOT short for the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Just call us you-saw-fa (USAFA).
Final answer to today’s FAQs:
Yes, Army, you did make that third touch-down during the second quarter; the officials are the only ones who couldn’t see it.