Friday, September 09, 2005

Just the facts

TOB is 7 and 1 against the service academies. (He has never faced the Air Force Academy.)

TOB is 2 and 6 against the spread against the service academies

He is undefeated against the USMA, but has only covered once against the Black Knights.

Army has not beaten and ranked opponent since 1972.

Now I called this post "Just the facts" but allow me to stroll down memory lane to tell you why I will never overlook Army. Picture it: Fall 1995, BC enters the Army game with a 2-4 record. Fans already hated Henning, but everyone recognizes that our early ’95 schedule was BC’s version of the Bataan Death March (the Eddie George OSU team, a loaded Michigan team, VTech, Pitt, WVU and a Saban-led MSU team). Here comes Army. Easy W, right? We got killed. The final score was 49-7 but that was only because Army ran out of time. They ran over everything else in Chestnut Hill that day. You would think that no one in maroon had every seen the option before. Worst of all, it was one of those bitter cold rainy New England days. I was one of the fools sitting in the stands getting soaked watching the half-hearted effort. By the end of the game, the only ones left were the idiots like me and a few hundred Cadets going crazy and doing 49 push ups on our ice-cold bleachers. The lesson: never underestimate the service academies. These guys have a ton of heart and if you don’t come to play, they will out hustle and hit you all day.

1 comment:

Alex L. said...

I vividly remember that game. It was my junior year. I think I left half-way through the 4th quarter and yes it was a cold, misty rain and I was soaked by the time I got home. I actually watched the rest of the game on TV once I got back to my apartment. I too will never overlook the service academies because of that awful day.