A guy walks into a Hollywood movie studio for a pitch meeting with an idea for a football movie. He sits down with the decision-makers and says, "Picture this: In the midst of Covid-19, a team has to play its arch-rival one week and THEN has to play its other arch-rival just a week later; entire season on the line.
“Team comes into the game down two key players in the backfield and a bunch more out because of covid. Then, the starting quarterback gets knocked out of the game in the second quarter by a helmet-to-helmet hit. Starting fullback, team captain and emotional team leader, is also knocked out by injury.
“The opponent's quarterback, who spent the first half looking as if he was a lefty trying to throw righty, suddenly becomes Patrick Mahomes late in the third quarter, completing five passes to take his team 87 yards for a 7-3 lead. Offense for the good guys is stalling repeatedly. Opponent QB completes a 22-yard pass on third-and-18 and moves to good guys 40-yard-line. Clock starting to run down. Then—an interception in the end zone. One last chance for the good guys. They face a fourth-and-seven—and convert. Only healthy fullback is limping. It comes down to fourth down from the one-yard line, a little over a minute left. Fullback scores! Good guys win 10-7, win the trophy they covet.
The studio big-shots look at the guy and shake their heads. “Come on, you've got to come up with something more realistic than that.”
Guy says: “I know. You're right. Except it's a true story.”
Yes it is. It’s the story of Army's extraordinary 10-7 victory Saturday over Air Force in a game that had to be seen, experienced and FELT to be truly appreciated. The weather was—predictably—frigid, especially after CBS insisted on a 3 o'clock kickoff even though that meant the sun would be down by halftime. The low temperature for the day inside Michie Stadium: 10 degrees.
But this was one of those days and games where the weather had to be shrugged off on both sidelines. The stadium was close to empty because the 4,300 cadets who had been allowed into Army's seven previous home games had gone home for a much-deserved holiday break. A 'crowd,' officially listed as 1,403 very brave people—staff, faculty, families, the Army band—sat in a stadium that seats about 38,000 on non-covid Saturdays. Read more.