Sunday, October 9, 2011

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Air Force wasn't. Ba-dum-ch.

Okay, in all honesty, we were really rooting for those Falcons since the husband is an alum. It just wasn't in the cards. So much that it was Notre Dame's highest scoring game in 15 years. Ouch. A very high scoring game and Air Force just didn't have what it took on the defense to stop them. I do believe there were three touchdowns in the first quarter alone by ND.

We drove from Chicago to South Bend and made it in time to see a little of the lacrosse scrimmage going on between the two teams. Ray played Division 1 for Air Force all four years at the Academy and we were there to check out their newbies. Nothing like a bunch of young, athletic men to make you feel old as the hills. We walked by the lacrosse bus later on and out of the crowd, one of Ray's former coaches called him out by name. It was really special. It's always awkward to run into someone from so long ago and expect them to remember you-- but he remembered Ray without drawing attention to himself. Definitely made this wife incredibly proud. We also caught the first half of the soccer game between UConn and ND. Both fantastic teams we enjoyed watching. No scoring, but tough teams overall.

We walked to grab some lunch and finally found our way to the football stadium. It just so happens we were sitting in the Air Force block of seats (aka: someone in the Springs purchased tickets and sold them at a higher price to us schmucks). There was an obnoxious couple next to us that had plenty of opportunities to cheer for those Irish since they scored so often. There were tons of cadets and proud Academy parents surrounding us in the stands. I think it's always so fun to attend Academy events or visit because it was such a huge part of Ray's life that I was not in the picture for. There was also a B-2 Bomber flyover before the game which was extremely cool.

Pretty special picture of myself wearing Ray's old number. That's the team in the background.

 Upside-down IRISH.
Just after the National Anthem, a B-2 Bomber flew over. It was incredible. Even more depressing incredible was that the pilot is a 2007 USAFA grad. Three years younger than us flying an incredibly expensive aircraft. Here are my pathetic attempts to take a photo using our crappy camera. I also was not prepared because I really didn't think they'd have a flyover at a game in Indiana. I sure was wrong. Can you spot the black speck at the bottom cable line?
 What about the even smaller speck here?
 Since my attempts were so poor, here's a real image of one. Awesome, huh?
Why some of these photos are so low quality is beyond me.
  Standing with Touchdown Jesus in the background.
 That's all she wrote...


Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

First, yes we've been to Lambeau and I love that it's just plopped down in the middle of a residential neighborhood. So out of place. So wonderfully Wisconsin.

But secondly, I love that little bump sprouting under "Lacrosse". Don't think I wasn't staring that down through your baggy t-shirt :) Glad you guys got to cheer on his Alma Mater . . . looks like fun and that the weather was nice for it!

LauraJane said... [Reply to comment]

Super cute. :)

And that plane is cur-azy.

BTW, the intensity of football fields in the US blows my mind. I went to cheerleading cap at the University of Tennessee and it was b-a-n-a-n-a-s. HUGE! This is my university football field, for comparison's sake:

boo and stacy said... [Reply to comment]

Touch down Jesus is hilarious!!! And your belly is precious!!