Why isn't the phone ringing? Troy Calhoun is waiting for somebody wearing a awful-colored blazer to pick up the phone and extend an invitation to a bowl game. So far, no calls... no invitations. However, its coming soon and this team deserves it.
I am here to eat some crow. At the beginning of the season I was convinced Air Force was a four or five-win team. New coach, new offense/defense and a brutal schedule. Opening up with a stretch that included Utah, TCU, Navy and BYU. 1-3 over that four-game span would have been respectable. They went 3-1. Then proceeded to win five of the next seven games, including a win at Notre Dame. Sure, these aren't you daddy's or grandpa's Fightin' Irish, but it is still Notre Dame. A game the entire country will acknowledge. I not only acknowledge this team, I stand up and applaud them.
Shaun Carney told me at the beginning of the year he desperately wanted to take Air Force to a bowl game. Something he hadn't done in his three previous years as a starter. He said his career wouldn't have been complete if he let his teammates down. Carney has been brilliant in his quest to go bowlin' in 2007. Taking control of the new offense. Passing, running and allowing other players (Chad Hall has been brilliant) to make plays. That is what true leaders do. They make their teammates better. Carney has done that and more. He deserves to go out having completed his season-long goal.
Now, with one game left (vs San Diego State), I wonder what is keeping bowl officials from calling. Navy has accepted a bid to play in the Poinsettia Bowl. Why hasn't the Armed Forces Bowl called Air Force? HELLO, IT'S THE ARMED FORCES BOWL! That is a match that makes Peanut Butter and Jelly jealous. Pick up the phone Armed Forces Bowl Official. Put on your off-color blazer and dial up Troy Calhoun. Don't delay, or another bowl may beat you to it.
Air Force deserves your attention. I learned my lesson the hard way. I don't recommend overlooking this team on a mission. They'll prove you wrong.
Until next time, keep living the dream. Jesse Kurtz, KKTV Sports Anchor/Reporter