This week’s edition of ESPN College Gameday was in Colorado Springs for the Air Force/Army game, and I was very impressed with the crowd and the signage. This was the third Gameday broadcast from Air Force, the last being in 2002. Wondering why they chose Air Force rather than Ohio St./Penn St. and LSU/Bama? ESPN did this as part of their continuing tribute to the United States armed forces, and kudos to ESPN for doing so. On behalf of That Fan I also want to thank all military personnel out there for all you do.
A few observations from this week: 1) The guest picker was Lt. Colonel Scott “Spike” Thomas, an all-American safety at Air Force in 1985. Spike’s plane was shot down in Iraq in the original Gulf War. 2) Jenn Brown was back again and yes, she’s still pretty damn hot. 3) No one won this week’s That Fan contest, so we will try again next week. 4) There were quite a few guys proposing to their significant other via a Gameday sign.
Now let’s move onto the best signs of the day. With this being a rivalry game there were obviously a lot of signs slamming the other team, but it sure is odd seeing signs making fun of the armed forces. First up, lets start with all the rivalry signs:
"The Good (Air Force), The Bad (Navy), The Ugly (Army)"
Again, this is very odd posting signs that say these types of things but if our armed forces can make the signs, I figured I could at least post them…
"Hey Army: We're gonna pound you into the ground!"
"E.S.P.N.: Air Force, fixin' Army's problems since 1947"
Double bonus here with the sign and the website. Be sure to thank our troops and visit www.ourmilitary.mil:
"Study hard or you'll end up at Army"
Corso definitely got a lot of love today:
"General Corso --->" (Great sign placement!)
"Not so fast, my friend!"
"Corso: Tench HUT!"
This next one needs some explaining. At first I didn’t know why the hell this guy would have a sign that says this, but after doing some research I found a pretty funny story that I think explains it:
"Lee Corso: Naked Man!"
If you haven’t seen the Kirk Herbstreit ‘Salsa Boy’ commercial, please click HERE to watch it now! (I couldn’t get the entire sign):
"My friends call me Salsa Boy"
Air Force fans are still bitter about basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik leaving them:
"I will find you Bzdelik!"
Now, now. I’m sure Alabama’s Terrance “Mount” Cody has a very healthy diet:
"Mt. Cody eats corndogs for breakfast"
Speaking of healthy diets:
"Fat Kidz 4 Heisman"
Water is good:
"I Love H2O"
Iowa fans had a decent presence today, but only one sign worth showing:
"Rock out with your Hawk out"
"I Love (Lamp) Football"
This guy followed through on his promise to mom to get on TV. Bonus – he made it on That Fan as well:
"I promised mom I'd be on TV!!!"
I’m surprised we only saw two Brandon Spikes signs after his eye-gouging performance:
"Spikes for H'eyes'man"
"Please B-Spikes, I need my eyes to be a pilot!!"
Looks like Matt Barkley and Army QB Trent Steelman have something in common. Will we see another added to the list next week?
"T. Steelman reads Twilight!"
The remaining signs are all Air Force related:
"United States Department of D-Fence"
I think this was an Army guy making fun of Air Force grammar…I think:
"Me like planes"
This is a two-sign combo, comparing Steve Urkel to Air Force linebacker Andre Morris (click here for a better Morris picture). Has anyone seen both of these guys in the same room at the same time?:
"The Good Urkel, The Bad A$$ Morris"
Another two sign combo, this time a serious version:
"Two teams, one nation" & "Thank you soldiers! College Gameday, Veteran's day, EVERYDAY!"
As much as civilians thank the armed forces, they would like to show some love back:
"Thank you TAXPAYERS!"
I wish I could have gotten a full shot of this one:
"E.S.P.N.: Taxpayer Dollars Pay My Tuition!"
Air Force fans wanted Corso to pick them…
"Lee, flip us the bird"
…and he did just that:
Lastly, I’ve got to show the Washington State flags flying proudly…special story on this to come this week:
That’s all the signs from today’s episode. Be sure to check back today or tomorrow for the poll to vote for your favorite sign of the week. I’ll put together a survey at the end of the year for people to select the best sign of the year. If you didn’t vote for last week’s sign yet, you can do so HERE.
Lastly, I want to remind everyone that I am starting a contest where those of you who couldn’t make it to Gameday can still show off your signs to fans around the world. Use the template below and photoshop or edit your message. Click HERE to learn more details on how to enter the contest!