First, watch the video. Then, gather the appropriate Academy Awards nomination paperwork and ship it to Colorado Springs. Then, check below for some details:
For those who doubt the introductory graphics — and who could doubt something with that music behind it?— that’s really Air Force head football coach Troy Calhoun, belting out some slightly modified dialogue from “Casablanca,” a cinema classic that predates the Air Force Academy by about a dozen years.
Not only is Humphrey Bogart on the sideline, but so is the booze — a sports drink fills in for a nice bit of product placement. And the movie’s familiar piano soundtrack gets a makeover at the clip’s end thanks to a bit of the service’s official song. It’s all designed to promote the new-look USAFA athletics site; all three service academies have made some changes to their online look this season, some more than others.
How did Calhoun stack up against the original? Judge for yourself:
Air Force opens its season at home against Morgan State on Sept. 5.