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This slipped through the cracks last week: Herschel Walker made an appearance at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., sharing stories of his battle with mental illness and winning a legion of Air Force fans along the way. The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner and legendary running back says he’s made stops at numerous military bases in an effort to encourage troops to not shy away from addressing mental health problems. “Look at me. We all fall short in life,” he said. A Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal report notes Walker received “multiple standing ovations” during an address inside an Eglin hangar. Click…

It was a first the Air Force Academy’s hockey won’t brag about: the first time this season it was shutout. The Falcons were held scoreless in their NCAA tournament game against Boston College last Saturday, falling 2-0. Chris Kreider, a first-round NHL Draft selection in 2009, scored both of BC’s goals. Considering who (the country’s top-ranked team) and where (in a Worcester, Mass., arena filled with BC fans), you shouldn’t be disappointed. It was only the third time in the past 10 games where BC managed to score just two goals. The Eagles are averaging 3.6 goals per game in…

Three quick service academy football hits, before everybody gets their hoops fix this evening: 1. Sullivan Award video. As After Action tweeted earlier this week (Hey, let’s all follow that account, could we?), Army linebacker Andrew Rodriguez was presented with the James E. Sullivan Award on Tuesday, given to the top amateur athlete in the country. It’s an elite club, with names both historical (Army’s Doc Blanchard) and contemporary (Michael Phelps, Peyton Manning and, yes, this guy). Head here for a West Point-produced behind-the-scenes video of Rodriguez at the awards ceremony. 2. Dowd gets his due. A 3.9 GPA. In…

Everyone’s focused on the March Madness this time of year, but let’s not forget there are other NCAA championships going on, too. One of those tournaments is pretty underrated: the NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey tournament. It’s typically filled with overtime games, a smattering of upsets (though not necessarily on par with its cousin on the hardwood) and thrilling play. Air Force is making its fifth NCAA tournament appearance this year, and the Falcons have drawn a tough road: They’ll face the tournament’s top overall seed, Boston College, at 4 p.m. EDT Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester,…

Sure, there might be some other minor football developments scheduled for this afternoon, but here’s three quick military-themed gridiron hits for your Wednesday: 1. Steelman will sit. As reported by Sal Interdonato with the (Middletown, N.Y.) Times Herald-Record and confirmed by an Army football release, junior quarterback Trent Steelman will miss Friday’s Black and Gold spring game at Fort Benning, Ga., with a leg injury. Steelman battled leg and ankle injuries last season and had his Army-record streak of 32 straight starts snapped. Sitting Steelman for the Benning game is a precautionary move, Interdonato reports. “Trent (Steelman) had a good…

One was a senior leader on what’s probably the best Air Force football team ever. The other coached both of Navy’s Heisman winners and led the Mids to a de facto national title game in 1963. Not much in common, except another chance at enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame. Air Force’s Scott Thomas and Navy’s Wayne Hardin are back on the hall’s ballot, which was announced Feb. 28. Thomas appeared for the first time in 2011, and Hardin has been on since at least 2006. Once a candidate clears the nomination process (here’s the lofty criteria; non-All-Americans…

Consolidation. Improved “stability.” An “exciting new venture.” Sure, it sounds like the spin the military might put on the latest budget cuts, but it’s actually the spin the Mountain West Conference is putting on the latest college-conference shakeup: A merger of schools from the MWC and Conference USA to create an as-yet-unnamed superconference starting in 2013. Air Force will be a charter member of the new league, which is slated to have 16 football teams in its first season. According to the release, the superconference will look to expand to 18-24 teams and will be the first to set up…

Well, we knew it was coming eventually. But if reports from two major sports news outlets are accurate, the Naval Academy will make it official soon, joining the Big East as a football-only member in 2015. Both CBSSports.com and ESPN.com are reporting an announcement is imminent; CBS says it’ll come Tuesday. The move would give the Big East 11 football members for the 2015 season and be the latest in a series of shakeups: By the time Navy joins up, Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia will be out and Boise State, Houston, Southern Methodist, Central Florida and San Diego State…

By now, you know the details — the 2011 service academy football season ended with neither a bang nor a whimper, but with a failed two-point conversion. Air Force’s 42-41 loss to Toledo at RFK Stadium may be remembered for a last-minute bobble (if you want the inside scoop on the play, head here for a great breakdown by Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs Gazette), but there’s more to the game, more to Air Force’s season and more to the bowl itself then a moment of failed trickery. The past: Wednesday’s loss capped the Air Force football career of…

In a Military Bowl that started with a scoring explosion, featured a kickoff return for a touchdown, had a handful of fourth-down stands and even more fourth-down conversions, it makes sense to go out on a failed two-point conversion. Before Air Force fans had a chance to exhale after a 33-yard fourth-down touchdown pass from Tim Jefferson to Zack Kauth, the Falcons attempted to turn an almost-guaranteed tie into a victory. Holder David Baskra tried to hit kicker Parker Herrington with a pitch around the left side, but the ball came loose and the Falcons couldn’t find it in the…

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