Troy Calhoun is an avid film buff, even if he seldom has time to see movies.
But when Calhoun heard about the new Ben Affleck movie “Argo,” he resolved to see it.
He was so resolved he took nearly the entire Air Force football team to see “Argo” on Friday in Cheyenne, Wyo. The next night, the Falcons defeated Wyoming, 28-27.
“It’s pretty good now,” Calhoun said. (He uses the word “now” as an exclamation point.) “There are parts when you realize it might have a little soup in it, a little Hollywood soup, but I think it’s a great, great historical movie. I thought it was important for our guys to see it.”
“Argo” is the truth-based story of a covert operation to rescue six Americans who had found refuge in the Canadian embassy during the Iranian hostage crisis. Affleck is the star and director of the movie.
Calhoun had mentioned to the players he might bring them to the movie on the trip to Wyoming. He received a lukewarm response and initially canceled his plans.
The coach changed his mind and surprised the players Friday night. This time, the response was not lukewarm.
“I thought I was an awesome movie,” senior offensive lineman Jordan Eason said. “I didn’t know much about the background of the story, so it was even better for me because I didn’t know how it was going to end.”
Eason said he hopes to someday work in the “foreign attaché realm.” His career plans added to his appreciation of the movie.
“I thought it was a great lesson to really put yourself out there for other people, like the main character, Ben Affleck, did,” Eason said.
Senior linebacker Austin Niklas was surprised by the lack of action in “Argo” but found himself locked into the plot.
“The movie is a one-shot thing to get out of the country, and you can relate it to football in that every week we have one shot to get a win,” Niklas said. “Even if it’s not a life or death situation for us.”
Tailback Cody Getz practiced Wednesday. “He did virtually nothing on Tuesday,” Calhoun said. “He did do nothing on Monday. And he tried to get back into it a little bit today.” … Calhoun said quarterback Connor Dietz is doing “better.” Dietz has struggled with shoulder and elbow pain. … Fullback Broam Hart practiced after suffering a fracture at the base of his right hand and two dislocated knuckles against Wyoming. Calhoun remains unsure if Hart is ready to carry the ball because of the injury.