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Fact-checking a boisterous San Jose State fan's heckles
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Feb 18, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose State announced attendance at 2,254 on Saturday.

Fortunately, the other 2,253 were not loud enough to drown out...

Emptying the notebook: Manning capitalizes on shot to start for Air Force
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Feb 18, 2017

Manning’s big day

One bright spot to come out of Saturday was the play of Ryan Manning, who enjoyed a career day in front of about 10 friends...

RAPID REACTION: Air Force drops 20th straight conference road game in heart-wrenching fashion
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Feb 18, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Is today the day The Streak ends?

Air Force has lost 19 consecutive Mountain West road games, and this is the best shot the...

Fastball to All-American's face was a scary, telling scene for Air Force baseball
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Feb 17, 2017

In late January, Air Force All-America outfielder Tyler Jones took a fastball to the face from former teammate and recent third-round MLB Draft pick...

Emptying the notebook: Get to know Air Force freshman Sid Tomes
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Feb 16, 2017

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Sid Tomes emerged as an offensive playmaker for Air Force.

It’s just surprising that it came all at...

RAPID REACTION: Falcons lose, but find something productive in the process
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Feb 15, 2017

More lineup shakeups are on the way for Air Force basketball tonight as Mountain West contender Nevada visits Clune Arena at 7 p.m.

Freshman...

Blog: Air Force coach brings unique perspective to UConn's quest for 100 straight wins
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Air Force coach Chris Gobrecht has no problem with UConn’s dominance of women’s basketball.

Rather, she chooses to see the run that could...

Notes from the road: Downtown Boise continues to impress
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Feb 13, 2017

As I return once again from Boise, I’m even more confused as to how this town remains such a well-kept secret outside of its region.

With...

Boise State students don't see Air Force as key rival despite football results
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Boise State is having success in basketball, but it remains unquestionably a football school.

And in football, Air Force has won three in a...

RAPID REACTION: New lineup, same result for Air Force in loss at Boise State
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Feb 11, 2017

BOISE, Idaho – A source has indicated Air Force will make major changes to its lineup as it looks for a spark.

Sophomore Pervis Louder and...

Detailed scouting reports predict NFL future for Air Force's Weston Steelhammer
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Feb 10, 2017

A pair of detailed draft analyses foresee an NFL future – albeit it a limited one – for Air Force safety Weston Steelhammer.

In a lengthy,...

RAPID REACTION: Air Force squanders chances in loss to New Mexico
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Feb 8, 2017

The chances were certainly there for Air Force to win. But it didn’t.

The Falcons missed an open look at 3 from Zach Kocur in the final...

RAPID REACTION: Air Force subs make it interesting, but Falcons fall to Wyoming
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Feb 4, 2017

The second half of the Mountain West season begins for Air Force today against Wyoming.

In recent years, that’s been a good sign.

Over...

Blog: Another National Signing Day in the books for this reporter, so why am I still up?
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Feb 2, 2017

Out of habit, I just can’t quite bring myself to call it a night just yet.

That’s what National Signing Day does to a reporter, particularly...

Emptying the notebook: Air Force's win was an 'upset' even in bunched up Mountain West
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Jan 25, 2017

If anybody was simply looking at records and didn’t understand why Air Force’s 60-57 win over San Diego State was an upset, let me explain.

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Air Force's Dane Norman enjoys big day against hometown foe
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Dane Norman had one of those days on Tuesday in the best possible way.

The San Diego native and Air Force sophomore had a surprise visit from...

Rapid Reactions: Air Force completes comeback this time, knocking off San Diego State
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Everything that Air Force needed to have happen in the second half happened in a 60-57 upset of San Diego State.

The Aztecs went ice cold,...

Notes from the road: Robinette, Steelhammer and a Dyn-O-Mite! encounter
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Well, I didn’t get the celebrity sighting I was hoping for.

Fifteen years in sports journalism has largely stripped me of the “wow factor”...

NFL mock draft lists Air Force's Jalen Robinette as second-round pick
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Jalen Robinette’s stock appears to be skyrocketing after his East-West Shrine Game performance last week.

The Air Force receiver became the...

UNLV player reprimanded for 'obscene gesture' toward Air Force crowd
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Jan 24, 2017

The Mountain West issued a public reprimand of UNLV women’s basketball Brooke Johnson for what it called an obscene gesture toward the Air Force...

Brent Briggeman: Yordano Ventura's death a tragic blow for this Royals fan
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sun, Jan 22, 2017

I feel like I’ve lost a little brother.

I woke up to news this morning that Yordano Ventura is dead at 25 after a car crash in the Dominican...

Press clippings: Air Force's Jalen Robinette elicits praise at Shrine Game
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sun, Jan 22, 2017

Jalen Robinette and Weston Steelhammer had fairly quiet performances in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The pair...

Rapid Reaction: Air Force falls in double OT in crazy game featuring two buzzer-beaters
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Jan 21, 2017

LAS VEGAS – Confidence seems high on Air Force’s side as a 4 p.m. game at UNLV is set to start. Even when UNLV has been its normal self in recent years,...

Current football assistant among those named to Air Force Athletics Hall of Fame
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Jan 19, 2017

The Air Force Academy will open its Hall of Fame doors for two former coaches, five athletes and a women’s swimming and diving team that captured...

Notes from the road: South Dakota trip allows writer to catch up with former Air Force players
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Jan 16, 2017

When considering stories I wanted to follow recently, I noticed that two former Air Force basketball players would be in action on consecutive...

RAPID REACTION: Air Force notches needed victory over Fresno State
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Air Force desperately needed this win. They had come within two points in four straight losses to Fresno State. But more than that, this is a team...

Air Force football team outside Top 25 in final AP rankings
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Jan 11, 2017

The final Associated Press poll – released hours after Clemson’s thrilling final-second victory over Alabama in the national championship game – had...

Top 25 football rankings for Group of Five conference teams
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Jan 10, 2017

Amidst suggestions of a Group of Five playoff (or play-in, as Air Force coach Troy Calhoun prefers) and the Power Five free to make its own rules and...

Air Force women's basketball player switches numbers to honor cadet killed in crash
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Jan 7, 2017

Air Force women’s basketball player Erika Chapman switched jersey numbers on Saturday to honor a freshman cadet killed in a New Year’s Eve plane...

Rapid Reaction: Air Force slammed in second half at Colorado State
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Jan 7, 2017

FORT COLLINS – Hayden Graham is in street clothes, watching Air Force warmup as the Falcons prepares to face Colorado State at Moby Arena on...

The Briggeman bio

I’ve been a part of The Gazette’s sports coverage since 2006, working in various capacities along the way. In 2013 I was awarded second-place nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors for beat coverage of Air Force athletics. I also cover Sky Sox baseball, local high schools and lend a hand reporting on the many other sporting ventures held in our city and state. On a personal note, I was raised in Kansas, graduated with a journalism degree from KU and have worked at newspapers in St. Joseph, Mo., and Maui. At home, my wife and I are raising three young daughters. This blog will focus primarily on Air Force, but expect to see me chime in on anything that impacts me, our community and, perhaps on occasion, my beloved Kansas City Royals.

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