"Tony Bryant," says Bowden. "I saw Tony's dad, by the way, and his uncle. From New Jersey."
But the best coach's program is The Fisher DeBerry Show. The Air Force coach is not overly telegenic, and his South Carolina drawl can disrupt the vertical hold on your set. Nevertheless, his over-the-top preacher's exuberance and runaway-train stream of consciousness make his show a must. Some of DeBerry's best:
After host Brian Jerman asked him a question following a 24-18 overtime win over San Diego State on Sept. 27, DeBerry talked nonstop for two minutes and four seconds, switching subjects from the Academy's fervent fans to the festive atmosphere at the game to the sterling play of his defense to a questionable call to a blocked punt to a key fumble to the defense again to his superb defensive coaches to a cornerback blitz to an 80-yard interception return by cornerback Tim Curry to the death of Curry's father in the preseason to the likelihood that Curry's mother was watching in Seattle.
It's not only victories that get De Berry revved up. Following Air Force's first loss of the season, a 20-17 heartbreaker at the hands of Fresno State, De Berry interrupted Jerman's intro and launched into a one-minute-and-fifty-two-second verbal jitterbug that went from the loss's being "a bitter pill to swallow" to the recent winning streak's being a "good ride while it lasted" to the Falcons' live turnovers to their critical penalties to their not being adept in the kicking game to their not showing enough intensity, enthusiasm and confidence to his realization that "the enemy is us" to noting that "uncharacteristic things" happened to wondering why a team that blocks three kicks "can't win the dadgum football game" to Air Force's final missed field goal to the loss's being "a great wake-up call" to the fact that the Falcons can still "attain all our goals" to the coaches' "going back to the drawing board" to the team's "making a recommitment" to the necessity of "taking it one game at a time" to the realization that "we control our destiny." Whew!
Clichés be damned. I just think there's something real special about that football show.