United Airlines offers to fly Air Force to play Navy

Sep 21, 2013; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Air Force Falcons wide receiver Jalen Robinette (9) scores on a thirty eight yard touchdown reception as Wyoming Cowboys defensive back Tim Hayes (29) defends in the fourth quarter at Falcon Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

With the government in shutdown mode — come on, guys, can’t we all just agree that both pepperoni and olives are acceptable pizza toppings? — it is likely that the service academies will be forced to suspend their upcoming scheduled games. (You know, because of all the issues related to the shutdown, the loss of football games is clearly the topic we should be most focused on. I want my triple-option attacks, dammit!) In a tweet sent out this afternoon, United Airlines proposed to fly Air Force to take on Navy for free as a way to ensure the game is actually played.

Of course, United Airlines doesn’t exactly have the final say in this decision. I’m pretty sure the Department of Defense is a wee bit more of a bigger factor here. Still, it’s a good marketing strategy on the part of the airline, and the offer has received positive responses from Twitter users.

The fates of the two games (Army vs. Boston College being the other) are expected to be decided on Thursday at noon. We will keep you posted with developments.

[Source: For the Win]



Topics: Air Force, United Airlines

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