Game #9-026: Air Force vs. The Citadel BulldogsNovember 11, 2012 4:00 pm
After the consolation game of the All-Military Classic
, it was time to crown a champion. The visiting U.S. Air Force Academy would take on host Citadel, with the winner being crowned All-Military Classic champions as possibly the best military school at basketball in the country (although Navy might argue that having not been included in the tournament). The winner would receive the trophy Matt Cayuela had seen the day before. But with many other multi-team events, how meaningful is it to win the championship? Winning a MTE is a good early sign for many teams, but in most cases is not a major accomplishment when reviewing the season unless there is little other success.
When I was in high school, there were several trophy cases in every corner of the cafeteria. When I first saw those cases, I expected the trophies to be of state championships, at least conference titles. But on closer inspection, many of the trophies had labels like, "Silver Fox Invitational Runner-up". I remember attending a high school basketball game on Christmas vacation to Illinois one year where my dad's old high school carried off a trophy for winning the consolation bracket of a holiday tournament played at SIU Arena in Carbondale. When you think of prestigious awards your school will display, this is not what most thinks of.