Battle on Mockingbird

The Armed Forces Bowl match-up between the SMU Mustangs and the Army Black Knights is branded as "more than a bowl game," presumably a nod to the game's military theme. The military and its cohorts share a flair for cheesy dramatic marketing, which isn't surprising considering the passel of patriotic and warrior-related motifs at their disposal. But I digress. The Mustangs enjoy home field advantage over the Black Knights, who march into blue-blooded University Park this Thursday. This is the second year running the SMU football team has made it beyond the regular season in a respectable fashion. A post-season appearance is no small thing for the school, considering the sordid history of the university's football program. But bygones are finally beginning to be bygones under savior June Jones. Viva los Mustangs! Kickoff is 11 a.m. Thursday at SMU's Ford Stadium, 5801 Airline Road. Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band (no, we're not kidding) will provide the post-game entertainment. Standing room only tickets remain for $40. For tickets and info visit
Thu., Dec. 30, 11 a.m., 2010


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