In the always escalating arms race around school pride and discretionary funding in high school football, Allen appears to have taken a dramatic stand. The Eagles unveiled a new inflatable, on-field run through in the shape of their helmet’s “A” logo, and it is absolutely enormous.
You can see photos of the huge A and tunnel above. Perhaps the most telling shot is the one that shows the inflated A alongside field goal posts, which gives you a sense of just how tall the pre-kickoff prop is. According to the Dallas Morning News’ Avi Zaleon, the new inflatable is 30 feet wide by 40 feet tall — 40 feet tall!!! — and the tunnel is long enough to enshroud most of the team, while displaying the school’s state titles on the side.
It’s clearly the biggest inflatable that we’re going to see in high school football this year, unless a school with an even more vertically-friendly (an I perhaps?) initial really wants to go for the gusto. In the meantime, Zaleon quite astutely alluded to some of the collateral risks that will come with the new tunnel and run-through:
My question is how many kids will be in the army responsible for holding that thing up on a windy fall night? They’re the real MVPs.
Real MVPs indeed.