Last year the Idaho Vandals were getting ready to board a plane to head to Boise to take on in-state rival Boise State when athletic director Rob Spear refused to get on the plane. Why? Well, the plane was painted in orange and blue, which happen to be Boise State's colors. It's one of many planes that Horizon Air has given college themes, including planes for Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State.
Well, Spear said at the time that he wouldn't fly on a Horizon Air plane until they'd painted one with an Idaho Vandals theme. It looks like he won't be missing any road games in the near future.
Horizon Air has announced that a Q400 aircraft will be painted in Idaho silver and gold. The plane will be available for service in November, a year after Spear made headlines for declining to board the Boise State plane.
In a statement, Spear called the Vandal plane a "bold recognition of Idaho's flagship university."
So I guess you can say that the plane has been Vandal-ized. Oh man, trust me that one hurt me just as much to type it as it did for you to read it. Seriously, though, this hardly seems fair. George Clooney's character in Up In The Air had to fly ten million miles just to get his name put on an airplane, and Spear just has to throw a hissy-fit and he gets his own personally themed plane.
Who knew the athletic director at Idaho could have so much pull? If I'm Alabama AD Mal Moore I'm demanding my own airport.
Hat tip to the good Doctor.