You’d want to have a good idea of which way the wind was blowing. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Images for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company)

Let’s take you back in time. All the way to … 2015, and far enough back into the year that Michigan State was still a couple of days away from getting its soul crushed by a remorseless Alabama squad in a College Football Playoff semifinal.

For before that game unfolded, another contest took place between Crimson Tide and Spartan representatives. It involved cornhole. And cheerleaders. And a blimp.

The folks at Goodyear, well known among sports fans for their eye-in-the-sky airship, decided it would be a great idea to set a Guinness world record for the biggest game of cornhole. And since Goodyear was a sponsor of the Cotton Bowl, which hosted the semifinal game at AT&T Stadium near Dallas, who better to invite than cheerleaders and mascots from the two schools playing in the game?

And so it was that, with Big Al and Sparty looking up from a runway in Pompano Beach, Fla., a pair of Alabama cheerleaders took turns with their Michigan State counterparts to drop large beanbags 200 feet down from the blimp onto a massive cornhole board. Take a look:

That was quite the spectacle, although some viewers may decide that the highlight of the video comes right at the end, when Big Al (accidentally?) tosses one of the huge beanbags right at the Spartan cheerleaders. Apparently, the game ended in a 1-1 tie, so at least Michigan State can say that it came away from its two-contest series with Alabama with a record of 0-1-1.

The contest also served another purpose for Goodyear: to provide its blimp with something to do in connection with the game. You see, AT&T Stadium has a roof, which negates the dirigible’s ability to look on from overhead. That job fell to a smaller version of the blimp.