Brawl of the Wild –Wrap-up

On Saturday me and many other Montanans (I am a first-generation Montanan) watched the 113th annual Brawl of the Wild football game between the Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State Bobcats.

The old travel budget here at The Western Word is a little lean, so I had to watch it on television. The game was carried on a channel called “Root Sports” which “is the nation’s premier regional sports network providing a unique and special experience for local sports fans, sponsors, teams and media partners.”

They did a decent job, and it was televised in HD (Did you hear that Beartooth NBC?).

The announced attendance at the game in Bozeman, Montana, was 21,527.

The Grizzlies beat the Bobcats 28-14. The Griz were able to carry the (rather large) “Great Divide” trophy around Bobcat stadium to rub in the victory.

The headline about the game on the ESPN webpage is a little confusing, “Canada lifts Montana past Montana State 28-14.” Although some Montanans can see Canada from their kitchen window, they were talking about a player named Jordan Canada, who hails from California. They also have “Dallas, from Phoenix; Cleveland – he was from Detroit; and Tex…well, I don’t remember where Tex come from.” (Just kidding with that last sentence – it’s always good to place a Forrest Gump quote in a story.)

Like I wrote last Monday, if you are a politician then the “Brawl of the Wild” game is the place to be. You have to attend and shake hands with folks and wave a lot. You also have to act like you enjoy football – you have to be seen.

We have two political winners in that category who went above and beyond the call of duty and were interviewed by a sideline reporter for “Root Sports,” which I said earlier “is the nation’s premier regional sports network providing a unique and special experience for local sports fans, sponsors, teams and media partners.”

So this was a big ‘effing deal.  (more…)

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Brawl of the Wild

It’s officially Cat-Griz week across Montana – this is the week when the Montana Grizzlies take on the Montana State Bobcats in a college football game called the Brawl of the Wild.

It’s the 113th meeting. Meeting 113 times for anything is pretty impressive. I will have the one key thing you need to know about the game later in this column.

This year’s game will be held in Bozeman – home of the Bobcats. The Bobcats are 7-4 overall and 5-2 in the Big Sky Conference, and the Grizzlies are 9-2 overall and 5-2 in the Big Sky Conference. A few years ago when players (and some coaches) were getting arrested frequently, someone joked that they might need to hold the game at a field near the Montana State prison. They have done better in keeping out of trouble since then, it seems.

I’m an outsider. Heck, I’m not even a 4th or 5th generation Montanan, and I don’t play one on TV. I also attended another university in Montana. So I don’t have a horse in the race although I have friends on both sides of the fight, and I watch both teams often. I do know that people take this game very seriously – and there are some great jokes told about each team during the week. The media will tell us about families who split like it’s a civil war during this week – Mom and Dad went to one University and little Billy is playing for the other.

This week you can vote for who you think will win the game – take my poll HERE. Results will be released on Friday in my “Caught My Eye” column.

If you are a politician then the “Brawl of the Wild” game is the place to be. You have to attend and shake hands with folks and wave a lot. You also have to act like you enjoy football – you have to be seen.

Here is the one thing you need to know about the game:  (more…)

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