Re: "The Free State Bowl" - was: It's Montana vs. New Hampshire next Saturday...any bets?
- Why was this biggoted anti-fsp propaganda sent along to this list?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "birvin" <birvin@a...>
>battle of the Free States starts at 2:00 pm (MST) Saturday and will
> Local News - Great Falls Tribune - www.greatfallstribune.comThe
> world-wide by ESPN 2. On Friday, I will post an internet link sothat those that
> cannot get ESPN 2 can watch (and/or listen) it on their computer.was, but he/she
> To date, only one Hamster has placed a bet. I won't tell who it
> has long been in a leadership position at the FSP.supporters
> Mike Fellows, MTLP Chair, will greet all Hamsters and Western
> if they let him know when they'll be arriving (contact me or Mikein private).
> Below is a Great Falls Tribune update on the Free State Bowl.
>Montana plays its first football game under the lights since
> ESPN will shed a lot of light on Griz playoff game
> By GEORGE GEISE
> Tribune Sports Editor
> History will be made Saturday in Missoula when the University of
Washington-Grizzly Stadium opened 18 years ago.
>Division I-AA quarterfinals, and the game will be televised on
> The UM Grizzlies (10-2) will face New Hampshire (10-2) in the NCAA
ESPN2. Because the cable network wants to show the game in prime
time on the East Coast, the kickoff has been moved from noon to 2
p.m., and portable lights will be brought in.
>which means after dark in Missoula.
> That means the game probably will end between 5:30 and 6 p.m.,
> UM Athletic Director Don Read confirmed Sunday afternoon that theNCAA and ESPN made the decision to switch the game time. More
details will be released this morning, but Read said the school
doesn't expect the change to adversely affect ticket sales.
>to hold off announcement on television because it might affect walk-
> "It's a good deal," said Read. "I was concerned last week, trying
up purchasing of tickets. But I'm sure we'll get over 20,000 this
week, and we'll come out just fine (financially) if that happens.
>ESPN or anything like that. We don't have lights and I don't know
> "It's a different deal this week," Read added. "We don't control
where they will be coming from, but we'll find out (Monday)."
> The Grizzlies assured themselves of a second-round home game bytrouncing Northwestern (La.) State 56-7 Saturday in Missoula, where
16,289 fans showed up. That was the best turnout for any of the
eight I-AA first-round games and was about twice the average crowd
of the other six sites.
>regular-season home games this season, but playoff attendance always
> The Grizzlies typically drew about 23,000 fans for each of their
is lower because season-ticket holders don't automatically renew
>game, but surely would be needed for the finish.
> Read said the lights wouldn't be required for the start of the
>It could be a little longer game, because both teams throw the
> "I would think by the fourth quarter, at least, we'll need them.
ball," said Read. "I think there will be a lot of interest (in the
telecast). A lot of people saw that game (New Hampshire-Georgia
Southern) Saturday night. And the fact that both teams play a little
more wide-open, it should be more of an exciting ballgame for ESPN."
>in 1995, then he worked several years for Fox Sports as a football
> Read retired as UM head coach after winning the I-AA championship
analyst, so he knows how television networks operate.
>said the concept of playing under the lights at UM has been
> Dave Guffey, UM's assistant athletic director for media relations,
>it might have been the Fox network, but it never went through
> "I know it was discussed a few years ago," said Guffey. "I think
because it was so expensive."
>will play under the lights Saturday, but it won't be anything new
> The other Big Sky Conference team still alive in the playoffs also
for Eastern Washington. The Eagles (9-3) play host to Sam Houston
State (10-2) in Cheney, Wash., with a kickoff set for 5:30 MST.
>Cook, sports information director at EWU. "We play a lot of early-
> "We've had lights (at Woodward Stadium) since 1992," said Dave
season games under the lights."
>cable subscription buy.
> The Eastern Washington game will be shown on ESPN GamePlan, a
> If Montana and Eastern Washington both win Saturday, they wouldmeet in the semifinals in Missoula. ESPN has a contract to show one
semifinal on Friday night, Dec. 10, and the other on Saturday
afternoon, Dec. 11. So it's possible the network could keep the
portable lights in Missoula for another week.
>with the NCAA mandating the basic adult ticket price of $18. Younger
> Tickets for the Montana-New Hampshire game went on sale Sunday,
fans can get in for $10 and $7.
> Originally published November 29, 2004
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