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FIU and Temple to Play in 2017 Gasparilla Bowl at Tropicana Field

(St. Petersburg, FL) The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl has announced that FIU (8-4, 5-3) from Conference-USA and Temple (6-6, 4-4) from the American Athletic Conference have accepted invitations to play in this year’s game.

The tenth edition of the bowl game will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. ET and air on ESPN.

Tickets for the 2017 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl are available for online purchase from Tickets.com.

FIU won its eighth game of the season on Saturday defeating UMass 63-45, tying the 2011 team for the most wins in an FIU season. Ironically that season also resulted in a bowl trip to St. Petersburg. The Panthers, then in the Sun Belt Conference and led by future NFL star T.Y. Hilton, was upended by Marshall 20-10.

“We’re very excited to be headed to the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl,” said FIU head coach Butch Davis. “Our guys have worked really hard this year, and I’m proud that we’ll end this season in a bowl.”

Temple, which won three of its final four games, including a season-ending 43-22 road win over Tulsa, is making its first bowl trip to St. Petersburg. First-year head coach Geoff Collins returns to familiar territory in Florida. Collins was the defensive coordinator at Florida in 2016. He served as FIU’s defensive coordinator in 2010 and was the linebackers coach for UCF when the Knights played Rutgers in the 2009 bowl game in St. Petersburg.

“We are very excited to participate in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl and we are certainly looking forward to spending time in St. Petersburg to see all it has to offer,” said Collins.

“It’s always great to have two teams coming to our game after closing the regular season with big, dominating wins,” said Brett Dulaney, Executive Director of the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. “We look forward to providing FIU and Temple with a terrific bowl experience that includes fun times and rewarding community involvement programs.

The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl is owned-and-operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

While the game is the headliner event, the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl activities start a few days prior. This year the teams, their alumni and students will start arriving in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Dec., 17, for the numerous bowl-related festivities leading up to kick-off. These events, which are free and open to the public, include the Battle at the Beach (Dec. 19) and the Fan Invasion (Dec. 21).

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SW Florida High School Football Scoreboard Show 9/13/17 Hurricane Irma

Doug Miles recaps the situation with high school football in Sarasota and Manatee, FL due to Hurricane Irma 9/13/17.

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SW Florida H.S. Football Scoreboard Show Week 2 9/2/17

Doug Miles recaps the scores in week 2 of the high school football season in Sarasota/Manatee counties and looks at the schedule for week 3.


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Remembering Bob Wolff

Legendary sportscaster Bob Wolff passed away this weekend at age 96 after a 78 year career as a sports broadcaster. Here is an interview we did with Bob in 2013 on our “Sports Talk” show.

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Sports Talk with Don Henderson and Doug Miles Super Bowl Recap Edition 2/7/17 Guest Sarasota Herald-Tribune Sports Columnist Doug Fernandes

Sports Talk with Don Henderson and Doug Miles Super Bowl Recap Edition 2/7/17 Guest Sarasota Herald-Tribune Sports Columnist Doug Fernandes

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Sports Talk with Don Henderson and Doug Miles guest Scott Brown author Pittsburgh Steelers Bucket List 1/30/17 7:05PM ET

Scott Brown author “Pittsburgh Steelers Bucket List” joins Don and Doug on “Sports Talk” Monday night 7:05PM ET.

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Sports Talk with Don Henderson and Doug Miles guest Atlanta Falcons Correspondent Roger Hendler 1/23/17

Atlanta Falcons correspondent Roger Hendler joins us to talk about the Falcons return to the Super Bowl.


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Eli McGuire Touchdown Run Seals West 10-3 Win over East Squad in 92nd Annual East West Shrine Bowl in St. Petersburg

(St. Petersburg, FL) Since 1925, the East-West Shrine Game has showcased future NFL greats playing for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children. Eli McGuire, running back for Louisiana-Lafayette hopes NFL scouts will notice him for his performance in the 92nd annual classic leading the West team to a 10-3 victory over the East. McGuire scored the game’s only touchdown with an 18-yard scamper with 12:38 left in the fourth quarter.

Up to that point, the game was tied at 3-3 with field goals by the West’s Austin Rehkow (Idaho) from 27 yards with 6:02 left in the first quarter and Nick Weiler’s (North Carolina) 21-yarder four minutes into the second quarter.

The East had a chance to tie the game when Deangelo Yancey (Purdue) recovered muffed punt at the East 13 yard line with 6:20 left in game, but Calvin Munson (SD State) recovered a De’Veon Smith (Michigan) fumble inside the 5-yard line to thwart that opportunity.

Eli McGuire was voted the game’s MVP by the media covering the game.

Coaches for the 2017 East-West Shrine Game were Arizona Cardinals Defensive Line Coach Brentson Buckner for the East squad and Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards called plays for the West team.

The NFL Network televised the game nationally.

Announced attendance was 22,198.