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East West Shrine Game Recap from Tropicana Field 1-19-19

Doug Miles recaps the 2019 East West Shrine College Football All-Star game from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.





94th East-West Shrine Game in St. Pete To Be Broadcast Nationally on Radio

(St. Petersburg, FL) The East-West Shrine Game, the nation’s longest running college all-star football game, will air Saturday, January 19 on an international radio network including over one hundred fifty stations led by SB Nation Radio, on SiriusXM radios and the SiriusXM app (SiriusXM NFL Radio, channel 88) as well as online at shrinegame.com. The broadcast will be available on phones, tablets and other connected devices via the free Tunein internet radio app for mobile devices. WHBO 1040 will be the local Tampa Bay flagship station for the national broadcast.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the East West Shrine game,” said David Gow, Chairman and CEO of Gow Media. “It’s an honor to broadcast such a wonderful game each year and help shine a spotlight on the outstanding work by Shriners Hospitals for Children.”

For the eighth year, Patrick Kinas will lead the live broadcast from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kinas is a veteran play-by-play broadcaster heard nationally on Westwood One’s college football and basketball coverage while also hosting the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea for Westwood One earlier this year. Patrick is also in his 7th year as voice of the Durham Bulls (Triple-A, Tampa Bay Rays) and made several substitute appearances on the Rays Radio Network in 2018 as well.

Eight-year National Football League veteran (Falcons & Seahawks) Derek Rackley returns to the booth as analyst for the game broadcast. Since retiring from the League, Rackley has been active in booths for Big Ten and CBS Sports Networks and most recently broadcast NCAA and NFL games on Westwood One’s national radio network. Former NFL and MLB All Star Brian Jordan return for the 7th year to add his perspective to this iconic event and action on the field.

Michigan broadcaster Rick Berkey will again patrol the sidelines, interviewing players, NFL coaches and all-star guests in attendance in support of the game’s beneficiary, Shriners Hospitals for Children®.

The game radio broadcast airs at 2:15 p.m. EST with kickoff scheduled for 3:07 p.m. EST.

The four and a half hour broadcast will be filled with exciting game action, interesting player stories, and interviews conducted live from the sidelines. The broadcast will highlight the important work of Shriners Hospitals for Children, featuring the 2019 patient ambassadors and their parents.

St. Petersburg based Play-by-Play Sports Properties LLC produces the broadcasts. Joe Bourdow serves as Executive Producer. Additional information about the radio network broadcast is available at shrinegame.com.

The East-West Shrine Game® is the longest running college all-star football game in the nation. An invitation to take part in the game is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the best collegiate football players in the country to showcase their talents as top NFL prospects. Since 1925, the game has benefited Shriners Hospitals for Children®.

Shriners Hospitals for Children improves the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research, and offering outstanding educational programs for medical professionals. Children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care, regardless of the families’ ability to pay, and receive all care and services in a compassionate, family-centered environment.





Gasparilla Bowl moves from Tropicana Field to Raymond James Stadium

(Tampa, FL) ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, has announced the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl will now be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL beginning this year.

Owned and operated by the Tampa Sports Authority, Raymond James Stadium is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and host to the Outback Bowl and the 2017 National Championship.

“We are excited about the continued growth of this bowl game,” said Clint Overby, vice president of ESPN Events. “I want to thank those we have worked with in St. Petersburg and at Tropicana Field in helping us build this game into a quality, postseason experience.

The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl will continue to hold a presence in Pinellas County during bowl week, hosting multiple events and maintaining relationships with its beach hotel partners. Bowl week plans for 2018 include former Tampa Bay Buc Mike Alstott hosting team visits to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in downtown St. Petersburg and the Battle at the Beach taking place at the City of Treasure Island Gulf Front Park.

“Since the inception of the bowl in 2008 our staff has aimed to forge special relationships with stakeholders on both sides of Bay,” said Brett Dulaney, Executive Director of the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. “This move will continue to support our ability to better expand our relationships across Tampa Bay. With our new home at Raymond James Stadium, Bad Boy Mowers, the two participating teams and their fans will be able to enjoy the incredible benefits of one of the best football venues in America.”

The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl will air on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 20, from Raymond James Stadium. Tickets will go on sale later this year.





East West Shrine game recap 2018

Doug Miles recaps the 2018 East West Shrine game from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg FL. 1/20/18.

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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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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.




NFL PARTNERS WITH EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME TO INCREASE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR COACHES & DRAFT-ELIGIBLE PLAYERS

(St. Petersburg, FL) The NFL is partnering with the historic East-West Shrine Game to increase development opportunities for coaches and draft-eligible players, the league announced today.

The NFL will supply the coaching staffs for the two teams from among current league assistant coaches whose teams do not advance to the playoffs. The NFL will also provide the game officials for the contest, which features some of college football’s best prospects.

The 92nd annual East-West Shrine Game will kick off at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 21, from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and be televised live on NFL Network.

“The East-West Shrine Game is not only a showcase for tremendous athletes who have a dream of playing at the next level, it is also a venue for upwardly mobile coaches in the NFL,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations TROY VINCENT. “This is an opportunity to further develop, evaluate and showcase our assistant coaches who may be our next generation of head coaches.”

At the conclusion of the NFL regular season, teams will nominate deserving assistant coaches who will be reviewed by a panel that includes NFL Football Operations staff, East-West Shrine Game leadership and two members of the NFL’s General Managers Advisory Committee. Once the head coaches are selected, each head coach will then fill his 12-person staff from among other NFL assistant coaches nominated by the clubs, a key job requirement for head coaches at every level of the sport.

Coaches nominated by NFL clubs must be active assistant coaches who display extraordinary teaching and communications skills, and are recognized for their integrity and commitment to excellence in the coaching profession. The coaches must be accomplished at developing and preparing players to compete in the NFL.

“It is an honor for the East-West Shrine Game to partner with the NFL to promote opportunities for professional growth and development not only for our outstanding players, but also for the potential future generation of head coaches in the league,” said HAROLD RICHARDSON, executive director of the East-West Shrine Game. “We are proud to be able to provide a national stage for some of football’s greatest talents to develop their skills and showcase their abilities, all while supporting an exceptional cause.”

For more than 90 years, some of football’s greatest players and coaches have contributed to the tradition of the East-West Shrine Game, the nation’s first college all-star football game. Created by the Shriners in 1925, the game is driven by the desire to support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to help children in need of expert medical care. Participating players make an annual visit to the local Shriners Hospital, visiting children and staff in an experience that they will truly never forget.




Blocked Field Goal Gives Mississippi State17-16 Win Over Miami (OH) in St. Pete Bowl

(St. Petersburg, FL) Nelson Adams blocked Nick Dowd’s potential game winning field goal with 5 seconds left in the game lifting the Bulldogs to a dramatic 17-16 comeback win over Miami (OH) in the St. Petersburg Bowl Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

The Red Hawks muzzled the Bulldogs offense for most of the game by slowing the pace and keeping Mississippi State out of their usual quick paced rhythm. Miami (OH) drove down the field on their opening possession but had to settle for an 18-yard field goal by Nick Dowd. Miami (OH) led 3-0 after the first quarter.

Quarterback Gus Ragland, completed a 6 yard touchdown pass to James Gardner midway through the second quarter to extend the Red Hawks lead to 9-0 after a blocked extra point. A sign of things to come at the end of the game.

Mississippi State (6-7) finally got on the board with :22 seconds left in the half when Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald bulldogged his way into the end zone from 2 yards out to pull his team within 9-7 at the midway break.

Gus Ragland led Miami (OH) (6-7) on an 8 play, 85-yard scoring drive early in the third quarter capping it off with a short, one-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Smith to make it 16-7.

The Bulldogs responded when QB Nick Fitzgerald broke to the outside and rumbled 44 yards for a touchdown pulling Mississippi State to within 16-14 with 4:15 left in the 3rd.

Early in the 4th quarter after Fitzgerald ran the ball 26 yards to the Miami (OH) 38. A hit to the head penalty by Deondre Daniels added an additional 15 yards setting up Westin Graves 36 yard field goal, which would prove to be the game winner.

Both starting quarterbacks were named game MVP’s. Bulldogs QB Nick Fitzgerald completed 13 of 26 passes for 126 yards and ran the ball 18 times for 142 yards. Red Hawks quarterback Gus Ragland went 21-29 for 257 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 INT and rushed for 51 yards on 17 carries.

Both teams combined for 768 total yards, 4th highest in St. Pete Bowl history.

Post game comments from both head coaches are below:

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Miami (OH) dropped their first six games of the season and then won six straight to become bowl eligible.

Today’s game was broadcast on ESPN with Dave LaMont, Rene Ingoglia and Chris Doering and on ESPN Radio.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and St. Petersburg resident Mike Alstott is the Honorary Game Chairman for this year’s St. Pete Bowl. He also took part in the opening coin toss.

38 current players in the NFL have played in the 8 previous St. Petersburg Bowls including Latavius Murray (Oakland Raiders), Blake Bortles (Jacksonville Jaguars), T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts) and Mohamed Sanu (Atlanta Falcons). In all, 133 players in the St. Pete Bowl have been drafted by NFL teams.

Mississippi State is the first SEC team to play in the St. Pete Bowl. Miami (OH) is the third MAC team to take part, the others Ball State in 2012 and Ohio in 2013.

Uniform shuffle: Miami University wore the visitor uniforms of red helmets, white jerseys and red pants. Mississippi State wore the home uniforms of all maroon helmets, jerseys and pants.




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St. Petersburg Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Miami (Ohio) Monday December 26 at Tropicana Field

The 9th St. Petersburg Bowl will pit Mississippi State against Miami (Ohio) at Tropicana Field on Monday, December 26th. Kickoff is 11AM. ESPN will televise the game. We’ll have game updates and reports via the dougmilesmedia Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and a full game report right here at dougmilesmedia.com.

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East West Shrine Game Tropicana Field St. Petersburg, FL Saturday Jan. 23




One of the most popular college all-star games has been the East West Shrine Game which will be played Saturday, January 23rd at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL, kickoff at 4PM ET. For many years the game was played in California. The past few years it has been played in Florida, first in Orlando and now in St. Petersburg at the Trop. NFL Network will broadcast the game featuring collegiate all stars from the U.S. and Canada. Charlie Weis will coach the East squad, June Jones will coach the West squad. Click here for more information on the game. dougmilesmedia will provide coverage during the game via twitter, facebook and Instagram and a game story here on this website.