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Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl lives up to its name with lawn mower races (Video)

Florida International University center Shane McGough crosses the finish line before his Temple University counterpart during the Bad Boy Mowers Championship Race at Busch Gardens Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (James Borchuck/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)

The bowl game formerly known as the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl and St. Petersburg Bowl will be played for the tenth time on Thursday, but with a new name: the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.

With Bad Boy Mowers as a sponsor, there had to be some sort of lawn mower-related activities in the lead up to the game between Temple and Florida International at Tropicana Field. On Monday, that came to fruition in the form of lawn mower races between players from both teams at Busch Gardens in Tampa.

It was glorious.




As you can see, FIU offensive lineman Shane McGough was a standout for the Panthers. McGough was a clutch draft pick by FIU coach Butch Davis, as explained by the Tampa Bay Times:

Head coaches Butch Davis of FIU and Geoff Collins of Temple each “drafted” a team of drivers (sports celebrities, media personalities, one of their coaches and one of their players) to navigate a course at Gwazi Field in what was called the Bad Boy Mowers race. FIU center and Gaither High School alum Shane McGough was carried off the field on the shoulders of his teammates after winning the championship race.

Long live the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.

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