Throwback Thursday

With an impressive record of 3-1 to start the season, the Black Bear Football team heads down to Richmond to open league play this Saturday. Our sports contributor, Brian MacLeod, has a great article about why this club could be one for the history books. So what better way to send off the 2013 squad than with a special “Throwback Thursday” looking at the UMaine team that holds the top spot in the history books.
Before the Bowl Championship Series and the massive coporate contracts for post-season games played in places like Boise and the Bronx, bowl games were decided by individual organizing committees regardless of school size or league. Having posted an 8-1 regular season record, their only loss being a 2-0 defeat on a safety at the hands of Tampa Univeristy, the Black Bears were invited to play in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida. There opponents were the Pirates of East Carolina who won the 1964 Tangerine Bowl 14-13 over UMass. Pictured on the left is Linebacker Frank Harney (#33) receiving the hand-off from Quarterback Dick DeVarney (#22) in the early stages of the game. In the end the heat and injuries for Maine led to a lopsided affair with the Black Bears losing 31-0. The team was greeted at Bangor International Airport by hundreds of fans upon their return and they still represent the only Maine team to ever make a bowl appearance.
We “Fill the Steins” to the 1965 team and to the current Black Bear players in hopes of beating Richmond and continuing a strong 2013 season.  
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