Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HikingintheSmokys.com Announces New College Football Bowl Game

HikingintheSmokys.com, the NCAA, and the National Park Service are proud to announce a brand new bowl game for the 2014/2015 college football season. The inaugural HikingintheSmokys.com Bowl game will take place on February 1, 2015.

We here at HikingintheSmokys.com feel that it’s an absolute travesty that any BCS school should be excluded from playing in a post season bowl game. Therefore, as a remedy to this deplorable situation, the HikingintheSmokys.com Bowl will pit the third-last team in the ACC against the second-last team in the SEC, while providing fans with one last chance to see their favorite team pad their won-loss record.

We're also proud to announce that the game will be played inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in the open field next to the Cades Cove Loop Road and Hyatt Lane. This will give motorists the chance to stop and watch the game as they make their way around the loop. So, in addition to bear jams and deer jams, there will also be “football jams” to hinder the flow of traffic along the popular motor trail. On game day tourist will have the pleasure of stopping in the road to watch a few plays, maybe snap a few photos, and then drive another 10 feet or so.

The National Park Service has also agreed to provide spotting scopes in the surrounding mountains. Several spotting scopes will be set-up on Rich Mountain, Rocky Top and Gregory Bald in order to allow hikers the chance to watch the game high above the action. Dana Soehn, Public Information Officer for the national park, told WBIR in Knoxville that the park wants to simulate the experience of sitting in a corner seat in the upper row of Neyland Stadium while watching a Tennessee football game.

Perhaps the most compelling news is that the HikingintheSmokys.com Bowl will be played during the early afternoon of Super Bowl Sunday, and will offer fans an exciting appetizer before the main event. In a press conference earlier this morning, Pedro Ramos, Acting Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, said that “a college football game of this magnitude is certainly far more entertaining than 9 hours of pre-game Super Bowl hype and analysis”. As proof of this game’s worthiness of being played on the biggest day in all of football, we just confirmed that our half-time entertainment will indeed be Paul Revere and the Raiders.

The winner of the game will be awarded the prestigious Ashrita Furman King of the Mountains Trophy. You may recall that Mr. Furman achieved international stardom and fame in 2011 when he became the first person to climb Mt. LeConte on stilts.

We will continue to provide additional information on this exciting new bowl game as it becomes available. For more information on HikingintheSmokys.com, please visit: HikingintheSmokys.com.



Jeff
Hiking in the Smokies