Maine Goes to the Tangerine Bowl
Maine Goes to the Tangerine Bowl
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Maine Goes to the Tangerine Bowl

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In 1965, the University of Maine football team competed in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida against East Carolina. This docudrama produced and directed by George Wildey, follows the team as they practice for the game and make the trip South. To prepare, they run drills outside in the snow and workout inside with the thermostat set at 80 degrees. We see the team head to the airport and follow them through their busy week in Florida. Practices, pre-game events and halftime shows are highlighted. George Hale does the play-by-play as parts of the game are shown. The boys return to Maine to a hero's welcome. 
The 1965 team, coached by Harold Westerman, claimed the Yankee Conference title with a perfect 5-0 mark in league play and was awarded the Lambert Cup, awarded to the top team in the East’s lower tier, to earn a spot in the Tangerine Bowl. The only UMaine team to ever appear in a Bowl game, the 1965 Black Bears finished the season with an 8-1 overall mark and earned a spot in the UMaine Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.
22 minutes PLUS bonus footage!

 

 

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