Following up last year’s inaugural Redskins Media Bowl inside the indoor practice facility at Redskins Park, the intramural football field at the University of Richmond had the winning bid to host Media Bowl II.
Much like this year’s Super Bowl, it was held outside in the elements for the first time. But unlike the Big Apple, the concern in Richmond was the extreme heat on the less-than-ideally-conditioned athletes that cover your Washington Redskins.
There were a fair number of familiar faces in the crowd, with most of the regular beat reporters making it down in time for the festivities. But thanks to the Richmond location, the X-factor in this year’s competition was the influx of Richmond media to the rosters.
And boy did they ever make an impact.
The game was played on an 80-yard field with 20 yards needed for a first down. Touchdowns were worth six points, with touchdowns scored by a girl counting for seven. The team’s had the option to go for a 2-point conversion.
The TV talent jumped out to an early lead behind a touchdown reception by Richmond’s own Howie Williams from WRIC-8 at the 15:23 mark. The rout was just getting started when they padded their lead behind a Charlie Broyhill touchdown and 2-point conversion.
As most of you will remember, Broyhill hails from the Redskins Broadcast Network and was the MVP and heart and soul of the TV crew’s victory in Media Bowl I. He said that he spent his offseason between Media Bowls training hard and eating his Wheaties. His fiery determination on the field has been likened to that of a young Jerry Rice.
With 2:48 remaining in the first half, the Print-Radio squad made it a contest, with a Rich Campbell-to-Wes McElroy touchdown pass. The strike pulled Print-Radio to within a score at 14-7, but the onslaught was just beginning to brew.
Channeling the Redskins’ performance over the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, Team TV got the ball back looking to pad its lead going into the half. Calling on a familiar connection, Jake Burns again found Howie Williams in the back of the end zone to extend the lead, 20-7.
Any hopes of a Print-Radio comeback were squash on the first play of the second half, as Charlie “Diesel” Broyhill took the handoff and rumbled 60 yards to paydirt. According to some of those in attendance, Broyhill was reportedly just reaching his maximum speed as he reached the end zone.
The Print-Radio squad managed to rally for two more scores: a Daniel Kucin (The Prince George’s Sentinel) reception and a garbage-time Rich Campbell (The Washington Times) score. But the damage was already done, as the TV crew scored enough in the first half to win the day.
The co-MVPs of the game were WRIC-8’s Howie Williams and WTVR-6’s Kristin Luehrs, who combined for three touchdowns in the winning effort.
Richmond had a strong showing in Media Bowl II, as some combination of new blood and home-field advantage proved to be the difference on the day. Congratulations to all participants–winners and losers–and a suggestion that they don’t soon quit their day jobs to play football.