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George Ferguson Column: Searching for silver linings on what would have been Cat-Griz week

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Last updated 11/18/2020 at 9:23am

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Champ, the Montana State Mascot performs in front of a sold-out Bobcat Stadium prior to the 2019 Brawl of the Wild last November in Bozeman. This Saturday was to be the 120th meeting between the Bobcats and Grizzlies, but Washington-Grizzly Stadium will be silent Saturday as the coronavrius pandemic forced the game to not be played for the first time since 1945. The 2020 Big Sky season, and the 120th Brawl of the Wild is currently scheduled for next spring.

It's Griz-Cat Week. It's Cat-Griz Week. It's the 120th Brawl of the Wild.

Only it isn't.

No, come Saturday, Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula will be dead quiet. For the first time since 1945, when the world was at war, there will be no clash between the Bobcats and Grizzlies. That's right, someday, when we look back at the annals of one of the most unique and intense rivalries in all of college football, 2020 won't have a Cat-Griz score. Or a dramatic story to tell.

And that my friends, sucks. But, as they say, that's 2020, and that's the world in a global pandemic.

I haven't been...

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