LOS ANGELES (AP) — Goodbye, Jimmy Kimmel. Hey, Rob Gronkowski, to the world of bowl video games.
The LA Bowl introduced on Saturday that Gronkowski has signed a multiyear settlement to associate with the school soccer postseason sport. LA Bowl Hosted By Gronk will happen at SoFi Stadium on Dec. 16 and match groups from the Mountain West and Pac-12 conferences.
“Jimmy was a improbable host and introduced a number of parts to the sport. But it surely’s my flip now and I’m going to show it up, that’s for positive,” Gronkowski stated.
Gronkowski stated having this bowl sport named after him is, in some methods, a full-circle second. His Arizona squad defeated BYU 31-21 within the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl, which hosted the Mountain West-Pac-12 matchup earlier than it was relocated to Los Angeles in 2021.
Rob’s brother, Chris Gronkowski, caught a 24-yard landing move within the third quarter to present the Wildcats their first bowl victory and profitable season in 10 years.
It additionally ended up being Rob Gronkowski’s last collegiate sport. He sat out the 2009 season on account of again surgical procedure earlier than being drafted within the second spherical by the New England Patriots in 2010. He gained 4 Tremendous Bowl titles throughout an 11-year profession — three with New England and one with Tampa Bay.
Kimmel, who hosted the primary two editions of the LA Bowl, had a vomiting camel — “Jimmy Camel” — as a mascot and an official sandwich as methods to maintain the followers entertained.
Gronkowski didn’t point out something a few mascot, however he did say he was developing with a particular efficiency both at halftime or through the sport alongside the strains of when he carried out on “The Masked Singer” in 2020.
The profitable crew, together with the offensive and defensive MVPs, will proceed to obtain their very own championship belts.
The sport will characteristic the highest choice from the Mountain West and the Pac-12’s No. 5 decide after the School Soccer Playoff and New 12 months’s Six matchups are set. The Mountain West has gained the previous two video games, together with Fresno State’s 29-6 victory over Washington State final yr.
With 10 faculties leaving the Pac-12 on the finish of the season, the longer term lineup for the LA Bowl will likely be decided subsequent yr.
Gronkowski stated his dream could be if Arizona may change into bowl eligible and be the Pac-12’s decide. The Wildcats (4-2) would want two extra wins to be postseason eligible for the primary time since 2017.
“The entire purpose is hopefully to land the College of Arizona. And if we will’t, there’s a number of good groups within the Pac-12 that will be an excellent matchup regardless of who it’s,” he stated. “It’s very disappointing that the Pac-12 is splitting up. You see enterprise aspect within the NFL and now you’re seeing the enterprise aspect of school soccer as effectively.”
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