Back in February we told you the story of the most unique rivalry and bowl game in all of football, the Pacific Rim Bowl.
In case you've slept since then, here are the Cliffs Notes. For the last quarter century, Ashland High School in southern Oregon has faced off in a pre-season exhibition against a team of Japanese high school all-stars. Games are held every other year, alternating between Oregon and Japan. Each squad spends the better part of two weeks on the other team's turf, holding joint practices and immersing themselves in a foreign culture. Ashland won the 2011 Pacific Rim Bowl, 26-0, to even the overall series at 6-6.
This year's installment takes place tomorrow in Osaka and will be streamed live. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Saturday night Osaka time, which translates to 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning in Oregon. So if you're truly jonesing for some high school football, get up early if you're on the East Coast or stay up late if you're on the West Coast. And if you're especially hungry for live pigskin action, tune in early for the 30-minute pregame show.
We have a couple photos to share from the trip, provided by Grizzlies head coach Charlie Hall.
A joint team photo.
Of course, the Grizzlies will wear new helmets for the game. They'll represent the U.S. with a stars and stripes paw on their lids.
Here's the trailer for the game we orginally posted back in February.