Podcast: Bob West talks about the origins of The Bum Phillips Bowl

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After I wrote a story two weeks ago about The Bum Phillips Bowl that is played annually between Port Neches-Groves and Nederland high schools in Southeast, Texas, I got a nice email from Bob West, the sports editor at the Port Arthur News between 1972 and 2015. Bob did such an awesome job of outlining the origins of the game and its great trophy (below), I thought it would be great to have him on the podcast.

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Bob not only talks about the annual rivalry between the neighboring schools, but he also gives a history lesson on high school football in the tradition-rich area.

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