Sun Journal’s Kalle Oakes gives kudos to Bates football

Sun Journal columnist Kalle Oakes writes about the rising fortunes of Bates football in 2011.

Brett McAllister forces a fumble by Bowdoin quarterback Mac Caputi during Bates' 24-2 win over the Polar Bears. Photograph by Phyllis Graber Jensen.

Oakes, who has covered a number of games this year, notes that “Bates, which hasn’t experienced a winning season since ‘Endless Love’ was the No. 1 song in the land,” is now “intriguing, legitimate and relevant,” and “if you’ve been watching this movie with even a modicum of interest for the last decade or two or six, you know that’s 99 percent of the battle.”

Oakes calls the Bobcats’ 24-2 victory over Bowdoin a “dissection,” and that the final home game was something of a “dance recital; a show-and-tell game for a school suddenly visualizing a prosperous football future.”


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