Although the Cats won’t be heading to Missoula this fall to defeat the Griz for the fifth straight year, “Can the Griz” will continue as planned. As of the time of publication, there have been 1,819 days since the Griz have defeated the Cats on the gridiron, and MSU has successfully canned the Griz 17 out of 20 years. 

The 21st annual “Can the Griz” food drive started Friday, Nov. 6. It aims to collect non-perishable food items for the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. “Can the Griz” is an off-field/court competition that pits MSU against the University of Montana for a good cause. 

“The Gallatin Valley Food Bank is always excited and grateful for this competition,” said Randi Maiers, program manager for student organizations. “Last year’s efforts were especially important when the pandemic hit. While some food banks were closed, the Gallatin Valley Food Bank was fortunate to continue to distribute food to families and individuals.”

The Brawl of the Wild is one of the oldest rivalries in the country, dating back to 1897. With the Big Sky Conference postponing football to the spring, “Can the Griz”  is a great way to earn some bragging rights over those guys west of the continental divide. 

So Bobcats, step up during these challenging times, give back to the community and, of course, defeat UM (again). For more information about “Can the Griz” and donation locations, visit canthegriz.com.

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