Prime vs. Shine: A Spectacle in HBCU Sports History

On the eve of Bethune-Cookman University hosting Jackson State at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL for a Southwestern Athletic Conference East divisional showdown, I sat down and thought about what a dream scenario could’ve potentially been.

You know the generational conversations; the ones discussed in barbershops, sports bars, and on podcasts. The ones where you debate how things might have turned out if the events could’ve taken place:

  • 1987 Lakers vs 2001 Lakers
  • 1996 Bulls vs. 2016 Warriors
  • 1985 Bears vs. 2007 Patriots
  • 1999 FAMU Rattlers vs. 2002 B-CU Wildcats

As long as I can remember, these conversations have dominated the sports lexicon among fans. If we were to examine this through an HBCU lens, what could this game have been if a few things were different?

Yes folks, I’m talking about the “Brawl for it all in Duval.”

Or more eloquently stated, “Prime vs. Shine.”

For longtime fans and supporters of the university located in “The World’s Most Famous Beach,” the attention, swag, flash, and flair Jackson State head coach Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders has brought to the SWAC is nothing new to the Wildcat faithful. They’ve seen this movie before. In fact, some would argue that B-CU and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Famer Alvin “Shine” Wyatt is the architect of HBCU flamboyant coaches. Long before it was popular, and quite frankly considered off-putting by his coaching peers, “Shine” as he is affectionately called, traded coach’s polos and khakis for leisure suits and alligator boots. And while he was definitely the epitome of style, there was plenty of substance there as well.

In his 13 years as head coach of Bethune-Cookman, Wyatt became the all-time winningest coach in school history, amassing a record of 90-54, earning wins against legendary coaches such as Joe Taylor, Bill Hayes, Oliver “Buddy” Pough, and his school’s interstate rival Florida A&M and coach William “Billy” Joe. He also captured two MEAC Titles (2002, 2003), one conference coach of the year award (1998), one Heritage Bowl appearance (1998) and two NCAA FCS Playoff appearances (2002, 2003).

He also placed several players in the NFL such as Rashean Mathis, Nick Collins, and Eric Weems. Wyatt would depart the Wildcat program in 2009 as arguably the greatest coach in school history.

11 years later, it appeared HBCU football had found a reincarnation of Wyatt when Jackson State announced it was hiring Deion Sanders as its 21st head coach of their football program. Known for his flashy style both on and off the field as a player, “Prime Time” as he was affectionately called, is widely considered the best defensive back in the history of the NFL and was enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2011.

In just one calendar year, Coach Prime guided the Tigers to their first SWAC championship since 2007, received the Eddie Robinson Award as the season’s top FCS head coach and currently has his Tigers at a perfect 5-0 and a Top 10 ranking in FCS standings. In the process, he also managed to flip the 2022 #1 high school recruit in Travis Hunter away from his alma mater Florida State to Jackson State, much to the chagrin of several college coaches across the country and watch his son, Shedeur Sanders, win the Jerry Rice Award, given to the best freshman player in FCS football.

So, in a perfect world, what would a matchup between Shine and Prime look like? Well first, aside from the game being played on the field, the pre-game press conferences would be must-see TV. I can only imagine the witty banter between the coaches prior to the game. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing either of them during a media scrum, the quotes that would have been given would have forever been etched in history. Never one to miss a marketing opportunity, Sanders would certainly have his camera crew following him around all week (courtesy of his relationship with Barstool Sports) documenting each step of preparation before the game.

Not to be outdone, Shine would have had the CatEye Network chronicling everything from his team running wind sprints on the beach before dawn to him grabbing some wings from the legendary Bethune Grill near campus (if you know you know).

On gameday, while Prime would likely opt for a JSU hoodie and sweats, you better believe, no matter the weather, Shine would come out of the tunnel donning a mink coat, accompanied by a white leisure suit with oversized gold belt buckle, or an officially licensed B-CU branded one piece jumpsuit. There’s no doubt the following Monday they both would have been featured on ESPN’s Get Up, First Take, Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption amongst other shows on competing networks.

While it is tough to predict the outcome of the game, as Jackson State boasts a potent offense vs the always formidable Wildcat defense during Wyatt’s tenure, the true winners would’ve been the fans and supporters of both schools and HBCU’s in general. The game itself would have been one of those “you had to be there” affairs, where, as the years go by, the legend of the story grows larger and larger.

While that certainly will not be the case on Saturday as current Wildcat head coach Terry Sims is the complete antithesis of Wyatt in more ways than one, sometimes it’s nice to sit back, smile and think about what could have possibly been.

After all, a guy can dream.

Hailwildcats.com BCU vs NC A&T GAME WATCH PARTY Oct. 21st, 2017 @ 12:45 p.m. (Houligan’s)

CALLING ALL WILDCAT NATION!!!!!

Hailwildcats.com invites you to our WILDCATS “PREY TOGETHER”  Game Watch Party on October 21st, 2017 starting at 12:45 p.m. EST when our Mighty Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University take on the Aggies of North Carolina A & T University on ESPN3. The game will air live on the “BIG SCREENS” of HOULIGAN’S at 1725 W. International Speedway Blvd  Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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If you are in the Daytona area, put on your Maroon and Gold and come out and share with the Wildcat Nation in this momentous and joyous occasion and see

“Who will ascend to the top of the mountain?”

Just as in the past, the bar will have drink specials and food for Wildcat Alumni and fans. Kick off is at 1 pm…be there early as Saturday  is a very popular at Houligan’s.

SEE YOU THERE!

 

Hailwildcats.com WILDCATS “PREY TOGETHER” GAME WATCH PARTY Oct. 22nd, 2016 @ 1:30 p.m. (Daytona Ale House)

CALLING ALL WILDCAT NATION!!!!

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Hailwildcats.com invites you to our WILDCATS “PREY TOGETHER”  Game Watch Party on October 22nd, 2016 starting at 1:30 p.m. EST when our Mighty Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University take on the Spartans of Norfolk State University on ESPN3. The game will air live on the “BIG SCREENS” of Daytona Ale House at 2610 W. International Speedway Blvd  Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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If you are in the Daytona area, put on your Maroon and Gold and come out and share with the Wildcat Nation in this momentous and joyous occasion and see

“Who will ascend to the top of the mountain?”

Just as in the past, the bar will have drink specials and food for Wildcat Alumni and fans. The Ale House has secured the patio area for us all but don’t be late as seating is first come first serve. Kick off is at 2 pm…be there early as Saturday  is a very popular at Ale House.

If you’re not AT the game, we want to see you at the Daytona Ale House on 10/22. Please share this event in all of your circles.

We will hold a raffle for (2) Tickets ($102.00 value) to the 2016 Florida Blue Florida Classic which will be held on Saturday November 19, 2016 @ 2 pm in the newly remodeled Citrus Bowl. To enter, tickets are One (1) for $5.00 or Three (3) for $10.00, the winner will be announced on Hailwildcats.com on Saturday October  29th, 2016. You may pre-purchase raffle tickets below:

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(1) Raffle Ticket $5.00

 


 

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(3) Raffle Tickets $10.00

 

JOIN US FOR FOOD, FUN, and FOOTBALL!

Daytona Ale House
2610 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Fl 32114

We look forward to seeing you there! The Party starts at 1:30 P.M.

 

$30.00 ROUNDTRIP on HAILWILDCATS.COM FAN BUS to the 2015 FLORIDA BLUE FLORIDA CLASSIC NOV. 21st, 2015

 

Greetings WILDCAT Fans!   HWFB

You are cordially invited to hop onboard the HailWildcats.com ‘Road to the Celebration Bowl’ Fan Bus  as we continue to support our BCU Football team under  the direction of Head Coach Terry Sims. Our Fighting Wildcats will travel to the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida  for the 2015 Florida Blue FLORIDA CLASSIC on Saturday November 21st, 2015 to take on the FAMU Rattlers, kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.

Forget having to drive and park into busy Orlando, for the low rate of $30.00 you will be guaranteed transportation to and from this annual game and still be able to tailgate. Sit back and relax and allow us to do the driving for you, Hailwildcats Fan Bus even has electric outlets under every seat to charge your electronics!

The bus will depart from Daytona at 10:00 am and will arrive at the Florida Citrus Bowl around 11:30 am so that you can enjoy the festivities. The Bus will return back to Daytona around 7:00 pm to allow you to participate in the after game celebration.

Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. No seats are guaranteed until final payment has been received. Refunds will be granted on a case by case basis!

We encourage the use of PayPal for a fast, safe, and convenient method of securing your seat. We have attached the PayPal links/options below for your convenience. You do NOT need a PayPal account to complete your transaction. If you prefer to pay with cash or with Credit/Debit card in person or over the phone, please coordinate with Jerry Bell or Darold Williams at the numbers below. Checks will NOT be accepted.

Seats are filling up quickly,  so be sure to lock yours in today.

PICKUP LOCATION:

DAYTONA BEACH, FL –Bethune-Cookman University -10:00 AM   Between the Facilities building and the Band Hall

If you have any questions, please call or text Jerry Bell at 407-494-5302 in the Orlando Area or Darold Williams at 904-351-8381 in the Daytona Area.

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Hail Wildcats!
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Bus Seat to BCU vs FAMU 2015 Florida Blue Florida Classic – Orlando, Fl (Transportation Option only)
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*Only 15 Seats left* $90.00 ROUNDTRIP on HAILWILDCATS.COM FAN BUS to NC A&T Oct. 17th, 2015

 

Greetings WILDCAT Fans!   HailwildcatsFanBus

You are cordially invited to hop onboard the HailWildcats.com ‘Road to the Celebration Bowl’ Fan Bus  as we continue to support our 5-1 BCU Football team under  the direction of Head Coach Terry Sims. Our Fighting Wildcats will travel to Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina  for a huge MEAC Showdown on Saturday October 17th, 2015 to take on the North Carolina A & T Aggies, kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.

The low rate of $115.00 will guarantee you transportation to and from the game and a game ticket, if you already have your game ticket, you can secure your transportation to and from North Carolina A&T for just $90.00.

The bus will pick up in three locations, Orlando 12:45 am, Daytona 1:45 am and Jacksonville 3:00 am, and will make a stop for lunch before arriving at Aggie Stadium around 11:00 am. We will depart for Florida approximately 1 hour after the game and will stop for dinner on the return trip.

Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. No seats are guaranteed until final payment has been received. Refunds will be granted on a case by case basis!

We encourage the use of PayPal for a fast, safe, and convenient method of securing your seat. We have attached the PayPal links/options below for your convenience. You do NOT need a PayPal account to complete your transaction. If you prefer to pay with cash or with Credit/Debit card in person or over the phone, please coordinate with Jerry Bell or Darold Williams at the numbers below. Checks will NOT be accepted.

Only 15 seats remaining and they are filling up quickly,  so be sure to lock yours in today.

PICKUP LOCATION:

ORLANDO, FL – Home Depot Lee Rd. – 12:45 AM  5351 Diplomat Cir, Orlando, FL 32810

DAYTONA BEACH, FL –Bethune-Cookman University -1:45 AM   Between the Facilities building and the Band Hall

JACKSONVILLE, FL – LaQuinta Inn- 3:00 AM  812 Dunn Ave, Jax, FL 32218

If you have any questions, please call or text Jerry Bell at 407-494-5302 in the Orlando Area or Darold Williams at 904-351-8381 in the Daytona Area.Pasengers 1
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Hail Wildcats!
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*CURRENT BCU STUDENTS (ID Verified) 1-Bus Seat & Game Ticket to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC

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1-Bus Seat to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC(Transportation Option only)
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1-Bus Seat & Game Ticket to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC
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2-Bus Seats to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC (Transportation Only Option)
 paypal_buynow $180.00
 
or
 
2-Bus Seats & Game Tickets to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC
 paypal_buynow $230.00

 
3-Bus Seats to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC (Transportation Only Option)
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or
3-Bus Seats & Game Tickets to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC
paypal_buynow $345.00
 

 
4-Bus Seats to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC (Transportation Only Option)
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or
 
 4-Bus Seats & Game Tickets to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC
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$90.00 ROUNDTRIP on HAILWILDCATS.COM FAN BUS to NC A&T Oct. 17th, 2015

 


Greetings WILDCAT Fans!   HailwildcatsFanBus

You are cordially invited to hop onboard the HailWildcats.com ‘Road to the Celebration’ Fan Bus  as we support our guys in their quest to have a successful season under  the direction of Head Coach Terry Sims. Our Fighting Wildcats will travel to Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina on Saturday October 17th, 2015 to take on the North Carolina A & T Aggies, kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.

The low rate of $115.00 will guarantee you transportation to and from the game and a game ticket, if you already have your game ticket, you can secure your transportation to and from North Carolina A&T for just $90.00.

The bus will pick up in three locations, Orlando 12:45 am, Daytona 1:45 am and Jacksonville 3:00 am, and will make a stop for lunch before arriving at Aggie Stadium around 11:00 am. We will depart for Florida approximately 1 hour after the game and will stop for dinner on the return trip.

Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. No seats are guaranteed until final payment has been received. Refunds will be granted on a case by case basis!

We encourage the use of PayPal for a fast, safe, and convenient method of securing your seat. We have attached the PayPal links/options below for your convenience. You do NOT need a PayPal account to complete your transaction. If you prefer to pay with cash or with Credit/Debit card in person or over the phone, please coordinate with Jerry Bell or Darold Williams at the numbers below. Checks will NOT be accepted.

Seats are filling up quickly,  so be sure to lock yours in today.

PICKUP LOCATION:

ORLANDO, FL – Home Depot Lee Rd. – 12:45 AM  5351 Diplomat Cir, Orlando, FL 32810

DAYTONA BEACH, FL –Bethune-Cookman University -1:45 AM   Between the Facilities building and the Band Hall

JACKSONVILLE, FL – LaQuinta Inn- 3:00 AM  812 Dunn Ave, Jax, FL 32218

If you have any questions, please call or text Jerry Bell at 407-494-5302 in the Orlando Area or Darold Williams at 904-351-8381 in the Daytona Area.Pasengers 1
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Hail Wildcats!
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*CURRENT BCU STUDENTS (ID Verified) 1-Bus Seat & Game Ticket to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC

 paypal_buynow $50.00

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1-Bus Seat to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC(Transportation Option only)
paypal_buynow $90.00
or
 
1-Bus Seat & Game Ticket to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC
paypal_buynow $115.00
 

 
2-Bus Seats to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC (Transportation Only Option)
 paypal_buynow $180.00
 
or
 
2-Bus Seats & Game Tickets to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC
 paypal_buynow $230.00

 
3-Bus Seats to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC (Transportation Only Option)
paypal_buynow $270.00
 
or
3-Bus Seats & Game Tickets to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC
paypal_buynow $345.00
 

 
4-Bus Seats to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC (Transportation Only Option)
paypal_buynow $360.00
or
 
 4-Bus Seats & Game Tickets to BCU vs NC A & T at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, NC
paypal_buynow  $460.00
 
 

Updated: *12 seats left* $80 ROUNDTRIP on HAILWILDCATS.COM FAN BUS to NC CENTRAL Oct. 3rd, 2015


FUNTIME BUSGreetings BCU Fans!

You are cordially invited to hop onboard the HailWildcats.com ‘Road to the Celebration’ Fan Bus  as we support our guys in their quest to have a successful season under  the direction of Head Coach Terry Sims. Our Fighting Wildcats will travel to O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium in Durham, North Carolina on Saturday October 3rd, 2015 to take on the North Carolina Central Eagles, kickoff is at 2:00 p.m.

The low rate of $100.00 will guarantee you transportation to and from the game and a game ticket, if you already have your game ticket, you can secure your transportation to and from North Carolina Central for just $80.00.

The bus will pick up in three locations, Orlando 1:45 am, Daytona 2:45 am and Jacksonville 4:00 am, and will make a stop for lunch before arriving at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium around 12:00 pm. We will depart for Florida approximately 1 hour after the game and will stop for dinner on the return trip.

Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. No seats are guaranteed until final payment has been received. All sales are final!

We encourage the use of PayPal for a fast, safe, and convenient method of securing your seat. We have attached the PayPal links/options below for your convenience. You do NOT need a PayPal account to complete your transaction. If you prefer to pay with cash or with Credit/Debit card in person or over the phone, please coordinate with Jerry Bell or Darold Williams at the numbers below. Checks will NOT be accepted.

Seats are filling up quickly, ONLY 12 SEATS LEFT so be sure to lock yours in today.

PICKUP LOCATION:

ORLANDO, FL – Home Depot Lee Rd. – 1:45 AM  5351 Diplomat Cir, Orlando, FL 32810

DAYTONA BEACH, FL –Bethune-Cookman University -2:45 AM   Between the Facilities building and the Band Hall

JACKSONVILLE, FL – LaQuinta Inn- 4:00 AM  812 Dunn Ave, Jax, FL 32218

If you have any questions, please call or text Jerry Bell at 407-494-5302 in the Orlando Area or Darold Williams at 904-351-8381 in the Daytona Area.Pasengers 1
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Hail Wildcats!
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*CURRENT BCU STUDENTS (ID Verified) 1-Bus Seat & Game Ticket to BCU vs NC Central at O’Kelly Riddick Stadium – Durham, NC

 paypal_buynow $75.00

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1-Bus Seat to BCU vs NC Central at O’Kelly Riddick Stadium – Durham, NC (Transportation Option only)
paypal_buynow $80.00
or
 
1-Bus Seat & Game Ticket to BCU vs NC Central at O’Kelly Riddick Stadium – Durham, NC
paypal_buynow $100.00
 

 
2-Bus Seats to BCU vs NC Central at O’Kelly Riddick Stadium – Durham, NC (Transportation Only Option)
 paypal_buynow $160.00
 
or
 
2-Bus Seats & Game Tickets to BCU vs NC Central at O’Kelly Riddick Stadium – Durham, NC
 paypal_buynow $200.00

 
3-Bus Seats to BCU vs NC Central at O’Kelly Riddick Stadium – Durham, NC(Transportation Only Option)
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or
3-Bus Seats & Game Tickets to BCU vs NC Central at O’Kelly Riddick Stadium – Durham, NC
paypal_buynow $300.00
 

 
4-Bus Seats to BCU vs NC Central at O’Kelly Riddick Stadium – Durham, NC (Transportation Only Option)
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or
 
 4-Bus Seats & Game Tickets to BCU vs NC Central at O’Kelly Riddick Stadium – Durham, NC
paypal_buynow  $400.00
 
 

Congratulations to Mrs. Emma Price on winning (2) 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic Tickets

Congratulations to Mrs. Emma Price of Daytona Beach on winning the Hailwildcats.com BCU vs Norfolk State “Watch Party” Raffle for (2) 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic Tickets. If you missed the past raffle, you have another opportunity this week, details below!  Congrats again Mrs. Emma Price!BCU HU

Hailwildcats.com will host a WILDCATS “LETS GO” Watch Party on Thursday November 13th, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. EST when our Mighty Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University take on the Pirates of Hampton University on ESPNU. The game will air live on the “BIG SCREEN” of Buffalo Wild Wings at 2479 W. International Speedway Blvd  Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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If you are in the Daytona area, put on your Maroon and Gold and come out and share with the Wildcat Nation in this momentous and joyous occasion and see

“Who will ascend to the top of the mountain?”

We will hold a raffle for (2) Tickets ($54.00 value) to the 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic which will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 2pm in the newly remodeled Citrus Bowl. To enter, tickets are One (1) for $5.00 or Three (3) for $10.00, the winner will be announced on Hailwildcats.com on Saturday November 15th, 2014. You may pre purchase raffle tickets below:

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paypal_buynow(3) Raffle Tickets $10.00

 

JOIN US FOR FOOTBALL, FOOD, and FUN!

Buffalo Wild Wings
2479 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Fl 32114

We look forward to seeing you there! Kickoff at 7:30 P.M.

 

Hailwildcats.com WILDCATS “LETS GO” WATCH PARTY Nov. 13th, 2014 @ 7p.m. (Buffalo Wild Wings Daytona Beach, Fl)

CALLING ALL WILDCAT NATION!!!!!BCU HU

Hailwildcats.com will host a WILDCATS “LETS GO” Watch Party on Thursday November 13th, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. EST when our Mighty Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University take on the Pirates of Hampton University on ESPNU. The game will air live on the “BIG SCREEN” of Buffalo Wild Wings at 2479 W. International Speedway Blvd  Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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If you are in the Daytona area, put on your Maroon and Gold and come out and share with the Wildcat Nation in this momentous and joyous occasion and see

“Who will ascend to the top of the mountain?”

We will hold a raffle for (2) Tickets ($54.00 value) to the 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic which will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 2pm in the newly remodeled Citrus Bowl. To enter, tickets are One (1) for $5.00 or Three (3) for $10.00, the winner will be announced on Hailwildcats.com on Saturday November 15th, 2014. You may pre purchase raffle tickets below:

paypal_buynow (1) Raffle Ticket $5.00

 


 

paypal_buynow(3) Raffle Tickets $10.00

 

JOIN US FOR FOOTBALL, FOOD, and FUN!

Buffalo Wild Wings
2479 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Fl 32114

We look forward to seeing you there! Kickoff at 7:30 P.M.