Saturday’s PlayStation Fiesta Bowl game between Oregon and Iowa State was legendary broadcaster Mike Golic’s final assignment for ESPN, as his contract expires after more than two decades with the network.
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Although fans of Golic’s run on ESPN Radio and his college football broadcasts are devastated by his departure — he was unsurprisingly fantastic this season in his return to college football — the bowl game made sure he celebrated the end of his time with ESPN properly. And with a thank-you cake.
During the second half of the Oregon-Iowa State game, the Fiesta Bowl mascot, Spirit, delivered Golic the cake on live TV, and he was elated.
“Ohh, look at that! I got a cake!” Golic said. “‘The Fiesta Bowl thanks you.’ Thank you, Spirit!”
And then he dug right into it face first.
(We should also note that although the cake appears to be funky green color, it actually just looks like the frosting is picking up the green screen graphic behind Golic.)
“Whoa, don’t drop it,” Dave Pasch teased as Golic did, in fact, almost drop it.
“Oh, this is terrific,” Golic added.
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Terrific is one of several adjectives college football fans would probably use to describe Golic’s work on air this season. He’s been entertaining, shrewd and delightful — including the time earlier this season when he devoured doughnuts during a game.
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