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Mud Bowl to air on ESPN Oct. 16

 CONWAY — ESPN's Kenny Mayne's Wider World of Sports coverage of the Mud Bowl is expected to be aired on Sports Center on Ch. 31 on Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m., according to the show's producer.

The producer says it is to be aired on SportsCenter Oct. 16 periodically beginning at 9 a.m.
It will also be available on espn.com/wwos at any time.

It may also be rebroadcast at 8 and 9 p.m. on ESPN News on Ch. 132. To view it on the web, visit espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/9826542/kenny-mayne-visits-new-hampshire-mud-football-championships.

A programming spokesman for ESPN of Bristol, Conn., could not confirm it, but Jason Veno, quarterback for the champion North Country Crocs mud football team, said he was told by the show's producer the segment will be aired on Oct. 16.

“I was told by Tyler, the producer, it will be airing tomorrow night Wednesday, Oct. 16 as part of 'SportsCenter,’ ” said Veno Tuesday.

Veno, who also works as a sales representative for Mud Bowl's sponsor, Amoskeag Beverage of Bow, also sits on the Mud Bowl board of directors.

Wider World of Sports started its season Oct. 9.

“We are the second in the series of six that started last Wednesday with the CornHole Championship in Kentucky, ” said Veno.

The right-handed Mayne joined the left-handed Veno as a second on-field quarterback option during the “Muddy Night LIVE!”-themed Mud Bowl mud football championships, a 17-game, 10-team, double-elimination tournament held at North Conway's Hog Coliseum, Sept. 6 through 8.

Veno and Mayne often played at the same time, with one or the other serving as quarterback and taking the snap, while the other would be the running/blocking back.

Mayne originally was slated to cover and play in the games Friday and Saturday, but ended up playing all three days. He appeared on the Crocs' float in the 31st annual Tournament of Mud Parade Saturday morning in their “Da Crocs” “Muddy Night LIVE!” skit.

He also played some golf at the Omni Mount Washington Golf Course, enjoyed the beef brisket at Moat Mountain Smokehouse twice, and vowed he would be back with perhaps his own team from Seattle, Wash., next year.

“It's a great event. Most guys don't get to play football after their college years, so this is fantastic. I'm surprised you don't have more teams,” said Mayne, who said he was impressed with how the event benefits local nonprofits, with the primary beneficiaries being Carroll County Senior Volunteer Program, the North Conway Community Center and North Conway Day Care.

Mayne, 54, is a former honorable-mention junior college All-American quarterback in 1978 at Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Wash. He graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1982, with a degree in broadcasting, where he was the back-up quarterback and ahead of future NFL star Randall Cunningham on the depth chart. While at UNLV, Mayne played football for two years and later signed as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks.

 He is a sports journalist and comedian for ESPN.
He said he was thrilled to be out there playing, even though due to injuries suffered during his college career to his right leg, he is unable to run — but at least he can still throw, as was evidenced all weekend. 

He said playing mud football ranks right up there with some of his other adventures, which have included running with the bulls in Virginia and competing in a demolition motor home derby in California.

“It's a great event,” said Mayne as he joined Veno and other Crocs at midfield to accept the Mud Bowl championship trophy Sunday afternoon, Sept. 8, the first Sunday of the season for the NFL, and a joyous day in Mudville: the hometown MWV Hogs were not the holders of the trophy, but at least another North Country team had won. “Thanks for carrying me,” he added, as Veno joined. “You were great. We had depth and speed.”

The 2013 Mud Bowl netted $30,744 for local non-profit organizations, up from nearly $29,000 in 2012, according to Ryan Sommer of the North Conway Community Center.


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