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Cat-Griz Game Spirit Shown All Over Bozeman

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It's a rivalry that stretches back more than 100 years and a time of year all Montana football fans look forward to.

With the Cat-Griz game less than 24 hours away, fans in Bozeman, Missoula and all across the state are showing their spirit and bringing the competition off the field.

Tony Wastcoat was surprised when he walked in his office and saw Bobcat spirit all over.

"It was unbelievable," said Wastcoat.

"I was hoping to get a really fun reaction. Tony has a great sense of humor, so we knew he would enjoy it," said Kade Embry, a Bobcat fan.

Wastcoat is a graduate of UM and a big Griz fan. His office staff decorated his office top to bottom in Bobcat gear, including getting an extended ladder to paint the windows.

"There was banners all over. My desk, computer and phone were all wrapped," Wastcoat.

"It's going to be very difficult for someone to get over and wash the windows," said Embry. "In case he took things down, we wanted to make sure he couldn't reach the windows."

Bobcat spirit is also being shown in businesses like the Cannery in downtown. Owner, Bob Fletcher said they have been preparing for this game all year and they will be fully staffed.

"We use all of our staff because between Friday, Saturday and Sunday night it will be super busy," said Fletcher.

With fans and businesses gearing up for Saturday's game, community organizations across the state are battling for other victories off the football field.

The Gallatin Valley Food Bank has been extremely busy all day, bringing in last minute donations for the "Can-the-Griz" food drive, a friendly competition between Cats and Griz fans to see who can donate the most food.

"The back door has been open all day and we've had truck loads coming in," said Jill Holder, Gallatin Valley Food Bank Operations Manager.

While Holder won't say who is currently in the lead, she said the competition has spurred impressive donations on both ends like the five tons of potatoes dropped off on Friday by one Bozeman business.

"It super exciting. The Cats fans are not going to let the Grizzlies win ," said Holder.

Last year, the Gallatin Valley Food Bank brought in 69,000 pounds of food.

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