CLEARWATER – By now, I'm sure you've seen our story that Florida International center (and Gaither High alumnus) Shane McGough was the hero of the Gasparilla Bowl's Bad Boy Mowers lawnmower race at Busch Gardens.
After a thorough, in-depth, exclusive investigation, we at the Tampa Bay Times have an extremely important update to the biggest story of bowl season.
McGough was a ringer.
His father, Francis, has a lawn maintenance company.
"I've always been kind of around it, because he's had the lawn business," McGough said after Tuesday's football practice. "He let me ride them a few times around the house, trying to mow our yard when he didn't want to do it. I kind of knew what to do when I got on it."
But McGough's experience was a blessing and a curse. With great power comes great responsibility.
"I was a little nervous, because everybody was hyping me up throughout the week," McGough said, "and I didn't want to let everybody down."
He didn't – on the lawnmower race course or on the football field. More on the second part coming soon.