2007-05-18 / Sports

FDNY-NYPD Battle In 35th Anniversary Football Game

By Elio Velez

In picture, FDNY defensive lineman Peter Connolly (51) of Engine 75 makes a bonecrushing hit on NYPD runningback Mike Bestany (right) in last year's game. File photo by Borriello Photography. In picture, FDNY defensive lineman Peter Connolly (51) of Engine 75 makes a bonecrushing hit on NYPD runningback Mike Bestany (right) in last year's game. File photo by Borriello Photography. The battle of the badges between the New York City Police Department and the New York City Fire Department is an annual tradition that will once again take place on the gridiron.

On Saturday, at the Aviator Sports Complex located at Floyd Bennett Field on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, the FDNY and the NYPD will face each other in the 35th annual Fun City Bowl. The bragging rights to see who will come out on top on the football field will take place at 4 p.m.

The winner of this game will advance to play in the National Public Safety Football League championship game against the LAPD Centurions or the LAFD Heat. The Fun City Bowl tickets are priced at $15 with kids 12 and under admitted free.

The NYPD will be looking for some revenge after the FDNY mixed a dose of big plays and defensive excellence in a 16-6 victory over the NYPD. It was the first time the game was played at Aviator Sports Complex and attracted a crowd of 2,000 fans to the contest.

Last year's game was a tight battle throughout but FDNY kick returner Gordon Tunison would turn the tide in favor for his team. With FDNY up 10-6 in the fourth quarter, Tunison scampered up the middle of the NYPD special teams for a 70 yard touchdown return to increase the lead to 16-6.

FDNY Commissioner Thomas Von Essen and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly were on hand for last year's festivities that officially opened the then brand new Aviator Complex. Actors Colin Farrell and Noah Emmerich also were present to support the NYPD.

Farrell and Emmerich filmed movie scenes with the NYPD football team for a film debuting in 2008 called "Pride and Glory"

This season, the FDNY are currently 3-0 in their 2007 campaign after they defeated the Phoenix Thunder 12-7 on April 28. New York's Finest are also on a roll, increasing their record to 2-0 in a road win against the Chicago Enforcers, 27-14.

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