One might debate who is more competitive, medical students or law students, but on Sept. 29, the former showed they were more gifted on the gridiron: Both DMU’s men’s and women’s teams took the trophy in the 2012 Malpractice Bowl, the annual match-up between the University and Drake University Law School. Both DMU teams won last year, too. Started by DMU in 1998, this year’s games were played for the first time in the Drake Stadium, rather than on Drake’s intramural field. On a picture-perfect fall day, dozens of enthusiastic DMU fans cheered on the University’s women’s team to a 23-6 victory and the men’s team to a 26-13 win.
“It was great to come out on top because we had an awesome team who worked hard and had a lot of fun together,” says women’s team quarterback Kassi Schuppe, D.P.T.’14. “I think the offense especially enjoyed coming up with trick plays in practice. Playing at Drake Stadium added another level of excitement to the game. DMU had a great crowd and they really got into the game.”
Although the games are flag football, not tackle, the event was not without player injury. That didn’t dampen the excitement, however.
“The games this year were pretty intense and physical, but they were a ton of fun,” says David Cain, D.P.M.’16. “I was very happy, as the women’s coach, that girls returned from last year and some new ones showed up this year to learn something about football, put up with me again, and have a good time. Playing on the men’s team was a great opportunity to play with guys in all years of different programs and to interact with one another.”
Schuppe adds: “I have had a blast playing in the Malpractice Bowl the past two years, and I am looking forward to next year to try and make it a three-peat.”
Web extra: View 60 photos of the 2012 Malpractice Bowl.