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    Default Bowl Gifts

    David Fox
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    Ask any college football player about whether there are too many bowl games and you might get a puzzled look. After all, you haven't seen some of these bowl gift packs.

    Go ahead and scoff at the St. Petersburg Bowl between USF and Memphis. The players just ran off with mini camcorders and noise-canceling headphones.

    Bowls are permitted to give players $500 worth of bowl gifts. They range from standard-issue bowl souvenirs such as hooded sweatshirts and mini-helmets to nifty electronics such as iPods and Nintendo Wiis.

    Here's a list of all the bowl goodie bags this season:

    EAGLEBANK
    Navy-Wake Forest, Dec. 20 in Washington
    The gear:
    Sony portable DVD player
    Embossed leather DVD carry case
    Commemorative football
    Custom die-struck medallion (same one was used for the coin toss)
    Custom woven afghan
    Embroidered beanie
    Warm-up suit
    T-shirt
    Jacket
    Sneakers
    Gym bag
    The verdict: Nearly every bowl gives out logo-laden swag such as hoodies, footballs and watches. The medallion used for the coin toss and the afghan are a change of pace ? but not necessarily for the better.
    LAS VEGAS
    Arizona-BYU, Dec. 20 in Las Vegas
    The gear:
    Nintendo Wii sports bundle package
    Oakley Holeshot Watch
    Hat
    The verdict: Who would have thought going 7-5 in the Pac-10 would land you a highly coveted Wii Sports Pack? Seriously, this thing comes with a wireless Nunchuk Kit!
    ST. PETERSBURG
    Memphis-South Florida
    , Dec. 20 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
    The gear:
    Flip Mino camcorder
    Noise-canceling headphones
    Floppy hat
    Ogio bag
    The verdict: Don't underestimate the value of noise-canceling headphones on long road trips, particularly if Jim Leavitt is in your travel party.
    NEW MEXICO
    Colorado State-Fresno State
    , Dec. 20 in Albuquerque, N.M.
    The gear:
    Oakley backpack
    Oakley watch
    RCA video recorder/camera
    Oakley beanie
    Personalized commemorative football
    New Mexico Bowl pen
    New Era cap
    One-year subscription to ESPN the Magazine
    The verdict: You want an easy way to spot the bowls ESPN has a hand in running? ESPN the Magazine is a bowl gift.
    NEW ORLEANS
    Southern Miss-Troy,
    Dec. 21 in New Orleans
    The gear:
    Player's choice of Nike apparel
    Bowl ring
    Bowl watch
    The verdict: Troy players would probably give up their gift bags to erase their overtime loss.
    POINSETTIA
    Boise State-TCU
    , Dec. 23 in San Diego
    The gear:
    Tommy Hilfiger watch
    iPod Touch
    Best Buy gift certificate
    Hooded sweatshirt
    The verdict: Is Tommy Hilfiger still cool?
    HAWAII
    Hawaii-Notre Dame
    , Dec. 24 in Honolulu
    The gear:
    Kicker iKick500 iPod/iPhone Dock
    Silk tie
    Oakley sunglasses
    Kahala aloha shirt
    Beach chair
    Beach towel
    T-shirt
    Calendar
    Hat
    Visor
    Backpack
    Luggage tags
    The verdict: The iPod dock looks like something out of the Batcave. The Hawaii bowl tie and Aloha shirt screams "re-gifting" for Father's Day. And those beach chairs and towels sure will come in handy in South Bend.
    MOTOR CITY
    Central Michigan-Florida Atlantic
    , Dec. 26 in Detroit
    The gear:
    Motor City souvenir watch
    Two-piece leather travel set
    The verdict: FAU begged for a bowl bid for this?
    MEINEKE CAR CARE
    North Carolina-West Virginia
    , Dec. 27 in Charlotte, N.C.
    The gear:
    Flip Mino digital video recorder
    Fossil watch and sunglasses set
    Personalized commemorative football
    Laptop backpack
    Racing-themed baseball hat
    The verdict: Only a bowl in Charlotte would think about giving a "racing-themed baseball hat."
    CHAMPS SPORTS
    Florida State-Wisconsin
    , Dec. 27 in Orlando, Fla.
    The gear:
    $400 shopping spree at Best Buy during the bowl trip
    Watch
    Goodie bag
    The verdict: What a genius bowl gift. The players get exactly the electronics they want with the shopping spree and the bowl officials can skip some of the legwork.
    EMERALD
    California-Miami
    , Dec. 27 in San Francisco
    The gear:
    Sony noise-canceling headphones
    Armor Gear rolling duffel bag
    Fossil watch
    Emerald Bowl baseball cap
    The verdict: Standard fare: Electronics, luggage, watch, souvenir item.
    INDEPENDENCE
    Louisiana Tech-Northern Illinois
    , Dec. 28 in Shreveport, La.
    The gear:
    Trek mountain bike
    Baseball cap
    Timely Co. watch
    Souvenir football
    The verdict: The mountain bike is probably the most unique gift of the bowl season. But do football players want mountain bikes?
    PAPAJOHNS.COM
    N.C. State-Rutgers
    , Dec. 29 in Birmingham, Ala.
    The gear:
    Flip Mino digital video recorder
    Sony noise-canceling headphones
    Knit cap
    Ogio bag
    The verdict: Another bowl giving away digital video recorders. A helpful reminder to all athletes with one of these new toys: Fans will be scouring your Facebook and MySpace pages for embarrassing videos.
    ALAMO
    Missouri-Northwestern
    , Dec. 29 in San Antonio
    The gear:
    80-gigabyte Sony PS3
    NBA Ballerz PS3 video game
    Fossil watch
    Mini-helmet
    The verdict: Playstations and PSPs have been hot items in years past. Not so much this year. Even on a PS3, Missouri's defense still won't be able to stop Oklahoma.
    HUMANITARIAN
    Maryland-Nevada
    , Dec. 30 in Boise, Idaho
    The gear:
    Sony camcorder
    Winter jacket
    Gloves
    Hooded sweatshirt
    Skullcap
    Baseball cap
    The verdict: There are some useful items here, but all the winter gear just reminds the ACC team it's closer to Siberia than the Orange Bowl.
    TEXAS
    Rice-Western Michigan
    , Dec. 30 in Houston
    The gear:
    $350 Best Buy shopping spree
    Swisstek watch
    Under Armour HeatGear long-sleeve tee
    Under Armour twister pants
    Under Armour tech cap
    Toppers backpack
    Commemorative belt buckle
    The verdict: Nothing says Texas like a commemorative belt buckle. Plus, here's another shopping spree.
    HOLIDAY
    Oklahoma State-Oregon
    , Dec. 30 in San Diego
    The gear:
    Insignia 19-inch HD TV with DVD player
    Tourneau watch
    Hooded sweatshirt
    Best Buy gift certificate
    The verdict: A small but thoughtful gift pack. Did you notice the TV is dorm-sized?
    ARMED FORCES
    Air Force-Houston
    , Dec. 31 in Fort Worth, Texas
    The gear:
    Flip digital video camera
    Commemorative watch
    Rolling luggage
    Commemorative football
    Mini football helmet
    T-shirt
    Luggage tags
    The verdict: Nothing out of the ordinary here. And we're running out of pithy comments for Flip digital video cameras and assorted swag that carries a bowl logo.
    SUN
    Oregon State-Pittsburgh
    , Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas.
    The gear:
    Sony DVD Handycam
    Timely silvertone watch
    Travel bag
    Fleece pullover
    Hair dryer
    Cap
    Sun Bowl souvenir coin
    The verdict: Brut is the title sponsor and routinely supplies its bowl participants with hair dryers. Dave Wannstedt might be wondering if Brut makes moustache groomers, too.
    MUSIC CITY
    Boston College-Vanderbilt
    , Dec. 31 in Nashville, Tenn.
    The gear:
    Noise-canceling headphones
    MP3 player
    Fossil watch
    Adidas fleece jacket
    Armor Gear backpack
    The verdict: If the players don't like country music, they can use their noise-canceling headphones and the MP3 player.
    INSIGHT
    Kansas-Minnesota
    , Dec. 31 in Tempe, Ariz.
    The gear:
    Vizio 26-inch LCD HD TV
    Insight Bowl watch
    Snack pack
    Hat
    The verdict: The Insight Bowl gets the award for best TV gift, beating out the Holiday Bowl by seven inches.
    CHICK-FIL-A
    Georgia Tech-LSU
    , Dec. 31 in Atlanta
    The gear:
    $300 Best Buy gift card
    Watch
    Travel bag
    Souvenir football
    Two hats
    The verdict: Seriously, one Chick-fil-A Bowl hat is enough. How about a year's supply of waffle fries instead?
    OUTBACK
    Iowa-South Carolina
    , Jan. 1 in Tampa, Fla.
    The gear:
    Flip Mino digital video recorder
    Ring
    Fossil watch
    The verdict: An Outback Bowl ring just doesn't have the same "wow" factor as a Super Bowl ring.
    GATOR
    Clemson-Nebraska
    , Jan. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla.
    The gear:
    Oakley Split Thump MP3 sunglasses
    Bulova watch
    Jostens ring
    Fitted cap
    Mercury Luggage rolling duffel and sling bag
    The verdict: There's actually a set of the Oakley Thumps in Nebraska's trademark white and red. Apparently, anything in orange and purple isn't big seller outside of Clemson, S.C.
    CAPITAL ONE
    Georgia-Michigan State
    , Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla.
    The gear:
    $400 shopping spree at Best Buy
    Watch
    Goodie bag
    The verdict: Another Best Buy shopping spree. Heck, bowl season might have been able to save a few Circuit City stores.
    ROSE
    Penn State-USC
    , Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.
    The gear:
    Sony DVD camcorder
    Fossil watch
    Ogio backpack
    Hat
    Plaque
    Autographed football
    One-year subscription to ESPN the Magazine
    The verdict: Rose Bowl officials would like to remind you that bowl gifts would not be possible without the bowl system. Chew on that, playoff fans.
    ORANGE
    Cincinnati-Virginia Tech
    , Jan. 1 in Miami
    The gear:
    $300 Sony Gifting Suite
    New Era fitted hat
    Torneau watch
    Crocs
    Ogio backpack
    Luggage tags
    The verdict: The Orange Bowl needed the $300 Sony shopping spree to offset the lameness of a pair of Crocs.
    COTTON
    Ole Miss-Texas Tech
    , Jan. 2 in Dallas
    The gear:
    Unknown
    The verdict: The Cotton Bowl's lips are sealed. It won't reveal its bowl gifts until after the players arrive in Dallas. With this much secrecy, the gifts better be darned good.
    LIBERTY
    East Carolina-Kentucky
    , Jan. 2 in Memphis, Tenn.
    The gear:
    Fossil watch
    Camcorder/media player
    Game ball
    Nike running shoes
    Nike sports sandals
    Nike sports band
    Nike sunglasses
    The verdict: Talk about brand loyalty: East Carolina and Kentucky have deals with Nike for team merchandise, too.
    SUGAR
    Alabama-Utah
    , Jan. 2 in New Orleans
    The gear:
    Sony Blu-ray player
    Sony Walkman digital MP3 player
    Custom watch
    The verdict: This definitely is one of the better gift packs of the bowl season ? until Nick Saban makes Crimson Tide players break down game film in Blu-ray.
    INTERNATIONAL
    Buffalo-Connecticut
    , Jan. 3 in Toronto
    The gear:
    Football
    Watch
    Rolling duffel
    Computer backpack
    The verdict: This is the "You Should Be Happy Just To Be In A Bowl" gift bag. And, presumably, all this stuff is easy to get through Customs.
    FIESTA
    Ohio State-Texas
    , Jan. 5 in Glendale, Ariz.
    The gear:
    MyVu Personal Media Viewer
    iPod Nano
    Watch
    Snack pack
    Game hat
    The verdict: The MyVu viewer lets users watch video from their iPods in a pair of sunglasses. The Longhorns won't know whether to laugh or cry when it's preloaded with highlights from this year's Red River Shootout.
    GMAC
    Ball State-Tulsa
    , Jan. 6 in Mobile, Ala.
    The gear:
    Ring
    Watch
    Hat
    Football
    Luggage tags
    The verdict: Geez. Talk about a no-frills gift pack.
    BCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
    Florida-Oklahoma
    , Jan. 8 in Miami
    The gear:
    $300 Sony Gifting Suite
    New Era fitted hat
    Torneau watch
    Championship Crocs
    Ogio backpack
    Luggage tags
    The verdict: Same gear as the Orange Bowl, different logos. Doesn't seem fair, does it?
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    Default Re: Bowl Gifts

    The Meineke bowl in Charlotte also has one of the coolest gifts not listed here.

    West Virginia and North Carolina players will get the Richard Petty Driving Experience and go three laps at 160 mph in a stock car. They get pictures of themselves in the car.

    No doubt better than a pair of Orange Bowl Crocs.

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