Time for the best post of the year for some of you. I've already had a few of you e-mailing me about it.
As they do every year, the Sports Business Journal got a hold of what goes into each player's gift bag at their respective bowl games.
Here's what the Big 12's teams are getting this year as gifts from their bowl games. Check out SBJ's story on it, too. Interesting stuff, and stories most people don't think of when they think about players getting free gifts and shopping sprees from bowl games.
Will Webb, executive director of Charlotte Collegiate Football, the nonprofit committee that operates the Belk Bowl and the ACC Dr Pepper Championship football game in Charlotte, relates an experience during last year’s player shopping trip.
“I saw one young man carrying a high-end Cuisinart coffee maker and pink slippers to the checkout counter,” Webb said. “I asked him jokingly if those were for him. He put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘You have no idea how much this means to me. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever been able to buy my mom a Christmas present.’”
Very cool. Let's get to the gifts.
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (Baylor vs. UCLA): Best Buy gift card, Tourneau watch, Maui Jim sunglasses gift certificate, cap
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Texas Tech vs. Minnesota): Fossil watch, 32-inch flat-screen TV, belt buckle, T-shirt, lapel pin, backpack
New Era Pinstripe Bowl (West Virginia vs. Syracuse): The bowl refused to disclose details about players' gifts, but SBJ reported that last year's gift suite included a Sony video camera, Armitron watch, Balfour ring, New Era duffle bag, New Era caps, a winter hat, hoodie, sweatpants, thermal, polo and crew shirt.
Valero Alamo Bowl (Texas vs. Oregon State): Apple iPad Mini, Fossil watch, $100 Best Buy gift card, panoramic team photo, Schutt mini helmet
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (TCU vs. Michigan State): Gift suite presented by PAC Sports Division, Fossil watch, Ogio Mercur backpack
AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Iowa State vs. Tulsa): Sol Republic Tracks HD Anthem headphones, Bulova watch, Nike athletic shoes and sandals, Nike sunglasses, Nike backpack, football
Heart of Dallas Bowl (Oklahoma State vs. Purdue): The bowl committee told SBJ that their bowl packages had not yet been finalized.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Kansas State vs. Oregon): Gift suite presented by PAC Sports Division, Fossil watch, Ogio Mercur backpack
AT&T Cotton Bowl (Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M): The Cotton Bowl never discloses what is in their players' gift packages, but the SBJ reported that last year's participants were given at least an iPad2 and a Fossil watch.