Thursday, December 8, 2011
Breaking down the Big 12 bowl gifts
By ESPN.com staff
Every year, teams head to bowl games, and every year, they're given gifts for doing so.
Here's what the Big 12 teams headed to bowls will be given once they get there, according to the Sports Business Journal.
Note: Some gift cards given to players must be spent on a team visit to the store during the bowl trip.
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl (Missouri): Gift suite, Timely Watch Co. watch, New Era cap, commemorative football.
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (Texas): Best Buy gift card, Tourneau watch, hooded sweatshirt, FlexFit cap.
Valero Alamo Bowl (Baylor): $400 Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, Schutt mini-helmet, panoramic team photo.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Iowa State): Bowl committee does not disclose. Guess you better ask the players. I'm guessing the players get to take home their very own Yankee.
Insight Bowl (Oklahoma): Gift suite, Fossil watch, cap, Ogio Convoy backpack.
AT&T Cotton Bowl (Kansas State): Fossil watch, bowl would not disclose further gifts. I know in the past, however, players have been given various gaming consoles.
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Texas A&M): Toshiba 32-inch flat-screen television, Fossil watch, belt buckle, T-shirt, backpack.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Oklahoma State): Gift suite, Kenneth Cole watch, cap, Ogio Convoy backpack.
Which one's the best?
You never know what's in these "gift suites," but I'm on board with the Holiday Bowl's package and the Meineke Bowl as a very close second.
Just ahead of the Pinstripe Bowl, of course. I've always wanted somebody to take some batting practice in my backyard.