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There are gadgets and gizmos, Crocs and caps, headphones and hair dryers?
|Ah, the time-honored tradition of the Sun Bowl's hair dryer, courtesy of Helen Of Troy.|
Here are the best and worst gifts of 2008:
SWEETEST RIDE: The Independence Bowl already shipped Trek mountain bikes to the players at Louisiana Tech and Northern Illinois. It's quite fitting considering the uphill climb first-year coach Jerry Kill had after NIU won just two games in 2007.
|No player shall go hungry in San Francisco with an endless supply of Emerald nuts on hand.|
BEST STOCK-ING STUFFER: Oh sure, the Meineke Car Care Bowl has the nifty little Flip Mino, but the real gem in this gift package is the memorable photo every player gets at Lowe's Motor Speedway. 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.
BEST THING-A-MA-GIG: The Alamo Bowl's 80-gig Sony PS3. For the low, low price of $400, this thing should win the game for you.
CUTTING EDGE: This looks like something straight out of Star Trek. Colt McCoy and Terrelle Pryor can go incognito with the Fiesta Bowl's Myvu Personal Media Viewer. Yeah, go ahead and Google that one.
|"Coach, seriously, I was watching game film."|
SNOOZER: The Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl is giving Boston College and Vanderbilt noise-canceling headphones, something they aren't likely to need for the crowd in this stadium. Heck, the Boston College band might not even bring its full roster.
TIME'S UP: Is there anyone who doesn't give the commemorative watch?
DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS: Where else can you get a three-by-four-inch commemorative belt buckle with a Texas Bowl logo on it?
ALOHA MEANS GOODBYE: Unless you're Charlie Weis, who will be back in South Bend next season. The 6-6 Fighting Irish get a Kahala Aloha shirt, Hawaii Bowl silk tie, Hawaii Bowl custom backpack, a KICKER iKick500 iPod/iPhone dock, Oakley sunglasses, a beach chair, beach towel, T-shirt, calendar, hat, visor, luggage tags. Lose four out of your last five games and all this can be yours!
WHAT A DRAG: The rolling duffel bags, the luggage, the backpacks. These guys travel to five, six games a season. You don't think they've got the gear for it?
HOTTEST GIFT: What's hotter than the hair dryer? "These aren't the low-end hair dryers, either," Hilburn said. "These are those ionic hair dryers, whatever that means." Hey, if you don't like the look, the Sun Bowl has a nice cap to cover it with.