'Tis the Season for Giving


Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:30 pm
By: News On 6


Originally Published: Dec 8, 2010 5:45 PM CDT

&lsquo;Tis the season for giving and nobody gives more than the college football bowl games.&#160; Now these paltry prizes may not impress Cecil Newton, but to the average college football player it&rsquo;s not to shabby.</P>&#160;</P>Let&rsquo;s start with the grab bag for state teams.</P>&#160;</P>Tostito&rsquo;s Fiesta Bowl.&#160; OU-Connecticut:&#160; Something called Gift suite (Use your imagination here.&#160; Seems to give carte blanch to heap the riches upon the kids), Fossil Watch, Cap, Ogio Cooper Backpack.</P>&#160;</P>Valero Alamo Bowl.&#160; OSU-Arizona:&#160; X-Box 360 with Kinect, $20 dollar gift card to Game Stop, Kicker 541 headphones, I-pod Shuffle, Fossil Watch, mini-helmet and team photo.&#160; </P>&#160;</P>Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.&#160; Tulsa-Hawaii:&#160; Kicker EB 141 ear buds, Oakley Sunglasses, custom shorts, t-shirt, golf shirt and visor, Oakley Backpack, beach towels.</P>&#160;</P>Now, some things that stuck out to me:</P>&#160;</P>-Best gifts:&#160; The Chick Fil A Bowl hands out a $250 gift card to Best Buy.&#160; The Capitol One Bowl takes that $250 up to $420.&#160; </P>&#160;</P>-Worst gift:&#160; The Texas Bowl gives each player a belt buckle.&#160; If there&rsquo;s anything a college kid who wears sweatpants every day can use, it&rsquo;s a belt buckle. </P>&#160;</P>-Oakley is giving something to nearly every kid in every bowl.&#160; Now we know why a pair of sunglasses costs more than a car payment.</P>&#160;</P>-The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl gives out no food gift certificate.&#160; Not even a family pack of Mac and Cheese.</P>&#160;</P>-Gift bag contents for the Cotton, New Era Pinstripe and Meineke Bowls were not available.&#160; This can&rsquo;t be good for participants.&#160; I&rsquo;m thinking 3-pack of Hanes T-Shirts, souvenir used Derek Jeter wristband and oil change with lube and filter respectively.</P>&#160;</P>&#160;</P>&#160;</P>&#160;</P><BR/>