Originally written December 04, 2012 on Busted Coverage:
‘Tis the season for corporate sponsors to legally hand out all the lavish gifts that players have been receiving from coaches and boosters illegally for years. Most of the time these gifts are more of a motivating factor for these guys than playing in front of 19,000 people in Shreveport in some nonsense bowl. For some of these guys, this is their last shot at luxury. The select few that get drafted will get to keep living the dream, but for the back up lineman on Kent State and the special teamers on SMU this is likely their last run. This bowl season we are breaking down each and every gift and ranking it on a 1-5 star scale. Enjoy it while you’ve got it fellas. Gildan New Mexico Bowl Dec. 15, 1:00 pm, ESPN Match-Up: Arizona vs. Nevada Gift: Gift suite, Deuce Brand watch, Oakley Holbrook sunglasses, Oakley fine knit beanie cap, Oakley Flak Pack XL backpack, Gildan stadium blanket, quill pen Ranking:  Famous Idaho Potato Bowl - Sat., Dec. 15, 4:30 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Utah State vs. Toledo Gift: Gift suite, North End black winter coat, Kombi winter gloves, white Tiger Woods Victory Nike beanie, Ogio Bullion backpack, Big Game football Ranking:  San Diego Co. Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Thurs., Dec. 20, 8 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: BYU vs. San Diego State Gift: Best Buy gift card, Tourneau watch, Maui Jim sunglasses gift certificate, cap Ranking:  Beef ‘O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl Fri., Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: UCF vs. Ball State Gift: Jawbone Jambox, Oakley Dispatch II sunglasses, Oakley backpack, Schutt mini helmet Ranking:  R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - Sat., Dec. 22, Noon, ESPN Match-Up: East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Gift: Beats by Dre headphones, Fossil watch, Oakley backpack Ranking:  MAACO Las Vegas Bowl - Sat., Dec. 22, 3:30 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Washington vs. Boise State Gift: Gift suite Ranking:  Sheraton Hawaii Bowl - Mon., Dec. 24, 8 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Fresno State vs. SMU Gift: Fossil watch, Oakley backpack, Tori Richard aloha shirts, custom beach towel, Pro Athletics shorts, T-shirt, performance T-shirt, hat/visor, calendar Ranking:  Little Caesars Pizza Bowl - Wed., Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky Gift: Timely watch, leather travel sports bag, football Ranking:  Military Bowl - Thurs., Dec. 27, 3 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Bowling Green vs. San Jose State Gift: Applie iPad Mini, Timely watch, beanie Ranking:  Belk Bowl - Thurs., Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Duke vs. Cincinnati Gift: Shopping trip to Belk department store, Fossil watch Ranking:  Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Thurs., Dec. 27, 9:45 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: UCLA vs. Baylor Gift: Best Buy gift card, Tourneau watch, Maui Jim sunglasses gift certificate, cap Ranking:  AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Fri., Dec. 28, 2 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Ohio vs. ULM Gift: Gift suite, Timely watch, New Era cap, football Ranking:  Russell Athletic Sports Bowl - Fri., Dec. 28, 5:30 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech Gift: $420 shopping trip to a local Best Buy, Timely watch Ranking:  Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl Fri., Dec. 28, 9 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Texas Tech vs. Minnesota Gift: Fossil watch, 32-inch flat-screen TV, belt buckle, T-shirt, lapel pin, backpack Ranking:  Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Sat., Dec. 29, 11:45 a.m., ESPN Match-Up: Rice vs. Air Force Gift: Sony gift suite, Fossil watch, Dakine backpack, Big Game football Ranking:  Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl - Sat., Dec. 29, 4 p.m., ESPN2 Match-Up: Navy vs. Arizona State Gift: Fossil watch, Nike FuelBand, FoxL wireless portable speaker system, Nike backpack, cap Ranking:  New Era Pinstripe Bowl - Sat., Dec. 29, 3:15 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: West Virginia vs. Syracuse Gift: Via Sports Business Daily: ‘Bowl committee would not disclose details about participants’ gifts, but last year’s gifts 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.’ Ranking:  Valero Alamo Bowl - Sat., Dec. 29, 6:45 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Oregon State vs. Texas Gift: Apple iPad Mini, Fossil watch, $100 Best Buy gift card, panoramic team photo, Schutt mini helmet Ranking:  Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl - Sat., Dec. 29, 10:15 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: TCU vs. Michigan State Gift: Gift suite presented by PAC Sports Division, Fossil watch, Ogio Mercur backpack Ranking:  Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Mon., Dec. 31, noon, ESPN Match-Up: Vanderbilt vs. NC State Gift: Gift suite, Fossil watch Ranking:  Hyundai Sun Bowl - Mon., Dec. 31, 2 p.m., CBS Match-Up: Georgia Tech vs. USC Gift: Timely watch, Majestic fleece, Top of the World cap, coin, Helen of Troy hair dryer Ranking:  AutoZone Liberty Bowl - Mon., Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Tulsa vs. Iowa State Gift: Sol Republic Tracks HD Anthem headphones, Bulova watch, Nike athletic shoes and sandals, Nike sunglasses, Nike backpack, football Ranking:  Chick-fil-A Bowl – Mon., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Clemson vs. LSU Gift: $300 gift card, Fossil watch, Russell Athletic Chick-fil-A Bowl hat, Russell Athletic travel bag, Chick-fil-A gift card Ranking:  Heart of Dallas Bowl - Tues., Jan. 1, noon, ESPNU Match-Up: Oklahoma State vs. Purdue Gift: Gift suite, full gift package not finalized Ranking:  (could improve upon announcement of full gift package) TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl - Tues., Jan. 1, noon, ESPN2 Match-Up: Northwestern vs. Mississippi State Gift: Fossil watch, Dome hat, Mercury garment bag and carry-on bag, Jostens ring, football Ranking:  Capital One Bowl - Tues., Jan. 1, 1 p.m., ABC Match-Up: Georgia vs. Nebraska Gift: $420 shopping trip to a local Best Buy, Fossil watch Ranking:  Outback Bowl - Tues., Jan. 1, 1 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Michigan vs. South Carolina Gift: $150 Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, ring, cap, Outback Steakhouse gift card Ranking:  Rose Bowl - Tues., Jan. 1, 5 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Wisconsin vs. Stanford Gift: Gift suite, Fossil watch, Oakley backpack, New Era Thirty9 Thirty cap Ranking:  Discover Orange - Tues., Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Florida State vs. Northern Illinois Gift: Gift suite, Tourneau watch Ranking:  Allstate Sugar Bowl – Wed. Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Florida vs. Louisville Gift: Gift suite, Fossil watch, New Era cap, Boxer & Stone hoodie Ranking:  Tostitos Fiesta Bowl - Thurs., Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Kansas State vs. Oregon Gift: Gift suite presented by PAC Sports Division, Fossil watch, Ogio Mercur backpack Ranking:  AT&T Cotton Bowl - Fri., Jan. 4, 8 p.m., Fox Match-Up: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M Gift: Fossil watch (According to SBD: Bowl committee would not disclose additional details about participant gifts, but last year’s gifts included an iPad2 and a Fossil watch) Ranking: With iPad, without iPad BBVA Compass Bowl - Sat., Jan. 5, 1 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Ole Miss vs. Pittsburgh Gift: Fossil watch, Oakley Dispatch II sunglasses, wireless portable speaker, backpack, football Ranking:  GoDaddy.com Bowl - Sun., Jan. 6, 9 p.m., ESPN Match-Up: Arkansas State vs. Kent State Gift: Sol Republic headphones, Fossil watch, leather garment bag, Wilson football Ranking:  Discover BCS National Championship Mon., Jan. 7, 8:30 p.m. ESPN Match-Up: Notre Dame vs. Alabama Gift: Gift suite, Tourneau watch Ranking:  (assuming it’s going to be an insane gift suite) [h/t Sports Business Daily] Filed under: Football, Lead Marquee, NCAA
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