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Bowl Swag

Enjoy the Sugar Bowl... have a recliner.

Bowl players and staff get not only the honor and glamor of representing their school in the postseason, they also get a little bit of free stuff to take home with them. This year, is no exception, but it does seem a bit smaller than years past, and frankly, even some of the biggest Bowl games are a little on the cheap side when compared to their counterparts that may not be as prestigious.

For example, the BCS National Championship game featuring Texas and Alabama gives away a $500 Sony gift suite with Trek and Garmin, a Fossil watch, a New Era 59Fifty hat, and a Ogio Politan laptop pack. Not bad, and I guess a matter of personal preference, but the Texas Bowl seems to have much better booty, though the Sugar Bowl’s recliner is up there. The Texas Bowl is giving away a $300 Best Buy gift card, a Fossil watch, an Under Armour shirt and hat, a Bowl T-shirt, and an Under Armour backpack plus a sweet ass belt buckle. Perhaps the Bowls think that the teams in the major Bowls are already getting paid enough by the boosters and friends of the program that no fancy gifts are needed.

The Sports Business Journal has the full list here, and take note of the Hawaii Bowl. All you get is a Hawaiian shirt. I know it’s paradise, and essentially a tropical vacation, but the Alabamas and Texases of the world get Sony gifts while all Nevada and Southern Methodist get is a ridiculous touristy shirt? Awesome. I’m sure the BCS is behind this and further doing this to keep the mid-majors down. Yes… let’s go with that.

(HT: Chris Littman at The Sporting Blog)

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