What's the best reason to play in a bowl game? The chance for a team or player to strut their stuff in an exhibition in front of the entire country? Possibly vying for a national championship in one of the New Year's Six bowls?
Nah. Has to be the awesome gift bag full of free stuff that every player receives. And this year's Orange Bowl matchup might have just raised the bar for all future bowl giveaways: each player from both Oklahoma and Alabama will be presented with a custom bobblehead featuring their likeness.
We've got a full list of this year's bowl gifts. The Sugar Bowl cuff links and personalized player bobble heads at the Orange Bowl are some of the standouts:https://t.co/yxS2jNmmJb— Stephen Brooks (@StephenM_Brooks) December 10, 2018
If getting a bobblehead of yourself isn't cool, I don't know what is.
The "personalized decoration" trend is a popular one this year, as players for both Georgia Tech and Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl will get a life-size Fathead wall graphic of themselves. Other cool gifts from this bowl season include an engraved Fossil watch in the Cheez-It Bowl (Cal vs. TCU) and a $425 Amazon gift card in the Alamo Bowl (Iowa State vs. Washington State).
The gift packages, however, can vary wildly in quality from bowl to bowl. Sometimes you get a bobblehead of yourself. Sometimes you get that stylish watch. But other times, as the participants of the 2017 New Mexico Bowl found out, you get a blanket and a fidget spinner.
I don't care what anyone says, the teams in the New Mexico bowl are the real winners this season getting that fidget spinner in their gift package pic.twitter.com/jbzfIxUvC1— Joe Garnett (@joegarnett96) December 4, 2017
Congratulations to Alabama and Oklahoma on their custom bobblehead.
Our condolences to Fresno State and Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl, who got a "dad hat" and "Las Vegas gift TBD."