When it comes down to it, what are bowl games really about? Tradition, prestige? Nah. It's about money. Once in a while, the cash trickles down all the way to the players, which is exactly what happens during these annual cash cows. The Arizona Wildcats players will be receiving an assortment of gifts that most college kids would love to have.â†µ
Lets take a look at what the Wildcats will be reppin' in the swag department:â†µ
Big gift 1: Xbox 360 with Kinect, $20 gift card to Gamestopâ†µ
Big gift 2: Apple iPod shuffle (worth $50), cool set of Kicker 541 headphones (worth about $100)â†µ
Gift 3: Fossil watchâ†µ
Gift 4: Mini helmet commemorating game, team pictureâ†µ
With gifts like these, who needs unethical parents to bribe schools? That's like $500 per player! Sanity is restored to the world of amateur sporting events.â†µ
The BCS National Championship Game is offering a vague "gift suite" to its participants, though I would bet that there will be some sleek HDTV involved. Anything less than that is an insult to the quality of the product that Auburn and Oregon put on the field this season, and would not be sufficient based on the amount of money that the NCAA makes off of these kids.