Julia played soccer early this summer. I had everything ready to post, but never got to finish it. Pesky publish button…
I had heard that the Bowl Games were giving out stuff to the players, but I didn’t know how much stuff it really was. Over on Fox Sports, they detail what each bowl is giving out. (The navigation is a bit clunky, as it’s a countdown from 20 to 1… not exactly intuitive.)
Anyway, I had always thought that these players were student-athletes, and there were very strict rules on giving stuff to players. Apparently, when it comes to big corporate sponsors, those rules can be significantly relaxed.
It’s interesting that there doesn’t seem to be a correlation between the quality of the swag and the prestige of the bowl. (i.e. it makes sense to me that the Rose Bowl would be giving out better stuff than, say, the Outback Bowl, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.)
I think the worst swag is coming from the Humanitarian Bowl:
- Camcorder, case and tapes (tapes? really? what is this, 2002?)
- Winter Jacket
- Hoodie sweatshirt
- Skull cap
- Baseball cap
- Commemorative football
- Travel/shaving kit
- Nail kit
- Drawstring bag
Compare that to the Alamo Bowl:
- 80G Sony PS3
- NBA Ballers Sony PS3 video game (a basketball game for football players?)
- Fossil watch
So given a choice, what bowl swag would you go with?
Go here to watch an old-school Ms. Pac Man commercial. This stuff was actually on TV at one time? I was speechless after watching it, not knowing how to even react to it.
Before I started playing Mario Kart, I stumbled on a few simple online games that I thought were pretty neat.
The first one is called Free Rice. The object is easy. You are shown a word. You pick (or guess) from one of the four definitions. If you’re right, they donate 20 grains of rice to the UN. It’s addictive too; I got up to about 400 grains of rice in just a few minutes.
The second game is Type Racer. It’s another simple concept. You type in a phrase or quote from a movie or book or song. While you’re doing this, you’re racing against other people, typing in the same thing. I can only manage about 60 wpm, which, when compared to the competition, isn’t that great.
We’ve had a Wii for a little bit, and I always thought Julia would really like it. She really didn’t take to it right away, mainly because of the coordination with swinging and releasing buttons.
But you don’t need to use any buttons to play the boxing game that comes with the Wii. So Julia takes to punching the bag, and has a blast doing it. Check out the video of her doing it, and this was only after playing the game for a few minutes.
Problems seeing the video? Let me know in the comments.
So I’m watching the Super Bowl now, knowing full well what happens. I only got to see bits and pieces of it, because it was going on Monday morning/afternoon here. Luckily, Fox Sports 3(?!) here is showing it again, but they aren’t going to all the commercial breaks you are normally showered with.
What amazed me today was how aware everyone is about the goings on in the US. It’s like they all know the Super Bowl was today (well, yesterday, I suppose). And they know about Super Tuesday coming up. It’s all very interesting. It’s also a bit sad that most people in the US have no clue what is going on outside the country, and have no interest in that either.
So I’m happy to see what was supposed to be a coronation to a perfect season just get totally ruined. It’s always fun to root for the underdog. And seeing the Manning brothers get the MVP in consecutive years was interesting as well.