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We’ve talked about ridiculous college football bowl game names previously, but as the college football bowl season will kick off Saturday with a triple-header, we’re going to give you the guide to the 2010-11 bowl season with the first annual “DBD Bowl Mania”.
Saturday, Dec. 18
New Mexico Bowl (12 p.m. ESPN) — UTEP vs. BYU
BYU. Steve Young’s alma mater.
UDrove Humanitarian Bowl (3:30 p.m. ESPN) — Fresno State vs. Northern Illinois
Fresno State. Never bet against a Bulldog.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (8 p.m. ESPN) — Troy vs. Ohio
Troy. When a team loses to Kent and Temple in the same season, they don’t get a vote of confidence.
Tuesday, Dec. 21
Beef ‘O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl (8 p.m. ESPN) — Louisville vs. Southern Miss
Louisville. We took a vote. They won.
Wednesday, Dec. 22
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Bowl (5 p.m. ESPN) — Boise State vs. Utah
Boise State. Any team that spends 90% of the season ranked number 3 or 4 can’t be disrespected. BTW This is the best matchup outside of the New Year’s Day/BCS bowls.
Thursday, Dec. 23
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (5 p.m. ESPN) — San Diego State vs. Navy
I’m going Navy. Donnie was in the Navy, so we kind of have to go with the midshipmen.
Friday, Dec. 24
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (3 p.m. ESPN) — Tulsa vs. Hawaii
Hawaii. They never lose at home in a bowl game.
Sunday, Dec. 26
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (8:30 p.m. ESPN) — Toledo vs. FIU
In the pillow fight of the bowl season, Toledo. The only game I saw them play in they put up 60 points.
Monday, Dec. 27
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl (4 p.m. ESPN2) — Georgia Tech vs. Air Force
Air Force. A crowd from Barksdale Air Force Base will show up in Shreveport to cheer on the cadets.
Tuesday, Dec. 28
Champs Sports Bowl (6:30 p.m. ESPN) — North Carolina State vs. West Virginia
West Virginia. The Mountaineers got hot at the end of the season.
Insight Bowl (8 p.m. ESPN) — Iowa vs. Missouri
Missouri. Missouri should wear their Pro Combat unis from last year. Just throwing that out there.
Wednesday, Dec. 29
Military Bowl (2:30 p.m. ESPN) — Maryland vs. East Carolina
Maryland. Better uniforms.
Texas Bowl (5 p.m. ESPN) — Baylor vs. Illinois
Baylor. They need a bowl win to warm everyone’s heart this holiday season.
Valero Alamo Bowl (8:15 p.m. ESPN) — Arizona vs. Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State. Did you see THIS play?
Thursday, Dec. 30
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (11 a.m. ESPN) — SMU vs. Army
SMU. I saw ESPN’s 30 for 30 film Pony Exce$$. It was a great documentary.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl (3:30 p.m. ESPN) — Syracuse vs. Kansas State
Syracuse. Because they’re The Orange now, not the Orangmen anymore.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (5:40 p.m. ESPN) — Tennessee vs. North Carolina
Tennessee. One word: Dooley.
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (7 p.m. ESPN) — Washington vs. Nebraska
Nebraska (easily). Didn’t we already play that game this year?
Friday, Dec. 31
Meineke Car Care Bowl (12 p.m. ESPN) — Clemson vs. South Florida
Hyundai Sun Bowl (12 p.m. CBS) — Miami vs. Notre Dame
Notre Dame. We’re ready to be wrong about this one. In fact, we expect it.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl (2:30 p.m. ESPN) — Georgia vs. UCF
UCF. Upset special.
Chick-fil-A Bowl (7:30 p.m. ESPN) — Florida State vs. South Carolina
South Carolina. Marcus Lattimore is a beast.
Saturday, Jan. 1
TicketCity Bowl (11 a.m. ESPU) — Texas Tech vs. Northwestern
Texas Tech. Southern Arkansas University’s own Tommy Tuberville is the head coach for the Red Raiders. Nuff said.
Capital One Bowl (1 p.m. ESPN) — Michigan State vs. Alabama
Alabama. We don’t like settling on the Tide, but I look for last year’s Heisman winner Mark Ingram to run all over Sparty.
Outback Bowl (1 p.m. ABC) — Penn State vs. Florida
Penn State. The perennial head coach vs. the two-time retiree.
Gator Bowl (1:30 p.m. ESPN2) — Michigan vs. Mississippi State
Mississippi State. Look for the Bulldogs to corral Denard Dog.
Rose Bowl (2 p.m. ESPN) — TCU vs. Wisconsin
TCU. Because we love red-headed QBs.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (6:30 p.m. ESPN) — Oklahoma vs. Connecticut
Everyone in unison: Oklahoma. If we have to explain this, you shouldn’t be reading our blog.
Monday, Jan. 3
Discover Orange Bowl (8:30 p.m. ESPN) — Virginia Tech vs. Stanford
Stanford. The Cardinal will defeat them with their brains.
Tuesday, Jan. 4
Allstate Sugar Bowl (7:30 p.m. ESPN) — Arkansas vs. Ohio State
Arkansas. Ohio State is like, what, 0-27 against the SEC?
Thursday, Jan. 6
GoDaddy.Com Bowl (7 p.m. ESPN) — Miami (OH) vs. Middle Tennessee
Miami (OH). The only thing I know about either of these teams in Miami won their conference championship. That’s good enough for me.
Friday, Jan. 7
AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic (7 p.m. FOX) — Texas A&M vs. LSU
LSU. What is the difference between the Aggies and Rice Crispies? Rice Crispies know what to do in a bowl.
Saturday, Jan. 8
BBVA Compass Bowl (11 a.m. ESPN) — Kentucky vs. Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh. Because their players don’t get arrested for assault.
Sunday, Jan. 9
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (6 p.m. ESPN) — Boston College vs. Nevada
Nevada. Go wolfpack. Too…Sweeeeeet!
Monday, Jan. 10
Tostitos BCS Championship Game (6:30 p.m. ESPN) — Auburn vs. Oregon
Oregon, but hear us out. Does Oregon have Cam Newton? Didn’t think so. And the SEC is 6-0 in BCS national championship games. But, after the NCAA finds out in two years that Newton did commit some wrong in the money scandal involving his dad, the Ducks will be retroactively awarded the championship because Auburn is stripped of its wins.
Wednesday and Thursday, we took a jaunt to to Norman, OK to meet with Old Hat Creative to discuss improvements on our marketing for clients like Louisiana Tech. We comment daily on their blog and are fans of their work, which led to some dialogue and the chance to discuss some business with an established and successful firm.
What follows is Sean’s detailed account of the trip. He recorded the trip in real time, minus the meeting and dinner. Beware: It is not a story for the faint of heart…No, actually it is appropriate for all ages. Enjoy his ramblings.
7:29 a.m. — We make our way into Shreveport and stop for breakfast at McDonald’s. Daniel downs two egg and cheese biscuits and two hash browns before I can even get my orange juice. We soon depart for Texas, already an hour behind schedule. I hope Donnie likes to break the law by driving fast.
8:31 — We’re in Texas. I can feel the vastness of the state looming like the Sword of Damocles over us. We know the traffic that is destined to ensnarl us in Dallas. Courtney is already asleep, proving this trip is not for the weak.
9:28 — First truck stop in Texas. I tried on a coon skin hat. It didn’t fit. Daniel bought a Yoohoo. He didn’t like it. Courtney and I picked up some Day Quil, tissue and Halls to get us through the next 5 hours. Good news as the hour ends — we got an email from Eastern Oregon University about making a season poster for their football team. Looks like we may have a new client on our hands.
10:34 — Another gas station. You would think five grown men could hold their bladders more efficiently…I take that back. Donnie has downed two liters of water, a coffee and orange juice and still has only visited a restroom once. Matt bought some of the Gatorade Prime that is meant to prepare athletes for a competition. Good to see someone is finally respecting the arduous journey we have undertaken.
11:35 — We’re currently in Dallas. Our fearless leader is pressing onward, despite traffic on all sides. Trying to find exit 27 B is proving a trickier task than expected. But we will succeed. We must succeed.
12:38 — Finally talking business. Thinking about work we have next week, talking about potential clients, answering emails with our phones (got to love modern technology) and discussing how to improve our brand. In between the impromptu business meeting, we’re taking in all the logos and imagery you get assaulted with in Dallas. Just passed under the I-35 E sign saying “Oklahoma City.” I’ve never been to Oklahoma City, so I find this somewhat exciting. We’re trying to find somewhere to eat. Almost settled for a Subway in a gas station. We figured we could do better in the metropolis of Dallas, but in the end we were wrong. I convinced Donnie to stop by Jack in the Box so I could gain 5 lbs. while everyone else found a better Subway.
1:32 — We’re refueled and in Oklahoma. Donnie’s starting to worry me. He’s getting in the zone. Putting on his game face. Blacking out. Whatever you want to call it. I imagine this is what it was like when Ahab zeroed in on Moby Dick. Also, I learned that it is Hardee’s in Texas and Carl’s Jr. in Oklahoma. I don’t know if my mind can be blown anymore than it is right now.
2:41 — Matt finally succumbed to the sleepy bug. It is very possible that Donnie and I will be the only ones not to sleep on this trip. And if Donnie does, then you’ll never read this because we will have died in a fiery crash. Just went up a small mountain and I felt like the pressure in my head was going to push my brain out of my ears. The radio is finally on, only problem is, the station is playing Jethro Tull. We’re all getting antsy, being in the car. NOW we’re wondering about where we’re sleeping tonight. I called shotgun if all the hotels are booked.
3:38 — We’re here! Norman is a pretty cool looking town. It reminds me of Faytteville, AR with the mixture of old buildings and new strip malls. A lot of bars and nice cafés. I saw a bar where the building face was painted bright red. I wanted to go in there. We made a quick trip to locate Old Hat’s offices. After an argument about where they are located, I used my Droid to navigate us to the office and made them trust me (I was right). Then we settled on a Hampton Inn and checked in very quickly. I fell asleep for 5 minutes.
Meeting — We get to Old Hat Creative and the nerves set in a little bit. But upon our arrival, most of the office gets up to greet us and asks us if we want something to drink, making me feel welcome. Zac takes us on a quick tour. We find that their office, while definitely larger, is similarly laid out to ours and has a very modern feel like ours. There are signed jerseys, football helmets, basketballs and banners of their work. I notice a framed Tom Selleck picture and I try not to laugh. We have a 45 minute meeting with Zac about how to improve our athletics marketing. It goes very well, with a ton of information. Afterwards, we partake in the ancient tradition of gift giving to thank them for taking time out of their day for us by delivering them a poster designed by Letter Press Studio.
Dinner — The Old Hat crew picks an Irish pub for dinner. I order a couple of beers and a monster of a burger with ham and bacon on it. The service is outstanding and the company is great. We notice in the bar that it has flags for each of the Big XII schools and the Nebraska and Colorado flags are marked out with masking tape while the Longhorn flag is upside down. After that, we take a tour on the University of Oklahoma campus to see the stadium, Heisman Row (statues of all the university’s Heisman winners) and all the other sites we can take in.
We technically sneak into the stadium — the gate is open, we walk through unimpeded and find an open ramp into the stadium. My immediate impression is how immaculate the grass is. Then I notice the size of the place. According to Zach, it holds 82,000 and sells out every time. Along the way and on the way back we ask a bunch of what I’m sure where annoying questions and we say our goodbyes.
Play Time — We head back to the hotel to regroup, drive across the street and visit the mall. Matt and Courtney pick up souvenirs for loved ones and I get a Lil Wayne t-shirt at Hot Topic. Donnie is very unimpressed and feels it unprofessional, I assure him I won’t wear it near clients. Maybe that’s true. We head back to the hotel and walk across the parking lot to BJ’s for a few more beers.
We couldn’t have asked for a better “business” trip. Much love to Old Hat for entertaining us and giving us a lot of great food for thought (check out their amazing blog here, Facebook here and Twitter here). The Hampton Inn at I35 has a fantastic breakfast and I apologize to the waitresses at BJ’s.