Sun Bowl gifts include hair dryer (again)

The Sun Bowl isn’t just college football’s second-oldest bowl game, tied with the Sugar and Orange. it’s also a game with a tradition of providing hair care for the mothers and girlfriends of its participants.

Having been there last season, as well, Georgia Tech players know the routine. Among the bowl gifts given to participants in the Sun Bowl, where Tech will play USC Dec. 31, is perhaps the oddest present of all 35 bowls – a hair dryer.

When told last year about the hair dryer, defensive end Izaan Cross said, “I was like, O.K., my mom gets another Christmas present.”

By NCAA rule, up to 125 bowl participants per team can receive up to $550 worth of gifts from bowl game organizers. Typically, the most awarded gifts are watches, gift cards and gift suites, in which players are offered a variety of merchandise. This year, the Sun Bowl package also includes a Timely watch, Majestic fleece, Top of the World cap and a coin in addition to the hair dryer. The $350 gift suite from last year’s game, when Tech played Utah, is no longer.

The hair dryer has a story. The hair dryers are made by Helen of Troy, headquartered in El Paso, Texas, site of the game. The company has been a long-time supporter of the game.

For the Yellow Jackets, largely a close-cropped lot, the hair dryer was a re-gift last year, and likely will be again.

“My mom was asking for it, so she’ll probably get it,” center Jay Finch said.

Said Buzz Preston, Tech’s clean-pated wide receivers coach, “I surely don’t need it.”

Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu was one of the few players to put the hair dryer to use. He uses it to dry clothes that he hand washes.

“Or if I’m about to go out and I iron a shirt and water comes out on the shirt, I use the hair dryer to dry it up,” Attaochu said. “It’s handy.”

Another was safety Coray Carlson, who went to the Sun Bowl last year having grown out his hair since the start of the season.

“I thought it was kind of funny because everyone on the team was, like, What am I going to do with this?” he said. “In the back of my head, I was like, Oh, nice.”

Alas, Carlson recently buzz cut his shoulder-length hair, donating his 11-inch tresses to Locks of Love, the nonprofit that uses the hair to make wigs for children with medical hair loss.

“Maybe I’ll try giving it to my girlfriend or something,” he said. “I’m pretty sure hers broke or something.”

Hair dryer aside, the Sun Bowl took care of players last year with its gift suite. Long snapper Tyler Morgan called the recliner he picked out his best bowl gift from his first three bowl trips. It sits in his living room in front of the TV, right next to the one belonging to Finch, his roommate.

“We each go home and relax, just like old guys,” Morgan said.

B-back David Sims’ all-time favorite gift was from a gift suite at the Orange Bowl, a Sony surround sound speaker set that he still uses every day.

“That was our first time, so I was like a kid in a candy store,” he said.

From the same bowl, Cross picked out a camcorder.

“I think I gave it to my mom,” she said. “I think she broke it.”

It surpassed the fate, at least, of safety Jemea Thomas’ hair dryer.

“I have no idea,” he said. “I really don’t know what I did with it.”

In case you missed it…

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Some highlights, but special teams still lag

After forgettable season, Young can start fresh

Tech 2008 signing class delivers in classroom

Tech blows past Citadel

USC’s Barkley reportedly unlikely to play

Notes: Successful career for Tech long snapper

Orwin Smith tries for strong finish

35 football players make dean’s list

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

84 comments Add your comment

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December 28th, 2012
8:02 am

OldGold1964

December 28th, 2012
8:40 am

Nice gesture, on part of the bowl committee and its sponsors. But, most will end up in the “I have no idea” category as stated by Jemea Thomas said. Things things you can use, some things you keep as ‘keepsake’ rememberances, and some things (logo caps, bandanas, socks) are just junky tourist trinkets. But, everybody does need a watch or 3. Those choosing camcorders and ipods and sound systems probably already have an equal or better quality item, so why not re-gift them.

juvenal

December 28th, 2012
8:48 am

not really theirs because they can’t sell it……..

www

December 28th, 2012
9:08 am

so… NO gift suite this year?

SansWorld

December 28th, 2012
9:52 am

Glad the kids are having some fun after all they have been through this year.

I am amazed by all the fans here saying “we” don’t deserve to go to a bowl, as if they had any thing to do with it. Even if you are disappointed in the team’s performance this year, why would you deny the players this opportunity?

A bowl game is one of the few times that a player is treated special and honored, and has time to enjoy the trip.

ylojkt

December 28th, 2012
9:57 am

They should give the Jackets all of USC’s swag as well, for disrespecting the bowl and the city.

Ken Sugiura

December 28th, 2012
9:57 am

www – it didn’t appear that way.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

December 28th, 2012
10:37 am

To Hell with the bowl gifts – just get a bowl WIN!

Buzz 2011

December 28th, 2012
11:01 am

Go Jackets… We need a bowl win and an ACC Championship in 2013..

marietta eagle

December 28th, 2012
11:12 am

I do not care about hair dryers.Please write about who is playing and who is geting better off the subs , Is the extra practice helping Vad. Pease get better at reporting Ga. Tech sports.

Booze Hound

December 28th, 2012
11:20 am

Buzz 2011,

The Jackets need a new coach more than anything.

NOVAJacket

December 28th, 2012
11:41 am

marietta eagle,

As has become the custom in FBS football these days, practices are closed, making it hard to tell you how people are really doing in practices….

Spanky

December 28th, 2012
12:08 pm

ROFLMAO!!! Welcome to the Sun Bowl,..here’s your hair dryer!! Did they have to chip in for gas?? …wow!!

Supersize that order, mutt

December 28th, 2012
12:12 pm

@ marietta eagle…..how about you please get a clue. Ken does a superb job of reporting Ga Tech sports; most of us think he’s the best around. What’s wrong with an article about bowl gifts? It may not be important, but it’s still interesting and humorous. And like NOVAJacket said, practices are closed, so he relates the information to us that he has.

dawgfan

December 28th, 2012
12:22 pm

Georgia Tech Football: The jokes just write themselves.

Patsy

December 28th, 2012
1:12 pm

Spoiled teams. A gift is a gift. Although we El Pasoans are happy to host the teams that are invited, and once you’re here you’ll see how friendly everyone is, what we do not appreciate are the ungrateful comments which always seem to come out of someone’s hole. It never fails…never.

macrotech

December 28th, 2012
1:27 pm

Lighten up Patsy….hair dryers?! That might’ve been nice in the ’70s and ’80s….some ‘traditions’ need to go!

dawgfan

December 28th, 2012
1:29 pm

Patsy, on behalf of all Georgians I would like to offer a sincere apology to the fine people of El Paso for having to endure two bowls in a row of Georgia Tech football. We are all very embarassed and if there is anything that we could do you can rest assured that we would do it. If its any consolation we have to deal with this clown show pretty much year round. It never gets any easier. You have my sympathy.

Thanks.

DumbDawgs

December 28th, 2012
1:46 pm

dawgfan, there is a clean up needed on aisle 3 as soon as your break is over

Supersize that order, mutt

December 28th, 2012
1:53 pm

Patsy…..on behalf of all intelligent Georgians, I would like to offer a sincere apology to the entire world for having to endure the rantings of ignorant trash like dawgfan, who has probably never ventured anywhere outside the state of Georgia and doesn’t even have a clue where El Paso, Texas is. People such as he are an embarrassment to even the lowest forms of animal life on this planet, and yet we have to endure his ignorant rantings on an almost daily basis. Of course, you probably see people like him on a daily basis working behind the counter at your local fast food establishments. So you know exactly what I mean. At least, as far as I know, he’s not on the street hustling. A mind is such a terrible thing to waste, but I guess it takes all kinds to make up the world we live in. We just have to grin and bear it.

Spanky

December 28th, 2012
2:02 pm

dawgfan, that was hilaaaarious!! LOL!!

Patsy, he’s right! every year!! If you wanna provide a fun time for them, anounce a midieval battle in the town park, using cardboard swords and paper shields!

Spanky

December 28th, 2012
2:04 pm

Supersize,…why would they worry about us dawg fans?! We’re not there, but then again, Tech fans don’t even go to their own home games…mute point.

Rickster

December 28th, 2012
2:05 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

December 28th, 2012
2:21 pm

@ Spanky……I’m sure they’re not worried about you dwag fans; after all, nobody outside the southeast US has ever even heard of the dwags. You are irrelevant everywhere else in the world. However, since one of your ilk decided he could serve as a representative of the good INTELLIGENT people of Georgia, it was obviously necessary to apologize for his (and your) stupidity.

Spanky

December 28th, 2012
2:32 pm

Supersize…that is one of the dumbest and untrue comments EVER MADE by your “ilk”!! UGA is in the top 5 of the most popular NCAA schools!! Look it up, Einstein! It’s probably even here on the ajc!!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

December 28th, 2012
2:37 pm

This economy is killing everyone in small business, so why not also the small bowls? Cut backs are the wave of the future in this non-friendly business environment.

Go jackets!!

Spanky

December 28th, 2012
2:42 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

December 28th, 2012
2:52 pm

@ Spanky……all that tells us is that UGA FANS are enthusiastic. It doesn’t say a thing about the school’s or team’s popularity throughout the country. Of course you are popular with your fans; all schools’ teams are popular with their fans. Some are just louder, or in UGA’s case, more obnoxious than others. The fact that every ignorant red neck in Georgia cheers loudly for the dwags says absolutely nothing about what the rest of the country thinks of them. I trust you noted that Maryland ranked number 1 on the list. Now do you seriously consider Maryland a legitimate RELEVANT athletics force? Like I said, outside the state of Georgia, you are irrelevant.

Trekkie Jacket

December 28th, 2012
2:53 pm

I hope the players leave these laying around after they come back. They will make awesome stun gun replicas for our Star Trek reenactments that we do each year on campus to celebrate William Shatner’s birthday.
I was hoping that they were the over the head type, which would make sweet space helmets for the Lost in Space Club that sits in section 102 during Tech home games. We actually just show up for the free hotdog and coke and trade anime cards. There’s always plenty of seating space if anyone wants to join.

GT Lee

December 28th, 2012
2:54 pm

Spanky, what’s a “mute point”?

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Supersize that order, mutt

December 28th, 2012
3:01 pm

@ GT Lee…..I guess that’s a point that can’t be heard…..again a sign of the dwags’ irrelevancy.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 28th, 2012
3:02 pm

If you use Spank’s “logic” in interpreting that poll whose link he posted, that means that UGA isn’t even as popular as Maryland; that’s pretty bad in and of itself.

GT Lee

December 28th, 2012
3:05 pm

Hey Spanky, here’s one of your “top 5 sports fans” in action:

dawgfan

August 23rd, 2012
10:22 am

I probably won’t even watch the Buffalo game. I’ll be on the golf course.

_______________________________________

I wonder if Carl Spackler (dwagfan) ever got that gopher?

Dawghater

December 28th, 2012
3:07 pm

Sparky, your source is hardly definitive. Take a look at this one that compiled data from every television market and listed the results.

http://thequad.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/the-geography-of-college-football-fans-and-realignment-chaos/

Rickster

December 28th, 2012
3:17 pm

Sorry to spoil your little joy parade, but I have seen quite a few Georgia Bulldog shirts, sweats, and even a car-flag in San Fransisco. I just moved from there. I never did see anything Georgia Tech.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 28th, 2012
3:17 pm

@ Dawghater…..that was an incredible link. I wasn’t prepared for those results at all. According to that, Tech is more popular (#11) nationally than UGA is (#22). WOW !!!! Take that, Spanky. And YOU’RE WELCOME !!!

Follow the $

December 28th, 2012
3:17 pm

Relevance can be shown by cash.
Most Profitable Programs in The Country.

#2 The University of Georgia (Football) – $52,529,885 profit

#44 Georgia Tech – $9,350,858 profit

How about national television coverage? No contest.
Has Gameday ever been to Tech? They might have, I’m asking.

You are located in the downtown area of the largest city in the State and can’t fill a 50,000 seat POS.

Talk about irrelevant.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 28th, 2012
3:18 pm

@ Rickster…..I am not disputing what you said, but I was in Moscow about 8 years ago, and in a shop there, I saw Matrushka (nested) dolls for quite a few US college football teams. I bought the set they had for Tech, and I also saw Clemson and Florida sets there. There was nothing there for UGA.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 28th, 2012
3:22 pm

@ Follow the $……read the article Dawghater just posted the link to. It was in today’s edition of the New York Times. Dollars aren’t everything. Profits don’t relate to popularity. Like I said earlier, when every ignorant red neck in the state of Georgia buys those ugly red shirts you see in all the stores, of course, there is a lot of profit. But nobody outside the state of Georgia buys them unless they have some kind of personal connection to UGA. Using the statistics that were used in putting together that article, Tech is more POPULAR, regardless of profits, NATIONALLY than is UGA.

Spanky

December 28th, 2012
3:23 pm

Be careful, Rick…they might start crying…again!

GTLee…as usual, that made no sense, whatsoever! Guys, if you put this much effort into actually getting a real-life date, you might get successful!!

Supersize that order, mutt

December 28th, 2012
3:24 pm

@ Spanky…..then why don’t you explain for us what a “mute point” is.

Spanky

December 28th, 2012
3:24 pm

…and Supersize, I know I’m welcome!

Supersize that order, mutt

December 28th, 2012
3:25 pm

@ Spanky……nothing to say about the NY Times article just printed today? I would love to hear you explain that one away using your red neck logic.

Spanky

December 28th, 2012
3:28 pm

OKAY,OKAY,OKAY!! Dayum!! I meant to spell it “moot point”! Gosh, talk about your small little victories!

Follow the $

December 28th, 2012
3:31 pm

That Geography of Football fans link is hillarious. Look at the map, after you read the warning, of course – Important: this map is highly inaccurate and should be understood only as a demonstration, and not as any kind of reliable data yet.

They basically give the Atlanta market to Tech, which we all know is a complete joke.
There are more UGA fans in Atlanta than Tech fans.
Do the math.
If there are drastically more UGA fans in the State of Georgia than Tech fans, how could there be more Tech fans nationwide?
No team has support beyond it’s state, except for transplanted people and bandwagon programs like ND, Bama, now Oregon a little, FSU, Miami (not so much now)…

Supersize that order, mutt

December 28th, 2012
3:39 pm

@ Follow the $……I didn’t see that they gave the Atlanta market to Tech. As far as fans within Atlanta, there are probably more fans for all other schools combined (although not for one single team) than there are for either UGA or Tech. Because of that, IF Tech were to join the Big Ten, which I don’t think will happen, and mostly don’t want to happen, that would definitely affect attendance at Grant Field and probably help recruiting also. But that’s beside the point. I have no idea what actual information they used in drawing their conclusion, but the fact remains, they said that Tech was more POPULAR NATIONWIDE than UGA is. Part of that is due to Tech’s tradition, which admittedly it has not been living up to lately. But I can assure you that more people throughout the country know about the Ramblin’ Wreck than about that ugly inbred mutt you have as a mascot. And that recognition is a part of overall popularity.

Rickster

December 28th, 2012
4:06 pm

Wasn’t Uga the Capital One Mascot of the year?

Ekim56

December 28th, 2012
4:07 pm

Yeah, Spanky, you knew the correct usage you just spelled it wrong.

Ekim56

December 28th, 2012
4:09 pm

@Rickster. Yeah, I think he was. I’m sure that makes everyone feel better — for a while, at least, before the next one dies due to generations of inbreeding.