HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- This is my plea to Marshall football Coach Doc Holliday. I beseech you, good sir, to read on.
All I seek is a spot on the travel roster. I'm sure my three seasons spent as a junior high/freshman team wide receiver is a proper resume. And while some may consider age 36 to be old, I prefer the term "cagey veteran."
I don't need to start. Shoot, I don't even need to play. All I'm asking for is one spot. Is it for one last stab at glory? An opportunity for my "Rudy" moment? My turn at channeling George Plimpton's "Paper Lion?"
Heck, no. I'm just in it for the PlayStation 4.
So where do you folks think the Military Bowl, Marshall's destination at the end of the month, placed that item on the bowl gift list Thundering Herd players read? Did the bowl stick it at the end behind the winter hat and backpack, otherwise known as the socks and underwear of bowl gifts? Or did it lead off with that coveted gadget, one that so many stood in line at midnight to fork over hundreds of dollars to score?
Gift packages like this are one of the things (on a quickly dwindling list) the NCAA gets right, allowing up to $550 worth of gifts for each team's bowl participants. For the players, it's a nice way for the bowls to congratulate them for reaching the postseason.
For schmoes like us who don't know a radar defense from "Radar Love," it's fun to see which bowl you'd rather play in this season, solely based on the swag involved.
The Military Bowl is No. 1 with a bullet for the PS4 alone. Now none of the players have to stand in line at the electronics store and fight through a horde that would make an Oklahoma drill look like a pillow fight. The Beef 'O' Brady, BBVA Compass and Las Vegas Bowls aren't too shabby, either. Among the gifts there are Samsung Galaxy Tab 3s.
(Though I have to admit, it seems like the Beef 'O' Brady and Las Vegas bowls are piling on just a tad. A trip to St. Petersburg, Fla., or Vegas plus a Galaxy Tab? Memo to the coaching staffs of Ohio, East Carolina, Southern Cal and Fresno State: The pitch I gave to the good doctor at the start of this column? Goes for you, too, boys.)