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What does an upside down Texas Longhorn logo mean?

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October 17, 2008: The Oklahoma baton twirler poses to show off her upside down longhorn on her uniform during an NCAA rivalry Football game known as the Red River Rivalry between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, TX Texas defeated Oklahoma 16-13.

And yes, that was just an excuse to run that photograph. On to some items of interest.

The Sports Business Journal reported on the gifts bowl participants will receive. This has become a big deal. According to the report, “Players used to get off the bus and say, ‘Where’s my gear?’” said Jon Cooperstein of Davene Inc., a Memphis-based promotions company that brokered gift deals for 14 of this year’s 34 bowl games.” And you can understand why. The gifts are very nice. For playing in this year’s national championship game, the players will receive: Sony gift suite with Trek and Garmin, Fossil watch, New Era 59Fifty hat, Ogio Politan laptop pack. According to the Sports Business Journal report, “Product details are provided as they were available. Most watches, rings, clothing and luggage are custom-made with the bowl logo. Gift suites are set up as private events in which game participants, and often bowl VIPs, are given an order form and allowed to select a gift, or gifts, up to a value that is predetermined by each specific bowl, not to exceed the NCAA limit of $500 per person.” Almost every bowl is covered including the PapaJohns.com Bowl and the Outback Bowl. Check it out.

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