I’m not really doing this article in the style of the Twelve Days of Christmas, largely because I don’t want a mob with torches and pitchforks at my door, which is really the proper fate for people who do Twelve Days of Christmas spoofs. As a raving college football fan I am more intrested in BCS rankings than turtledoves, and the only “ladies dancing” I want to see are my UofO Duck cheerleaders. For those who have to shop for someone who, like me, wants to watch game reports instead of Chrismas movies and would rather buy game tickets than trivial things like food and decorations, I’ve thought of a few things that might make us smile if we found them in our stockings on Christmas morning.
10. Rain Gear: Football gets wet, being from the Pacific Northwest I worry about this more than most, but even at the UCLA/USC game down in sunny California people needed ponchos to keep off the rain.Footballfanatics.com has sturdy Coleman ponchos for just 39.95 proudly displaying your team logo, like the number 10 ranked Florida Seminoles.
9. Snacks: When I can’t go to the game I like to have some snacks while watching it at home, and if I’m going to serve snacks, I want to serve them in my teams helmet, or a snack tray replica of my teams helmet like the 9th ranked Texas A&M Aggies helmet offered at TheFind.com for just $40.
8. Drinks. Where there are snacks there are drinks and Fansedge.com has 22 oz mugs for only $22.95 deep etched with the logo of your favorite team, like the #8 Stanford Cardinals.
7. A Watch: I have gotten a lot of watches for Christmas over the years and I would have appreciated them a lot more if they would have had my team on them. Like a #7ranked LSU steel managers watch for $69.95, or for lady Tigers a mother of pearl womens sports watch for just $79.95 both available at collegefootballstore,com.
6. Shirts: I have probably 3 dozen team shirts for wearing to the game, the market, funerals, weddings, pretty much everywhere. That is not nearly enough, I would sure be happy to find another couple dozen under the tree. Champsports.com has Nike team T-shirts marked down to $19.95 perfect for a die hard fan of #6 Kansas State.
5. Games: On those annoying six days a week when my #5 ranked Oregon Ducks aren’t playing I like to console myself playing as my Ducks on NCAA College Football and I would sure love the 2013 edition, available at Amazon.com for $56.00 on the XBox or $46.93 on the PS3.
4. Body Paint. Nothing shows your team spirit like shaving your chest and painting it up with your team colors, like the Blue and Orange of the 4th ranked Florida Gators. Liquidlatex.com has high quality body paints for the discerning fan starting at $14.99.
3 Superhero Costume: For most of us being stripped to the waist and painted in the team colors is enough, but some want to go the extra mile, and stay a bit warmer. For those nothing will do but a superhero mask and cape. Like Bulldog Man, champion of the #3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs available at Footballfanatics.com for $41.95.
2 Tailgate Gear. Sometimes the best part of the game, is before the game, and what better way to cook your steaks than with barbecue tools branded with your team logo, like the three piece barbecue kit from Collegiateliving.com sporting the badge of 2nd ranked Alabama, for just $31.49
1. BCS TICKETS!! The holy grail of stocking stuffers, tickets to the National Championship game, will thrill the heart of any college football fan. Even if his team isn’t going, and for fans of likely participants such as #1 ranked Notre Dame, it is a dream come true. An expensive dream, tickets are available at Stubhub.com starting at over a thousand bucks.