We figured the biggest question of the day on Tuesday was going to be: “Who’s the better running back; Andre Williams or Ka’Deem Carey?”
Instead, it was something totally different.
“What the heck is AdvoCare?”
Headquartered in Plano, Texas, AdvoCare’s Website tells us it’s a “multilevel marketing company, which sells nutrition, weight-loss, energy and sports performance products.”
The V100 is a “tropical chew” that AdvoCare sells.
So now you know.
By the way, the bowl game, originally called the Independence Bowl, was changed to the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in 2009.
Before that it was also called the “Poulan/Weed Eater Independence Bowl,” the “Sanford Independence Bowl,” the “MainStay Independence Bowl,” and for two years, the “PetroSun Independence Bowl.”
Tweet of the day
“Am I an idiot because I have no idea what Advocare is? Is it an energy drink? Home furnishings? Credit counseling? Is it like a Wal-Mart?”
— @notthefakeSVP (ESPN personality Scott Van Pelt) on the title sponsor of Tuesday’s bowl game.
Two Byrnes for price of one
Former Oregon, Nebraska and Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne, the father of UA athletic director Greg Byrne, found himself in a familiar spot Tuesday afternoon.
Byrne made the 4 1/2-hour drive from College Station, Texas, to support his son and the UA in the bowl game.
Wearing a navy Arizona hat, Bill Byrne sat in the AD’s suite with his son to cheer on the Wildcats.
He was in the same suite when, in 2009, Texas A&M lost to Georgia 44-20 in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl.
Bill Byrne was Oregon’s AD in 1989, when the Ducks played in their first bowl game since 1963. Oregon beat Tulsa 27-24.
The Ducks were invited after Byrne promised the bowl organizers he would purchase 14,000 tickets on the school’s behalf.
“The commissioner of the Pac-10 at the time was Tom Hansen and when I was talking to him about the risk I was taking to buy all those tickets, he said, ‘Let me tell you something, Bill: If you ever want to grab the golden ring, the first thing you have to do is get on the merry-go-round,’” Byrne said.
“That made all the sense in the world. It was our chance.”
Byrne snuck out a little early on Tuesday to get back to College Station, so he could watch the Aggies play Duke in Chick-fil-A Bowl on TV.
Filling in for the “Pride”
When he decided to attend Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., Jorge Alarcon never thought he’d get the chance to play his tuba at a bowl game.
But with “The Pride of Arizona” home in Tucson for Tuesday’s AdvoCare V100 Bowl, Alarcon got his shot.
He was one of 105 members of the “Spirit of Northwestern” band to wear red Arizona sweatshirts and hats and act as the UA’s band in the 42-19 win over Boston College.
“This is a really big deal for me and the band,” Alarcon said. “It’s definitely an experience I’ll never forget. Getting to play in a game that’s on ESPN between two big-time teams is really cool. I’m really happy we got the chance.”
The Northwestern State band began rehearsing Arizona’s tunes Sunday morning. It made the hour-long trek to Shreveport on Sunday night.
They learned “Bear Down, Arizona” and the school’s alma mater, along with a few other chants. Arizona drum major Drew Eary, who spent Christmas at his grandparents’ house in Kansas, drove to Louisiana to help the band learn the numbers.
Eary was on hand Tuesday to lend a hand.
We were very impressed with the “Spirit of Northwestern” and thought they played a flawless rendition of “Bear Down Arizona.” After the team’s win, the UA’s players and coaches went over to the band’s section for the playing of the fight song.
“They’ve been very energetic taking on their role as the Pride of Arizona,” said Northwestern State assistant director of bands Jeff Mathews. “I think they sound great.”
The UA has a new fan in Mathews. The assistant director had some fun with his boss, Steve McKeithen, the marching band director, and Greg Handel, the director of Northwestern State’s creative and performing arts center.
See, both McKeithen and Handel are Arizona State graduates.
“I sent them a voicemail with us playing ‘Bear Down Arizona’ and was sending pictures of me in my Arizona gear,” Mathews said smiling.
All 105 members of the Northwestern State band got to keep their UA sweatshirts and hats.
The big number
Boston College’s time of possession in the first quarter.
– Daniel Berk