Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 30 Noon Dallas ESPN BYU vs. Tulsa
New Era Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 30 3:20 p.m. New York ESPN Iowa State vs. Rutgers
Quite a thing to wake up from a long Dayquil's journey into Nyquil and find that Mr. No Rez has FFed you, and somewhere in the confusion, you lost track of a whole day, and the Valero Alamo Bowl to boot. Considering that one of the premises of the Nose-to-Tail Bowl Digest is that time and space do not exist, in that we presume that one can magically summon boudin from the depths of Louisiana to your Gaslight District hotel in San Diego at a moment's notice, we have no qualms about retroactively suggesting that you make gougeres dusted w/ Microplaned country ham and pop one whenever eithe Wazzu or Baylor scores a TD.
On to the matter at hand! We begin with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, not to be confused with the Military Bowl, and not intended to give you a nagging sense that LBJ was on the money. This bowl is in Dallas, which is good, because good bowls happen in cities where bad things happen for Kennedys (Miami, New Orleans, Dallas, Los Angeles, Havana). Unfortunately, it features BYU, a Mormon institution. One of the tenets of Mormonism is that they can't have nice things, and nice things do include heritage/artisanal pork. Tulsa is more cows than pigs, last I checked, so we will borrow one of the choices for the Pinstripe bowl: Despite the Cod's deep animus for Iowa State, Iowa is home to La Quercia, the Sam Adams of heritage pork in the US, if you will. I was not super-impressed with their offerings a few years back, but they appear to have expanded their range, and I am very interested in this acorn edition business.
In about an hour, from when I'm writing this, the aforementioned Cyclones will take on the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers in the New Era but I hope you brought a warm hat and longjohns too so you can sit and watch an 8-4 Big East team play a 6-6 team Pinstripe Bowl. Your questions are answered here. If you happened to be in the East Village, you could actually follow this bowl digest suggestions, and get yourself a porchetta sammich from Porchetta (fin tip to Homer for the general idea), hop in a cab, and be at the game with this sandwich to keep you warm. (Bring two, and trade one for a ticket) Better still, you could save cab fare, lug this sandwich to Professor Thom's, and enjoy the game in one of Gotham's few oases of good sense.