USU Football's Eric Moats Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Journal - Day 1
Dec. 14, 2011
BOISE, Idaho - Aggie senior WR Eric Moats will be submitting journal entries throughout the week at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho. Moats has been submitting weekly blogs throughout the season, and will be sharing his thoughts about the Aggies' preparations for the Bowl game.
It has been a long, interesting, and amazing day. We started off the day with the bus trip to Boise and then were greeted by a band and some representatives from the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl committee at our hotel. I think it kind of hit there that we were really going to a bowl game and it was an awesome feel. After that we went to the bowling alley for an event called "Strikes for Spuds." We competed against Ohio in bowling (each player from the starting offensive and defense each bowled a frame) and the scores from each team were added together, and whoever won 350 pounds of potatoes were sent to a charity food pantry for both here in Boise, and back in our campus home towns of Utah and Ohio. The losing team earned 300 pounds for their charity so everyone was a winner in this sense. We ended up winning by about 30 pins and the companies also ended up doubling the donations as well so it was a great day for all. The Ronald McDonald House here in Boise and the Cache Community Food Pantry back in Logan were awarded with 700 pounds of potatoes!
Following that, we had the opportunity to have a pizza party and then receive our bowl gifts. We got more clothes and another backpack from the actual bowl and then got to receive our electronics gift. This was an awesome experience, we were able to go in a room and pick out items from the bowl sponsor, Sony. We had a certain amount of points and were able to pick items from headphones to blu-ray disc players. Each player got to pick their own individual combination depending on what they or their families wanted and we all will receive these gifts after the bowl. It really felt like an awesome materialistic reward for all the hard work and success we have had.
After the bowl gifts we were able to wonder the town a little and enjoy some team bonding. Me personally, I went to a movie with my buddy and fellow teammate and senior wide receiver Josh Johansen. We were talking and just saying how awesome it was to be able to have this experience, and its only day one and we haven't even got to the football part of it. We are all super excited about all the things going on but at the same time we are all getting that itch to get back on the field tomorrow and prepare to come here to win a football game against a very good opponent.