Our second annual BlueClaws/Phillies Bowl Guide. Who should you root for in the college bowl games if your favorite team isn’t playing? How about rooting along with some of these former BlueClaws and their schools (or the schools they committed to play for before signing out of the draft)? Let’s get down to it. (Here is last year’s. This one is better)
12/18 Humanitarian Bowl: Northern Illinois 40, Fresno State 17…2009 BlueClaw Steve Susdorf went to Fresno State as did 2002 BlueClaw Zach Minor.
12/18 New Orleans Bowl: Troy 48, Ohio 21…2010 Phillies 5th rd pick Gauntlett Eldmire, possibly here in 2011, went to Ohio while 2002 BlueClaw Jay Bernard went to Troy.
12/21 Beef O’Brady’s Bowl: Louisville 31, Southern Miss 28…2009 BlueClaws RHP BJ Rosenberg is a proud Louisville Cardinal while 2005-06 BlueClaw Ryan Frith went to Southern Miss.
12/23 Pointsettia Bowl: San Diego State 35, Navy 14…2007 BlueClaw Quintin Berry and 2009 BlueClaw Troy Hanzawa both played at San Diego State
12/27 Indpendence Bowl: Air Force vs Georgia Tech…2008 BlueClaw Karl Bolt went to the Air Force Academy while 2006 BlueClaw Jeremy Slayden played at Georgia Tech
12/28 Insight Bowl: Missouri vs Iowa…Harry Kalas, legendary Phillies broadcaster and 2005 BlueClaw Nathan Johnson both went to Iowa. 2010 BlueClaw Jarred Cosart committed to Missouri but signed with the Phillies.
12/28 Champs Sports Bowl: West Virginia vs NC State…2004 BlueClaw Zac Cline is a Mountaineer.
12/29 Military Bowl: East Carolina vs Maryland…2010 BlueClaw Stephen Batts is a proud ECU Pirate
12/29 Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State vs Arizona…Three Cowboy: Michael Dabbs (2010), John Urick (2006) and Jason Jaramillo (2005). 2007 BlueClaw Jason Donald went to Arizona while 2009 BlueClaw Anthony Gose committed there but signed with the Phillies. 2006 BlueClaw John Hardy also went to Arizona.
12/29 Texas Bowl: Illinois vs Baylor…On the Baylor side, we have 2001 BlueClaw Anthony Hensley and 2002 BlueClaw Josh Scott. 2010 Phillies 16th round pick Craig Fritsch also went to Baylor.
12/30 Music City Bowl: North Carolina vs Tennessee…2009 BlueClaws RHP Jason Knapp committed to UNC but obviously signed with the Phillies. On the Tennessee side, we have Nick Hernandez from 2010, Kris Bennett from 2002 and potential 2011 BlueClaw Bryan Morgado (a 2010 4th round pick)
12/30 Holiday Bowl: Nebraska vs Washington…a few from Nebraska: 2008-10 BlueClaws Jacob Diekman committed here, 2009-10 BlueClaw Luke Wertz played here, 2009 BlueClaw Tyler Cloyd committed here, 2001 BlueClaw Trevor Bullock played here and 2010 Phillies draft pick Mike Nesseth played here too (he could be here in 2011 but did not play this year due to injury). On the Washington side, we have 2003 BlueClaw Andre Marshall.
12/30 Meineke Car Care Bowl: South Florida vs Clemson…One former BlueClaw played at Clemson, 2007 IF Herm Demmink.
12/31 Sun Bowl: Notre Dame vs Miami…Jeremy Barnes (2010) was the first BlueClaw to play at Notre Dame though Phillies closer Brad Lidge also played here. 2008 BlueClaw Domonic Brown committed to Miami but ended up signing with the Phillies.
12/31 Liberty Bowl: Georgia vs Central Florida: Chris Duffy, a 26th round pick of the Phillies from UCF, could be with Lakewood in 2011 after hitting .272 with the GCL Phillies in 2010.
12/31 Chick-fil-A Bowl: Florida State vs South Carolina: This is a busy one…From South Carolina we have 2002 BlueClaw Michael Floyd, 2007 BlueClaw Andrew Cruse, 2008 BlueClaw Mike Cisco and 2005-06 BlueClaw Aaron Rawl. From Florida State, 2006 BlueClaw Aaron Cheesman and 2003 BlueClaw Robby Read.
1/1 Ticket City Bowl: Northwestern vs Texas Tech…two Wildcats, 2005 LHP JA Happ and 2006 RHP Dan Brauer.
1/1 Outback Bowl: Florida vs Penn State…Our only Penn St alum is 2003 player Rod Perry, but we’ll throw in Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler. No Gators though 2007 BlueClaw Adrian Cardenas committed to play there before signing with the Phillies.
1/1 Capital One Bowl: Alabama vs Michigan State…no Spartans, but on the Bama side we have 2009 pitcher Austin Hyatt and 2010 Phillies 15th round pick Jake Smith.
1/1 Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs TCU…We have one from Wisconsin. From the first ever BlueClaws team in 2001, Chad Sidowsky. Phillies AGM Chuck LaMar went to TCU.
1/1 Fiesta Bowl: UConn vs Oklahoma…2006 BlueClaw Will Savage is an Oklahoma Sooner.
1/3 Orange Bowl: Stanford vs Virginia Tech…2008 BlueClaw Michael Taylor went to Stanford as did Phillies OF John Mayberry, Jr.
1/4 Sugar Bowl: Arkansas vs Ohio State…On the Arkansas side, we have 2007 BlueClaw Chris Rhoads and 2001 BlueClaw Matt Riethmayer.
1/7 Cotton Bowl: LSU vs Texas A&M…On the LSU side, we have 2010 BlueClaw Brody Colvin, who committed here but didn’t sign. 2006 BlueClaw Clay Harris played at LSU as well. Our only A&M product was 2003 BlueClaw Ryan Wardinsky (pat yourself on the back if you knew that one).
1/8 Compass Bowl: Pitt vs Kentucky…2004 BlueClaw Nick Evangelista went to Pitt while Joe Blanton, who rehabbed here in 2010, went to Kentucky.
1/9 Fight Hunger Bowl: Nevada vs Boston College…One from BC, 2004 BlueClaw Kevin Shepard.
1/10 BCS Championship Game: Oregon vs Auburn…From the Ducks, just 2010 Phillies first round pick Jesse Biddle who committed here before signing with the Phillies. 2006 BlueClaw Sean Gamble went to Auburn as did 2004 BlueClaw Javon Moran.