Pinstripe Bowl @12:30 p.m.: Iowa St. and Rutgers square off in the Big Apple

My nephew and his teammates had a blast in New York City this week — from visiting Yankee stadium and its “Legends Club,” to storing their gear in the Yankee’s locker room (including “A Rod’s” locker), to visiting the New York Stock Exchange — and on a more somber note, visiting the 9/11 memorial. This morning Iowa State fans appeared on the Today Show. (I loaned my nephew an old “Access” guide to New York from our bookcase to bone up on the flight out. I noticed it still had the World Trade Center featured, and we talked about that).

The New York trip was a once in a lifetime experience for the team — something you don’t get from a visit to Arizona or Texas for a bowl game. Now it’s gameday. We’re going to huddle with the in-laws in front of the TV, with some New York-style pastrami — imported from famed Katz’s Deli — and watch the game. Happy New Year to the team and Ames, Iowa, fans!

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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