The Cyclones in the Big Apple over the holidays… did you know it was 53 degrees at midnight Monday in NYC?

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When you consider New York City for the holidays, what comes to mind?

Is it the spectacular window displays along Fifth & Madison Avenues, the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, dropping the ball at Times Square on New Year’s Eve or ice skating at Rockefeller Center?

If you take the above and add in an afternoon of Cyclone football at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 30, the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl is an amazing opportunity.

As a college athletics employee, my schools have combined for 20 bowl appearances. That probably makes me very lucky and a seasoned bowl observer.

Without hesitation, I am suggesting that the Cyclones’ Pinstripe Bowl match-up with Rutgers in one of America’s most-desired holiday destinations is an opportunity worth your fullest consideration.

Yes, I’ve read and heard the arguments that the weather isn’t great in New York this time of year and it’s too expensive.

Did you know that average December temps in the Big Apple are 10-15 degrees higher than Des Moines? A member of our advance team reported that the temperature at midnight Monday night in NYC was 53 degrees.

Did you know that doing New York on your budget is only a mouse click away if you have any web searching capabilities?

The Pinstripe Bowl, in fact, knows the reputation of New York prices for the holidays and has partnered with Orbitz to help travelers plan. Their bowl tip sheet link is available by clicking here.

Everyone has their own wish lists for what a bowl should offer. But, when you factor in the Cyclones, New York City over the holidays and the Yankee brand (as game host), your imagination may be the only limitation for a trip you’ll never forget.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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