Not typical of previous Iowa bowl trips, Christmas fell on the players off-day. After a morning lifting session and meetings for coaches, the afternoon was free for all to enjoy. Many took the opportunity of the many golfing options around the Valley of the Sun. Camelback Mountain, a landmark of the Scottsdale area was the setting for many who hit the links.
After golf I took the opportunity to visit some of the sporting venues of the area. The San Francisco Giants facility is located in Scottsdale, not far from my golf course of choice. And also close was HoHoKam in Mesa, the Winter Home to the future World Series Champions, Chicago Cubs.
Downtown, within blocks of each other is the home to the Diamondbacks and Suns. Chase Field (Above) is home to MLB's D'Backs and one time home of the Insight Bowl. The retractable roof stadium was open on this clear day.
And nearby is the US. Airways Center home to the NBA's Phoenix Suns. One outing for the team while in Arizona is the Suns - Philadelphia 76ers basketball game.