The weekend may be over but let’s celebrate the short week. We’re giving you something else to celebrate – the sports conversation. This way you don’t have to talk about politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Don’t ask Grandma what she thought about Hamilton because either way you lose.
But you’re a winner to us,
The Last Night’s Game Team
NCAA Football (College)
- Never too late. South Carolina State gave a new meaning to senior day. With a three-yard rush Joe Thomas Sr. (55) became the oldest player to ever play in a Division I college football game. Thomas' son, Joe Jr., plays for the Green Bay Packers (NFL).
- Don't be upset. After last weekend's upsets, the only team in the top 10 to lose this weekend was Louisville. Don’t expect to see too much of a change when the College Football Playoff rankings are released tomorrow night.
NFL (National Football League)
- For the history books. Dallas Cowboys’ rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott broke the rookie rushing record that has stood since 1977. He’s not stopping there since the Cowboys still have six games left to play.
- South of the border. The Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans will play tonight in Mexico City. Will the exposure for the NFL be worth the physical toll the game may take on the two teams? The game will be played at Azteca Stadium which sits 2,000 feet higher than the Denver Broncos’ Mile High Stadium. Oh and the pollution factor? Athletes who have played there said it’s one of the worst places to play a sporting event because you can’t breathe from the terrible pollution.
- Tonight starts a two night finale for Dancing with the Stars. Out of the four dancers left, three are athletes – James Hinchcliffe (IndyCar driver), Laurie Hernandez (U.S. Olympic gymnast) and Calvin Johnson (former NFL player). The odds have Hernandez as the front runner but some are calling Hinchcliffe the “best male dancer ever on the show.” Put on your sequins and tune in to see.
- There were crashes and cars engulfed in flames and that was just the last few laps. The entire NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) “Chase for the Cup” came down to the final few laps in Miami. Jimmie Johnson won the race and the Sprint Cup Championship giving him seven career championships, tying legends Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Richard Petty. At the age of 41, Johnson is the youngest of the three to reach this accomplishment.
- You had one job. The NFL moved the extra point kick (which happens after a touchdown) from the two-yard line to the 15-yard line at the start of last season to increase the excitement on the seemingly automatic kick. Well the NFL got their wish on Sunday as place-kickers set a record, missing 12 extra points throughout the day.