Raise your hand if you’re up to your eyeballs in holiday parties and have had enough small talk. (Hands go up everywhere).
Break the ice,
The Last Night’s Game Team
PS- It’s cold but nonetheless, fans are still posting up in parking lots for a pregame party. Warm up your tailgate with this boozy campfire treat. SAUCY S’MORES
Every year the weekend between Selection Sunday and start of the first college football bowl games is reserved for the storied Army – Navy game. The game will have notable fans in the stands including the crew from ESPN’s College GameDay and President Trump. In anticipation of the big rivalry game, both teams saved their best uniforms, inspired by stories of bravery and sacrifice, for their last game. MILITARY GRADE UNIFORMS
The NFL (National Football League) has a punt problem – it’s the second most dangerous play in the game because of the likeliness of concussions. (The first is a kickoff, a problem they addressed offseason). The league is turning to the analytics community to crowdsource ideas on how to improve the punt and make it safer. TACKLING THE PROBLEM
The three best college football players in the nation will descend on New York City on Saturday in hopes of being named the next Heisman Trophy winner. Did you know that a man once bought O.J. Simpson’s Heisman Trophy for $255,000 to impress his girlfriend? There are more ice breakers where that came from in this week’s Five Things To Know About The Heisman Trophy. SCORE
This week, U.S.A. Gymnastics filed for bankruptcy, presumably to protect the organization from lawsuits filed against them because of disgraced team doctor, Larry Nassar. It’s been a rough year for U.S.A. Gymnastics, with two of their interim presidents resigning and the U.S. Olympic Committee taking the steps to revoke their certification. GOLD MEDAL GAFFE
WHAT TO WATCH
Tomorrow is the biggest game in MLS (Major League Soccer), where Atlanta United will take on Portland Timbers for the MLS Cup. The championship game is a home game for Atlanta, taking place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is home to the Atlanta Falcons (NFL).
Here’s something you might not expect. Atlanta United has the 17th highest game day attendance in the world for the 2017-18 season, ahead of soccer powerhouse AC Milan. Their fans will have a chance to enjoy the stadium’s Chick-fil-A stand because there’s finally a game in the stadium that isn’t on a Sunday. GAME NOTES