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The Rundown: Weekend Preview - Bah Humbug Black Friday

Happy Friday after Thanksgiving, or as it’s known in many households as “the day I swear I’ll never eat again.”

This weekend is full as well – full of college football rivalries. Like a black Friday sale, anything can happen in a rivalry game.

Flat screen TV with every dishwasher? We’re camping out,

The Last Night’s Game Team

NCAA Football (College)

  • Upset the whole apple cart. Normally the Apple Cup doesn't matter. (We say that about it in our diet too). This year’s Washington rivalry series is the first time since 1981 that this game has implications for the national championship. The victor between Washington (#5) and Washington State (#23) will claim the PAC-12 North (Pacific Conference) title and a spot in the PAC-12 championship.  If Washington wins, it could bring them one step closer to a final four playoff berth.
  • A gift to you. ESPN College GameDay is heading to Columbus, OH to cover the long-standing hatred between Michigan (#4) and Ohio State (#2). The outcome of this year’s game will have such a significant impact on the college football playoffs that GameDay has been extended from three hours to five hours. The team that loses this game will lose their chance to play for a spot in the national championship.
  • Banjo battle. The fierce in-state rivals, Auburn (#11) vs #1 Alabama (#1) will play in the “Iron Bowl” on Saturday. (Yes Auburn is in Alabama). Alabama has already secured a spot in the SEC championship (Southeastern Conference) and has all but a lock on a final four spot in the playoffs, but Auburn would love nothing more than to spoil the party.

NFL (National Football League)

  • Round up. While you were eating turkey, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins for their franchise record 10th straight win. Lead by two stellar rookies, Dax Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys remain on fire.

F1 Racing (Formula One)

  • Let's go fast. The F1 season will be decided on Sunday during the final race of the season. Teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are competing to win the overall Drivers’ Championship. Rosberg sits in first place and Hamilton in second. For Hamilton to win the overall championship, he needs to win and have Rosberg finish outside the top three positions, which is like wishing for a black Friday sale with no pushing or shoving.


  • The 15th Annual National Dog Show was yesterday and the winner was a greyhound named Gia. The commentary was as flavorful as your pecan pie using lines like “fast on her feet, gentle on the eyes and with a glowing personality to boot” and “she has a head like a snake and can really gallop.” Somewhere the actors from Best in Show are beaming with pride.  

Sideline stat

  • 4 minutes 35 seconds. That’s how long it took Aretha Franklin to soulfully belt out the national anthem at the Detroit Lions – Minnesota Vikings game yesterday. Listen and see the funny Twitter reactions here.

Coaches’ corner

The Rundown: 5 Things to Know About Thanksgiving Football Traditions

The tradition of football and Thanksgiving has been around forever. It’s like the gravy to the turkey. It’s also a great way to sleep off your food coma or to converse with your second cousin who you have nothing in common with. Now you do – sports.  

From our family to yours – Happy Thanksgiving,

The Last Night’s Game Team

PS – Looking for pointers on Thanksgiving table topics that don’t involve politics? Check out our new segment “Sports Curious” today on CBS Ch. 6 at noon CST. You can stream it live here. (Click watch live now).

Five Things to Know About Thanksgiving Football Traditions

  1. Former NFL player, coach, broadcaster and video game namesake (Madden NFL) started the tradition of awarding the “Turkey Leg” back in the 80s. The leg of the turkey was given to the MVP of the game. What if you have more than one MVP? Obviously you need more legs on the turkey. So he started "creating" turkeys with more legs. (He took them off of other turkeys – this isn’t the Frankenstein people).  
  2. The “Turkey Leg” tradition ran until 2002 when it was replaced with the “Galloping Gobbler” trophy which is now given to the best player in the FOX-broadcasted Thanksgiving game.
  3. The Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted the most home Thanksgiving Day games in the NFL. (BTW – The Cowboys are having a stellar season lead by rookies Dax Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott).
  4. The Jacksonville Jaguars have never played on Thanksgiving Day. 
  5. Canadians also watch football on Thanksgiving. They watch the CFL (Canadian Football League) on their Thanksgiving which is in October. 

Here's the complete Thanksgiving Day schedule

NHL (National Hockey League)

  • Knighting ceremony. Las Vegas was granted the rights to an expansion NHL team in June and last night we found out the team's name. Drumroll please....welcome the “Vegas Golden Knights.”

NCAA Basketball (College)


  • Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Laurie Hernandez was the favorite heading into season 23 of Dancing with the Stars. In the season finale her twinkle toes did not disappoint. She took home the famed mirror ball trophy as the big winner over IndyCar Driver James Hinchcliffe. (Former NFL player Calvin Johnson came in third place). 

Sideline stat

  • Tuesday night’s MLS (Major League Soccer) Eastern Conference Finals playoff game between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC was delayed 40 minutes after it was discovered the goal box line was drawn two feet too narrow. If you remember from childhood soccer, the goal box is important because it’s the designated area where the goalie, no other player, can touch the ball with their hands. Who won the game? See here.

Coaches’ corner

  • U.S.A. Men’s National Soccer Team fired head coach Jurgen Klinsmann after five years as head coach. The team hasn’t been playing too well. His team failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games and their recent losses in World Cup qualifying leaves them on the verge of not even making it into the 2018 World Cup. Former head coach Bruce Arena was named as the new coach. Arena previously served in the role from 1998-2006.

The Rundown: 5 Things To Know About NFL Cheerleaders

You’re halfway through the week – you can do it!  

We’re channeling our inner cheerleader to put extra pep in your step and bring you today’s Rundown.

We’ve got spirit yes we do,

The Last Night’s Game Team  

Five Things to Know About NFL Cheerleaders

  1. In the NFL, cheerleaders make on average $9/hour or $100-150 per game. In case you were wondering what other key players in a game make, the NFL rookie minimum salary is $435,000 and the average pay for concession workers is $10-14/hour. Many cheerleaders have a flexible job that allows them to maintain the vigorous schedule during the season. Some of them are teachers, nurses or full-time students.
  2. The women are required to maintain a certain look (think hair color, makeup, no weight gain) with fear that they can be benched without pay if any facet of the contract is violated. Some team’s cheer coaches conduct “jiggle tests” to assess the firmness of the cheerleader's bodies.
  3. The NFL’s most famous pom-pom wielding gals, the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, have a vigorous application process that includes a written test with questions like “Who is the leader of North Korea? How many yards are assessed for a personal foul penalty?”
  4. A former Oakland Raiders cheerleader sued the team because she and her fellow cheerleaders were making an equivalent of $5/hour. She won her suit and the conversation around unfair wages for cheerleaders began. Many team are now paying their cheerleaders more in line with their state’s minimum wage, including the Raiders who upped the hourly rate to $9/hour (Jan 2015).
  5. There are six NFL teams without cheerleaders - Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers.
  • Extra credit: This video is guaranteed to make you smile. Lots of team’s cheerleaders dressed up for Halloween (think sexy pilot or sassy cowgirl). Romi Bean of the Denver Broncos cheer team took it to a whole new, awesome level dressing up like a T-Rex. Yep. Then she absolutely nailed her dance routine – with little T-rex arms and pom-poms. Like a boss. 

NFL (National Football League)

  • What controversy? Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is set to return from an injury but his replacement Dak Prescott has killing it on the field. (Something Romo hasn’t done in a long time). Romo said he is in full support of the rookie keeping the starting job. Prescott has lead the Cowboys to a stellar record with only one loss. (The name Tony Romo might sound familiar because he used to date Jessica Simpson).


  • Rough road ahead. Team U.S.A. suffered its second loss in a row in World Cup 2018 qualifying, this time losing to Costa Rica. Qualifying games resume in March 2017 and the U.S. has a big hole to dig themselves out of to make it to the World Cup in Russia. Who wants to go to Russia anyway? 


  • This weekend while fans rushed the field, Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard threw his helmet into the air to celebrate his team’s win over the Michigan Wolverines, only to lose his helmet in the chaos. Local authorities finally located his helmet on an Iowa fan who was wearing it around town to the all the bars. One man’s trash is another one’s treasure.

Sideline stat

  • After a weekend full of upsets, the College Football Playoff rankings did a little shuffle Tuesday night. Clemson dropped from #2 to #4 after their loss. Ohio State jumped to #2 and Washington fell out of top four. How does your team rank? Check here.
  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. Ohio State Buckeye
  3. Michigan Wolverines
  4. Clemson Tigers

Coaches’ Corner