Side Courses; Other Sporting Events You Can Be Thankful For Today
Thanksgiving is primarily focused on the three "F's"...food, family, and football, though you can can probably add one more for "For f***'s sake, stop talking about the election!" this year.
However, if you, like many, are part that dang "let NFL ratings drop" conspiracy, there are still plenty of other options for you to avoid the fam with. Think of the NFL as the turkey, while these other events serve as the sides....
(All times EST)
NCAAM: #10 Louisville vs Wichita State
Part of the Battle 4 Atlantis, Wichita State may have lost some of the staples of their Cinderella teams over the years but still put up a...shocking (pun very much intended) 35-point victory over LSU during yesterday's competition, currently sitting at 5-0. They'll have a chance to prove to the world they're not going anywhere yet, going up against the Top 10 Cardinals team that had some trouble with Old Dominion yesterday, squeaking by with a 68-62 overtime win.
NCAAM: Illinois vs #19 West Virginia
2:30 PM, ESPNU
Barclays Center in Brooklyn will be treated to (gasp!) winning basketball, as the Mountaineers face their first real test of the season. The Illini, looking to capture their former glory, are a strong 4-1, though they did fall to Winthrop recently.
NHL: Carolina @ Montreal
7:00, Fox Sports South/RDS/NHL Center Ice
Armed with the return of world-class goaltender Carey Price, the Canadiens have emerged as the Eastern Conference frontrunners, 10-0 losses notwithstanding. Out of nowhere, however, the Carolina Hurricanes have suddenly become a destructive force, having won five games in a row.
NHL: Boston @ Ottawa
7:30, NESN/NHL Center Ice
The NBA may be off, preparing for its annual Christmas festivities, the NHL has a couple of games for our neighbors to the north to enjoy as they get over the fact that they don't have Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. This exciting matchup pits foes from the Atlantic Division, who have exchanged the final automatic playoff spot in the division in the early going. The teams have a combined three Stanley Cup Final appearances among them since the return of the lost season of 2004-05, but are looking to return to the playoffs after each missing last year.
NCAAF: LSU @ Texas A&M
These two teams may have seen their College Football Playoff hopes disappear quick than the crescent rolls, but it's still a battle between two very good SEC teams. Unfortunately, Leonard Fournette, LSU's electrifying running back projected to hear his name called in the early proceedings of the NFL Draft, has been ruled out, but Aggies QB Trevor Knight, who sat out last week, is set to return. A win here could also mean the difference between a December and a January bowl.
What non-NFL Thanksgiving events do you dare seek out? Tweet @GeoffMags5490 and keep the conversation going.
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