The holidays are upon us and for sports lovers, that means lots of big games, good cheer, classic rivalries and national championships on the line. In fact this Thanksgiving weekend dozens of college and pro teams launched the holiday season by battling it out on gridirons and basketball courts across the nation.
With so much at stake, and so many NBA, NFL and NCAA games taking place, what could be better than some friendly betting or wagering? Things are at a fever pitch for NCAA fans. Cross-town rivals Bruins battling Trojans. Clemson vs South Carolina. New and established conference rivalries. Big Ten or SEC? Plenty of players missed out on eating turkey with their families to rep their teams in high profile games that we all enjoyed watching.
Heading in December, sports fans are treated to even more good fortune. Christmas-Day NBA games have become a staple and the quintuple-header will go down as follows: Bulls at Nets (12 p.m. ET), Thunder at Knicks (2:30 p.m. ET), Heat at Lakers (5 p.m. ET), Rockets at Spurs (8 p.m. ET), and Clippers at Warriors (10:30 p.m. ET).
Football fans are gearing up for the 2013-14 Bowl Schedule which begins with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 and ends with the Vizio BCS National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. In between are Bowl Games including the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve and the 100th Rose Bowl Game which will be played January 1, 2014. Known as the oldest of bowls, the Rose Bowl Game has kicked off myriad college football legacies. Since the first game in 1902, the game has showcased 17 Heisman Trophy Winners, produced 29 national champions, featured 199 consensus All-Americans and honored 107 college football legends by inducting them into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.
As spectators and fans, however, we can’t take this holiday entertainment for granted. While most of us are at home with our families watching sports and corny holiday movies, plenty of athletes are dealing with a curfew, practices, and travel. Student athletes, in particular, make sacrifices. During November and December, when most college students get to enjoy a break, winter sport athletes are hard at work. In fact, winter athletes may end up training harder than ever just when other students are packing up to go home.
So if you’re not an athlete in training during the holiday, and you find yourself sitting on your butt wishing you had a longer break, remember all the athletes who are practicing, training and competing. And if they have a bad game for whatever reason, don’t give them a hard time. Give them a break because they don’t get much of one this time of year.
p.s. always gamble responsibly.