The Polar Vortex is coming back, but that doesn't mean you have to lock yourself away in hibernation for winter. There's still plenty of fun to be had this weekend, and we've assembled this handy guide to make sure you don't miss out on any of it. So stick your feet in a bucket of hot cocoa and double up on your Snuggies, 'cause it's time for fun:
The Los Angeles Athletic Club has a long history of hosting boxing matches, dating all the way back to the 1880s. They’re continuing in that vein with Rivals in the Ring, a collegiate invite-only boxing tournament, this Friday night. Boxers representing eight West Coast colleges are slated to fight, with the headlining match being rivals UCLA and USC. But don’t be fooled by the location. Even though it’s held in a gym, you gotta dress up (and a muscle tee doesn’t count as “dressing up.”
In January, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the governing body for air sports and aeronautics, decided that indoor skydiving was a sport worthy of its own official competition. Eleven months later, the World Cup of Indoor Skydiving is taking place in Austin. Categories include Formation Skydiving, Vertical Formation Skydiving, Freefly, and Freestyle. This is a big step forward for Sports That Could Also Be 11th Birthday Parties (keeping my fingers crossed for an international LaserTag tournament).
Hockey Hall Of Famers Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin captain two all-star teams of HHOF players, such as Paul Coffey, Darryl Sittler, Peter Stastny, Cino Ciccarelli, and more. This year’s Induction Class includes Dominik Hasek, Peter Forsberg, Bill McCreary, Mike Modano, and Rob Blake, who will receive their Official Honoured Members Blazers at center ice. Is it a bad idea to have a bunch of old, retired hockey players put their bodies on the line playing a dangerous game? Definitely! But get your tickets anyway! Maybe there will be blood!
I mean… it’s called the ‘Bacon and Beer Festival.’ Do you really need me to tell you any more? You do? All right, fine. Over 20 breweries will be represented at the Curtis A. Doubletree Hotel in Denver this weekend to pair their beer with 26 bacon-filled menu items from local restaurants. That evening, head to The Lobby for a 5 course meal with beer pairing. Also, there’s bacon ice cream, you guys. Bacon. Ice. Cream.
Want to enjoy beer at a reasonable altitude? Don’t worry, the NYC Beerathon is also happening this weekend. Now in its 8th year, the Beerathon was born of an unholy union between alcohol and exercise. When you show up, they’ll give you a map of participating bars, and you run to each one (or, after you’ve had a few, maybe walk. Don’t be a hero, here). Tickets are $85 and a portion of all profits goes to charity.
Are you on a sumo-wrestler’s diet? Do you have a powerful tapeworm? Do you hate yourself? If so, you might want to try this treat from the Green Bay Packers, a house-made kielbasa sausage served in a fresh-baked hoagie roll in the shape of a horseshoe, smothered in beer cheese, and topped with fried sauerkraut. If you want to cry, you can find out more information (including calories) right here.
Get into the college football spirit with this $500 cake from a local bakety in Mississippi. Trust us, it’ll be worth it.
This new psychological thriller starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo is a far cry from The Office or Magic Mike. The film tells the true story of brothers and Olympic wrestlers David and Mark Schultz and their eccentric billionaire patron, John duPont. Carell and Tatum give the performance of their careers in this deeply unsettling film. To find out more, check out our Foxcatcher review right here.
Our new series takes a look at some lesser-known sports stories. Welcome to Barrow, Alaska, home to the most remote high school football team in the country. The Whalers play on a field built on the edge of the Arctic Ocean about 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, and must fly to every road game.
Ron Artest, err... Metta World Peace… err… The Panda’s friend… err… wait it IS Metta World Peace? What? Whatever. He wore these sneakers at a recent game in China, I guess in support of pandas. If you’re thinking “Those don’t look convenient to play basketball in,” then you’re right! Fortunately, you can support Panda and pandas by visiting ThePandasFriend.com and checking out their variety of more sensible panda-themed merchandise, including a children’s book about Metta World Peace befriending a panda written by Metta World Peace himself.
Sunset Overdrive is unpretentious zombie fun. The graphics are amazing, the dialogue is hilarious, and the premise is actually pretty unique and interesting. We’ve got a full review of the game right here, but trust us when we say that this is one of the most fun games we’ve played all year.
Skate shoe staple Vans has teamed up with the Italian craftsmen at Diemme's for one heck of a holiday collection. These leather versions of the canvas shoes you're used to create a kind of casual luxury your feet desperately need. Even the names are fancy - the Montebelluna Era LX and the Montebelluna Hi LX. Two-toned leather? Just try not to drool on it.