You still have to wait a whole week before it's socially acceptable to eat stuffing out of a dead bird, but we've got something for you to be thankful for this weekend, anyway. It's our Weekend Preview, and it will help you get out of the house a little before your turkey-coma.
. 37th Annual Empire State ‘Golden Arm’ Tournament of Champions
Sunday | New York, NY
Been hitting the gym pretty hard lately? Show off your work at this huge arm wrestling competition in New York this weekend. The competition is open to the public and competitors from everywhere are allowed to enter. Entry fees are $25, $10 for women, and $30 to wrestle with the pros. If your muscles have atrophied at your day job and you just want to watch, spectator tickets are $5. It’s unclear whether the storylines will be as good as in professional wrestling. Guess we’ll find out..
. UFC Fight Night
Saturday | Austin, TX
Head to the Erwin Center in Austin, TX to see arguably the best possible UFC matchup: Edgar vs. Swanson. The two most exciting featherweights in the game should deliver a fight so mind-bogglingly athletic, you’ll feel like you need a nap just from watching it. Add in a bunch of great smaller matches (including the return of lightweight Matt Wiman after an almost two-year hiatus) and you’ve got one of the most stacked lineups in the UFC this year.
. Board Game Geek Convention
Friday thru Sunday | Irving, TX
This week we told you about the best tabletop sports games, and now’s your chance to enjoy them with your fellow game connoisseurs. Fort Worth, Texas hosts this convention that boasts a game library with over 3500 games for open gaming, a Texas Hold’Em Tournament, and the latest Essen Spiel game releases. BGG.CON’s new games include Deus, AquaSphere, Orleans, The Golden Ages, and Mysteria.
. Enter our WWE 2K15 contest to win Sting’s bat
The kind people at WWE 2K15 entrusted us with famed wrestler Sting’s infamous baseball bat. We can’t handle the pressure of ownership, so we’re giving you a chance to win it. Send us an essay about the coolest way for Sting’s last match to go down at our Facebook page, and the bat could be yours. For full contest rules, click here.
. Texas Chicken and Waffles
AT&T Stadium | Dallas, TX
Look, it’s just a fact that everything tastes better when it’s in the shape of another thing. Chicken and waffles are no exception to that rule. Thankfully, the Cowboys have obliged with this Texas-shaped chicken and waffles sandwich. For a full description and calorie count (yikes), check out our Concession Food Item of the Week.
. Peanut Butter Devil’s Food Cake
Levi’s Stadium | San Francisco, CA
We recently featured Levi’s Stadium on our list of the most luxurious arenas in America, and their food does not disappoint. Celebrity chef Michael Mina’s very own Bourbon Steak & Pub just opened at Levi’s Stadium, home of the 49ers. Swing by the restaurant after a game and wash your stadium nachos down with this decadent dessert – peanut butter devil’s food cake, milk chocolate mousse, salted pretzel, and candied macaroni almonds. Or, heck, just skip the game and eat this.
. SONIC Master Blast
Kevin Durant just signed an endorsement deal with SONIC restaurants. Celebrate this professional athlete's even greater financial windfall by drinking a 700-calorie smoothie! If you want to be healthy, you can pour it over a KIND Bar (another one of Durant's sponsors).
. Warren Miller’s No Turning Back
Premieres in most states this weekend
Warren Miller is the father of extreme sports videos. Until 1988, Miller produced, directed, and narrated his own films, and even though he’s retired now, his name is still associated with the highest-quality ski and snowboard videos out there. Warren Miller Films and Entertainment celebrates its 65th anniversary with No Turning Back, arguably the most impressive Warren Miller film to date. Miller himself is now 90 years old, but don’t worry, he and his films aren’t going anywhere.
. American Music Awards
Sunday 8:00 EST | ABC
Okay, yes, we live in an age where nationally-televised music awards are completely culturally irrelevant. But tune in to the American Music Awards and maybe you’ll see one of Rihanna’s myriad sports boyfriends there, plus SI cover girl Chrissy Tiegen along with John Legend (Nick Young won’t be there with Iggy Azalea, unfortunately; he has a game that night). If anything, it will help you engage with the Twitter conversation, which is very important for your personal brand. Or something.
. Happy Valley
In theaters nationwide
This new documentary from Amir Bar-Lev explores the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State scandal. Rather than examining the crimes Sandusky committed, however, Bar-Lev focuses on another troubling issue – how a community whose school fandom was tantamount to religion dealt with what the New York Times called “a crisis of faith.” From the fans who felt the ban against Penn State was a personal affront to the staff and family entwined in the scandal, the film doesn't seek to dig beyond the hype. The hype itself is the subject. Ultimately, the documentary questions the entire dogma of college sports and the cult of personality that surrounds them.
. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
$59.99 | gamestop.com
Look, let’s be honest. Super Smash Bros. might be the best game of all time. And with this iteration, they’ve found a way to make it even better. The introduction of eight-player brawls might seem excessive, but it just lets more people get in on the fun and take advantage of the roster of 49 characters. Speaking of which, maybe the best news of all is the addition of Duck Hunt (!!) to the cast. No word on whether he can defeat opponents by laughing at them.
. You Can’t Make This Up – Al Michaels
$17.04 | Amazon.com
NBC Sports broadcaster extraordinaire teamed up with SI’s Jon Wertheim to write his autobiography, which comes out today. Michaels’ career speaks for itself: he’ll be calling his ninth Super Bowl this year, played a pivotal role in ABC’s OJ Simpson coverage, and might be best remembered for his commentary during 1980’s Miracle On Ice. Michaels talks about all that and more in this delightful romp through his life (which includes plenty of name-dropping, but hey, as long as it’s interesting, I’ll let it go). For more from the man himself, check out the interview Michaels did with Richard Deitsch.
. Nike KD7 Premium Gold
$170 | Nike.com
Kevin Durant’s foot is broken, but on the bright side, he’s got something cool to put on it. The new colorway for Durant’s signature model references his 2012 Olympic medal with a golden Posite finish. The gold-and-navy color scheme is going to look real nice with Durant’s OKC jersey once he gets back on the court.