National Football League! 256 games to be played out over a seventeen week schedule leading up to Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015, with 3 games on 3 networks on Thanksgiving Day: the Detroit Lions will host the Chicago Bears on CBS; the Dallas Cowboys will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Fox; and on prime-time NBC, the San Francisco 49ers will host Seattle Seahawks (championship rematch). Will you be watching? For the first time ever, no AFC (American Football Conference, one of two conferences of the NFL) teams will appear on Thanksgiving.
There are other sporting events of note in November, including the New York City Marathon, Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, rivalry games in college football, NASCAR Ford Ecoboost 400 (the championship round of the Sprint Cup), the Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships, the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games, PSA Men's World Squash Championship, the group stages of the UEFA Champions League, and World Weightlifting Championships; and in December, the World Swimming Championships and the International Rugby Board Women Sevens World Series are happening.
Who knew late fall was so chockablock with sporting events? Even if you can't catch all your favorite sports live this season, perhaps you'd like to use the upcoming holidays to kick back with some reading about sports - here are some titles we think you might enjoy! We even have a couple of books to get your sporty kids reading.
Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, The Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker by Doug J. Swanson
Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football by Nicholas Dawidoff
The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta by Gil Capps
The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death by Colson Whitehead
Pete Rose: An American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy
Ping Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game that Changed the World by Nicholas Griffin
Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival From the Bottom of the Pile by Nate Jackson
Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game by Mark Edmundson
Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto by Steve Almond
Parcells: A Football Life by Bill Parcells and Nunyo Demasio
Season of Saturdays: A History of College Football in 14 Games by Michael Weinreb
Football: Great Writing About the National Sport edited by John Schulian
Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game by Allen St. John, Ainissa G. Ramirez, PH.D
I Am Zlatan: My Story On and Off the Field by Zlatan Ibrahimović with David Lagercrantz
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moment by Carla Killough McClafferty
Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace [eBook]
The Soccer Fence by Phil Bildner
Soccer Star by Mina Javaherbin
So, You Want to Work in Sports?: The Ultimate Guide to Exploring the Sports Industry by Joanne Mattern
Stealing the Game by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld