Bye bye Charles! Bye bye Oakland? The Oakland Raiders defeated the San Diego Chargers (23-20) at home in overtime last night. Both teams turned in a pretty lackluster performance, because neither is in contention for the playoffs. Nevertheless, Raiders fans turned out in droves to say farewell to their future Hall of Fame safety Charles Woodson, who announced earlier this year that this would be his last season. Woodson is known for winning the Heisman trophy (an accolade that goes to the best college football player) in 1997, while he played at Michigan. He is the last player to win the Heisman who was not a quarterback or running back. Still not ringing any [Christmas] bells? Woodson is also know for developing label “Twentyfour by Charles Woodson” wine in partnership with Robert Mondavi.
Additionally, last night may have been the last Raiders game in Oakland because they have a bid in place with the Chargers to move to Los Angeles and share a stadium. Stay tuned to see if the NFL selects them for the big move.
Spotlight on the NBA Christmas Day Tradition
The NBA is the only sport with regularly scheduled games on Christmas Day. This tradition has been going on every year since 1947, the year after the League began. The NBA tries to put together a couple of highly anticipated matchups, including a rematch of the last year’s playoff teams. Check out the description of this year’s best matchup below in the Hot Read.
A last Christmas game for Kobe. Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) has played more Christmas Day games than any other player with 15 appearances, his 16th appearance will be today, when the Lakers take on the Los Angeles Clippers. Unfortunately, the Lakers will likely be annihilated, because they have been abysmal this season, in large part due to Kobe—but more on that for a later day!
The NBA Grinch that stole Christmas. A few coaches and players, including LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) have complained about the Christmas day games, saying that they would rather be home with family. Totally understandable, so let’s all be thankful for the Christmas gift that is the NBA games!
The Gift of Christmas Past. NBA fans are salivating over tonight’s matchup when the Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the Golden State Warriors! These teams played each other during last year’s NBA Finals, and the Warriors ended up with that Championship bling / so that can only mean one thing: the Cavaliers will be looking for redemption. The smart money is on the Warriors, who have been unstoppable this season, shattering records across all sports with their 27-1 start. But you can never discount “King” James and the Cavs, who have the best record in the East. It should be a happy Christmas for all, and for all a good night!