Fun Fact of the Day: Willy Wonka’s contest just got a makeover. Budweiser announced that some cases of Bud Light will contain golden cans of beer. If you find one, take a picture with it and post it to your social media account for a chance to win Super Bowl tickets for life (assuming you don’t live longer than the next 51 Super Bowls). May the odds be ever in your favor.
Rise and fall. Last night, the Green Bay Packers decisively beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-13 to end their 4 game losing streak. Unfortunately, the Packers are still 2 games behind the Detroit Lions in the NFC North and are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 7 seasons. But they’re still in better shape than the Eagles, who have now lost 6 of their past 8 games and are sitting in last place in the NFC East.
An international tragedy. A chartered plane carrying Brazilian football club Chapecoense crashed last night in Colombia, killing 76 people. Only 5 people survived. The accident is believed to have been caused by an electrical failure during heavy rain. The team was on its way to compete in the finals of the Copa Sudamericana, a prestigious club competition organized by South American football governing body CONMEBOL.
Seen and Heard
Is anyone watching? Yesterday, a rumor caught steam that the NFL was looking to dump or limit the number of Thursday Night Football games beginning in 2018. But to the dismay of many football fans, the NFL released a statement denying the reports and said they are “fully committed” to Thursday night games. Why limit games? It’s no big secret that the NFL ratings have been on the decline this year. People have tried to pin some of the blame on lackluster TNF games, because—let’s be real, the Jacksonville Jaguars v. Tennessee Titans is not exactly must-see TV. With primetime football games scheduled for Monday, Thursday, and Sunday nights each week, the NFL just doesn’t have enough great matchups to fill all those time slots.
A fine whine. The Big Ten fined Michigan $10,000 for coach Jim Harbaugh’s post-game rant about “bitterly disappointing” officiating. After Michigan lost to archrival Ohio State 30-27 in double overtime this weekend, Harbaugh complained about a couple of questionable calls, including a missed pass interference penalty and a favorable 1st down call for Ohio State that led to their game-winning touchdown. Now, Michigan’s chances of making the College Football Playoffs are down to 2%, and Ohio State fans are reminding Harbaugh that whining isn’t attractive.
Cold-hearted. The Florida Panthers fired their head coach Gerard Gallant on Sunday night, after they lost 3-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes. The firing came as a big surprise to everyone including Gallant, who was spotted looking for a taxi home from Raleigh after the game. Yikes! This season, the Panthers suffered a bunch of injuries and are just outside of playoff contention with a 11-10-1 record. But last season, Gallant led the Panthers to 47 wins and 103 points, the most in franchise history. He also finished as the runner up in Jack Adams Award voting (for the best coach in the NFL). Despite all his success, he wasn’t getting along with the front office and they disagreed on the direction for future of the team.