By JD McKay
1- Go to a hockey game
I love hockey and watching hockey game live at the arena is my favorite way to watch any sport. Indiana is home to three Minor League hockey teams, the Indiana Fuel at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, the Evansville Thunderbolts at the Ford Center, or the Fort Wayne Komets at the Taxslayer Center. They all have three home games. The cheapest tickets are $12 at Evansville. If you want an NHL experience you can go to Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, or Columbus, but tickets are about $65 for standing room only.
2- NBA Christmas
Normally I try to avoid watching the NBA, but Cavs vs Warriors. Need I say more?
3- College Football Playoff
Any football fan who has any memory from the past two Alabama vs Clemson games should need this, but if you somehow lost your memory, here is what you forgot. Nine points separating them in both games, one kick return touchdown, two Sports Illustrated covers, two different national champions, and one second left when Hunter Renfrow caught the game winner. Plus, we get to see if defenses still win championships in the Rose Bowl between Georgia (great defense) and Oklahoma (great offense) to determine who will play the winner of Bama vs Clemson in the national championship.
4- U of L vs UK
This pick doesn’t need much explaining. It’ll have been a year since UK last beat U of L in the big two sports, and Rupp Arena will be rowdy. On December 29, nearly any sports fan in the Kentuckiana area will be tuned in to this one. Unfortunately, this struggling U of L team probably won’t make the game close.
5- Indiana Hall of Fame Classic (FC vs Bloomington South)
Floyd enters ranked fifth in the state and undefeated. Bloomington South enters having one loss to New Albany by 12 points at home and ranked ninth. I expect Floyd to win again and move up one spot. The game is on December 30, at New Castle FieldHouse. Tickets are $20 at the door, but that is for four games. You can preorder tickets online for $10 at http://www.hoopshall.com or from athletic director Jeff Cerqueira.