Escaping dishwashing duty on Turkey Day has for generations meant flipping on the TV. But this year, football fans might be better off elbow-deep in suds. The Detroit Lions, the worst team in the NFL at 0-11, host the Tennessee Titans, one of the best at 10-1, in the 11:30 a.m. game on CBS.
The day doesn't get much better as 2-9 Seattle travels to 7-4 Dallas for the 3:15 p.m. game on Fox. A third game between Arizona (7-4) and Philadelphia (5-5-1) could be the best bet of the day, but kickoff is at 7:15, right about when the tryptophan kicks in.
But for Badger fans, the weekend is full of opportunities. The undefeated women's hockey team (14-0-2), ranked number one in the country, welcomes Minnesota State to the Kohl Center at 2 p.m. Friday and Sunday. Senior goalkeeper Jessie Vetter, who recorded her 31st career shutout against New Hampshire on Saturday, has saved over 95% of the shots she's faced this season and is giving up a stingy 0.83 goals per game.
Meantime, the Wisconsin volleyball squad closes out its season with matches against Illinois (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Purdue (Saturday, 7 p.m.) at the Field House. At 17-13 (7-11 in the Big Ten), the Badgers are having an uncharacteristically down year.
"This weekend is big for us," says head coach Pete Waite. "We've got two ranked opponents coming in, and we need to get at least one of them to have a shot at the NCAA tournament this year."