We have no idea if this guy has ever eaten a chicken slider in his life, but he seems like a good mascot for the event, being held Saturday in Tampa. The GameTime National Chicken Slider Eating Championship, along with The GameTime National Tex Mex Roll Eating Championship in Miami, will award $3,000 to the winners and two national competitive eating titles. Listed participants include All Pro Eating’s No. 2-ranked professional competitive eater, Eric “Silo” Dahl, who most recently obtained The National Lobster Roll Eating Champion title. Good luck topping that, December. More: When food and sports collide
We know how you feel
Hey sports fans, did October leave you feeling like you got more tricks than treats? A short World Series, not enough Tebow, too much Lance, and to top it all off, November began with a prime-time Chargers-Chiefs matchup. Ugh. Relax now. November is only gonna get better, with a smorgasbord of sports that once again will make you give thanks for the remote and renew your faith in your DVR.
Thanksgiving Day football
Forget that Chargers-Chiefs debacle. The NFL action will pick up Sunday and set the table for Thansgiving, which will be highlighted by RG3 leading the 'Skins into Dallas. With these bitter rivals battling for a playoff spot, this game could cement his Rookie of the Year campaign and drive the final nail into the coffin for Jason Garrett. Or the Cowboys could come up with a season-saving win. Either way, it won't be a turkey. And on top of that, No. 23 Texas hosts TCU. So prepare for a pigskin coma. More: Are Garrett and Romo too close?
You don't have to wait long for the rematch of January's BCS national championship game. No. 1 Alabama visits Death Valley to face No. 5 LSU on Saturday at 5 p.m. And it should be another battle. The Crimson Tide is allowing the fewest yards per game in D-I while the Tigers are No. 3. Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, the MVP of January's game, is a Heisman candidate and the nation's most efficient passer (182.4). Game of the Century? Maybe just Game of November. More: If 'Bama loses, brace for BCS madness
The NBA's back
And it's as entertaining as ever. Just witness the opening adventures of the two superpowers. Kobe and Dwight's Lakers have inexplicably stumbled to a 0-2 start while LeBron and D-Wade got their rings on opening night, then got a grudge-match win over the Celtics with help from Ray Allen, who ditched Boston's Big Three for Miami's — and made enemies of his former teammates in the process. The Heat and Lakers won't meet until January, but Miami faces the Knicks, Nets, Clippers and Spurs in November, while Kobe and Co. face the Clippers, Spurs, Nets and Mavs again. Can't wait! (*Bart Scott voice*) More: Lakers coach on hot seat?
Jimmie chasing No. 6
It wouldn't make history — Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. both have seven Cup titles — but Jimmie Johnson would be knocking on the door of NASCAR's immortals if he can hold on to his lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Johnson snatched the lead with a win last weekend, and Brad Keselowski is just two points back. The action travels to Texas on Sunday, then Phoenix the following weekend before heading to Homestead for the finale. Buckle up. More: Could Chase end in tiebreaker?
MLB's hot stove heats up
Will anyone take A-Rod off the Yankees' hands? Who will drop a chunk of change for prized free agent Josh Hamilton — and all his baggage? Those are just two of the questions that will be buzzing on Saturday, when teams can begin negotiating with free agents. The GM meetings follow, and by then the hot stove league will be piping hot as teams retool for next season. Rosenthal: Brace for high level of silly spending
College hoops are here
Sure, the madness doesn't start 'til March, and there are plenty of 30-point blowouts in the first month of the season. But there also are Archie Goodwin and the No. 3-ranked Kentucky Wildcats vs. No. 8 Duke on Nov. 13, and preseason All-American Cody Zeller and the top-ranked Indiana Hoosiers against No. 11 North Carolina on Nov. 27. More: Indiana back on top again
Tiger defends his title
Remember this scene last year when Tiger Woods made his putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the Chevron World Challenge, ending his two-year winless streak? It won't be the same drama this time, but everyone wants to see where Tiger's game is at, after a three-win season followed by struggles in the Ryder Cup and tournaments abroad. Tiger's defense of his own tourney title could be a preview of what's to come in 2013. More: Tiger's swing still needs work
MLB hands out hardware
October sure ended on a bum note for Miguel Cabrera, but the Tigers slugger can at least salvage some satisfaction with an AL MVP award — if the voters decide that winning the Triple Crown for the first time in 45 years is enough to deserve it. Angels rookie Mike Trout, whose sensational season has made this the most hotly debated award, already has been shorted this fall, failing to get a Gold Glove despite several highlight-reel catches in center this season. More: MLB 2012 award winners
It's not GSP vs. Silva, but the Spider could be next if Georges St-Pierre (top) beats Carlos Condit when they fight for the welterweight title on Nov. 17 in Montreal. GSP hasn't fought in a year and a half and will be testing his surgically repaired right knee for the first time, so UFC fans will be watching breathlessly. More: GSP training hard
This is the time of year when stateside soccer shines. David Beckham and the Galaxy began their title defense Thursday night with a 2-1 win against Vancouver in the knockout round. Next they get rival San Jose and Chris Wondolowski, who broke the record for most goals this season, in the conference semifinals. That's already a rough road to MLS Cup. And the unique playoff format makes for a thrilling, unpredictable postseason. More: Will Donovan regain motivation?
Game On Dude is back to take another shot at winning the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic this weekend at Santa Anita. He is one of 180 horses, including eight defending or former champions, which were pre-entered Wednesday for the $25 million, 15-race Breeders' Cup world championships. Game On Dude was made the early 9-5 favorite in a field of 12 for the Classic, a race he led most of the way last year before being overtaken in the closing strides. This time he'll have home-field advantage running at Santa Anita, where the 5-year-old gelding is 5-0. More: Breeders' Cup top storylines
Can Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany hang on to his lead and spray more champagne as Formula One champ for the third straight year? Vettel has won four straight races in a season for the first time in his career and leads the drivers' championship by 13 points with three races to go. He is trying to join Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher as the only men to win a hat trick of drivers' championships. Can Ferrari's Fernando Alonso end his reign? More: Vettel, Alonso to duel in desert
This league's on ice, with all November games canceled. So what else is going on? Well ... More: Should Bettman be locked out?