Millions Tune In as Verstappen Clinches F1 Title
It has been a year to remember in Formula 1. The season title came down to Sunday’s final race in Abu Dhabi, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton tied in the points standings. And much like the drama that dictated the entire season, the race left viewers captivated as the win came down to the final lap. After pulling square in the final stretch, Verstappen pulled ahead, securing the victory and the Drivers’ Championship. Millions tuned in to the race, thanks in large part to a new generation of fans introduced to the sport by the Netflix series Drive to Survive.
Sneakerheads Go Wild for Cool Grey Release
Almost annually, the Air Jordan 11 releases in various colorways — some old, some new — to international pandemonium and record-setting sales. This year proved to be no different as sneakerheads showed up in droves to retailers across the country in pursuit of one of this year’s hottest sneaker drops. The shoe is expected to have sold out nearly immediately, but some keen observers believe that there may be more opportunities to cop a pair due to delivery and supply chain issues.
Alabama’s Bryce Young Takes Home Heisman Trophy
As expected, sophomore quarterback Bryce Young was called as the winner of this year’s Heisman Trophy. Young led the Crimson Tide to a 12-1 record, completing an incredible 68% of his passes and throwing for 4,322 yards this season. In addition to a stunning performance on the field, Young was able to cash in on his name, image, and likeness, hauling in over $1 million dollars in deals with brands that include Subway, Cash App, and Logan’s Steakhouse. No. 1 Alabama is set to play No. 4 Cincinnati on New Year’s Day for a spot in the national championship.
Peña, Oliveira Win Big at UFC 269
UFC 269 served up a great slate of fights on Saturday. Julianna Peña silenced any doubters as she defeated two-division UFC champ Amanda Nunes for the bantamweight title. In the main event, Dustin Poirier had the crowd behind him, but that wasn’t enough for the Sauce Boss, as Oliveira won in the third round. In his defeat, Poirier committed to donating $20k to a charity of Oliveira’s choosing.
New York City FC Clinches First-Ever MLS Cup
Wild weather in Portland made for an exciting day on the pitch as the Timbers took on NYCFC for the MLS Championship. All was square at the end of overtime, sending the game into penalty kicks. NYCFC emerged victorious, notching four PKs to Portland’s two. The win marks NYCFC’s first championship title.
Steph Curry Closes in on Ray Allen’s Three-Point Record
The Golden State Warriors had a tough night in Philly, losing to the Sixers 102-93. Steph Curry had 18 points in the loss, including three 3-pointers, pulling him within seven of Ray Allen’s NBA record 2,974. He’ll have another chance on Monday as the Warriors take on the Pacers.