Sports played with spheroids are easier to master than rectangular sports, such as Rubik's cubing and throwing bricks into windows. Watch circular savants at work with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $36, you get one ticket for sideline-bleacher seating to see the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl between the UCLA Bruins and the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday, December 31, at 12:30 p.m. at AT&T Park (a $60 value; with all ticketing fees included, the value is $73.75). Gates open at 11 a.m.
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl fuses charitable eats with athletic feats, pinning a pair of gridiron foes against each other in a nationwide effort to donate 25 million meals to Feeding America. Seeking to steady a topsy-turvy 2011 campaign, the UCLA Bruins charge into the postseason bout representing the Pac-12 conference behind star running back Derrick Coleman, who earned All-Conference honors by moonwalking into the end zone 11 times this fall. Senior wide receiver Nelson Rosario set the team’s offensive fireworks soaring with 61 catches, including a 76-yard touchdown dash that showcased his breakaway speed and jet-propelled shoulder pads.
Across the field, punishing tackler and Associated Press All-American Whitney Mercilus leads Big 10 brutes the Fighting Illini. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase fires pristine passes to sure-handed wideout A.J. Jenkins, whose 84 catches this season may earn him a lucrative contract with a pro team or U.S. government program to stop meteorites from reaching earth. Throughout the back-and-forth battle, ESPN’s cameras will rove the sidelines, making sure to broadcast every bone-jarring hit and perfect victory cartwheel to a nationwide audience.