Sports played with spheres are easier to master than rectangular sports, such as Rubik's cubing and throwing bricks into windows. Circle fun with this GrouponLive deal: for $25, you get two all-session tickets to the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Final Four at The Galen Center, hosted by USC (a $50 value). Each ticket is valid for a reserved lower-level seat at both semifinal games on May 3 (at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and the championship game on May 5 at 7 p.m.
Divison I men’s volleyball teams battle for NCAA champion status—won last year by Ohio State—in single-elimination rounds, winnowing the playing field down to The Final Four. Played in USC’s raucous 10,258-seat Galen Center, which has a reputation as a hostile environment for out-of-town squads and silence-loving librarians, the games will showcase the league’s most advanced spiking and volleying talent. With the Summer Olympics fast approaching, the Final Four will proffer an early taste of high-level, competitive play before fans collectively turn their gaze toward London.
University of Southern California Trojans
USC's student athletes have a proud history of winning, and not just in collegiate sports. They also dominate in international competition at the highest level. Since the Trojans sent their first athlete to the Summer Games in 1904, they've won 587 medals, including at least one gold medal in every Games since 1912. If USC were its own country, it would have the 16th-most medals of any nation, but still no standing army to defend the podium from jealous fourth-place finishers.
Trojans' accolades at home are just as impressive. The football team commands an all-time record above .700, winning more than 30 bowl games and as many conference championships. All in all, USC teams have won 97 men's national titles and 25 women's, more than all but two other schools in the country.