In the animal kingdom, football is played with cheetah running backs, buffalo linemen, and a seagull that is forced to curl up and act as the ball. Catch humanity's version of the animals' gridiron gallantry with today's Groupon: for $8 you get one general admission ticket to see the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers take on the University of Memphis Tigers in the Battle for the Bones at Legion Field on November 20 at 3 p.m. (up to $20 value).
The annual Battle for the Bones was birthed in 2006 to celebrate the rivalry between the Tigers and UAB, who led the Conference USA in offense and ranked seventh in rushing offense nationwide last year, as well as to fete the excellent regional barbeque. The winning team goes home with a hundred-pound trophy of a bronzed rack of ribs, while the losing team is grilled and eaten. Legion Field, a historic stadium that has hosted numerous college and pro contests over the years, received a video board upgrade for the 2010 season, allowing spectators get even closer to the action. Stop in early to chomp on some pregame meatiness with tailgating festivities where each team's fans compete to see who makes the better barbeque.