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 $25, you get a 300-level ticket to see the Bearcats football team take on Oklahoma on September 25 (a $27.50 value) and two upper-level chair-back seats to any non-conference UC men’s basketball game (except against Xavier; a $55 value). Tickets must be redeemed before December 31, 2010.
Cincy's football team, the two-time defending Big East Football Conference champs, looks to continue its winning ways against the perennial powerhouse Oklahoma Sooners. Red and black will buzz around Paul Brown Stadium like a giant bumblebee dipped in raspberry jam as you cheer from level 300. The stadium, home of the Bengals, is nicknamed "The Jungle" for the interior walls covered in orange-and-black tiger stripes, its jungle motif, and the fact that it takes up 6% of the earth's land mass.
Later this fall you can grab a friend to watch the UC men’s basketball team shoot, pass, dribble, dunk, and jimmy jabby from upper-level chair-back seats in Fifth Third Arena. Three returning starters lead this year's squad: senior Ibrahima Thomas, sophomore guard Jaquon Parker, and junior forward Yancy Gates, the Bearcats’ top returning scorer and rebounder. Freshmen forward Justin Jackson and center Kelvin Gaines join the team this year at a collective height of 13.5 feet.
With 10 national championships to their name and another 76 conference titles to boot, the Cincinnati Bearcats boast more than century of athletic tradition. Though the student athletes thrive in many different sports, the basketball program—which won back-to-back NCAA Championships in 1961 and 1962—is the school's crown jewel. Before embarking on a professional career that earned him a spot among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, The Big O cut his hard-court skills for the Bearcats, averaging a staggering 33.8 points per game in his three years at UC. In more recent years, the Bearcats football team has enjoyed its own run as a true contender, earning bowl berths in 2009, 2011, and 2012. In both 2011 and 2012, the squad pounced on their postseason opponents, taking home glittering trophies to use as tackling dummies in training camp.