New Year’s Game Day

The NHL celebrates 100 years with the Centennial Classic.
The NHL celebrates 100 years with the Centennial Classic.

New Year’s Day has a much-heralded sports tradition of college bowl games and outdoor hockey, but as the first day of 2017 falls on a Sunday, both sports must deal with the NFL’s stranglehold on the seventh day of the week.

For only the 16th time since 1902, the Rose Bowl will be played on a day other than Jan. 1. Although synonymous with New Year’s Day, the game will be played on Monday, Jan. 2, adhering to the “never on Sunday” rule that college football follows to avoid going head-to-head with the NFL in a television ratings battle.

As for hockey, the top brass at the NHL decided to take a shot at giving puck heads something to watch on Sunday besides football, scheduling it’s Centennial Classic on the Lord’s Day. The game, which celebrates the NHL’s 100th anniversary, features Original Six teams Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs squaring off in an outdoor game at BMO Field in Toronto.

In the NHL’s Bridgestone Winter Classic, a game which is usually played on New Year’s Day, the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues rekindle the famed “black and blue” rivalry at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium on Monday, Jan. 2.

Outdoor Hockey

sports_bNHL Centennial Classic

New Year’s Day, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017
Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
BMO Field, Toronto, 3 p.m.

sports_aBridgestone NHL Winter Classic

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017
Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo, 1 p.m.

College Bowl Game Schedule

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus

No. 20 LSU (7-4) vs. no. 13 Louisville (9-3)
Dec. 31 at 11 a.m., ABC from Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL


Georgia Tech (8-4) vs. Kentucky (7-5)
Dec. 31 at 11 a.m., ESPN from Everbank Field, Jacksonville, FL

College Football Playoff (CFP) Semifinal: Chick-fil-A Peach

No. 4 Washington (12-1) vs. no. 1 Alabama (13-0)
Dec. 31 at 3 p.m., ESPN from Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

CFP Playoff Semifinal: PlayStation Fiesta

No. 3 Ohio State (11-1) vs. no. 2 Clemson (12-1)
Dec. 31 at 7 p.m., ESPN from U. of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ


No. 17 Florida (8-4) vs. Iowa (8-4)
Jan. 2 at 1 p.m., ABC from Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

Goodyear Cotton

No. 15 Western Michigan (13-0) vs. #8 Wisconsin (10-3)
Jan. 2 at 1 p.m., ESPN from AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual

No. 9 USC (9-3) vs. no. 5 Penn State (11-2)
Jan. 2 at 5 p.m., ESPN from Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

Allstate Sugar

No. 14 Auburn (8-4) vs. no. 7 Oklahoma (10-2)
Jan. 2 at 8:30 p.m., ESPN from Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

CFP National Championship

Semifinal winners
Jan. 9 at 8:30 p.m., ESPN from Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

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Steve Mosco
Steve Mosco, the former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

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