INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after their 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)There are times when it’s appropriate to show good sportsmanship, and times when you should stand up for what you believe in.For Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney, Ohio State’s Big Ten Championship win and subsequent snub from the College Football Playoff should have been the latter.Following the new College Football Playoff ranking, which saw Ohio State snubbed for Notre Dame and Oklahoma, Delaney told The Athletic that he was “not frustrated” by the ranking.“Obviously would love to be in system every year but have respect for those chosen and offer sincere congratulations to players and coaches at Alabama, Clemson, ND and OU.”“[We are] proud of our teams, players and coaches in 2018. We look forward not backwards and appreciate the great conference competition/conference race. … We define ourselves, and CFP does its job with a four-team field.”While certainly intended to show good sportsmanship, the effect that the statement had on fans of the Buckeyes and Big Ten alike was poorly-received.Unreal. Fight for your league, Jim.https://t.co/ZEaPD93To0— Eleven Warriors (@11W) December 2, 2018If he’s not pissed off about his champion not being picked two years in a row, why’s he even the commissioner???? He should be fighting for all of his teams and making a case for them! That’s his job. Fight for conference and make a case for the top teams. What a joke!— Off To Indy! ⭕️????⭕️ (@tshay77) December 2, 2018Since the inception of the College Football Playoff in 2014, only three Big Ten teams have made it into the tournament.Notably, the Big Ten champion has been snubbed in each of the last three seasons.Even though Ohio State made it in in the 2016-17 edition, it was Penn State that won the conference title that year.
5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down Dictador 2 Masters Takes Luxury Rum to a New Level 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic Editors’ Recommendations Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind ‘Tis the season for friends, family, gift-giving, festive decorations, making and eating mountains of food … whew, that’s a lot. So much, in fact, that we’re gonna need a drink. The holiday whirlwind can chew us up and spit us out like an over-baked fruitcake, but what if the countdown to Christmas came with a treat that’s better than chocolate?Advent calendars have taken on many forms over the years, but alcoholic versions have exploded in popularity, if only as a way to bring a childhood treat into adulthood. There are ups and downs to each of these of course, which the primary down being that the majority of these boxes are still only available in the U.K. (and they’re still learning how to share).From gin to wine, here are some very merry boozy advent calendars to experience this December.Heritage Distilling Co. 2018 Spirits Advent Calendar – $59If you really want to mix things up, Heritage Distilling Co. has the right mix of 24 tiny liquor bottles. This advent calendar is a little whiskey heavy, but it includes a few different ryes and bourbons. For clearer fare, you also get to enjoy gins and vodkas, but you’re out of luck when it comes to rum and tequila. Each bottle holds about a shot’s worth of booze to enjoy solo or as part of a wintry cocktail.Drinks by the Dram Tequila Advent Calendar – $193Tequila lovers, rejoice! Enjoy 24 bottles of award-winning tequilas this holiday season, including añejo, reposado, and blanco varieties. This edition of Drinks by the Dram’s Tequila Advent Calendar is still available, but the more colorfully designed versions have sold out.Give Them Beer Advent Calendar – $90Thoughtfully curated by GiveThemBeer.com, this festive 12-pack features the best craft beers of the year and a handy bottle opener. From Elysian’s Space Dust IPA to Ballast Point’s Sculpin, these full-sized bottles will make for some very hoppy holidays. You can choose which days to open it or treat it like a variety pack at your next ugly sweater Christmas party.Vinebox Twelve Nights of Wine – $129For a different kind of 12-pack, look no further than Vinebox’s Twelve Nights of Wine. The popular wine subscription service offers a sleek box filled with a variety of wines that also make for a stunning gift. Each screw-top vial holds a glass of wine to pair with dinner or to simply sip on as a festive nightcap.Gin Foundry Ginvent Calendar – $131Gin might not immediately come to mind when it comes to holiday libations, but Gin Foundry wants to change that. Their Ginvent Calendar features 24 gins, ranging from London Dry to Old Tom styles (and everything in between, if you could consider the other styles in between). Whether you’re a gin connoisseur or novice, this calendar will take your palate on an adventure.Drinks by the Dram Rum Advent Calendar – $191Want to bring some pirate energy into the holidays? Drinks by the Dram also offers a rum advent calendar, featuring rums from the Caribbean and beyond. Will you get a sweet, clear rum today or an aged, darker rum? Only time will tell. 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic