New Year’s Day is upon us, which means it’s time to sack up and nurse your hangovers with some goddamn sports — and unless you’re a die-hard fan of one of the six college football teams in action right now (possible) or a huge fan of marathons on cable (hopefully impossible), the Winter Classic is the best pre-Rose Bowl thing on TV by a wide margin.
The Blackhawks and Capitals feature plenty of star power, but the real draw is the allure of an outdoor hockey game itself: it’s a picturesque spectacle that represents a return to childhood innocence for the players — and the game is usually held at a cool venue in a place where there’s a chance for snowfall. Nothing gets prettier than that.
In short, pour yourself a Bloody Mary or six, tune in to NBC and ensure your morning gets started right. Happy New Year!