NHL:  Washington Capitals Capitals (20-12-1) 5 : 3 Boston Bruins Bruins (15-10-4)
 
NHL:  Philadelphia Flyers Flyers (13-11-7) 2 : 1 Buffalo Sabres Sabres (8-18-6)
 
NHL:  Columbus Blue Jackets Blue Jackets (20-11-1) 6 : 4 New York Islanders Islanders (17-12-3)
 
NHL:  Montreal Canadiens Canadiens (14-14-4) 2 : 1 New Jersey Devils Devils (17-9-5)
 
NHL:  Minnesota Wild Wild (17-11-3) 2 : 0 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leafs (20-12-1)
 
NHL:  Anaheim Ducks Ducks (14-11-7) 3 : 1 St. Louis Blues Blues (21-10-2)
 
NHL:  Chicago Blackhawks Blackhawks (16-11-5) 5 : 1 Winnipeg Jets Jets (18-9-5)
 
NHL:  Tampa Bay Lightning Lightning (23-6-2) 4 : 1 Arizona Coyotes Coyotes (7-22-5)
 
NHL:  San Jose Sharks Sharks (17-10-3) 3 : 2 Calgary Flames Flames (16-13-3)
 
NHL:  Colorado Avalanche Avalanche (15-14-2) 2 : 1 Florida Panthers Panthers (12-15-5)
 
NHL:  Nashville Predators Predators (20-7-4) 4 : 0 Edmonton Oilers Oilers (13-17-2)
 
NHL:  Vegas Golden Knights Golden Knights (20-9-2) 2 : 1 Pittsburgh Penguins Penguins (16-14-3)
 
NBA:  Detroit Pistons Pistons (15-13) 105 : 91 Atlanta Hawks Hawks (6-22)
 
NBA:  New York Knicks Knicks (15-13) 111 : 104 Brooklyn Nets Nets (11-16)
 
NBA:  Cleveland Cavaliers Cavaliers (21-8) 121 : 112 Los Angeles Lakers Lakers (10-17)
 
NBA:  Minnesota Timberwolves Timberwolves (17-12) 119 : 96 Sacramento Kings Kings (9-19)
 
NBA:  Golden State Warriors Warriors (22-6) 112 : 97 Dallas Mavericks Mavericks (8-20)
 
NFL:   Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers (8-2) 40 : 17 Tennessee Titans Titans (6-4)
 
NFL:   New York Giants Giants (2-8) 12 : 9 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs (6-4)
 
NFL:   Detroit Lions Lions (6-4) 27 : 24 Chicago Bears Bears (3-7)
 
NFL:   Houston Texans Texans (4-6) 31 : 21 Arizona Cardinals Cardinals (4-6)
 
NFL:   Minnesota Vikings Vikings (8-2) 24 : 7 Los Angeles Rams Rams (7-3)
 
NFL:   New Orleans Saints Saints (8-2) 34 : 31 Washington Redskins Redskins (4-6)
 
NFL:   Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars (7-3) 19 : 7 Cleveland Browns Browns (0-10)
 
NFL:   Baltimore Ravens Ravens (5-5) 23 : 0 Green Bay Packers Packers (5-5)
 
NFL:   Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers (4-6) 30 : 20 Miami Dolphins Dolphins (4-6)
 
NFL:   Los Angeles Chargers Chargers (4-6) 54 : 24 Buffalo Bills Bills (5-5)
 
NFL:   Cincinnati Bengals Bengals (4-6) 20 : 17 Denver Broncos Broncos (3-7)
 
NFL:   New England Patriots Patriots (8-2) 33 : 8 Oakland Raiders Raiders (4-6)
 
NFL:   Philadelphia Eagles Eagles (9-1) 37 : 9 Dallas Cowboys Cowboys (5-5)
 
NFL:   Atlanta Falcons Falcons (6-4) 34 : 31 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks (6-4)
 

The first Rose Bowl gave birth to — and almost killed — the CFB postseason

Few traditions are more cherished than spending New Year’s Day hungover watching one college football team absolutely destroy another. You are able to witness someone get crushed on a level equal to what the sugary champagne leftovers are doing to your brain. For a moment, there is an entire team of athletes left feeling worse than you. But the 1902 Michigan-Stanford Rose Bowl was so brutal that the Tournament of Roses committee opted for chariot and ostrich races in place of college football.

The Rose Bowl, college football’s first postseason game, was set up with the best intentions. Two college teams would have their travel expenses covered to face off with bragging rights on the line as the East and the West were represented (smartly shying away from North and South representation after that went poorly less than 40 years prior). College football was pretty different at the time though, and without some super helpful preseason ranking system or an established scheduling format, creating the best matchup wasn’t the simplest task. Undefeated, unscored-on Michigan was an easy choice to represent the East, but an undefeated Cal Bears team was passed up for their friends to the north, Stanford, who had a slightly less impressive record at 3-1-2. The rest went about as well as you’d expect, which is why it made sense at the time to see ostriches do their thing the following year.

Thankfully, the Rose Bowl as we know it would return in 1916, and while bowl games have been rightfully celebrated as a tradition ever since, no one knows what happened to the 1,300 ostriches released into the Pasadena countryside when their races were canceled. This bowl season, keep those stupid, flightless birds in your thoughts, and enjoy the games.

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