Man’s dying wish was to see an Iowa Hawkeyes football game. He did just that on Saturday

It's Thanksgiving week, which means it's time for footballovereating a full serving of gratitude! The Clippers can be grateful that, it appears, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are already a perfect match. Ohio State, meanwhile, is thankful to have Paul Theibert, who has been selling football programs at The Horseshoe for 47 years.

Evan White's bank account is pleased with the Mariners' belief in him even though he's still a minor leaguer, while Cowboys receivers are glad to have…riddles? And golfer Brendon Todd, who battled the dreaded yips, is happy to have rediscovered his stroke.

We'll allow you to gobble (like a turkey! Get it?) up the main servings in a bit, but first, some appetizers.

QUICK PICKS

  • The SEC Network put together a must-watch Tua Tagovailoa tribute video.
  • Gregg Popovich has finally given in and acknowledged that "fake news" does indeed exist. Well, sort of.
  • Antonio Brown is sorry.
  • Mike Jones on how things went down between Colin Kaepernick and the NFL. 
  • Tim Tebow shared a heartbreaking farewell to his dog.
  • Christian McCaffrey is good at football. Madden 20 agrees.
  • Parents heckled a youth baseball umpire. So he left.
  • Tom Brady says he's hated the Cowboys for a long time. Well, literally forever.

A DYING FAN'S LAST WISH

Bob Wisecup, a 63-year-old Iowa fan in hospice care, said one of his last wishes was seeing the Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium for the first time. Saturday, he did.

Bob Wisecup takes in Iowa's game against Illinois on Saturday. (Photo: Mark Emmert, Des Moines Register)

ANGER. ACCEPTANCE. COMPASSION

Brandon Matthews had an 8-foot putt to extend his playoff with Ricardo Celia at the Argentine Open. The winner gets an automatic invite to the British Open. Just as Matthews was about to putt, a scream rang out from the crowd. Matthews was distracted. He missed and was obviously affected. Then he found out who had screamed, and everything changed.

GOODBYE, MEMES

A running joke in NBA circles has been 76ers star Ben Simmons' inability to make threes. Like, he has never made one as a pro. Ever. Until! Wednesday night Simmons drained a triple from the corner, his first make in 18 tries. Good for him. It only took 172 games.

Players and fans loved Ben Simmons' first career 3-pointer. (Photo: Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports)

GRIEVING WINSTON THANKS SPARTANS FANS

Cassius Winston is carrying an unimaginable burden, leading a highly ranked Michigan State team just days after his brother died. He thanked fans at the Breslin Center on Monday for their love and support. “I really appreciated it from the bottom of my heart,” Winston said, tapping his chest. “I lost a piece of my heart, but you guys are keeping me going.”

Cassius Winston thanks the crowd before Michigan State's game against Charleston Southern. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP)

VENUS, GRONK TAKE CENTER STAGE

With Rob Gronkowski retired (for now) from the NFL and no tennis grand slams for a couple of months for Venus Williams, the duo may be getting a bit bored. Evidence? The two filled in as honorary "Laker Girls" during a halftime performance. They were actually pretty good!

Venus Williams and Rob Gronkowski laugh after joining the "Laker Girls" at halftime of the Lakers' game against the Thunder. (Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports)

UNDERDOG NO MORE

Packers running back Aaron Jones has been overlooked virtually his entire football career. Now, he's garnering some MVP chatter as Green Bay's leading rusher. The story of how he got from being a second-grader waving goodbye to his parents as they left for war to an overlooked player to NFL star is well worth your time.

Packers running back Aaron Jones celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the game against the Panthers. (Photo: Benny Sieu, USA TODAY Sports)

Other highlights from Week 13 of the college football season: 

  • The Harvard-Yale game was brought to a halt as climate change activists stormed the field during halftime. 
  • Ohio State got valuable experience in its win over Penn State. 
  • Oklahoma kept its College Football Playoff hopes alive. 
  • Oregon, uh, did not. 
  • Georgia continues to win ugly. 
  • Texas continues to lose ugly. 
  • And Miami might have suffered its worst loss ever. 

And while you're here, the top storylines from Week 12 in the NFL: 

  • Jerry Jones does not seem happy.
  • In 190 other NFL games this season, just seven tripping penalties were flagged. The Cowboys drew two Sunday.  
  • A touching tribute from Packers star Za'Darius Smith.  
  • Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins was taking selfies while his team was kneeling out the game. 
  • The Lions, whom the Redskins beat, continue to hit new lows. 
  • The Steelers benched QB Mason Rudolph. 
  • Vita Vea set a record as the heaviest player to score an offensive TD.  
  • The Seahawks showed why they'll be a tough out in January. 
  • Barry Sanders has been eclipsed on the NFL's all-time rushing list. 
  • The Bengals are off to the worst start in franchise history. 

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  • James Lynch was coach Matt Rhule's first visit. Now he's the face of Baylor's defense.
  • A father and son's first race at the Memphis Grizzlies' Infie 500 Diaper Derby.
  • Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was once a Penn State commit. He opens up about his decision to change course.

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