(CNN)Hello and welcome to your preview of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship! Pay attention, because this game should be a thriller and by the time the announcers actually get through the phrase “2018 College Football Playoff National Championship,” it will be half over. Let’s do this.
Kickoff is at 8:45 p.m. ET Monday.
What channel is it on?
The game will be broadcast on ESPN, and if you don’t have cable, you can catch it on Watch ESPN, the channel’s streaming service.
Where is it?
The game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
What team usually plays there?
It’s the home of the Atlanta Falcons, winners of the 2017 Super Bowl Participation Award.
I thought they played at the Georgia Dome?
They did! But the Georgia Dome was imploded at the end of November, in an event that captured the attention and imagination of literally every single Atlantan within the city limits. If you’re ever bored, find a building implosion to go observe. It will change your life.
Watch the historic Georgia Dome implode
Now they play in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a cavernous metal Bundt cake that looks like aliens reassembled the Coliseum using space garbage.
Oh, it’s not that bad!
Even behind the walls of the neighboring CNN Center, one can feel its looming presence.
Anyway, who’s playing in this thing?
This year’s matchup will pit perennial southern powerhouse the Alabama Crimson Tide against uh, perennial southern powerhouse the Georgia Bulldogs.
What schools do these teams represent and where are they?
The University of Alabama is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the University of Georgia is in Athens, Georgia.
Both of the teams vying for the championship are from the Southeastern Conference, typically referred to as the SEC. (A conference is one of the ways college football teams are organized. Think of conferences like leagues.)
The SEC connection makes the matchup absolutely thrilling to some, and extremely boring to others. One reason people may find it boring is that the SEC routinely churns out top championship contenders, so it can get a little old seeing the same teams consistently rise to the top. Excellence is so monotonous.
Well, you can, if you want to spend an entire car’s worth of money on them. The lowest-price nosebleed section ticket on Stubhub as of Saturday morning is $1,598. The most expensive ticket is a suite situation that will set you back $87,300.
Sorry, I just died there for a minute. That’s a lot of money.
AND you probably won’t even get to see the President.
It’s hard to say. Both Alabama and Georgia are SEC powerhouses and their fan bases literally border each other, but it’s not necessarily a rivalry, per se. So if you’re a fan of tradition and the status quo, root for Alabama. If you want the city of Atlanta to experience even the tiniest sliver of sports happiness, root for the Dawgs.
What should I say to express my allegiance to these teams?
If you’re rooting for Alabama, it’s “Roll Tide.” Roll Tide is the state motto of Alabama; it’s written into the preamble of their constitution. Instead of “good morning,” or “I love you,” Alabama fans say “Roll Tide.” It’s every Alabama baby’s first words. Its power cannot be overstated.
If you’re rooting for Georgia, it’s “Go Dawgs,” with a “w.”
The point of all of this is to be the team to claim that gilded yonic totem, the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy. It’s up there at the top. Here’s another look.
Frankly, not impressed.
Any other fun fact I can think about during Monday’s game?
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is home to the largest bird sculpture in the world. The giant stainless steel falcon, grasping a football in its talons, stands (flies?) 41.5 feet tall and weights 73,000 pounds with its pedestal.
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