So Santa’s getting ready to come down the chimney, right about the time we’re coming down from last week’s upsets. Finally, the Patriots can’t pull out a last-minute miracle..was Brady distracted thinking about what to get his wife for Xmas? And the Chargers turned up the electricity while upsetting the Broncos…it’s enough to make you wish for Philip Rivers to pop out an eighth kid!
And with two weeks left in the season, other players and teams are thinking about the perfect way to reward fans, teammates and baby mamas. In case you didn’t know that the NFL is the gift that keeps on giving, consider the following examples –
Despite an ongoing bum arm and a newly torn ACL, the loveable playboy and most likeable Patriot Rob Gronkowski, aka The Gronk, donned an elf suit and visited Boston-area stores to bring cheer to the masses. The tight end contingent of the Patriots seem to have been naughty this year, with one in jail and the other hurt but still the life of any holiday party.
Bootsy Collins, he of James Brown and Parliment fame, has weighed in on the subject of football mixing with Christmas, with this rather bizarre video honoring Peyton Manning.
Sure, Peyton is the greatest to ever play QB, but my personal feeling is that he deserves better…no offense, but where is George Clinton when you need him?
49ers fans have decided to give Seattle Seahawks a little present of their own in the form of a giant billboard right near Century Link Field.
The 49er faithful are currently raising funds to put up this little number, rubbing in the fact that the Seahawks have yet to hoist the Lombardi trophy. Touche, Niner fans, but I have to ask…what have you done for me lately? Don’t get too comfortable resting on your laurels as you might blink and find recency trumps quantity.
Perhaps someone needs to give Dez Bryant a pacifier and an XXL box of Pampers in his stocking, as the controversial yet talented receiver left the field before the end of their loss to Green Bay on Sunday. Dez has a history of diva-like behavior, and needs to realize he’s not the only kid in Toytown (otherwise known as Jerry Jones’ empire!).
Star Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton spent an evening partnering with Charlotte-area schools, paying for each student to get $150 worth of shoes, clothes, or anything they wanted for Xmas. “This is the season of giving. “ said Newton. No offense, but how about “giving” us a little bit better play against the Saints a few weeks ago. Sorry, haters gotta hate, even in the holiday season!
And what about teams who have a lock on post-season plans and decided to gift their opponents with big wins? The Lions came into a Monday night game on the path to winning their first division title in 20 years, and promptly lost to the Ravens, on six field goals, no less. Oh, to be a Detroit fan. Perpetually on the naughty list, and for no good reason, really. Jim Schwartz, their coach, had better win his last two games or he may be looking for a position on the elf assembly line next year.
And the Bengals could have pounced on an opportunity to move into second-seed in the AFC with the Patriots upset earlier in the day, but were embarrassed on Sunday night by a mediocre Steelers team. The second seed, ladies, is muy importante in the playoffs, as the 1 and 2 seeds get a first round bye and then a home game. A big deal, and a big chance they may not get again. Coal for you, Marvin Lewis!
The bottom line is this – we wish all of our NFL men a safe and happy holiday season, a stellar two weeks of games to end the year, and a Happy New Playoffs starting in January. We can’t all get XBoxes under the tree (although I often dream of Jim Irsay as the wacky office secret Santa)
but it’s the thought, in this case the thought of a few more weeks of great football – that counts!