When you’re in the third day of the post-Thanksgiving juice cleanse, it’s difficult to think of anything else but food. Players like Julius Peppers, Simeon Rice, Jerod Mayo and even old schoolers like Demetrin Veal begin to dance though your head. You try to get excited about the week’s games but in reality all you want is one lousy carb. So forgive me if this week’s blog is not up to snuff; it will take a few days and a carne asada burrito to get me right.
One thing I am thinking about is how many of my favorite players I wish I was best friends with. A few years ago I used to run into Raiders QB Jeff Hostetler occasionally in San Francisco. He was always with a bunch of pals (“Hoss and Company” as I dubbed them), doing things like eating steaks, having drinks or just walking down the street looking like they didn’t have a care in the world. I remember thinking “how do I get me into that gang?” and realizing how much fun it would be to become BFFs with some of the NFLs coolest guys. Here are a few that come to mind –
JJ Watt – Is there a more fun-loving, kind-hearted and all-around beast in the NFL right now? And his guest appearances on The League make him all the more loveable! #wattforMVP
Ben Watson – Good looking, well spoken and spiritual. He scored the third highest tally ever on his Wonderlic Test, an important problem-solving test giving to all incoming NFL players. I can even forgive him being a former Patriot.
Colin Kaepernick – I’d like him to take my man shopping and hook him up with some pink Beats, hipster oversize glasses, flat billed hats and other fashion statements that really only a tatted and super manly NFL QB can pull off.
Odell Beckham Jr. – Visions of “OBJ” and I frosting each other’s tips on Friday nights.
Victor Cruz – Who needs Denny Terrio when you come to a dance party with this stud in tow?
Fantasy Playoffs Await!
For those of you lucky enough to be in contention for the fantasy football playoffs, here’s how it works in most leagues – The top four teams head into a two-week, elimination-style playoff. Winner take all. Boom.
The pitfalls of this revolve around adding and dropping players for the final two weeks. Now’s the time to clear out your roster in order to add those fantasy studs who will finish the year strong. Keep in mind teams like Denver and Indy who will likely qualify for the playoffs this weekend, and may rest players the last week or two if their seeding is already set.
Why should I care about college football?
I’m often asked why I don’t watch more college football, as if I have all the time in the world to sit around and take in games (to think…perchance to dream). But lately I have been sneaking in some Saturday viewing, much to the chagrin of my husband and kids. However, they must understand that it’s important to know what’s doing with the college football scene, for a number of reasons –
Feeder league – college football is the direct feeder to the NFL, so you’ll want to know who at least the top guys are.
Trendsetters – Offenses like the West Coast and the pistol were born on the college gridiron, and have translated into the pros. Just look at what Chip Kelly is doing with the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles offense to see what a college mentality can bring to the pro game.
Complete Old White Guy Chaos – This being the first year that college will have a four-team playoff, there is sure to be second-guessing and general craziness about which teams are picked. Each week, as teams win and lose games, their playoff standings change like a host on Oscar night. And the “committee”, which is a bunch of southern white guys, has decision power over all of this. I will enjoy watching these guys get picked apart if an SEC team doesn’t make a playoff or if an undefeated team is left out. This weekend’s match ups will determine the final playoff picture, so it’s worth turning in.
Signs – If you haven’t had a chance to see the signs on ESPN’s Game Day Saturday show, you owe it to yourself to visit this site and check em out. I’m continually amazed at how clever these young uns are when it comes to snarky, inappropriate signs.
Good Looking Coaches – I won’t get involved in oogling the players – too pervy – but I will tell you that some of these college coaches are highly easy on the eyes. Young bucks like Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury (is he secretly a Kardashian with that name?) or USF’s Willie Taggart are redefining the typical college coach look. And Lane Kiffin – don’t start that conversation in mixed company. People love or hate Laney, and you can check out this great article if you want to know why, but all I’m saying is that he reminds me of a maniacal, hotter Daniel Tosh.
So clear your calendars…it’s going to be a weekend dedicated to playoff dreams, coach eye candy and my BFFs making it happen on the field.