There have been so many happy endings in the NFL this season, it’s like a stint in a Thai massage parlor. On the other hand, disappointment has smacked many of our favorite teams in the face like Ray Rice in an elevator as they’ve lost stunningly at the last minute. Is it just me, or does it seem like there are more close games than ever in the NFL this year?
We turned to our old friend statistics to see if the thrill of victory or agony of defeat is more intense this year, and here’s what we found –
- In the last 20 years, a full 46% of all games were decided by seven points or less.
- And 24% by three points or less!
- And, as of two years ago, 75% of all games were one score games in the fourth quarter.
So hang on to your helmets, fans. This year is no outlier. Just this week, fierce comebacks by the Broncos and Packers came up short, showing us that you never turn off the TV!
Veteran’s Day Salute
Like everyone this week, we’re all about giving the military props, and that includes the one active NFL player who is a military veteran.
Alejandro Villanueva plays for the Steelers. Born to a Spanish naval officer, Villanueva played football at Army before serving three tours of duty in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger. Signed to the Eagles last year and cut, he was picked up by the Steelers and is currently the starting left tackle. Measuring 6’9”, he’s just the type you’d want next to you in a battle behind enemy line. And while being a hero on the football field can seem so trivial compared to the real heroes serving the country, we’re glad he’s able to live out his dreams as an NFL starter. Thanks for your service Alejandro!
Post Game Interviews – Fashionista Footballers
On to something much more frivolous but nonetheless quite worth covering. While many non-believers in the religion of football think the NFL is full of thugs and heathens, there is a whole contingent of fashion forward, classy gentlemen determined to bring sexy back to the NFL.
When doing the post game interview, it’s essential that a man make the quick switch from sweaty Neanderthal to fashion footballer. And no one does it better than this group here. Let’s start with a “What Not To Do” example.
The Chargers’ Woodhead proves you can take the New England out of the boy, but…well, you know. Denim on denim is always a crime, especially when you roll around in broken ink pens to top it off. At least he had a brand new pair of Keds on, which coupled with the backpack make him ready to hop off to school. On the short bus.
On to the good stuff.
Oh Eric. You never cease to bring a smile to our face, proving that a satin jacket and well-placed slouchy beenie can be just as pulled together as a fancy suit. Who am I kidding, actually. Mr. Decker could wear anything, or nothing, and still wear it better.
The Broncos’ safety rocks the LL/DMC old school look with confidence. And it’s not tricky to see he’s putting it together flawlessly. Bonus points for the Doors shirt, showing a little musical versatility and probably making it more relatable to old guy teammate Peyton Manning.
The Falcons QB is always dressed to the nines and who doesn’t love a plaid blazer with red undertones to play off the backdrop. Well played, Matty Ice. Word to the wise, though – a few blots of powder right beforehand would really help with that shine. No shame in that game.
Honestly, I have very mixed feelings about Superman Cam. I am certainly not an advocate of his flashy style of play on the field, or his many controversies off the field, but when it comes to fashion, his rule breaking is his forte. Glitter loafers with a camo tux? Yes please. Cam remains undefeated in my post-game interview outfit bowl. Well done, sir.
On that note, we head off to hug a vet…and I’m not talking about Charles Woodson. Although I’d like to hug him too.