It was a week of exciting comebacks, overtime games, and tons of controversy around the league. But on a lighter note, the facial hair in the NFL just keeps getting more epic.
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.
This week, I’m on my soapbox, speaking out and freaking out. I’m owning the Scrooge thing. I think it’s the holiday stress bubbling over, not to mention, so many teams still eligible for the playoffs, it’s making me mental. So take a deep breath with me, close your eyes and imagine your favorite quarterback throwing deep, his man getting open and a glorious TD ensuing. Or give some love to your favorite defensemen with the dream of a pick six at a critical moment. Best yet, imagine Eric Decker in a Speedo. Ok, better now?
So, we spent last week being thankful for all of the “real” things in our lives, mostly family, friends and of course our-lord-and-savior-Jesus-Christ. But we want to be sure to provide our “after the feast” thanks to the lesser, yet oh-so-important things in life that bring us joy. Mostly sports, hijinks in sports, and hairstyles of our sports Gods. We’re nothing if not frivolous here at Hail Mary.
I’m a keep it short and sweet wit my bad self this week (I’m trying out my new urban voice…too much?). So many great games and so much drama, but there really are a few nuggets that stand out, so read on for your pleasure, and be the belle of any holiday ball when you throw down this knowledge.
Coming up to Thanksgiving Day, the greatest holiday of the year, football should be top of mind. After all, what better way is there to spend a Thursday, or any day for that matter, than hanging out with friends and family, eating and drinking and watching three games in a row?
Week Eleven’s most exciting games hinged on a pair of questionable calls, forcing us all to remember that football is a game, and a very subjective one. This week’s endings left me as surprised and shocked as Bruce Jenner’s face after a touch up. Just when you think these games can’t get any tighter, the referee’s have to go and get all up in everyone’s business.
Mid-November is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s the calm before the storm of the holidays, the collective yawn known as baseball season has ended, and people are laser focused on the world’s greatest game. And with some of the monster match-ups coming out this week, I am excited as a dirty old man oogling a Charger cheerleader!
As we slide into the second half of the season, I am as excited as Gov. Chris Christie in a candy store. Now is the time where the good teams start breaking away and fortunes change in a hot minute. All this, plus the usual insanity of off-the-field distractio…wait, actually, there’s a whole new slate of off-the-field distractions we never even dreamed off going on this week!
The season is halfway over, ladies. I am getting that feeling that washes over you on the last few days of a vacation; a combination of joy to be immersed in it, and a sense of dread that it will all be over soon.
And although it’s a little too early for awards season, I thought some Midseason Awards were in order, because what’s better than another trophy on the mantle? So don your sequins and heels, or better yet your face paint and faux leather as we go long with the top guys, plays and dirt from the 2013 game.
So let’s get rolling. I like to think our statue would be a tiny gold figurine of a man serving buffalo wings to his lady while she sits glued to the TV, a crying baby at her feet, piles of unwashed laundry and unanswered work files at her side. Or, maybe just a gold football…more cost effective to create.
The season is almost halfway over, and like a Led Zeppelin ballad or Britney Spears’ rebirth, it just gets better as it rolls on. Is it possible for teams left for dead to be the league darlings in just a few weeks? Is the quarterback depth chart so poor that a 43 year old could be lured out of retirement? And can a trip to an out of town football game really trump a romantic weekend in Barbados for bonding with your man? This week, you get the answers to these pressing questions, as well as a serious look into the plague of injuries in the NFL this year.