Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Enough Already

On December 18, 1997, a very funny episode of Seinfeld (aren't they all) aired. It was called "The Strike" and it introduced Frank Costanza's made-up holiday of Festivus.

On December 3, 2003, a very funny episode of The O.C. aired. It was called "Chrismukkah" and it introduced Seth Cohen's combined holiday of Chrismukkah.

It's been 14 years since Festivus, and 8 since Chrismukkah, yet I still see on Facebook and Twitter, people referring to these made-up holidays. I love the Festivus pole as much as the next guy, and I think Rachel Bilson looks hot, even in a Santa-cap/yarmulke hybrid but it's time we as a people moved on.

And until television writers can come up with the next fake holiday for us to worship, I think we should just stick to Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa (dammit).

Song of the Week

"Stan" - Eminem featuring Dido
Another good one from Eminem that shows his lyrical skills. I choose this one because Dido just had a baby. And she named him Stanley.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The NFL is Poop - Week 16

What a Weird Week
Very strange to have a full slate of NFL games on Saturday and only one game on Sunday. I see the reason they wanted to avoid Christmas but it just didn't feel normal to me.

Is This the End?
Will 2011 be known as the season Tim Tebow had his incredible run and was never heard from again? Tebow is finally falling victim to the turnover problems he avoided during his winning streak and his team is not good enough to recover from it. The supposedly great Denver defense that covered for Tebow during the winning streak has been charged with 81 points in the last two games. Though Tebow gifted at least 14 of those to the Bills. I stand by my statement that he has every attribute (size, speed, intelligence, leadership, devotion, work ethic, personality) that you would want in a quarterback, he just can't throw. His winning streak was very impressive, it's just not sustainable.

Don't Sleep on the Saints
All season long we have been focused on the Packers but the Saints are rounding back into form. They are 12-3 and have won 6 in a row. And the best new, they haven't allowed more than 24 points in any of those 6 games. The Packers have a weakness on defense and the Saints could expose it. The biggest problem for the Saints could be that they would have to face the Packers in the NFC Championship, in Green Bay, at Lambeau Field, on the Frozen Tundra, in late January. Those factors could prevent another game like the 42-34 thriller that started this season.

Picture of the Week
Pierre Thoams pulled a gold bow out of his uniform and stuck it on the football after scoring a touchdown. He then gave the "Christmas present" to a fan in the front row. I can see giving him a 15-yard penalty to prevent the antics from getting out of hand as they did in the TO-Chad Johnson-Joe Horn days. But I don't think a fine is warranted. We'll see.

Playoff Scenarios
Right now it seems like 7 teams are still alive for 3 playoff spots.
The Cowboys and Giants play a playoff game on NBC Sunday night. NBC flexed this game away from Fox. So both matchups of these teams became Sunday Night affairs.

A Brief Rant About the Redskins
What can I say? Another horrible loss in an already horrible season. Even Mike Shanahan says this rebuilding project is harder than he thought.

If the Super Bowl Were Played Today
Green Bay Packers 35 New England Patriots 31

I still have a lot of confidence in Green Bay but I think New Orleans is going to be very tough. As for the Patriots, they are going to have a tough time with Baltimore or Pittsburgh. Not sure I would favor them to get through once the playoffs start.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Something Syracuse and Penn State Alumni Can Agree On

I think the Syracuse alums, and especially the Penn State people are just sick of talking and thinking about these god damn child molesters who have embarrassed our Universities.