Also, football the sport vs. football the entertainment product when it comes to officiating, how the Super Bowl got its name, why Antonio Brown wouldn’t seem to be going anywhere, bad halftime performances, and a new Craig T. Nelson vehicle I’ve been working on. Plus, musical guest: Superchunk!
Also, why the Bears front office should be looking in the mirror (and not putting Cody Parkey masks on when they look in that mirror), undersized quarterback facts, and Julian Edelman is The Drizzle (you have to know Aqua Teen Hunger Force to get that one). Plus, musical guest: Living Colour!
Also, the desperate scramble to win the press conference, what the eight conference semifinal coaches were when they were hired, and the latest coaching fashion trend. Plus, an encore performance from The Mountain Goats!
Also, the Jaguars’s tribute to Major League, the Fournette situation shows why Roquan Smith was right to hold out (while the Bears’ stubbornness might have cost them a playoff bye), the success of retread coaches, the weirdness of Antonio Brown All-Pro votes, and the invincible Ryan Fitzpatrick. Plus, musical guest: Guided By Voices!
Also, the Panthers could have easily been doing what Seattle has done, the MNF booth deserves another chance, the Jaguars still need to address what’s rotten in their building, and a heart-warming story about a Vinny Testaverde football card and mom. Plus, musical guest: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!
Plus, the Saints need to find some big plays again, someone needs to make the Jaguars take Cody Kessler off the field, the Chiefs need to prove they can tackle in Seattle, and the league and union need to give themselves some wiggle room with an archaic drug policy that serves no one. Also, in honor of the Christmas season: a product photo that blew my mind, Christmas episodes to watch, and Rats Off to Ya! Plus, musical guest: The Stink!
Also, the Steelers defense in crisis, solving some problems for the Vikings offense, you’re about to be really upset about the Chargers or Chiefs going on the road for a wild-card game, Foles gets to play hero or at least impress some 2019 suitors, the matchup of the day is Colts-Cowboys, and Saluki Facts™. Plus, musical guest: Pearl Jam!
Also, officials resort to pinning random penalties on Ereck Flowers, the weird road to stardom for Akiem Hicks, an amazing offer to shovel my driveway that Le’Veon Bell critics can’t pass up, and Will Grier’s missed opportunity to make money for other people. Plus, musical guest: Arcade Fire!
Also, a very good week for the Rams, there are good reasons to fire Mike McCarthy but not the ones everyone talks about, get to know Seattle’s David Moore but not that well, Washington better know what they’re doing with Reuben Foster but they probably don’t, and are we sure NFL officials know just where the head is located on the human body? Plus, musical guest: Generator Ohm!
Also, the Browns’ REVENGE GAME against Hue Jackson, the last stand for the Bengals’ defense, the defensive lesson from Rams-Chiefs, the Eagles need more dog, and the dream matchup everyone would love to see: under what conditions could Rutgers beat the New Orleans Saints? Plus, musical guest: The Mars Volta!
Also, boy do the Chiefs and Rams take care of the ball; a mathematical preview of Houston-Washington that’s so much fun you’ll start to hate fun; why no team should be in a rush to start a coaching search; after delivering us the year’s worst no-call, is it time to look at the effect Thursday Night Football short turnarounds have on officiating too? And why Patrick Mahomes—and everyone else—should replace his ketchup with eggnog. Plus, musical guest: Queens of the Stone Age!
Also, why it’s probably all over for Washington, why it’s ridiculous for John Harbaugh to be on the hot seat, and why the NFL doesn’t escape culpability for the “caravan ad” debacle on Sunday Night Football. Plus, musical guest: The Smashing Pumpkins!
Also, Nick Mullens was FOX’s best Thursday night programming since Herman’s Head, trying so hard to be optimistic about Nathan Peterman, the Steelers and Ravens are so even!, goats that climb trees which is just incredible, ghost dogs for Christmas and more. Plus, musical guest: R.E.M.!
Also, Saints-Vikings a reason to skip the World Series Sunday night, the Bengals as reverse vampires, and the perfect encapsulation of Thursday Night Football: four minutes of game administration confusion regarding the opening kickoff. Plus, musical guest: The Sound of Urchin!
Also, looking at who’s gonna need a QB next winter, Nick Bosa misses out on a very useful education, whose games have the most points and therefore are the most exciting, multiple Trent Edwards references, and for the love of God don’t watch the 9:30 game. Plus, musical guest: Neil Young and Crazy Horse!
Also, Andrew Whitworth as an All-Time Free-Agent Prize, in admiration of Julius Peppers, more Drew Brees memories, and victory warm beers from the trunk of a Saturn have been unlocked. Plus, musical guest: INXS!
Also, the disturbing new version of Eli Manning; the Cowboys are ready for life after Sean Lee; the Falcons, the Steelers and their terrified defenses, and Thursday Night Farceball’s bad scheduling is being overlooked. Plus, musical guest: The Mountain Goats!
Also the Browns keep getting all these fumbles! Carson Wentz vs. the Titans defense no one’s paying attention to but should, the Panthers pick up a quality safety while the Falcons sit around doing nothing and now have to trade for Earl Thomas. Plus, musical guest: Veruca Salt!