Sam: Michigan. Lost to Ohio State. Granted, still going to the Rose Bowl, while OSU gets to have wallow in whatever crap bowl they end up at.
Lions. Looked they were going to win going into the second half. The hated Culpepper and Tice rallied their stinking purple troops and came back.
Dolphins. Played a gritty, hang-tough game that they lost because of a pick off of their injured quarterback.
*raises hands to the heavens*
Just thought I'd throw in my EXTREME BITTERNESS AND HATRED OF LIFE...
Mer: I hate the Lions for not winning ...I had them in my pool and was counting on them to put away the damn Vikings.
Meanwhile, I didn't get to watch the Eagles game yet again because apparently, Eli Manning was a bigger story. Fuck that guy.
I swear I'm not bitter.
Sam: Oh, I don't hate the *Lions*. I hate life for not travelling in a direction in which the Lions can win. Also, the Vikings. Frelling Vikings.
Yeah, I had to watch the ManningMarkII Fest as well. You know how I said last week that Michael Vick was overrated? I take that back. He is everything that it says on the label. Heckuvan athlete. It was sad that the MMIIFest overshadowed the fact that he rocks, and rocks hard. (Also looks very, very good in those Falcons unis. But I'm just saying.)
Have we all got glorious good plans for Thanksgiving? Other than, you know, FOOTBALL. If you watch the Lions game look for the crowd shots. I'll be the one in the Harrington jersey and the Red Sox hat, sobbing into my hotdog wrapper.
Mer: I will be involved in what has been Thanksgiving tradition in my family since birth. My parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and I will gather at my house, stuff our faces and watch the Cowboys get their asses kicked. Our living room sounds like a truck stop, and I'm pretty sure that all of the white hot hate for the Cowboys causes my house to glow. I think they can see it from Space.
Happy Thanksgiving, ladies. And go Bears!
Beth Yay bitterness!
I'm bitter because I was driving back from New Jersey and by the time I got home I was so exhausted that I had to go to bed right after Rodney Harrison's interception. In a way, though, I kinda knew things were going to go our way after that, because the Pats' defense had finally woken up.
But phew! KC picked apart our secondary there for a while. Kinda makes you wonder why more ppl haven't done it, the way they gave up those long passes.
Still, as the Sports Guy put it--"The Chiefs suck. Someday, you will believe me."
Anyway. I'm going to assume you have a Turkey Day tradition w/ the Lions, Sam. I personally will be rooting for them Thurs. because my arch nemesis, Peyton "F-ing" Manning will be on the other side of the ball.
What do you guys think of the tradition of Thanksgiving football games, anyway? It's nice to be able to gather 'round the tube and watch the game, but you get the sense the players would rather not play that day. The games almost end up being like exhibition games.
So. Official Question (tm) for you all: Who--BESIDES YOUR TEAM--is the "team to beat" in the NFL, and why?
Note: this cannot be your team. We already talked about how our teams are awesome.
Sam: Gah, I know, I'm worried about the Pats defense now... other teams will watch this game and see that our corners are very, very thin right now. If I have to hear 'Earthwind got burned there Joe, haw haw haw!' again, things are not going to be pretty. Luckily for us the Chiefs love getting penalties more than Scott Boras loves making ridiculous demands, and so we managed to squeak through it.
Yes, I do indeed have a Thanksgiving tradition involving the Lions... going to the games! The only professional football game I get to go to all bloody year long. And of course it comes right when regular season college football has just ended, so I get into Ford Field and look around and think 'Hey, why's everyone sitting down? Why aren't we jangling our keys on third down? People are so *sedate*!' even though, for a pro game, they aren't. Alas, even the infamous Green Bay crowd isn't as nuts as the student section at a Michigan game.
Lions football and Thanksgiving are so inextricably linked in my mind that I can't even imagine November without it. It's like, OK, Thursday, wake up early, put on jersey, drive to stadium, go nuts for a few hours, drive back, eat dinner, discuss game. That is The Way of Thanksgiving.
It may very well be that the Lions don't particularly like playing on short rest, but it seems like they usually play much better on Thanksgiving than during the regular season. Their Turkey Day record is much, much better than their regular one. I think my brain is still clouded with glee over last year though, when the Packers were pretty darn good and we sucked, and they came in on Thanksgiving and we WHOOPED 'em. It was amazing. It was delightful. I still get happy when I think about it.
Meep, just realized I've got a bus to catch if I want to get to class in a timely fashion. Will ponder the 'team to beat' bit and respond later (although really, it's got to be someone in the AFC, hasn't it? Can we just say that the AFC is the team to beat?).
Oh, and I know this is supposed to be about football, but... the exodus has begun. Gabe Kapler. *sniffle* 'A nice Jewish boy' who happens to be built like something I would VERY MUCH like to draw. A sad day for baseball indeed.
Mer: As a girl that loves football and loves Thanksgiving, I am a big fan of combining the two. I always thought it was hokey, and I still do, but I love the fact that I can remember being a little kid and watching to see which player would be given the turkey leg on Thanksgiving. I'm sure some players would rather be home with their families for the holidays, and 3 days of rest isn't much, but I'd like to think that some players enjoy being part of the tradition that is playing on Thanksgiving. Part of the reason that I love Thanksgiving football so much is probably because the Cowboys are always involved in the game. As a family that doesn't celebrate Christmas and doesn't get to all be together for Chanukah, Thanksgiving is the one holiday that allows us to all be together. Gathering around the kitchen table and catching up with each other and then moving into the living room and bonding over a hatred for the Cowboys is something I'll remember and appreciate until I'm old.
A family bonded by hate. Thanks, NFL.
And as for which teams are the "teams to beat," I think the NFL is polarized this year. Pittsburgh, New England, and Philly are the teams to beat. No other team comes close. But I will be honest here for a second and admit that the Pats and Steelers are clearly better than the Eagles. My boys are not quite as good as their 9-1 record indicates. Their defense is atrocious and will surely be exposed in the playoffs. But, it's the NFL and crazy things happen. Like 4th and 26. So you never know.
Sam: OK. Team to beat. I rather think that, removing the Pats from consideration, it's got to be the Steelers right now. I need to see them get beaten with Roethlisbergererer at the helm just to prove that it can be done. After watching them storm through their schedule of late I get the feeling they're either going to crash and burn or keep rolling right up to the end. They're hotter than Mark Bellhorn right now (but not hotter than Bill Mueller. I think they would have to be undefeated for that).
I will be reporting live from the Lions game (i.e. I will have a little notebook and a camera and will blog about it whenever I get a chance), so if you have not had the Ford Field experience before it should be all manner of awesomeness. Here's hoping something very unlikely happens to the Colts. I imagine a swarm of killer bees attacking Peyton Manning in the wee hours of the morning before the game. That's about what it would take.
Beth Don't get me going with your Killer Bees imagery.
Meanwhile, I'd have to agree with you re the Steelers. Much as it pains me to admit it, they remind me of the Pats of 2001 in a way--consistently underestimated and beating opponents with a multifaceted attack.
That said, I think the Patriots can still overcome them with enough determination.