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This is not one of those features.
This is Random Shots and it's a few pages of me downloading my brain that gets stuffed with way too many random items from too many hours watching, reading about, and listening to football every weekend and throughout the week. It's the only way I manage. Here's hoping it has some value for you.
We'll see. Now let's get to it.
As I write this, Thanksgiving is tomorrow. I think it's my favorite holiday as it doesn't have all the weird commercial pressures with over-the-top decorations or gifts. It's mostly about food around a table with people. I hope you're able to have a great one.
This is my mood right now:
Thanks to Good Housekeeping for that one. Side note - what a world. My mother had a subscription to Good Housekeeping magazine for all of my childhood. Now they're posting memes.
Big News at Footballguys. Official Merchandise is on the way. Don't spend all that Black Friday bankroll...
I wouldn't want to be sitting on the dunk tank bench when Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright stepped up to throw.
No better time to start getting ready for spring training than at the fair. Enjoy your bath clown. pic.twitter.com/xzFGRonpWm— Adam Wainwright (@UncleCharlie50) November 14, 2021
I don't know how old this is or if the speed is altered but it seems like a long time since Roethlisberger moved like this.
Tonight we ride with 7. Here We Go Steelers Here We Go pic.twitter.com/0OxUIlD8WT— Joey (@JoeyMulinaro) November 21, 2021
Steph Curry. Still my favorite Basketballguy Footballguy.
STEPH FROM THE LOGO. KD and Harden's reaction ðŸ’€ðŸ¿ pic.twitter.com/OUU2Rm1IPj— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 17, 2021
Flopper LeBron James is most definitely not a Basketballguy Footballguy.
We all know he's world-class with this:
That flop rivaled Lebron. pic.twitter.com/R4SE8KfOuZ— MikeyP ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ (@mikeyp3258) November 14, 2021
If someone hit him like he hit Isaiah Stewart in the face here, no telling what would happen.
LeBron has been ejected after this flagrant 2 foul pic.twitter.com/CLbr3h6Zrz— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) November 22, 2021
Lebron James is 100% responsible for the altercation in the Lakers vs Pistons game pic.twitter.com/V9NzC1MIdP— HIsiah Thomas (@RedAlternates) November 22, 2021
Of course, he was only suspended for one game while Stewart received a two-game suspension.
Rough day for Sparty and their about to be zillion-dollar coach.
Two teams are losing by 42 points right now…— Pickswise (@Pickswise) November 20, 2021
FCS school Charleston Southern and No. 7 ranked Michigan State ðŸ˜¬ pic.twitter.com/t8NNW3cUsl
Who knows if the Bills are any good anymore. But Josh Allen's still killing it. Welcoming back the Canadian fans last week:
It's not that often Oregon has the second-best uniforms on the field. But that was the case Saturday against Utah rocking their USS Salt Lake City tribute uniforms.
No. 23 Utah routs No. 3 Oregon, 38-7, in Salt Lake City ðŸ‘€ pic.twitter.com/wLA4ZGe34t— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) November 21, 2021
One Ship Fleet âš“ï¸ @Utah_Football USS Salt Lake City uniform symbolizes the strength & fighting spirit of the famous WWII Pacific Fleet ship. Every aspect of the uniform pays homage to the USS Salt Lake City, her crew and their accomplishments. pic.twitter.com/Ke2y9RqG9v— Under Armour FTBL (@UAFootball) November 16, 2021
Things move fast. A year ago in Gainesville.
Seeing Lamar Jackson walk into the stadium Sunday battling the flu, seems like there's an advertising opportunity for Ultra Soft Toilet Paper somewhere in there...
Hoping Jackson has a speedy recovery. In the meantime, the Ravens did what good teams do. Win even when they're missing key players.
Scott Hanson: Footballguy.
Don't be sad it's over. Be happy it happened.
Never Forget pic.twitter.com/7JNS7YMGig— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) November 21, 2021
Mark Andrews, you're kind of ridiculous.
The 1:30 PM timestamp is important on this one...
Welllwellwell pic.twitter.com/7mAAkcyGr7— PFT Commenter (@PFTCommenter) November 21, 2021
God Bless Jets Fans.
Jersey at Jets-Dolphins today. pic.twitter.com/AbvuBbQW15— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 21, 2021
Sweet kicks for Andrew Sendejo.
If you know Bored Apes, you know. It's an NFT thing and red hot now. I'm not an owner but at least the art is cool. Way too much of the NFT market looks like stuff your kindergartner drew.
Thanks to Footballguy Clayton Gray for that one.
Sometimes I watch the NFL and think, "If this were a movie, people would make fun of it for being too over the top." Aaron Rodgers with the latest example.
Rodgers going with the old school cat burglar look today. pic.twitter.com/uV2DRXTtVI— ð™ƒð™šð™¡ð™¢ð™šð™© ð˜¼ð™™ð™™ð™žð™˜ð™© (@HelmetAddict) November 21, 2021
Internet on Carson Wentz: "LOLZZZ - Wentz is a joke! He's a turnover machine!"
Actual Carson Wentz:
Indianapolis has not turned the ball over in three consecutive games. They have not committed a turnover in five games this season.— Hayden Clark (@HaydenClark81) November 21, 2021
I like Russell Wilson and think he's one of the best QBs in the league. And I know the team has problems. I'm all for dreaming big (see Tim Boyle above) but how 'bout we dial back the buying an NFL team stuff and win some games now?
Russell Wilson wants to buy an NFL team once he retires, per @AP.— Front Office Sports (@FOS) November 21, 2021
“I’m very big into the business side of things... I love the process of winning. Hopefully I can bring that culture to an organization” ðŸ’¬
Wilson is a minority owner in the Seattle Sounders.
(h/t @SportsSection) pic.twitter.com/9qr2DHz7AY
Pretty much this.
Thanks to NFL Memes for that one.
Rock on Lawrence and Andrea Guy.
Lawrence Guy and his wife Andrea held a massive baby shower for mothers in New England.— Front Office Sports (@FOS) November 21, 2021
The Patriots DT provided more than $40,000 worth of products to disadvantaged families through the Lawrence Guy Family Foundation ðŸ¼
(ðŸ“¸: @NFL) pic.twitter.com/N6PS70X6H7
I want to add Lawrence to the Footballguys staff just so he could have the email address of email@example.com.
So that’s where he was all game! https://t.co/W61iTrBVYv— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) November 21, 2021
This tweet may or may not have been based on personal experience...
Eric Bienemy is your dad not buying your story about where that dent on the fender came from. pic.twitter.com/63trHu1Wum— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) November 21, 2021
The Washington Football Team wasn't buying all that "Cam is Back" business.
Andrew Perloff with a good observation...
One issue I think NFL players have to address in next CBA … lower cost insurance. Gronk is trying to swindle USAA and Patrick Mahomes II had to take a second job in a shoe store to get the best rate. This has to stop.— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) November 21, 2021
Christian McCaffrey, also kind of ridiculous.
I don’t even know what to say pic.twitter.com/YivhSY3RjU— LaQuan Jones (@RealDealFantasy) November 21, 2021
You know this is true.
Bill Belichick in his Foxborough lair deep beneath Gillette Stadium watching the NFL league leaders implode Sunday... pic.twitter.com/FyBqfvvIfq— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) November 22, 2021
Let's not get too excited just yet. Mac Jones isn't Tom Brady. But this team has a 2001 feel to it. We have to remember, 2001 Tom Brady looked way different than the Tom Brady we know of the last ten years.
Our newest Footballguys Contributor Alex Caruso with the danger of selective stats...
If you remove Jonathan Taylor’s last 8 games, he’s barely a RB2 on the year. Should we be worried?— Alex Caruso (@AlexCaruso) November 22, 2021
Cam Heyward did this to Justin Herbert.
wth is this pic.twitter.com/rKkbkIHRbQ— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) November 22, 2021
Herbert's was remarkably cool about it.
"Cam Heyward is an incredible player & I don't think anything was intentional.. football is an awfully emotional game & sometimes you get caught up in a pile" ~Justin Herbert#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE #BoltUp pic.twitter.com/CbtdbLIacX— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) November 23, 2021
Avert your eyes, Titan Fans...
Thanks to NFL Memes for that one.
An unexpected bonus with the new NIL deal where college athletes can be paid to advertise for companies...
It’s been great working with Steckler Pediatric Dentistry (@kykidsdentist) and the kids in the community with their oral health! I am the #DefenderOfDecay! @creativecaddie #ad pic.twitter.com/HT8OGg2Bx2— Joshua Paschal (@JPaschalx) November 23, 2021
This guy taking over the play-calling duties for the Giants should solve all their problems...
Freddie Kitchens taking over the play calling for the Giants pic.twitter.com/MiPnif3qD0— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) November 23, 2021
Hockey Note: The New Jersey Devils unveiled some new uniforms.
The response wasn't difficult to predict...
honestly looks fine with the rest of the uniform pic.twitter.com/YXYCYrW7AN— DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) November 20, 2021
Music Note Of The Week: The Avett Brothers have been my guys for a long time. And Salvation Song is one of my favorite songs from them and this is one of my favorite versions.
And I would give up everything
And if you were to come up clean
And see you shine so bright in a world of woe
And they may pay us off in fame
But that is not why we came
And if it compromises truth then we will go
We came for salvation
We came for family
We came for all that's good that's how we'll walk away
We came to break the bad
We came to cheer the sad
We came to leave behind the world a better way
Yeah. I'm down with that.
If I ever need an agent, I want whoever is negotiating for Taysom Hill.
New Orleans’ QB Taysom Hill signed a unique four-year, hybrid-type of contract extension that could be worth anywhere between $40 million and $95 million, depending on the position he plays, and includes $22.5 million guaranteed, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 22, 2021
I've always been a fan of parity in the league but this seems ridiculous.
I heard it said several times this weekend, "It's gone from 'Any Given Sunday to "Every Dang Week'."
Wrapping with this one. I did this last year and it seemed to resonate so I'll say it again.
It's about the value of food. And Family. And I know this year is not normal for Thanksgiving and gatherings for some. And that maybe makes this all the more important.
My Mom died a few years ago. She always made a Sweet Potato Casserole for holidays. It wasn't particularly special or unique. Like a million other Better Homes and Gardens type recipes. Sweet Potatoes, Half and Half, Sugar and Vanilla with a Marshmallow topping. Someone in your family likely makes something similar.
The last few holidays, as my Mom's health declined, bringing that Sweet Potato Casserole was about all she could contribute. And that was of course great. It wasn't about the food.
I'll miss her at dinner this year.
This year I'm trying to make her Sweet Potato Casserole.
It's a big deal.
I love how food is so much more than just fuel for our bodies. It's a zillion times bigger. So in some ways, it sort of is about the food. Because sometimes food and memories are all we have left.
And I don't want that to sound sad. I'm thankful.
Rock on, Mom.
My hope and prayer for you today is you have reason to be thankful too.
That'll do it this week. Thank you for being with me on this goofy journey.
Peace and Grace to you.