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We do a ton of insightful, thoughtful, and serious features here at Footballguys with smart people thinking deeply for you.
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.
Foxboro Wednesday morning...
Josh McDaniels visiting Bill Belichick this morning pic.twitter.com/EJfFgXU6aa— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) November 1, 2023
I don't know how good of a basketball player Victor Wembanyama will be. But his Halloween Game is on point.
Wemby as Slenderman for Halloween ðŸ‘» pic.twitter.com/wHWfjybW3g— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 31, 2023
Travis Kelce with good advice. To get good at your job, learn how things work in the rest of the "game."
Also, good on the rookie for asking. Seeking advice from folks who are where you'd like to be is a cheat code.
My Bears Guy is back with a Tyson Bagent song.
This is pretty long at 6 minutes, but a sweet picture of perseverance.
I especially loved his sense of self-awareness and purpose. He said he felt God had placed him where he is to encourage other people who feel like they've been unable to achieve the things they want. Not just in football. If that resonates with you, this is well worth the time.
Rock on, Geno Smith.
Found Waldo! ðŸ˜€ pic.twitter.com/lkcxnedOrR— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 28, 2023
No matter what you think of Deion Sanders, he's preparing his players for the real world.
This is how it works.
Colorado Football, Coach Prime addresses the O Line, running game issues and keeping Shedeur Sanders upright:— NoSkoZone (@noskozone) October 29, 2023
"The big picture, you go get new lineman. That's the picture and I'ma paint it perfectly."#WeComing #SkoBuffs pic.twitter.com/qjU1sdkZRA
The snow in Denver was not a factor by game time, but the fireplace scoreboard early Sunday was so good.
Football weather. â„ï¸ðŸ¥¶ pic.twitter.com/7cJ2vJ29RR— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 29, 2023
My buddy Jeff knows things.
There's a point in every relationship where your partner demands to go apple picking and you have to decide if you want to be in a relationship or if you want to watch football whenever you want but just remember that God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers— Jeff Greenwood (@TheFantasyEng) October 28, 2023
More Halloween goodness. This one unintentional.
Truth. pic.twitter.com/Jc2zraCaca— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) October 29, 2023
Earl Campbell in a tear-away jersey was ridiculous.
NFL should fully commit to the throwbacks and let Tennessee wear tear-away jerseys.— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) October 29, 2023
On that note, the Oilers throwbacks are fire.
The greatest throwback uniform in sports. ðŸ˜ pic.twitter.com/IBLzLC4PO4— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) October 29, 2023
I sort of side-eyed the Titans wearing them but mostly let it go.
Then saw the NFL sent cease and desist demands threatening legal action against the University of Houston for this.
I get that zillion-dollar companies have armies of lawyers looking for things to do. And zillion-dollar companies stay zillion-dollar companies by aggressively squashing anyone and anything that dares to encroach on their turf.
But this feels lame. Do better, NFL. You can be all-powerful without being a bully.
On that note...
If you made me NFL Commissioner for the day, the new rule would be: If an NFL team pulls up stakes and moves, they start over.
Like what they made Art Modell and the Ravens do. I'm a capitalist and entrepreneur, and I love freedom. NFL Teams are businesses and have the freedom to operate where they and the league see fit. But if you ditch a city and their fans for a better deal somewhere else, you start over.
The team name and uniforms belong to and stay with the city and the fanbase. Just like God intended.
Barber skills. And cool of Bryce Young to do this.
Steelers plan on being "inside Trevor lawrences ass" today, per ESPN report pic.twitter.com/BmI88enhdX— PFT Commenter (JMU 8-0) (@PFTCommenter) October 29, 2023
More throwback goodness.
Go Seahawks! pic.twitter.com/EsCjOVtss4— ð™ƒð™šð™¡ð™¢ð™šð™© ð˜¼ð™™ð™™ð™žð™˜ð™© (@HelmetAddict) October 29, 2023
Don't ever forget Randy Moss was able to pull this off.
I can't believe the Colts didn't win by 50.
Dad moment for Micah Parsons.
James Harrison: Still Scary.
Wouldn't want to get in a staring contest with James Harrison ðŸ‘€ pic.twitter.com/8rUrrfNCeY— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) October 29, 2023
Video is even scarier.
I'm not one that sits around and whines for the "The Good Old Days".
The Good Old Days are now.
But the game has changed.
Roughing The Passer in 2023:
Roughing the passer in 1976:
Cedarian DeLeon Lamb with Davante Adams vibes off the line.
ðŸ’¿ðŸ pic.twitter.com/be9QDnx0L6— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) October 29, 2023
I wasn't a believer in the NFL Scriptwriter thing, but these local-flavor backup QBs are making me reconsider...
New Jersey guy Tommy DeVito quarterbacking the Giants.— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) October 29, 2023
Arm Wrestling champion son Tyson Bagent leading the Bears.
Local chapters for the Script Writers doing work.
I like Kenny Pickett. But can't lie, this is good.
Sean McVay Sunday...
Stafford: "Sean, I think my thumb is broken."— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) October 29, 2023
McVay: "Shutup. Phllly Special on two."
If UCLA played as good as they look, they'd be National Champions.
These UCLA throwbacks are glorious. pic.twitter.com/YdsABk6Lpz— NFL Fashion Advice (@fashion_nfl) October 28, 2023
Vladimir Shmondenko is like a cross between Ali G and David Goggins.— Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) October 29, 2023
He's Ukrainian powerlifter who grew up on a cattle farm and trained with wood and tractor parts.
Now, has a 3m-follower YouTube channel (where he pranks people at the gym). So good. pic.twitter.com/pLrwC4oP5B
Arizona State Baseball for the win.
Thanks to Barbara Bryant for that one.
I'm not great at lip-reading, but I believe Bill Belichick said 'I disagree with that call, but i respect it!'pic.twitter.com/wEV8Rmrqa4— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) October 29, 2023
Zach Moss says they all count the same.
What's got you smilin' like that?— Yahoo Sports NFL (@YahooSportsNFL) October 29, 2023
An upside down touchdown ðŸ˜Ž pic.twitter.com/OyaRv2sDmG
Scorigami is when we have an NFL final score we've never had before. Got one Sunday. Because I know you folks need to know these things.
LAR 20 - 43 DAL— Scorigami (@NFL_Scorigami) October 29, 2023
That's Scorigami!! It's the 1079th unique final score in NFL history.
I think the calf is ok.
I still don't trust Will Levis after this.
Although love it for DeAndre Hopkins.
If you wonder why fans and teammates love Kirk Cousins, it's stuff like this.
The Quarterback series on Netflix made me really like Kirk Cousins and him showing up to a Halloween party for fans just one day after tearing his Achilles makes me think he's an even better dude than I already thought.— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) October 31, 2023
(h/t @Hometownguy33) pic.twitter.com/lCRHEcpkxr
Jim Nantz is a pro's pro.
"You might have seen that graphic right there. This is Halloween week, by the way. So Brock Purdy was dressed up as Sam Darnold right there in that graphic."— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) October 29, 2023
Jim Nantz with the smooth save. pic.twitter.com/nYjdHv5BbY
This is the pettiness I'm here for...
The Broncos played Taylor Swift in the stadium after defeating the Chiefs ðŸ’€pic.twitter.com/izryaeWTrW— The Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 29, 2023
Morgan Freeman does not care.
I never knew Morgan Freeman was a huge Chiefs fan. That is awesome! pic.twitter.com/TXWWsqBf3f— Brad Henson Productions (@BradHensonPro) October 27, 2023
49ers season so far pic.twitter.com/TWfqmERxXm— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) October 29, 2023
The lady's face after OBJ smashed his helmet ðŸ’€— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) October 30, 2023
My weekly Mike McDaniel clip. This week, he expressed disappointment in Jalen Ramsey.
Mike McDaniel is an absolute gem ðŸ¤£pic.twitter.com/B7xTC0H9a0— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) October 30, 2023
Be careful out there. Some people are sick.
**PITTSBURGH PARENTS**— Benstonium (@Benstonium) October 30, 2023
Please check your kids' candy this Halloween! I just found a Snickers bar laced with the Steelers offense. pic.twitter.com/sgDFO6iZ9T
This one isn't even sports. Just a reminder to be leery of the courtroom artist drawings.
the courtroom sketches of sam bankman-fried are all over the map pic.twitter.com/KHnUPyvf7a— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) October 31, 2023
If I ever need a portrait, I'm calling the person who did the bottom right.
There's throwing "off-platform". And then there's this.
This guy wins Halloween pic.twitter.com/FdYrPOae8j— Dudes Posting Their W's (@DudespostingWs) October 31, 2023
Music Note this week is the Front Bottoms. I saw them open for Bad Books, a Manchester Orchestra project several years ago. As soon as they began playing, a crowd of people, clearly there to see them open, went wild. One song in, I could easily see why. They're fantastic. Flashlight is one of my favorites from them. Turn this up as loud as it'll go.
Wrapping with this one.
Matthew Perry died Saturday. You may have known him from the TV show Friends. He'd openly battled drug and alcohol addiction in recent years. I'm one who consciously tries not to elevate celebrity lives (and deaths) above regular folks. But I thought what he'd said was important, specifically, how he wanted to be remembered.
From a podcast he did last year with Tom Powers.
"I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life but the best thing about me, bar none, is that if an alcoholic or drug addict comes up to me and says, ‘Will you help me?' I will always say ‘Yes, I know how to do that,'" he said. "‘I will do that for you, even if I can't always do it for myself.' So I do that, whenever I can. In groups, or one on one.
"And I created the Perry House in Malibu, a sober-living facility for men. I also wrote my play, The End of Longing, which is a personal message to the world, an exaggerated form of me as a drunk.
"I had something important to say to people like me, and to people who love people like me.
"When I die, I know people will talk about Friends, Friends, Friends. And I'm glad of that, happy I've done some solid work as an actor, as well as given people multiple chances to make fun of my struggles on the world wide web…
"But when I die, as far as my so-called accomplishments go, it would be nice if Friends were listed far behind the things I did to try to help other people. I know it won't happen, but it would be nice."
The lesson there for me and you is simple. Find the things you truly believe to be important. And do those. Lots of them. Celebrate those things and become known for those things.
So tonight, I tip the cap to Matthew Perry. A guy who did some acting but far more importantly, helped people with drug and alcohol addictions and helped people who love people with drug and alcohol addictions.
Thank you for being part of this goofy journey with us.
And thanks to Footballguys Keith Overton, Jake Bryant, Barbara Bryant, and Clayton Gray for the help. If you've got a Random Shot of your own, email me at email@example.com.
Thanks for playing along, and I hope you make the most of whatever you're doing in your life. Love your neighbor and stick together.
Peace and Grace to you.