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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.
Sometimes, this thing just writes itself...
Has anyone ever seen Texans punter Cameron Johnston and Bill Burr in the same room?
Is Bill Burr moonlighting as the Texans punter? pic.twitter.com/Z5wPtYvcJD— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) November 8, 2023
Refs had a flashback and thought it was Tom Brady in the Patriots uniform.
This was called roughing the passer…— PFF (@PFF) November 5, 2023
"Country Roads" is universal.
German fans singing Country Roads ðŸ˜‚ pic.twitter.com/ntbG0Xh0lz— Ryan Mohler (@MohlerFootball) November 5, 2023
My good friend and OG Footballguys Staffer and OSU Superfan Doug Drinen after the Oklahoma State game...
The general vibe in Stillwater: pic.twitter.com/bJsUDpUyAl— Eli Lederman (@ByEliLederman) November 4, 2023
Ok, that's not really Doug. But that's how he felt.
Tyreek Hill Monday morning...
Chiefs beat Tyreek and the Dolphins ðŸ˜… pic.twitter.com/9BPfFRk0T1— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 5, 2023
Cardinal Rule at Random Shots: Never pass on a Happy Gilmore meme.
Music plus Racing. I'm with Machine Gun Kelly. I don't think much about his career, either.
Martin Brundle: “Tell us about your career”— McNeil (@Reflog_18) November 5, 2023
Machine Gun Kelly “I don't really think about my career”
MB: “well good luck with it whatever you do.” ðŸ’€ðŸ’€ðŸ˜‚ pic.twitter.com/Lp2tmwSGW9
I bet that's the last time we see Kansas City in that 9:30 AM spot.
Swifties trying to find the Chiefs-Dolphins game after turning the TV on at 1PM pic.twitter.com/5Usdeviu3y— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) November 5, 2023
Love to see the Kirko Chains support.
The Belly Poke was perfect.
I love it that Random Shots Head Coach Mike McDaniel had no idea kids were dressing up like him for Halloween.
Mike McDaniel really had no idea ðŸ˜‚ pic.twitter.com/6CYmrl3BE5— NFL (@NFL) November 1, 2023
This week's edition of "Victor Wembanyama is a problem." 7'4" 19-year-olds should not be this smooth on the 3-pointer.
WEMBY DAGGER ðŸ¥¶ pic.twitter.com/IV6UcUtmqG— NBA TV (@NBATV) November 3, 2023
At least some things never change...
New story: The Lakers contacted the league office following the loss to Miami, sharing numerous clips showing what the team views as missed foul calls against LeBron James, sources told ESPN https://t.co/ZjOLjUPA39— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 7, 2023
This BBQ Team should never lose a competition.
One of the best things you see at BBQ competitions is the team names and logos pic.twitter.com/zGI2Bmq7QC— Clue Heywood (@ClueHeywood) November 4, 2023
This was pretty wild.
Iowa and Northwestern play at Wrigley Field today — just its third college football game since 1938.— Front Office Sports (@FOS) November 4, 2023
Since the Cubs' season ended, dozens of employees have been working to transform the playing surface.
(via @abovethechi) pic.twitter.com/tupbgRlvcS
This sheds some light on Nikola Jokic.
Serbian basketball is DIFFERENT ðŸ˜³pic.twitter.com/3jKmhUi5v7— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) November 4, 2023
The Dolphins playing against losing teams vs. facing winning teams pic.twitter.com/6qA8hus2iq— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) November 5, 2023
I'm going to ask our Maryland guy, Scott Van Pelt, to help these kids.
“STREP”— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) November 4, 2023
These Maryland Terps fans are out of order ðŸ¤£ pic.twitter.com/RmK8Jcpy4s
Walk-Off Scores are the best scores.
WALK-OFF IN THE SWAMP!— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) November 4, 2023
Wooo. Pig. pic.twitter.com/LCvLSKnWd0
smoke 'em if you got 'em pic.twitter.com/Y27Tx39tbs— CJ Fogler account may or may not be notable (@cjzero) November 4, 2023
Y'all know I'm like an 8-year-old sometimes, but I love stuff like this.
Every parent with young kids Sunday.
Daylight savings time with kids pic.twitter.com/RWZ0uYG1X1— Kevin (@Daboys_22) November 5, 2023
I've said it for years, and I'll keep saying it until someone listens.
Hire a Madden video game expert to help these coaches manage the clock.
Deion Sanders gifting points here.
Colorado with the Bishop— Gifdsports (@gifdsports) November 5, 2023
Sycamore clock management before the half, gift Oregon State 7 points pic.twitter.com/gJrAb5NJi1
I don't have much opinion on players crying after games.
Caleb Williams shares an emotional moment with his family after the loss pic.twitter.com/4WJemvAb4r— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 5, 2023
That's their business.
But makes this from Caleb Williams last year interesting. Even if he did delete and try to backpedal saying he didn't mean what he wrote.
I think Caleb said it best. pic.twitter.com/9MutDdVlx5— Steven (@m4gbit) November 5, 2023
Never doubt the Announcer Jinx.
"Will Reichard out to attempt to a field goal. He hasn't missed a field goal or extra point all this year...Oh, boy. No good. Sorry, Will."— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) November 5, 2023
Brad Nessler's announcer jinx worked with stunning efficiency here. pic.twitter.com/U0xKPbel71
Can you imagine how much fun Jamaal Williams would have been with Detroit this year?
Jonnu Smith was not fazed.
Thanks to Jake Bryant for that one.
As a guy with Travis Kelce on my team, I'm all in favor of getting Taylor Swift back to the games.
You can tell Matt Ryan's glad to be done with this part of the game.
Purdue Mascot against Michigan with the video camera and Ohio State robe.
Purdue mascot in Ann Arbor ðŸ¤£ pic.twitter.com/FyHADdTZ33— The Buckeye Nut (@TheBuckeyeNut) November 5, 2023
Joshua Dobbs thrust into the game and delivering when he hadn't even unpacked his suitcase is one of the more amazing things I've seen.
From Kevin Seifert:
"Incredible stories from the Vikings' locker room today. Josh Dobbs didn't take a single rep with the offense in practice. No snaps from Garrett Bradbury. Had never thrown passes to anyone, and didn't know most of their full names. "That's for next week," he said.
"When it was time for Josh Dobbs to come into the game, the Vikings' offense huddled on the sideline and went through the team's 5 primary cadences, said RT Brian O'Neill. That was the first time he had gone through it with the rest of the offense.
"Dobbs said he was not afraid to tell people what he didn't know today. Per receiver Jordan Addison, that meant coming into the huddle and saying things like, "Ok, what do I have on this side?" Said Addison: "And we were telling him. Everyone was letting him know."
Here's Dobbs taking snaps on the sideline for the first time.
This is video of said event on the sideline, going through the cadence with the line, before Dobbs goes into the game. Unreal. pic.twitter.com/Ke3HDRKnSu— Reggie Wilson (@ReggieWilsonTV) November 5, 2023
Music note this week.
House Of The Rising Sun is one of my favorite songs. It's haunting and beautiful and sad and boisterous. It's also sort of mysterious. It's sometimes called the "Rising Sun Blues". It talks about a person's life (sometimes a boy, sometimes a girl, depending on the version of the song) gone wrong in New Orleans. And some versions urge others to avoid the same fate. It has roots in Appalachian Folk songs and English Pub songs, and some say it goes all the way back to the 16th century. Tons more info here if you're into that kind of music history.
The Animals cover from 1964 is the one you probably know.
And here's a killer recent live version, appropriately at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.
It's almost 8 minutes long, but it's incredible. Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons talks about how House Of The Rising Sun was one of the first records he remembers playing as a kid. And he brings on New Orleans legend Trombone Shorty and Celise, and they take it to another level.
Turn it up loud and sit back and enjoy.
Doug Farrar with the perfect caption.
tfw jack del rio stands you up at popeye's https://t.co/lSXQJWwLm5— Doug Farrar âœ (@NFL_DougFarrar) November 7, 2023
How big is the Michigan sign-stealing thing? It's becoming part of political ads.
A+ campaign ad pic.twitter.com/Di2lX8pPH5— Scoops (@ejmaroun) November 7, 2023
I don't know how Antonio Pierce will fare as a head coach. But I love this kind of thing. This is how you lead people.
I love this: Practice squad players usually are not on the sideline for games. #Raiders HC Antonio Pierce changed that and made sure they were for his first game as head coach.— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 7, 2023
His explanation tells you all you need to know about why the players are all in for him.
This is a… pic.twitter.com/UQxdwBtWgG
Of course, media being media, this gets framed as how terrible Josh McDaniels was. When, in reality, McDaniels followed the standard. Most NFL teams don't have practice squad players in uniform on game day. They typically don't travel with the team to away games. So this isn't something McDaniels did wrong. It's something Pierce did differently. And I think better.
Monday Night Fever pic.twitter.com/jMfGINBeEG— Omaha Productions (@OmahaProd) November 7, 2023
Difficult to unsee this one.
I'm no political strategy advisor, but you gotta pick a different outfit to deliver the speech about easing the cost of living for families, right?
"I could remove this rock from my puffy hat and feed all of England, but I shan't."— Tripp Whitbeck (@trippwhitbeck) November 7, 2023
Boulder to Ann Arbor.
Coach Prime calls Jim Harbaugh pic.twitter.com/iCj3RVTbPI— Joey (@JoeyMulinaro) November 7, 2023
Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell talking to the team before Joshua Dobbs got to the locker room.
#Vikings QB Josh Dobbs was still trying to make it back to the locker room when HC Kevin O'Connell was making his speech.— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 6, 2023
"When he walks in here, let's make sure we let him hear it."
... And then he ran in and the team went crazy. This is awesome. pic.twitter.com/mncmggTJNf
Dobbs is getting all the attention, and rightly so, but O'Connell deserves credit, too. He had to get the plays into Dobbs using the normal phrasing the players knew but then also translate to Dobbs what he was supposed to do. All before the headset communication cut off 15 seconds before the play clock expires. Amazing.
Dobbs said it was like studying for your AP Spanish test and realizing the day before the test would be in French.
In a time when folks are (often rightfully) upset with bad officiating, never forget the ultimate Ball Don't Lie moment when the officials blatantly gave Michigan an unearned first down, and Jadeveon Clowney took matters into his own hands.
Never forget the greatest ball don't lie moment ever— Footballism (@FootbaIIism) November 8, 2023
Wrapping with this one.
Can we talk about "bias"?
Wikipedia (which everyone knows is pretty much the final word on everything... ;) defines bias as:
"Bias is a disproportionate weight in favor of or against an idea or thing, usually in a way that is closed-minded, prejudicial, or unfair. Biases can be innate or learned. People may develop biases for or against an individual, a group, or a belief."
That sounds pretty negative. And biases are often negative. But I often see them in a more neutral light. For instance, I'm biased in favor of all BBQ being cooked with real wood. Just like God intended. I'm biased in favor of American-made goods. And I'm ridiculously biased in favor of just about any underdog. Including my friend Jeremy Levine's company Underdog. But that's a different thing. I'm more of the mind that biases are just sort of how most of us see the world. They're like the steering in your car being out of alignment and always pulling a bit to one side.
And I think biases are mostly okay with one important caveat - That we understand we have them.
Understanding one's biases and being self-aware to acknowledge you have biases is a significant part of growing up.
But it's tricky, right?
The latest example for me was last week at the NFL trade deadline; a Twitter account posted something about the Giants having a trade agreed to, but it fell through because they weren't competent enough to report it to the league in time. It seemed fishy to me, and I wondered if it were true.
But lots of my normally smart Cowboys and Eagles fans went full-on LMAO with glee, mocking how stupid the Giants were.
Turns out, it was one of those parody accounts that posts things not funny enough to be clearly parody. (Those are the worst kinds of parody, but that's for a different rant.) The point, though, was objective observers, like me in this case, instantly saw the red flags. But for people with a bias toward believing anything negative about a hated rival, they swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. They desperately wanted it to be true. They fell into the trap of their biases.
Sadly, this happens in all sorts of areas. Not just sports. I'm convinced a good part of our toxic and rancorous political climate is due to so many folks wanting to believe their biases are true. They want to assume the worst of the "other."
So be careful. Be a critical thinker and ask yourself on just about everything - How unbiased am I on this topic? In other words, be self-aware. And factor your biases into decisions on how you operate.
Thank you for being part of this goofy journey with us.
And thanks to Footballguys Keith Overton, Jake 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.