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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.
Mike Tomlin doesn't play by your rules.
The only way to win in today's NFL is with an explosive offense and a playmaking QB.— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) November 13, 2023
Mike Tomlin: pic.twitter.com/DxDqSlLnHv
Not an actual quote. But all too real. And unfortunately, evergreen.
“My advice to Browns fans is to start drinking heavily.”— McNeil (@Reflog_18) November 15, 2023
-Kevin Stefanski pic.twitter.com/41VpgCDEF0
Browns HQ Wednesday morning...
Throwback Thought: Reggie White was a problem.
Reggie White casually using wide receivers as projectiles ðŸ˜‚— Footballism (@FootbaIIism) November 4, 2023
Some teams, like the Eagles and Titans, get cute dabbling with retro uniform stuff.
Kansas City wears the Classics every game.
The Chiefs uniform philosophy is basically, if it's not broke, don't fix. pic.twitter.com/ruYrohuoCb— ð™ƒð™šð™¡ð™¢ð™šð™© ð˜¼ð™™ð™™ð™žð™˜ð™© (@HelmetAddict) November 7, 2023
Vince Carter was ridiculous.
Ladies and Gentleman, our Footballguys Podcasts hosts...
One of our viewers commented our doppelgängers.— Alfredo Brown (@ThePretendGM) November 9, 2023
Now I can't unsee it. pic.twitter.com/HYe9lSBZ3M
The Colts - Patriots game in Germany may have been a dud. But the stadium is rad.
The roof for today's NFL game in Germany folds into the scoreboard ðŸ¤¯pic.twitter.com/QxJkQyVux3— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) November 12, 2023
"Feed Zeke" apparently translates.
Feed Zeke!— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) November 12, 2023
(Via: NFL, NFL Network)pic.twitter.com/sW4qc3PrL5
As does John Denver.
Another week, another Country Roads performance from the fans ðŸ”¥ pic.twitter.com/0s5bwdaZPm— PointsBet: A Fanatics Experience (@PointsBetFBG) November 12, 2023
I don't know Jonathan Taylor personally, and I don't know if there's a story behind this interaction, but I love how enthusiastic Taylor seems to be when meeting this fan. That kind of thing matters. A lot.
The Josh Dobbs Legend grows.
Entering his home stadium in Week 10, he had to be shown the way to the locker room.
Five seconds explaining what it's like to miss Tom Brady.
Joe Burrow not winning after rolling in with this jersey was my biggest surprise of Week 10.
There's still hope for you.
One of these guys was a finalist for sexiest man alive and the other is dating Taylor Swift. pic.twitter.com/kpVinqD4fD— Zach Blandford (@zachblandford) November 12, 2023
New York to Frankfurt Sunday Night:
Roger Goodell to Germany after this game pic.twitter.com/kmUAX8vC0A— Gump Cathcart (@bubbagumpino) November 12, 2023
Maybe Bill Belichick's next chapter is a Ted Lasso-type Soccer gig?
Germany brings out the smile in Bill Belichick … he seemed to enjoy this news conference. pic.twitter.com/OFndZ8EUnQ— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 10, 2023
And can we stop with the "Belichick could be fired before the end of the season" nonsense?
Belichick and the Patriots may well part ways after Week 18. But short of him choking out Robert Kraft on National TV, he's not getting fired before the end of the season. That's ridiculous.
Jamaal Williams remains Random Shots RB1. He had to scold the camera guy here for filming too early.
This seems like a long time ago...
Happy Colts-Pats Day to all who celebrate. A rivalry that defined an era of football. pic.twitter.com/RNE3rOufqg— NFL Fashion Advice (@fashion_nfl) November 12, 2023
When coaches tell their offensive linemen to "look for work," this is what they mean.
Oh my!!! ðŸ¥žðŸ¥ž pic.twitter.com/kEkGZV6Qwf— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) November 11, 2023
Thanks to @rockpoltrock for that one.
If you're a regular reader, you know I love uniforms. If you do, too, check out the Bets Dressed Blog. Each week, they rank the uniform matchups for each game. It's fantastic.
Oregon broke out the Shrinkinator.
Evidently, they let the Cardinals borrow it.
Maybe the Steelers, Jaguars, Steelers (again), Browns, Lions, Titans, Browns (again), and Cardinals should have held on to this guy...
Hang it in the Louvre.
This photo ðŸ”¥November 12, 2023
All hail the PASSTRONAUT.
Josh Dobbs is the story pic.twitter.com/MRWdKoN8RG— CJ Fogler account may or may not be notable (@cjzero) November 12, 2023
1. ðŸˆ Another week, another insane Dayton Wade catch.— Kendall Baker (@kendallbaker) November 13, 2023
And two more for the Vikings.
If they stay healthy, opposing quarterbacks can get used to this.
Play to the whistle.
Christian McCaffrey self-assesses after snapping his consecutive touchdown streak...
It's remarkable that catches like this are almost routine now. Still beautiful.
The struggle is real.
And Montgomery is fun.
#Lions RB David Montgomery shouted out Jameson Williams for the blocking on his 75-yard touchdown run.— Nolan Bianchi (@nolanbianchi) November 13, 2023
Says it takes “a lot of humility” to do that…but he was “a little hurt” by the fact Jamo caught up to him so easily.
“I'll suppress those feelings (until) later.” pic.twitter.com/Fh9ExAfZkb
College Station Monday.
Jimbo Fisher hearing they're gonna pay him $75 million to not work pic.twitter.com/KxeVgliuFB— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 12, 2023
Knock. It. Down.
12. ðŸˆ Hail Mary! Central Arkansas wins it!pic.twitter.com/1a2PVKydMl— Kendall Baker (@kendallbaker) November 13, 2023
Brandon Staley needs to go. Now. Justin Herbert and this offense deserve so much better.
That's a shame.
On that note, it feels like the win probability algorithm needs some adjustment for the Ravens.
The Ravens win probability peaked at 96.7% when leading 31-17 early in the fourth quarter during their Week 10 loss to the Browns.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) November 13, 2023
The Ravens have had at least an 85% win probability in all 3 of their losses this season.#CLEvsBAL | #RavensFlock pic.twitter.com/rHOCel9piV
Have a year, James Madison.
The only teams to be currently ranked in the AP Top 25 in both football and basketball:— Jake Marsh (@PMTsportsbiz) November 13, 2023
How bad are things in New England?
NFL teams are 266-1 when a team rushes for 150+ yards and the defense allows <10 points…— PointsBet: A Fanatics Experience (@PointsBetFBG) November 13, 2023
The lone losing team? The Patriots yesterday. pic.twitter.com/8Zy7Y1R1qq
I love the NFL pic.twitter.com/UkxPSf9rT4— FF Mike Kash (@FFMikeKash) November 13, 2023
I know nothing about Cricket, but this seems fun.
Greatest catch of all time and the crowd gave him nothing… pic.twitter.com/DL8tAWSBTg— Bitcoin Bay (@BitcoinBay_com) November 13, 2023
Warmup for those Thanksgiving Backyard games.
Unc said “Oh” ðŸ˜— Footballism (@FootbaIIism) November 14, 2023
"Siri, show me an elusive quarterback".
Lebron James complaining about a flop is rich.
"I really threw you to the ground like that J Jack?"— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 15, 2023
Bron had jokes for JJJ ðŸ¤£ pic.twitter.com/SB2j2xDksV
Music Note this week is a classic.
Jack White / The White Stripes / The Raconteurs are at the top of my favorite music.
"Carolina Drama" is an epic story from The Raconteurs.
The lyrics are classic poetry/storytelling, and I've copied them below.
If you're looking for an incredible live version, this one is killer as he's joined by mandolin legend Chris Thile.
Like all great stories, Carolina Drama has lots of intrigue. The final verses open new questions about the Milkman and there being more to the story. If you really want to go down a rabbit hole, some think it's connected to "Ask the Milkman" by The Pickens County Bandits.
And here's a fun blog post on the storytelling aspects of the song.
So good on so many levels.
Wrapping with this one.
Ravens tight end Mark Andrews is one of the best players in the game.
He's also a Type-1 Diabetic.
Here's a clip of him on the sidelines.
Ravens TE Mark Andrews has Type-1 Diabetes and has to check his blood sugar whenever he gets off the field. While off the field, he wears a continuous glucose monitor.— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) November 8, 2023
All while being an All-Pro TE in the NFL ðŸ‘ðŸ‘ pic.twitter.com/rOyEq8Vi4j
This makes me think of a couple of things.
One, that's badass is that Andrews is able to overcome a serious obstacle like Diabetes. It's a credit to him and his attitude and work ethic to see him not just deal with it but perform at a world-class level with it. It's easy, at least for me, to look around at successful people and imagine in my head that they've had the perfect situation dropped in their lap. I imagine they've had the ideal "hand of cards" in life dealt to them while I've got to overcome obstacles. The reality for almost everyone is we all have to overcome obstacles. Obviously, some are greater than others. But it helps me realize lots of people are overcoming.
The second point is a bit more nuanced and less obvious: Andrews is a great example of how we often don't know what the other person is dealing with. Andrews doesn't wave a special flag or draw extra attention to his Diabetes. I'd guess tons of NFL fans don't know he has it. And that's fine. But it's an illustration of just how many things and people are often right in front of us in plain sight, and we don't realize or understand their personal challenges. The guy who cuts you off in traffic might be in a toxic relationship. The woman who's rude to you in the store might be worried about a sick child. The kid that's bullying another kid might be bullied themselves somewhere else. You often just don't know.
And extending some grace and patience and kindness and empathy, even when it feels undeserved, is almost always the right move.
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.