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From Wednesday before the Lions game:
I have bad news for the lions :(— Jay Cuda (@JayCuda) November 22, 2023
since the afl/nfl merger, they are 0-12 (.000) on thanksgiving when the moon is in a waxing gibbous phase. tomorrow is a waxing gibbous pic.twitter.com/IlKqXH5cgr
This is just mean.
Well played, Dallas.
Stashing the Turkey Legs in the Salvation Army Kettle was next level.
Sometimes, you just need to ask.
I've no idea where it'll go from here or how long it'll last, but Tommy DeVito in New York is fun.
It's a vibe.
Thanks to Jake Bryant for that one.
More Daron Bland insults.
Cowboys CB Daron Bland has more touchdowns this season than… pic.twitter.com/S66f4vh7VE— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) November 24, 2023
The emphasis on the "t" is everything.
When offensive line coaches dream.
Literally made a stack of pancakes lmaooo ðŸ¥žpic.twitter.com/S1wLtKV0q3— Football Is Life (@FootbaIl_Tweets) November 25, 2023
OU running into the SEC like… pic.twitter.com/kedGmbcBdd— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 25, 2023
This is about as random as it gets. But made me smile.
you dont see beautiful scenes like this anymore pic.twitter.com/nHG0lFJISz— derek guy (@dieworkwear) November 20, 2023
Another year, another Ryan Day loss to Michigan pic.twitter.com/PmuFDXlCh2— Cover 3 Film Room (@Cover3FilmRoom) November 25, 2023
I know everyone loves Gus Johnson, but forcing a made-up name so hard seemed odd.
Never having to hear Gus Johnson say Maserati Marv ever again is an ideal outcome from this game— Derrike (@derrike) November 25, 2023
Random Shots Head Coach. #Winning.
Mike McDaniel's response to Jets fans heckling him about standing next to the heater on the sideline ðŸ’€ pic.twitter.com/hC7y7t23sq— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) November 25, 2023
Michigan trying to play the tough scrappy "BE CAREFUL WHO YOU MAKE THE VILLIAN!" card Saturday was fun.
Dude. You're one of the most blue-blood programs in the country and got pinched for breaking the rules and stealing signs. I don't disagree; the rules are dumb. But I don't make the rules.
Jim Harbaugh and Connor Stailons watching the Ohio State/Michigan game today pic.twitter.com/GNWyYGqhXj— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) November 25, 2023
Exactly no one thinks you're a "Villain". You guys get little gold stars on your helmet for showing up to practice. Same as Ohio State.
And, yes, I know what they mean. Still looks like Junior High.
I'm a big fan of the NFL and how they do their business. They're obviously wildly successful and seem to make the right calls.
But this feels dumb. And wrong.
Almost 5% of my salary. I'm hurtingg https://t.co/vwrC1LPDk5— Amon-Ra (@amonra_stbrown) November 25, 2023
J.J. Watt is right.
"General rule of thumb: If you have to watch the video multiple times to try figuring out which person did something wrong and you still can't figure it out, we probably shouldn't be taking $43,709 from someone.
"This. Is. Stealing. Money."
"If cornerbacks could catch the ball, they'd be wide receiv..."— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) November 26, 2023
Thanks to Bob Henry for that one.
Caleb Williams and Marvin Harrison Jr. thinking about the NFL Draft.
Tom Brady is still the greatest. But Alex Smith did not hold back. And spoke truth. Several things can be true.
Schedule (and Division) matter a lot.
Rex Ryan was priceless.
Alex Smith just made excellent points about Tom Brady's "the NFL is worse" take while side-swiping two former Patriots and accidentally obliterating a former head coach of the Jets AND Bills. Immaculate television. pic.twitter.com/WsCBx9Y58b— Joshua Brisco (@jbbrisco) November 26, 2023
Alabama's Jalen Milroe thinks he deserves the Heisman.
JALEN MILROE WAS HYPE AFTER ALABAMA'S WIN— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) November 26, 2023
"GIVE ME THE HEISMAN. GIVE ME THAT MF" ðŸ˜¤
Or maybe put up more points so you don't have to pull off a miracle play to beat an unranked team on the last play?
I'll never get tired of the "Walk-On gets a scholarship" clips.
Walk-on Grady Gross hit the game-winning field goal for Washington in the Apple Cup…— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) November 26, 2023
Then he got a scholarship postgame ðŸ‘ pic.twitter.com/DgTJeBkIdh
How does the league allow this uniform matchup?
I felt this one a bit too much.
Not great, Diontae.
Good effort, Diontae! ðŸ™Œ pic.twitter.com/HJ7cytCMP5— Benstonium (@Benstonium) November 26, 2023
Offense is fun and flashy and sells tickets. But great defense is beautiful.
A picture-perfect stop.
At the end of the day, the NFL is a television show. And the television show is much better with quality quarterbacking.
The #NFL really has us watching these QBs today…— jaden mcdaniels real account (@jmcdaniels69) November 26, 2023
- Derek Carr
- Danny DeVito
- Jake Browning
- Bryce Young
- Kenny Pickett
- Gardner Minshew
- Mac Jones AND Bailey Zappe
- Desmond Ridder pic.twitter.com/iq94mHzdQP
Literally a game of inches.
I'm no offensive coordinator. But I'd probably put someone on T.J. Watt.
Nobody wanted to block TJ Watt ðŸ˜‚pic.twitter.com/6Cof3H4UO6— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 26, 2023
The Steelers certainly seem glad to be without Matt Canada.
Remember when we were worried about Ja'Marr Chase catching passes?
Now he's doing this while also holding his mouthguard.
Jameis Winston keeps getting better.
Thanks to Jake Bryant for that one.
I think this writer is on to something.
I feel like I trust Gardner Minshew more the higher the stakes are. Like, if we needed a win for Russia to release an American soldier, I feel like he'd go for about 375 yards and four touchdowns. Some men are called to a higher purpose. He can't get up for the Jaguars like that. pic.twitter.com/MnaeIxBWPM— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) November 26, 2023
Maybe people forget how athletic and tough it was to bring down a younger Ben Roethlisberger.
Bills fans should do cartwheels if Allen turns in a career like Roethlisberger's.
- Three Super Bowl Appearances
- Two Super Bowl Rings
- 5th all-time in NFL career passing yards
- 8th all-time in touchdowns
- 5th in completions
- Fourth-highest career winning percentage (.710) as a starter in the regular season among quarterbacks.
- One of six quarterbacks in NFL history to have beaten at least 31 of the current 32 NFL teams.
Ludacris in the Georgia Dome.
I Got Some Georgia Dome Today ðŸŸï¸ pic.twitter.com/OX37Lky3J5— Ludacris (@Ludacris) November 26, 2023
Scott Hanson was not leaving his post.
Scott Hanson still in the studio while the fire alarm is going off like a true pro pic.twitter.com/LFf7R3yF8v— Gifdsports (@gifdsports) November 27, 2023
Guy literally was living the meme.
True meaning to this meme pic.twitter.com/WIKCdvOoWk— Mark B â›³ï¸ ðŸ‡ðŸ‡· (@Belasic_Mark) November 27, 2023
The correct response to criticism.
The internet spent much of Saturday creating a story about division between Brian Daboll and defensive coordinator Wink Martindale.
Daboll seemed ok with disappointing folks looking for drama.
Brian Daboll put this rumor to bed pic.twitter.com/KGRINqmM8P— JM Football (@JomboyMediaFB) November 26, 2023
Hang in there, Marquise.
He still felt the same way after the game. "It was ass."
Then he immediately went to "My fault, my fault" after realizing it slipped. He seems like a legitimately fun guy.
Will Levis used "capitulate" instead of "matriculate" and apologized to all his former English teachers. Love it.
Thanks to Jake Bryant for that one.
The line of the week came from The Athletic: "An NFL team won last night by scoring zero touchdowns in a game that featured 22 combined points. Iowa's influence, clearly."
Every game matters.
Man, #Titansâ€¯â€¯â€¯ are 2 games away from wildcard and also 2 games away from #2 pick.— Sandy (@sandyleefromTN) November 28, 2023
The casualness of "Extra Point".
Brian Daboll looks like he's selling Christmas trees.— Jason Gay (@jasongay) November 26, 2023
Now that here is a Fraser fir pic.twitter.com/vwJrbAgL6N
I did offensive line coaches earlier. This is what it looks like when long-snappers dream.
Music Note Of The Week is a nod to my Texas roots. Stevie Ray Vaughan was the greatest guitar player I ever saw play live. And I was fortunate to get to see him plenty. I don't think I can pick a favorite, but his cover of Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child (Slight Return) has to be near the top. Vaughan commented in a 1985 interview: "I love Hendrix's music ... and I just feel it's important for people to hear him."
Bonus points for the Snakeskin boots and playing behind the back at the 2:50 mark.
And just a reminder, music has a broad appeal...
Do animals like music?— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) November 28, 2023
Studies found they enjoy specially designed sounds using pitches, tones and tempos that are familiar to a particular animal's species.
Diana Gómez, for example, has found a way to gather deer, by playing Bach.
Wrapping with this one.
Earlier this year, the Dolphins played in Germany, and Random Shots Head Coach Mike McDaniel had this fun exchange with a reporter.
Had a fun back and forth with Mike McDaniel at the press conference today. If 11 year old me back in the early 1980's with his ear pressed to Armed Forces Radio trying to listen to NFL games had had been told this sort of thing would have happened I'd never have believed it true. pic.twitter.com/iL0o2E6i77— Simon Clancy (@SiClancy) November 3, 2023
The reporter, Simon Clancy, obviously knew his football, and Mike McDaniel was duly impressed. Clancy noted in his tweet how he'd been following the game for a long time, and he was clearly thrilled to be in this position. The lesson for us is to stick with the things you love. You'll get better and more competent in the subjects you put effort into. Whether it's football or cooking or parenting or your relationships or whatever, put the work in. Get better. Rinse and Repeat. Rock on, Simon Clancy. And hats off to Mike McDaniel for showing respect.
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