Seven things I learned over this Thanksgiving weekend
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Seven things I learned over this Thanksgiving weekend

I learned about sports and food... and dumb refs, again.

Happy #CyberMonday.  Let’s do it…

1. Okay, I’ve had two nights to sleep on it now, and I’m still coming to the conclusion that the finish to the Iron Bowl, given the stakes, is the best finish to a football game, ever.  Anyone have a better candidate?  Let me know in the comments section if you do.  I can’t think of one.

2. Mike Tomlin’s “moment on the sideline” is fantastic.  Now, that, to me, was an accident.

However…

3. Jason Kidd’s ridiculousness was not.  What an idiotic ploy by a coach.  One of the most embarrassing I’ve ever seen.  He is really fortunate that he did that over a holiday weekend.  I would hope he’d be roasted a lot worse than he was had it not been.

4. I can go a whole Thanksgiving weekend without any desserts whatsoever.  

Pumpkin pie.  Pumpkin roll. Bread pudding. Peach cobbler. Pecan pie.

I ate none of it. I amazed myself.  I didn’t think I’d be able to do that.  This is certainly the first Thanksgiving in my memory in which I did not gain a pound.  Now, if I can do that during the Christmas holiday or not still remains to be seen.

5. Ravens-Steelers is always going to be close.  It just is.  If either team is favored by more than a field goal, ever, than this is a forever-standing #EZMoney pick: take the underdog.

6. Do people really have a problem with Michigan coach Brady Hoke going for the two-point conversion to end the game against Ohio State?  If you missed it, Michigan had scored a touchdown with under a minute left in the game to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 42-41.  Instead of kicking the extra point and going to a surefire overtime period, Hoke decided to go for the win.  I thought that’s what you did in football, especially when you really don’t have much to for which to play–like Michigan.  If you got a problem with it, we can’t be friends.

7. The Redskins got screwed at the end of the game.  Screwed by themselves with all of the dropped passes, and screwed by the refs.  In the no-huddle offense, after a 2nd down completion right at the chains, at least one ref signaled for a first down for the Redskins.  The Skins go to the line thinking they’ve got 1st-and-ten.  Skins QB Robert Griffin III threw a deep pass that fell incomplete (it was dropped).  The refs effectively changed their minds and decided that it was 4th down.

If the Skins had known that the refs were going to change their mind, one would assume they would’ve tried to gain the couple of inches they would’ve needed on 3rd down instead of passing the ball deep.  On the next play, Pierre Garcon can’t hold on to a pass and it’s intercepted.  Game over, but that should’ve ended quite differently.  It’s on the refs (even the “chain gang girl” knows it) and it’s on themselves for all of those drops.

Did I miss anything?  And did you come up with a better finish than the Iron Bowl yet?  Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

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