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Post Turkey Trash Talk

Welp, I am still wearing sweat pants because I am not sure any other pants fit again yet. Hope you all had a lot of good food, fun and family over the last few days too. So, how about some abbreviated Trash to round out the weekend?

First on the agenda, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the stunningly beautiful Yas Marina Circuit. The race has been in the can for about three hours now, but holy crap, what a race! Hamilton won, with Nico Rosberg finishing second, thus assuring Rosberg the Driver’s Championship for 2016. But what a race! Verstappen made another wild and incredible charge from the back of the pack all the way up to P3, before Sebastian Vettel made his own incredible and electrifying charge to overtake Verstappen and nearly catch up Rosberg. Hamilton was a jerk and intentionally drove slow in front hoping to screw his teammate Robsberg into getting passed by Vettel and Verstappen, which then would have given the championship to Hamilton. The racing and intrigue were edge of your seat thrilling the whole race. What a finish to the F1 season.

The Buckeyes beat Michigan in overtime yesterday in a hell of a game. Harbaugh may be right that his team got jobbed by the refs. USC easily beat Notre Dame, and may truly be one of the four best teams in the country right now, though they will never make the playoff series. Colorado beat Utah, and will play Washington for the Pac-12 championship. That should be a fun game. The SEC championship will pit Jim White’s improbable Gators against the goliath that is Alabama. Good luck Gators!

In the NFL, we have already been through the Thanksgiving Day slate so we will move on to the games left on the schedule. Cardinals are at the Falcons in an early game that merits watching. I think the Cards are dead, we shall see. Bolts at Texans could be interesting. Bolts are a little flaky, but so are the Texans, could be a great game. Patriots are at the Jets. Hard to see anything but a Pats win, but Brady and Gronk are both banged up, so you never know. The two night games are the really decent ones. SNF has the Chefs at the Broncos, both sporting 7-3 records. Now THAT is a game to look forward to. MNF has the Packers at the Eagles. Neither team tearing it up right now, but the game seems like an even matchup where anything could happen, and the two QB’s are worth watching.

So, that is it for today’s games. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Time for some leftover pie!

Bmaz is a rather large saguaro cactus in the Southwestern Sonoran desert. A lover of the Constitution, law, family, sports, food and spirits. As you might imagine, a bit prickly occasionally. Bmaz has attended all three state universities in Arizona, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State University, and with significant post-graduate work (in physics and organic chemistry, go figure) at both the University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Arizona. Married, with both a lovely child and a giant Sasquatch dog. Bmaz has been a participant on the internet since the early 2000’s, including active participation in the precursor to Emptywheel, The Next Hurrah. Formally joined the Emptywheel blog as an original contributing member at its founding in 2007. Bmaz grew up around politics, education, sports and, most significantly, cars; notably around Formula One racing and Concours de Elegance automobile restoration and showing. Currently lives in the Cactus Patch with his lovely wife and beast of a dog, and practices both criminal and civil trial law.
13 replies
  1. Rosalind says:

    ahem. “The Oakland Raiders aren’t just first place in the AFC West, but are at the top of the entire AFC conference.” The Raiders be resurgent. Respect shall be paid.

    (before passing out from the monkeypox for two days, managed to make T’day dinner out with family in Santa Monica. best meal i’ve had forever. food, service, ambience. *so good*)

    shall now return to the games on my teevee and some weird liquid falling from the sky i have yet to identify.

  2. bloopie2 says:

     
    To quote you from yesterday’s column:  “Don’t worry, the Brownies will win sooner or later”.  I truly do appreciate the support, it’s hard to come by, but it looks like it’s going to be later, they just had their usual fourth quarter implosion.  Anyhow, there’s a lot of expertise on this site; should they build offensive line or quarterback with their plethora of draft choices next year?
    PS when will the effects of the new F1 ownership be felt?

    • emptywheel says:

      I’d say O line. The Kitties, after all, are the precedent for this Brownies team. And as good a QB as Stafford is, he has always suffered from not having an O line.

  3. Peterr says:

    The Chefs are in a world of hurt, injury-wise.

    On offense, they are without starting receiver Jeremy Maclin which will strongly limit Alex Smith’s ability to throw downfield, and their running back corps is hurting as well. On defense, though, it is really brutal: LB Dee Ford is out, as is one of their D linemen — and another starting LB and two other starting linemen are doubtful. Throw in that starting (and amazing) CB Marcus Peters is definitely out, and the Donks will have a much easier time of it tonight — especially since they are coming off a bye week with time to rest and recouperate.

    The Chefs may still win, but it will be a much much uglier game on the Chefs side of the ball. If they do win, I predict it will be because TE Travis Kelce had one helluva game.

      • Peterr says:

        Santos putting the winning field goal through by banking it off the left upright in OT seems like the definition of winning ugly, but the Chefs fans will take it.

        The upcoming visits to Arrowhead by the Rayduhs (Th 12/8) and Donks (another Sunday night game on Xmas) should be something else.

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