Post L-Tryptophan Turkey Hangover Trash

Okay, Turkee day is over, as is Black Friday. I violated my rule of never going out on Black Friday once, to go to a grocery less than a mile away. I did watch The Match. The golf was interesting, the production of the event was total shit, and some of the “providers” are already refunding PPV fees people paid. What a clusterfuck. Phil won, both the match and the side bets, over Tiger. But it was very close. There should be no “gimmees” in this kind of match play, that was asinine. Make the golfers actually make their 5 foot putts. Oh well.

Oklahoma is probably going to be in the final four for the CFB playoff, and that is amazing for a team that cannot play a lick of defense. Washington State is out, having failed, sadly, to beat rival Washington on their home field for the Apple Cup. UCF keeps rolling even after apparently losing their starting QB in a still huge win over a very talented USF team. UCF has won every game over the last two years, has done so consistently against all comers, and still will not even sniff the CFB playoffs. That is wrong. They are more deserving of a berth than whatever Big-10 schlub wins the idiotic Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust Trophy between the overrated Michigan and overrated Ohio State today.

Hard to see Florida and Florida State amounting to much, nor Georgia Tech and Georgia. I guess Auburn and Alabama is a “big game”, but we all know what happens when an amateur tema like Auburn takes on a pro football franchise like Saban runs at Bama. One can only hope that USC can find the mettle to take out the Irish preeners, though I doubt it even though the game is a home one for the Trojans. Here in AZ, it is all about the “Territorial Cup”, the somewhat mythical, and inconsistently in play, “trophy” for the “big game” between ASU and UofA. It is Tucson this year, and “might” be an interesting game on FS1, but not a lot but state bragging rights are at issue.

On to the Pros. What with three key games on Thanksgiving, there is a smaller schedule this Sunday. Pats at the ButtFumbles should not amount to much, though the combined age of the two starting QB’s is like 192. Giants at Philly may be a better game that it looks; Good Eli has arisen and the Iggles look dead. Carolina is extremely tough at home, but Seattle is starting to look like they are on a roll. Bolts host the Cards in their soccer stadium, take the Chargers on that. Scribe’s Steelers at the Donkos may be good, but I just can’t see Denver taking out two better teams two weeks in a row.

Colts and Luck are rolling, will take a miracle for Miami to beat them at home in Indy. I, sadly, think the Packers are dead for this year, and a win in Minnesota would be a miracle. Kirk Cousins is not bad, at all, but he is no Aaron Rodgers, so it may be worth watching SNF. MNF is Titans at Texans. Titans really are improving, but not by the leaps and bounds Deshaun Watson, JJ Watt and the Texans have been. Take the Lone Star state here.

Music today by Queen. They seem to be everywhere lately, from the Bohemian Rhapsody movie play theaters nationwide, to multiple commercials on TV. But I am going to go with a little bit of the classic “Day At The Races” and, with a shoutout to Mike Pence, the song Tie Your Mother Down.

56 replies
  1. rosalind says:

    Thankful that tragedy was averted when one of UW’s band buses turned over on its side on its way to Pullman, with no deaths and (public info so far) only minor injuries. Hard to focus on the game after that. The kids were taken to a school auditorium in George, and townspeople brought over their left-over turkey dinners to feed them.

    • Rugger9 says:

      WSU also played “Bow down to Washington” in pregame and they left the stands open for them as well.  Nice touch.

  2. Pete says:

    Well, I am here to take my medicine from Marcy a day and half an late 4th quarter. Brutal OSU over the faded Blue. Could roll up 60+ points.

    But I did hear a new song/chant: “We don’t give a damn about the whole state of Michigan.”

    Next year maybe?

    I really only care about my son-in-law’s Badgers but they have been out of it for a while. But I don’t like Urban Meyer though would never wish his brain condition on anyone after having researched it a bit.

    • X says:

      Yes, that song is old in Columbus. The one we prefer is;

      Hell to the m*****f******s,

      Hell to the old c*****s*****s,

      Hell, hell Michigan the cesspool of  the world.

      And all topped off by Haskins breaking Big 1G passing yards record.

  3. Desider says:

    Saban is 7-4 against Auburn – certainly dominant, but certainly not a certainty. And the Eagles do like messing up the Tide’s New Year’s vacation plans here and there.

  4. bloopie2 says:

    I too watched The Match, and it was fun.  Ignore the announcing (most “games” are better that way; honestly, why should I care about what an announcer says?). “There should be no “gimmees” in this kind of match play, that was asinine.”  Disagree; this was play, not war.  Poor Packers, yes; I’ve come to actually feel for Aaron Rodgers after all these years of playing with a lesser bunch of teammates.

  5. Rayne says:

    You know what cracks me up, bmaz? That UMich kid you used for your image on front page is one of my kid’s friends. Fortunately my kid’s not at UMich.

    • Eureka says:


      I was out earlier in the cold November rain waiting for a ride.  So I ran through the various rain songs and happen to have one of the best picked out already, as if to prepare for this moment.

      Donna Summer – MacArthur Park – YouTube– a 2005 live (radio/performance short) version

      ADD: this means I am glad to see you, Happy Thanksgiving!

      • Rayne says:

        LOL I haven’t listened to Donna Summer let alone MacArthur Park in what seems like forever. That’s definitely not the extended disco cut which I must have danced to hundreds of times in my late teens.

        I think of this tune when it rains — and nice to see you, too, Eureka! Belated happy T-Day!

        • Eureka says:

          That is one of my favorite songs, period, and it NEVER entered my mind today.  Slipping, I am.  Look at Rayne, saving the day.  Once again.

          (ADD: and yes Ms Summer was dialing it in on that version, esp. at the outset. Still not a bad version though for 2005 and disco being long dead and all.)

    • bmaz says:

      Rayne – OMG. Had no idea you knew the kid. Kind of an iconic pic, he is probably never going to forget that. Ooof.

  6. punaise says:

    Dang, gotta boycott my beloved SF Giants until their racist majority owner crawls under a rock. (Despicable max contributions to the irredeemable Cindy Hyde-Smith from MS). I got yer San Francisco values right here, a-hole:

    Racist Friend
    The Specials

    If you have a racist friend
    Now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end
    Be it your sister
    Be it your brother
    Be it your cousin or your, uncle or your lover
    If you have a racist friend
    now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end
    Be it your best friend
    Or any other
    Is it your husband or your father or your mother?
    Tell them to change their views
    Or change their friends
    Now is the time, now is the time, for your friendship to end
    So if you know a racist who thinks he is your friend
    Now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end
    Call yourself my friend?
    Now is the time to make up your mind, don’t try to pretend
    Be it your sister
    Be it your brother
    Be it your cousin or your uncle or your lover
    So if you are a racist
    Our friendship has got to end
    And if your friends are racists don’t pretend to be my friend
    So if you have a racist friend
    Now is the time, now is the time for our friendship to end

  7. Peterr says:

    So next week is The Sweatervests vs the Fighting Journalists. Would love love love to see The Sweatervests reduced to a pile of lint.

    And put UCF in the CFB, FCOL!

  8. scribe says:

    Cruising the internets, I came across an awesome article:  while converting his old tapes to digital, a promoter found his cassette tape of one of Billy Joel’s first headlining concerts, from November 1973.  Part of a concert series sponsored/organized by a local free-form, prog-rock AM radio station (yes, AM), it was held in a old movie theater which had a stage, having been built to accommodate vaudeville, in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.  The attached video/audio does not replay the song (probably smart, copyright-wise, particularly since Billy Joel never released that song), but it does present Billy Joel interacting with a polite, enthusiastic audience.

    If you want to see who all played there (at least through ’76), read this:

    Pretty much a who’s who of pre-1976 prog rock.  Many you’ve heard of and who later filled stadia, received awards and such, some who disappeared without a trace.  Tuesday and Friday nights.  $4.50 or less to get in.

    Beats the hell out of rehashing the OSU-Mich. game, Ala.-Auburn, or any of the other football atrocities of yesterday.  And, yes, UCF deserves to be in the playoffs, and without expanding them.

    • scribe says:

      Not listed in the pdf, the original AC/DC played there (later in 76).  I heard their second show was worse than the first because they’d exhausted themselves.  Later in the series they’d have the bands play 2 shows, like 7:30and 10 pm, to accommodate the demand for seats.  So, you wanted to go to the later, second show, because the band could keep playing and leave it all on stage.  Not so with AC/DC.[email protected]/

  9. Pete says:

    I think the LSU Texas A&M football game score was incorrectly reported as a football game instead of basketball. OK – had to set a bunch of records with that score and 3 OTs.

  10. scribe says:

    OK, now that I shut down the discussion on rock music and Irish something involving points, I’ll shut it down on the No Fun League.

    The Noo Yawk papers have been crowing all week that “Gronk is Done”, as if that would help the hapless J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS get out of their own way.  Given the Noo Yawk green-whites have managed to get their new franchise QB injured (why am I not surprised?  They’re cursed, I tell you.)  I give them little chance against Biebs, Cheatin’ Bill and the rest of the Cheating Cheaters of Cheatertown.  Even without Gronk.

    On the other side of the Hudson, it’s G-Men v. Iggles.  Where do I get that “other side of the Hudson” stuff?  Well it’s a pretty well-known phenomenon, at least around NYC, that fans of the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS and the Mutts, teams known for losing, losing and losing some more while doing so in uniquely odd and embarrassing ways are concentrated in places like Queens, non-hipster Brooklyn, Long Island, i.e., all EAST of the Hudson.  (Hipsters are busy having whatever is the new trendy thing to eat following on the heels of $20 avocado toast.)  OTOH, the fanbase of the G-men and Yankees is more strongly concentrated in the Bronx and Jersey.  You can look it up.  FWIW, there are only team owners, wealthy expats hiding their money in the US and their local servants living in Manhattan, so they’re either not fans or too few in number or influence to count.

    Anyway, the G-Men will head down the Turnpike (or possibly take the Acela – a cross-promotion that gets run every now and again) to the Linc, to face an Iggles team hanging to its playoff life by a thread.  After the Owboys beat the ‘skins Thursday evening – during “I’ll have another slice of pumpkin pie” time – I have to tolerate that they are presently leading the NFC East and remain likely to do so.  Yes, Drew Fookin’ Brees and the hydra-headed monster that is the Saint’s O are scheduled to come to Jerryworld this coming Thursday and I fully expect them to win.  But without Alex Smith or his rightful replacement (Kaep – Fate should have dictated he replace Injured Alex yet again, because) under center, The ‘skins just don’t have the horsepower to overcome last week’s loss and the concomitant intra-division lead the Owboys now have.

    Speaking of Dallas, since reruns of the Adam West Batman series have disappeared from the airwaves (possibly for the first time in 50 years – I think so they can sell the DVD version), I’ve had to look around for other Saturday evening viewing.  One of the 4-digit cable channels plays reruns of the old b/w Avengers series at a decent hour.  Last night Steed and Cathy Gale infiltrated (and successfully broke up) a warlock’s coven cooperating with some agent with a vaguely-Eastern European accent trying to use the Dark Arts to steal state secrets.  One of the participants in the coven’s ceremonial dance looked like a younger Jerry Jones.

    It was him.  Prove me wrong.  Go ahead and try.

    Anyway, the Iggles have their problems with injuries and shaking off that Super Bowl Hangover.  I think they have no – count them, zero – uninjured cornerbacks active this week.  Even for a superannuated  Eli*, that translates to a good day passing.  Assuming the rain holds off.  Last week Saquon Barkley showed a glimpse of what he could be, scoring 3 TD.  I think this is one where The G-Men have a good chance of winning.

    I’ve waited to discuss my Stillers until now not for any good reason other than I’m lazy or something.  As one commentator said “Blake Bortles arm is only there for decoration.”  Problem is, but for that flag in the end zone negating another Ben INT (in the end zone with less than a minute left), the Jags win that game.  As someone wiser said:  “you might as well change their name from the Jags to the Rooneys, because they own the Stillers”.

    The same can be said about the Broncos, at least at Mile-High.  I can still see Tebow running riot over them in the playoffs a few years back, black-and-gold defenders looking as clueless as would Australopithecus in Times Square.  Or Michigan’s defense yesterday.  It’s seared into my cerebral cortex like the time I saw a motorcyclist wrap himself around a guardrail at 60 mph, about 50 yards in front of my car.

    I think there is something in the Stillers’ collective team memory about the Broncos and the many times the Stillers have lost to them at Mile High which plays itself out every time they go there.  They need to make sure they packed the offense before getting on the plane, and didn’t leave it in Pittsburgh like they did last Sunday.  Even so, I have to wonder whether the high altitude will play hell with the PV=nRT and make Ben & Co. flub passes they make at normal elevations.

    On another note, can we stop talking about Bad Teammate LeVeon Bell already.  Rather than Kaep, he’s the one deserving a blackball.

    Weather’s foul here.  Time to make turkey soup (and clear that frame out of the fridge).

    *From the geezer department, there was a bit on the TV this morning about a senior league hockey team still playing, calling themselves the Bald Eagles.  Yes, they check and yes, they lift shots.  Apparently, they’re all retired, grandfathers or both.  Their goalie is 85, had both hips replaced, and still manages to block shots.  He has announced his retirement, pending their finding a replacement.  Who has not yet shown up.  Badass.  Biebs, Brees, Eli all have a way to go.

    • bmaz says:

      Bad Eli has been the only  Eli for most of this season. That said, Good Eli has reared his head the last couple of weeks. As you say, the Eagles might as well be playing Dick Lebeau at corner (and he might could still do it). Yep all of their corners are injured, with their top four out altogether. It is so bad they were using receivers as corners for practice. Also, regarding Brady, he not only has Gronk back today, he has his entire real starting line intact for the first time since week 6 against the Chefs. Not picking the Jets in this thing.

    • Eureka says:

      I could not be more pleased that the Eagles pulled out of that (a/any) spiral.  And I don’t care that it was just the Gints.  Last week, I took Malcolm Jenkins’ helmet spike as a sign of the apocalypse.  Apparently it was more a sign that he was done, and was going to lead.  Simplify the D (under these circumstances!) and get control.  The win is more for self-determination than anything.  Yeah there is the Saquon Question, but I don’t think that explains the whole tale of the tape 2nd half.

      Fly, Eagles, fly!  Loon, Eureka, loon!

      *While I am looning, I do hope Nicky Six is staying sharp.   Lots about Wentz, including the wincing knee, has me wondering if we might see Foles again.

  11. Bay State Librul says:

    Papa is going to jail and Brady arrived at Met-Life Stadium without a limp.

    Good omen.

    Final Pats 35, Jets 21.

    Gronk I TD, 88 yds rushing, Brady 24-28, 315 yds, 2TDs

  12. scribe says:

    Gronk already has his TD – a nice play. Hochuli the Younger seems engrossed with his power as ref and is letting nothing go unflagged.

  13. Rusharuse says:

    Sport the opiate of the masses-
    Hey ya’ll, remember 2016? USA won the Ryder cup
    . . and candidate Trump told you how he would manage the national dept . . that’s right, Trump told you then he would fuck the economy . . but you was too busy watching the golf channel.

    • scribe says:

      Mad f’g brilliant TD by the Stillers – fake field goal, kicker Boswell takes the direct snap and zings a spiral to … OLT Alejandro Villanueva.  Wide open and waving in the end zone.  One of my favorite players.  People forget that when the the 6’9″ Villanueva (Bigger than Gronk) played football at West Point he did not play on the line.  He played WR and tight end.

      It was after he left active duty that he bulked up over the course of a year on the Stillers’ practice squad to where he was big enough to play the line.  The Army still has an “overweight” program, where your weight has to fall within an acceptable range for your height, lest you suffer career penalty (or end);  there are no 300 lb soldiers….

      • scribe says:

        Wow.  That 97 yd TD from Ben to JuJu was as good as it gets.  Deep in the end zone, throwing off the back foot as the defender crashes into Ben, dropping the ball into JuJu’s hands in stride 40 or so yards downfield, and JuJu outrunning a series of defenders.


        • scribe says:

          And, yes, I saw this loss coming and turned off before the midpoint of the 4th.  As Giselle, Sage of Football, said:  “You gotta catch the damn ball”.

  14. Jim White says:

    Well, the game may not have amounted to much for you, but the thrashing the Gators laid on the Noles was quite cathartic in these parts. I’m wondering now how may coach of the year votes Mullen will get. He actually turned Franks into something resembling a quarterback. That’s truly remarkable.

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