Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. ATL's Dan Hanzus serves as your guide.
It was a good week for ...
1. Donovan McNabb: The former Eagles quarterback wasn't booed during the halftime ceremony that retired his No. 5 on Thursday night. The fact that this ever was in question neatly sums up a.) McNabb's unique career and b.) the bizarre sociology of Philadelphia.
2. Philip Rivers: There once was a time when Rivers was being called a washed-up has-been. That roughly was 13 days ago. Now he's turning back the clock like it's the mid-2000s. Put on some Hoobastank, and let's get nostalgic!
(Tangentially related note: Did you know Hoobastank released a greatest hits album in 2009? How is this possible?)
3. Alan Williams: On the same glorious Wednesday, the Vikings' defensive coordinator learned that the Browns would enter Sunday with Brian Hoyer at quarterback and Willis "The Giants Picked Brandon Jacobs Over Me" McGahee at running back. Williams can game plan between courses at Red Lobster on Saturday night.
It was a bad week for ...
2. Chip Kelly: Last week, in this very space, I wrote that Chip Kelly was one blowout win over the Chargers from earning Balboa status in Philly. There have been two grim losses since then. Is The Revolution already over?
3. All the Bucs: Heartbreaking defeats, a coach on the hot seat, a quarterback without a supporter and a franchise star already having second thoughts about coming to town. Other than that, things are great!
Tweet of the week
OMG...the Earth is SHAKING!!!!! Shock and AWE is coming VERY SOON!!!!!!!â Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) September 18, 2013
This day of MONSTER TRADE,The Tidal Wave Of Deal making...Shocks the system of "..Didn't see THIS ONE COMING!!!!!!" Grig's Rollin' Dice!â Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) September 18, 2013
That trade, of course, was the Colts sending a first-round pick to the Browns for running back Trent Richardson. Covering the NFL is a lot more fun with Jim Irsay around. He's like the rollicking uncle who spices everything up at family parties. The man needs a reality show.
While we're on the topic of the T-Rich trade
Felt like the right time to bring this back. One of the best videos ... pretty much ever.
What the What?
But know this about Sherman: The guy values the spotlight more than any contemporary in the NFL. Case in point: After Sunday's win, he told NFL Media's Michelle Beisner that Harbaugh had blown him off after the game.
"I told him good job and good game. He didn't give me nothing back," he explained. "I guess sportsmanship doesn't go both ways."
Of course, if you watched the encounter when it aired live, you know Sherman tapped Harbaugh from behind, said something quickly, then immediately jogged in the opposite direction. By the time Harbaugh turned around, Sherman was long gone.
The point being, Harbaugh never had a chance to respond, rendering Sherman's criticism of his former coach's "sportsmanship" completely invalid. It's not enough for Sherman to be the best cornerback, he also wants to be the story. This is kind of annoying.
Hero of the Week
Villain of the Week
Mother Nature: C'mon lady. Three weather stoppages in two weeks? You know humans don't do well with lightning. Stop with all the lightning. As a people, we're over lightning.
» "Yeah, But Can He Make It in the Pros?" -- Greg A. Bedard, TheMMQB
One thought: Tebow is a dinosaur. Johnny Manziel is football's new fascination. The difference, of course, is that Johnny Football might actually have a shot in the NFL.
Until next time ...