Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide.
It was a good week for ...
3. Sara Bareilles' royalty earnings: HONESTLY, I WANT TO SEE YOU BE BRAVE!
It was a bad week for ...
1. Eli Manning: Does anybody else find it strange that Elisha is getting a free pass? Manning -- coming off a five-pick meltdown against Seattle -- is making a late push for the NFL's single-season interception record.
What the What?
A group of 49ers fans have reportedly raised the necessary funds to erect a billboard less than a mile away from CenturyLink Field. This is the image that will glow above the misty gray of the Pacific Northwest. Oh brother.
This is just the latest in the great NFL billboard craze of the 2010s. You might remember back in January, when Clear Channel erected a billboard in Boston promoting the AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Ravens as "Ray's Retirement Party." After Lewis and the Ravens won, a response billboard went up in Baltimore, followed by Clear Channel tail-between-its-legs retort. It was all pretty exhausting.
And who's to blame for all this billboard madness? Why Tim Tebow, of course. You can't say the man hasn't left behind a legacy.
Instagram of the week
How can you not feel for Gronk right now? He's like a puppy with one of those lamp shade things around its neck. Just sad.
Quote of the Week
"I hope that Steeler player loses his house and has to live in his car."
Hero of the Week: Carson Palmer
Daryn Colledge (@DarynColledge71) December 20, 2013
Villain of the Week: Fantasy Twitter Idiots
There is a fundamental disconnect between you and society if you're wishing serious injury on a stranger so you win your semifinals matchup against Ken in accounting. Pull it together.
"Shut It Down" -- Charles P. Pierce, Grantland
Pierce breaks down a lost season in Washington and explains how Robert Griffin III has become "the bill being debated, the land-use rider for which the bribes have not yet been clearly worked out." Great stuff.
"The Official 2013 NFL Touchdown-Celebration Audit" -- Geoff Foster, Wall Street Journal
The top five most common touchdown celebrations in 2013:1. Celebrate with team/do nothing notable (26.5 percent)
2. The "Jump and Bump" (11.3 percent)
3. Dance (9.3 percent)
4. Signature move (9.1 percent)
5. Spike the football (6.9 percent)
Look at the spike holding its own!
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