Cheers for Hail Mary glory; jeers for tattoos with typos


Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide.

It was a good week for ...

1. Aaron Rodgers: Sure, the Lions had to mess up about 12 different ways for the play to work, but that might be the most gorgeous Hail Mary throw on record. Mike McCarthy agrees.

2. J.J. Watt: Two more sacks on Sunday, a solid Sound FX segment, and again on pace to challenge Michael Strahan's phony sack record. Go get it, Justin James!

3. Odell Beckham: The Giants star probably did a hyper-athletic backflip when he learned Darrelle Revis wouldn't be playing in Sunday's NY-NY battle. OBJ gonna feast.

It was a bad week for ...

1. Jim Caldwell: One play might have cost him any shot at keeping his job. Oof.

2. Every Lions fan: I'm starting to have serious regrets about not having you higher on the Pain Rankings.

3. Kid Rock: I assume he was super bummed out in his Grosse Pointe mansion last night.

Honoring the saddest fans at Ford Field during CBS telecast




Remembering Browns quarterbacks

When Austin Davis takes the field on Sunday (way to go messing that one up, Browns), he'll become the 24th starting quarterback for Cleveland since they returned to the league in 1999. Let's look back at those who have come before Davis, Oscars-memoriam style:

(H/t to Ed Vino and the video team for this. The respectful applause got me 24 times.)

Someone help Mike Carey

Listen, no one's going to beat Mike Pereira at the "officiating expert" role on TV. That Tito's-slugging paisan is the best in the business. It's part of the reason the clones that have popped up on CBS and ESPN come off as particularly superfluous.

And that's where Mike Carey enters the conversation.

There were a few moments during Sunday's Seahawks-Steelers telecast where Carey flailed, but the most entertaining/awkward moment occurred midway through the fourth quarter during an official review of a long Markus Wheaton reception.

Nantz: "Watch this though Mike (slow-motion replay clearly show Wheaton bobbling ball). "I'm not on that ... I'm not agreeing with that."
Carey: "Uhh-kay."

Moments later, Simms tries to cover for his fallen colleague: "Well Mike, I can hear you're a little under the weather. Way to tough it out."

Under the weather! As if Carey is sweating profusely on a cot at the CBS studios with a stick mic and wicked case of typhoid fever. This was great, great television and I'm so happy to be alive.

What the what?

This can't be real, can it? You're not crazy if you think Brock Osweiler is a better option at quarterback than Peyton Manning. You are crazy if you're a Broncos fan and you're not at all concerned that an obvious typo got through the copy editor at Osweiler's local tattoo parlor.

Osweiler's triceps look like the YouTube comment section for a Justin Bieber video. This makes me re-think everything about Denver's Super Bowl chances.

Real class act, that Tom Brady

So thankful for everyone's support this year... Happy Thanksgiving to all! #TurkeyTom

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, November 26, 2015

"Hey, I've got an idea. I'm going to dress up like a literal monster and scare my children out of ever trusting me again!" This is your hero, New England. Drink it up.

In other Patriots icon news ...

...I'll be back!

Posted by Rob Gronkowski -Gronk on  Wednesday, December 2, 2015

You have to hand it to Rob Gronkowski's social media handlers, who took that bone bruise in his knee and really ran with it this week.

Viral images with T2 callbacks, selfie video updates, it was a media assault for maximum clicks. Related: I love Bleacher Report trying to take The Players' Tribune corner with "UNINTERRUPTED". I'm just going to start a website called REPORTERS ARE GARBAGE WHO CAN'T BE TRUSTED.

Life is so tough for Packers fans

How do you guys even get out of bed with all the pain in your life? You're like the pages of Angela's Ashes sprung to life in middle America.

Vine Of The Week

The unaltered video is a gem in its own right:

This is what you get for losing the bucket game

That's Matt Barkley, running the length of the field at University of Phoenix Stadium in "Gatorade Chaps" after losing a practice throwing competition. Drew Stanton, who dreamed up the costume, is a wicked man.

"You never know what the guys are going to think of," Barkley said. "We've gone through almost every iteration that we can that's legal. I feel like mine was almost illegal."


Quote of the Week, Part I

"I'm into Coldplay. Their music is pretty awesome, so I think it would be a fun halftime show for everyone."

-- Andy Dalton, the Coldplay of NFL quarterbacks, on his love of Coldplay

Hero of the Week: The Hooded One

I know I give Bill Belichick a hard time, but I'm going to miss the big lug when he's gone. Here's Peak Belichick, crushing a reporter under his foot just for the fun of it. He is an assassin of mirth.

Until next time ...