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St. Louis football is fire
Who knows if this is the last season at the
Edward James Olmos
Edward Jones Dome, but I feel like the field literally bursting into flames is kind of a foreboding sign. The game was delayed when the on-site vacuum failed to properly remove burnt rubber pellets from the field in a timely manner.
Perhaps some better equipment would have helped ...
The Ryan Mallett Experience continues to be enjoyable
That leg kick! That "Eff everybody, I'm a god!" sideline glare! I want to bottle his essence and turn it into Axe body spray.
Here's the recommended way to watch the Dolphins this year
Did you know Joe Philbin is still the coach in Miami? Like, they willfully decided to bring him back for another season? Hope London doesn't have import limits on charisma!
What the what?
Um, solid burns? Unfortunately for the young man, Cromartie saw the online criticism.
My father is not a violent man. But Papa Hanzus would literally end me if I went to his office and pulled something like that. And here's the craziest thing: Jimmie Johnson's son is 24 years old.
This is what I call a top-shelf regional tailgating exercise
One potential negative: How the hell do you eat a lobster in a parking lot? There's a reason why hamburgers and hot dogs have stood the test of time in such settings.
You may recall ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski dropping this doozy in August 2013: "I truly believe Colin Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever. I love his skill set. I think the sky's the limit." He changes his tune officially after Kaepernick melted down with four interceptions (including two pick sixes) in a blowout loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.
Two things: First, let this be a reminder to take much of what you see and read in August with a grain of salt. There are a lot of hours to fill at that time, and only so much to talk about. Second, you'll notice Jaws doesn't even admit he was wrong. Rather, it was Kaepernick who has failed to make the most of his generous "toolset."
This doesn't feel quite fair. Back in the summer of 2013, I got sucked in by a couple of strong Brandon Weeden preseason games and declared the then-Browns QB would throw 30 touchdowns. I was stupid, and possibly on drugs. But I didn't blame my failure on Weeden's inability to reach his potential. I simply got it wrong ... and I owned up to it! It's OK to be wrong. Forget the spin zone.
I cannot love this enough ...
More: "Why can't they just stop fighting all the time?" Luck then reportedly began trembling after hearing a loud crash followed by a disconcerting silence."
Let's get social
Wait a second, J.J.
OK, let's unpack this. Watt was born in 1989, which means he was a toddler during the SBTB glory years of the early 90s. Could he have caught up on the show in syndication as an adolescent? PERHAPS, but Watt's demographic typically skews away from Bayside and toward the wretched, overrated, basic Boy Meets World as the generation's kitsch, youth-oriented nostalgia fix.
What's my point? I'm not sure. I suppose I'm just annoyed that Watt is getting flirtatious social media messages from Tiffani-Amber Thiessen while legitimate fans (LIKE ME) have nothing to show for their loyal fandom other than an intricate knowledge Rod Belding's ulterior motives and a wildly crappy Lifetime movie based off a trashy tell-all book written by Screech.
Chalk this up to just more evidence of the privilege afforded to rich, famous, transcendentally talented professional athletes. Stop appropriating my culture, bro.
Oh dude, give it a rest
Instagram of the week
Is there any question that Ciara is in total control of this relationship?
Quote of the Week, Part I
"I don't know the details. What he was asking for, I don't know. I like the guy. He's a good guy."
Quote of the Week, Part II
"Some may say that's a little over the top or whatnot, but it didn't really cost that much, so why not? We're basically trying to replicate everything that we're doing here over there."
-- Jets senior manager of team operations Aaron Degerness, on why the team brought 350 rolls of toilet paper to use in place of the thinner toilet paper available in England.
Hero of the Week: Pats fan who was given Brady's 400th touchdown ball
Brady and the Patriots could've been in an uncomfortable situation if the fan in possession of the ball -- a longtime season ticket holder named David Bowen -- had held the pigskin hostage for a king's ransom. (Ask A-Rod how fun that is.) But the fan quickly returned the ball, and was rewarded for his act of decency with the chance to meet Brady himself.
"He was very generous, he was very nice to us," Bowen said, per the Boston Herald. "It was overwhelming, it's something I'll remember forever."
Until next time ...