Merry Christmas, everybody ... Merry Week 17 ... Merry no more dud games in a week ...
As you look at the wrapping paper, which was so meticulously folded a day ago, now resting in shambles next to the periwinkle mock turtleneck you got (or a brand new "Settlers of Catan" travel game), the holiday memories probably come flooding back of Tyco Racing Sets, Z Cavariccis and Enya CDs. Of course, there are football memories, too. The longest game ever played came on Christmas in 1971, when Don Shula's Dolphins outlasted Hank Stram's Chiefs. Kansas City's Ed Podolak had 350 total yards in that game. Don't ask me to tally up the fantasy points.
In a football sense, my most vivid Christmas memory came Dec. 25, 1995, when Dallas played at Arizona on "Monday Night Football." That year, it looked like the Cowboys and 49ers were headed for a fourth straight NFC Championship bout in San Francisco. The 'Boys did not want to have to play again at Candlestick, a place they had frankly beaten themselves in the year before with three early turnovers. As they boarded the plane for Phoenix, they found out that the pesky Falcons had just upset the Niners. Thus, a win in Arizona now meant home-field advantage. The city of Dallas would be electric that Christmas night, after watching the Cowboys trounce the Cards, 37-13. Kevin Williams, of all people (remember him?), caught nine balls for 203 yards and two touchdowns! Weird. Cool: That was also the night they filmed the famous Rod Tidwell touchdown scene for "Jerry Maguire." Go back and watch it. You'll see Troy Aikman, Dave Krieg and the great Larry Centers running all over the place.
It's show me the Santa time for so many fan bases whose teams are vying for playoff positioning. All we can offer here is a favorable ranking, if they were good this year. Take a gander below, send along your holiday football cheer ... @HarrisonNFL is the place.
Let the dissension commence!
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