In lieu of a gift at the end of this month, I wonder if you could instead hold off until the end of next month. You see, as a football fan, all I want for Christmas is a great Super Bowl 50 (and if I can push my luck, I'd like my January '16 stocking filled with entertaining postseason treats).
I promise I've been more nice than naughty this year, no matter what Peyton or Kobe or Andy Dalton might say to the contrary. And make no mistake, Mr. Claus: I've noticed your elves have already been hard at work at constructing a compelling playoff picture. (Except for this guy, of course. Might be time to ship him off to the Island of Misfit Toys.)
Trust me, Santa, no one would blame you for looking past your upcoming third shift in the sky and ahead to January. The wild-card round alone offers dreamy possibilities: Famous Jameis vs. Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau? The Seahawks returning to D.C., where their dynastic run began against a hobbled RGIIIthree Januarys ago? Round 3 for AFC North foes Pittsburgh and Cincy? Alex Smith's Chiefs looking for redemption in Indy two years after the pair's classic wild-card shootout? Revis Island transported a mile high to try and stop Brock and/or Peyton?
Hallelujah! And that's just the first round!
But back to my initial wish: A great Super Bowl, something befitting of the golden anniversary of America's biggest sporting event.
Full disclosure, I'm a Steelers fan (but you already knew that -- thanks again for the black-and-gold footie jammies last year), but even being as objective as possible, I can't think of a more spirited SB50 than Pittsburgh vs. Arizona (no pass under 20 yards counts!) ... but of course, here in reality, the Steelers may get nothing more than a lump of coal if they don't win out this month.
Because this is the season of giving, I'm sending you the wishes of some other members of the football faithful for Feb. 7 ...
Completing the circle. I like it!
Great game (but bad uniform matchup).
You'll get no arguments from me, The Dude.
Just wanna make sure you saw this one again, Santa.
Santa's magic ... but there are limits.
Let's get to this week's games.
WARNING: Do NOT continue reading if you don't want to know the final scores of the Week 14 games.
(1-0 this week, 10-6 last week, 119-72 on the season)
R. Wilson: 2 TD passes, TD rush
M. Schaub: Schauby
J. Jones: ALL the targets
J. Stewart: 120 yds, TD
J. Reed: 7 rec, 90 yds
A. Jeffery: 8 rec, 130 yds
A. Brown: 2 TDs
T. Eifert: 2 TDs
B. Gabbert: 300 yds, TD, INT
J. Manziel: 320 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INT
F. Gore: 75 yds, TD
M. Lee: 60-yd TD rec
S. Johnson: 60 yds, TD
C. West: 90 yds, TD
D. Green-Beckham: 100 yds, TD
E. Decker: 85 yds, TD
G. Tate: 2 TDs
T. Austin: 65-yd TD
C. Spiller: 110 yds/scrimmage
M. Evans: 3 TDs
D. Carr: TD, 3 INT
DEN D: 6 sacks
J. Witten: 8 rec, 80 yds, TD
A. Rodgers: 4 TDs
Pats' D: 7 sacks
D. Hopkins: 2 TDs
O. Beckham: 9 rec, 130 yds, TD
J. Landry: 8 rec, 100 yds, TD
Enjoy Week 14, everybody! I hope your team wins (unless they're playing my team).