Random Shots - Week 12
by Joe Bryant
November 21st, 2012

Hi Folks,

We do a lot of really insightful, thoughtful and serious features here at Footballguys with some very smart people thinking deeply for you. This is not one of those features.

This is a few pages of me downloading my goofy and dysfunctional mental hard drive that gets stuffed with way too many random items from too many hours watching, reading about and listening to football every weekend and throughout the week. It's the only way I keep relatively sane. Here's hoping it has a tiny bit of value for you. Let's go.

First things first. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us at Footballguys. I'm thankful for lots of things. One big thing is the opportunity I'm blessed with each week to get to share eight pages of goofy (mostly) Football thoughts I've seen through the week. Thank YOU for making that possible for me. You rock.

And here's a Thanksgiving thought. We've all seen the Norman Rockwell painting below.

It's easy to get a subconscious picture or expectation in your head that your Thanksgiving ought to look like this one. Guess what? Probably not happening. Rockwell wasn't big on the goofy uncle or the crotchety grandfather or the screaming nephew. He didn't do dry turkey or the mystery casserole your aunt brings. And that's cool. Your family is what it is. Truth be told, it's probably a lot more interesting and fun than the shiny happy faces in the painting. Enjoy it for what it is. And isn't. If you've got some chairs that are empty this year like I do, hang tough and remember the fun times you had when they were here. Gather in, pull together, be thankful for what you've got and enjoy the day.

Wishing you Peace and Grace and may God Bless you on this Thanksgiving.

Now let's get to it.

Nice one from Photobomb Master Aaron Rodgers.

The trouble with attaching iconic articles to a team is that opposing teams get sick of seeing them. And more to the point, they love to throw whatever it is back in your face if they get the opportunity. Few items are more associated with a team than Pittsburgh is with their "Terrible Towels".

Ray Rice seemed to enjoy this Sunday.

LaMarr Woodley didn't like it.

Woodley posted on his Twitter feed: "Bad idea ray just ask lendale white and tj whosyourmama."


Random Shots favorite Jay Cutler didn't play this week so we'll have to get our Cutler fill with one of the best commercials going right now. Love the "Really?"

Here's a Random Shots prediction for you. The next big change for football is you'll see the kickoff taken completely of the game in response to injury, specifically concussion, concerns. Not saying it's right or that I like it. I'm saying it'll happen. One day.

I wrote not long ago here that you didn't need to be a lip reader to know Washington defensive back DeAngelo Hall would be lighter in the wallet after cursing an official.

ESPN's Adam Schefter wrote that when reporters approached Hall after practice regarding his $30,000 fine, Hall said only "back up off me, bro."

Music note of the week. I'm off to Atlanta Wednesday night for a road trip with my son to see my favorite Rock Band Manchester Orchestra, along with Cage The Elephant, Grouplove and a whole slew of bands at The Stuffing. It's a cool event Manchester Orchestra puts together with bands they dig.

I may include some of these bands later but this week, wanted to call out a guy I just came across recently, Joshua James. He's a singer songwriter with a very cool vibe. A bit like Ryan Adams or Ben Howard.

Ghost In The Town is a great song and nice video. I like Mother Mary too. And you might have heard Coal War if you're a fan of Sons Of Anarchy. Check him out.

My Buddy Paul Charchian had this Sunday night, "The Texans score 34 points against the awful Jaguars run defense, and Arian Foster has 60 yards and zero touchdowns. Go figure." This is a tough game sometimes.

Note to Brandon Jacobs. I get that you're not playing. But save the "Never work in a place where you hate your boss so much, you should always be happy at work. #YouLiveAndYouLearn." tweet for a day when your (wildly popular) boss isn't undergoing a heart procedure.

Jacobs later displayed backpedaling skills that might get him on the field as a defensive back.

We should create a combo feed from Jacobs and Marcus Vick.

A few weeks after Vick went off on the Eagles prompting a meeting from Michael Vick, the younger brother was it again Sunday. Marcus posted this jab to Andy Reid on his Twitter feed: "Yeaaaaa! Try everything n your handbook to save your ass FATBOY!!!!"


Mike Ditka suffered a "minor stroke" this week. The good news is that he looks to be fine now.

My Buddy Jeremy Johnson had this for me, "This just in: the grim reaper came today for Ditka. It wasn't even close. Ditka kicked the crap out of him so bad that the reaper begged for mercy and asked if Ditka would accept a stroke. Ditka allowed it to happen because the reaper was so pitiful, weeping like a child. The stroke took 2% of Ditka's brain capacity. Now, the stroke that attacked Ditka is the second most knowledgeable football entity on earth."

God Bless Bears Fans.

Steelers safety Ryan Clark wore a special oversized helmet Sunday. ESPN reported the helmet was "one size bigger than usual and packed with bullet-proof Kevlar."

I'm no doctor but I'd think cushioning over bullet proofness is the goal here.

Either way, I did smile when Footballguy and Steeler fan Keith Overton posted in our pregame staff chat "Ryan Clark to play in "big-head" mode against Ravens".

Shades of Steve Wallace and Mark Kelso.

ESPN's Mike Sando noted Sunday morning: "Rams need 14 points today to match 2009 total for full season." They posted 13. Almost there.

Here's how good the Texans are. They can score twice in overtime. Hat tip to our Buddy Adam Schefter for that one.

Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher was mic'd up during the week 10 game. He said, "Take away. But don't score. Let the offense score. So we can get a rest." Things fell apart Monday night but up til then, that defense has been incredible.

Speaking of Monday Night, if you're running the 49ers and both QBs are healthy, who do you go with?

Lots of Twinkies talk this week. I love this one.

Uniform thoughts for the week. Loved the blackout Louisiana-Lafayette style with the big fleur-de-lis on the chest as pointed out by uni-watch.com.

I can't imagine that's much fun for the announcers though.

Which makes me wonder - why do the NFL teams always go backwards in time? Why not try some fun new "future" uniforms? It's worked pretty well for teams like Oregon. Who's with me?

Another uniform thought.

USC and UCLA both wore their home / colored jerseys Saturday.

You good with that for NFL teams?

Daniel Jeremiah @MoveTheSticks had a fun line Sunday: "Matt Schaub had more completions Sunday (43) than the Arizona Cardinals had passing yards (41)"

New England's Rob Gronkowski broke his arm on the PAT late in the game. Bill Belichick took lots of heat for having his star in the game. The reality is that most players on the PAT team don't have a backup. So relax there.

Belichick was typical Belichick when asked about it, "You tell me which guy's gonna get hurt and I'll get them out of there."

Same thing with Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy being in there. I don't fault a coach for not throwing in the towel there.

On that note, I wonder if we can't just go ahead and announce Andy Reid isn't coming back and use the last games to honor what he did for that team? Yeah, I know.

Speaking of coaches, count me as not getting the Chip Kelly love affair. I love watching Oregon just like everyone else. But I haven't seen much there that makes me think he'll be a great NFL coach. Gimmick offense with better athletes than most of his competition that folded when the game got physical last week. I'd talk to Steve Spurrier before making the jump if I were Kelly.

Baltimore's Terrell Suggs gets typecast as the team clown sometimes. And not without reason.

But the reality is he's a fierce competitor who fully understands the reality of the game. He told Peter King this week when asked what the win over Pittsburgh says: "It doesn't say nothing,'' Suggs said. "They got what we want -- all the championships. Nothing means anything to us 'til we get those. We gotta catch 'em in the ring race, then we'll be able to talk."

I like this guy.

Robert Griffin III's stat line from Sunday: 14 of 15, 200 yards passing, four touchdowns, no picks; 12 rushes, 84 yards. I'll take that. But still, you can't look past the fact he's being asked to throw the ball way less than other guys.

Baltimore's Jacoby Jones made some headlines flirting with Michelle Tafoya finishing the interview with a wink and "Thank you, gorgeous."

Double the pain.

Detroit's Nick Fairly showed good restraint here Sunday.

You know there was a second there when Rodgers was thinking this is going to end badly.

Another fun Photobomb. You finally get your sign on Monday Night Football and then have this...

Great. I finally get the "How to pass by Byron Leftwich" video done and he goes out with injury.

Here's the graphic for it.

Green Bay's Mason Crosby has missed 7 of his last 13 field goal attempts. Coach Mike McCarthy is saying all the right things. "We will continue with Mason," McCarthy said at his postgame news conference, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We will not blink as far as our commitment to him."

Let's see if this lasts.

God Bless Kansas City fans.

Although this guy is a bit much claiming the Chiefs killed him.

The Jets' Bart Scott followed through with his media boycott after Sunday's game and tried to get his team mates to follow along.

Bart Hubbuch posted these postgame updates from his Twitter feed @HubbuchNYP

"Bart Scott is leading a media mutiny by the Jets defense in the locker room. This is ridiculous."

"Bart Scott is ordering every Jets defensive player to say nothing but "both teams played hard." Threatening any that don't."

"Thankfully, Yermiah Bell isn't participating in Bart Scott's boycott foolishness. A true pro."

"Scott yells at Bryan Thomas for breaking the boycott, calling him "a MF-ing sellout." Yeremiah Bell tells Scott: "Stop it. Just stop it."

"Now that his boycott flopped, Bart Scott is talking calmly and openly to the media. What a team this is."

Love those Jets.

In case you've ever wondered how some QBs protect their ribs and abdomen.

Detroit WR Titus Young was sent home this week and won't play in Thursday's game.

How bad do you have to be that the Lions won't put up with you?

Note to Josh Cribbs. Do something with the hair...

Baltimore - you let Byron Leftwich score on a long TD run. Let that sink in.

Can someone please get Arthur Blank back on the sidelines? Again this week I'm forced to look to the Jets - Rams game for the awkward handshake of the week.

Here's the view into the endzone in Washington.

That's kind of weird.

NBA note. The Lakers fired their head coach after a 1-4 start. That's 6% of the season. That would be the equivalent of an NFL team firing their coach during the first game of the year.

And we'll close it with a sweet toe dragging pic.

Hard Luck Awards for Week 11.

And the Nullified TDs for this week:

CAR QB Cam Newton pass short left to WR Steve Smith for 12 yards, TOUCHDOWN NULLIFIED by Penalty.

STL KR Chris Givens 98 yard kick return TOUCHDOWN NULLIFIED by Penalty.

Sometimes it's better to just not know...

That'll do it for this week, Folks. Thanks to Footballguy Doug Drinen for the help on this one and if you've got a Random Shot of your own, shoot me an e-mail at bryant@footballguys.com.

Thanks for playing along and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving. Love your neighbor and stick together.


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