Turkey Day and Black Friday Sports Musings


turkey-comaTurkey Coma – Its Thanksgiving Night and I’m trying to stay awake after having consumed about a weeks worth of calories for dinner. The Steelers-Ravens snoozefest isn’t helping. The early games on Thanksgiving weren’t great either. The Lions dismantled the Packers in the first game, a bit of a role reversal from years past when the Lions were terrible. Now the Lions are halfway decent and Green Bay are terrible without Aaron Rogers discount double-checking opposing defenses. It’s good to see the Lions not sucking on Thanksgiving, which had been a tradition almost as old as Thanksgiving itself. It would have been a great game if Rogers was able to go, but without him, the game was over before it started.

The Cowboys took on the Raiders in the second game. For the neutral observer this game was interesting, with the Cowboys coming from behind to beat Oakland in Jerry Jones’ shed. But I’m not a neutral observer. It always sucks to see Tony Romo playing well so this game was no fun for me. The Cowboys are now on top of the NFC East and they’re pretty close to having the division wrapped up with their 4-0 record in the division.  This game sucked, solely because the Cowboys won and I had to listen to Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for three hours.

jerryThe late game  between the Ravens and the Steelers turned out to be the cure for insomnia. Two average teams with overrated quarterbacks doing battle on Thanksgiving Night. If half of the country wasn’t already asleep due to Turkey Day tryptophan and general overindulgence, then this game finished the job; Enter Sandman. The first half of this game was unwatchable. Luckily. there was the Canucks vs Senators tilt on NHL Network to keep me awake while writing this.

DorsettTomorrow, while shoppers are out at the ass-crack of dawn waiting for stores to open on Black Friday to buy a bunch of stuff that A) they cant afford and B) the people they are buying stuff for are just going to return for store credit, I will be asleep. Hopefully I’ll wake up just in time for the Rangers vs Bruins game at 1pm. We’ll see which Rangers team shows up. They’ve been practicing their Jekyll and Hyde routine on this road trip. We know what Bruins team will show up. They are a big team and they play a physical game. The Rangers have gotten away from the physical play of late. The fighter on the team, Derek Dorsett, is a Short Matt-esque 3′-7″ tall. mtm Fantasy IslandI’m worried that the lack of physical play is going to catch up with the Rangers eventually. But hey, it hasn’t caught up with the Red Wings all these years. Lets hope for a good game and, with apologies to Cheesy Bruin, a Rangers victory.

Thats it for me today. Enjoy the rest of the long weekend with, Turkey Surprise (Junoir Blaber) tomorrow and Turkey Casserole  (Cheesy Bruin) Sunday.

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Different Matt is our cunning Cornell grad/rugby player. "Diff" joined us just after the switch from being "Mets only" to an all-sports stop. He's a Yankee fan; thus he was "different." Aside from the Yanks, he's a diehard NY Giants, NY Rangers and NY Knicks fan. He also likes long walks on the beach and cappuccinos and nearly died in Las Vegas.
  • First Time Long Time

    I can’t stand the NFL after them stuffing football on top of our stuffing. The novelty of Turkey Day games is gone.

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      FTLT… Yo are 100% right! Complete over-saturation. We began to feel cheap and dirty by the last kickoff.

  • SentFromMyBlackberryWireless

    Black Friday Sports News… Black NFL athletes are arrested 10 more than white ones:

    • DannyBax

      That’s little deceptive because according to that article 66% of NFL players are black and 31% are white, so of course the number will be bigger. No doubt though that black guys in nice cars get nailed more than white guys.

      • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

        No Hot Topics!!!

  • jgclancy


    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      No link.

      • jgclancy

        He was on The Mod Squad

    • http://rugbywrapup.com/ RugbyWrapUp

      Did you mean, “Cluck?”

      • jgclancy

        What’s rugby?

  • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

    Diff… We listed to the Raider game on Westwood One, rather than hear Buck/Aikman talk Cheesy Bruins’ Cowgirls.

    • Cheesybruin


  • http://rugbywrapup.com/ RugbyWrapUp

    There are 16 minutes of actual action in a NFL game. There is 80 minutes of non-stop action in rugby… and it’s over in less than two hours.

  • Cheesybruin

    Hey Diff, Bruins got shellacked in Detroit and is something every true fan of any team needs to sit through for some balance. This loss bodes well for a “spirited” game today. Should be fun to watch and if the B’s win, it will cap off my Thanksgiving Trifecta (Bruins 2-1 win last week, Cowboys 23-21 over Giants).

    • You Suck

      You suck.

  • Junoir Blaber

    I wanted the Raiders to win too but DeMarco Murray was fantasy gold for me

  • Big Blue 56

    Rangers are up 2-1 over the Bruins. Let’s hope they hold.

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