NEW YORK, NY – Today is November 27, Thanksgiving Eve, and it’s on like Donkey Kong. Sure the weather is wreaking havoc with travel plans, and possibly parade balloons, but who cares? The gluttonous holiday marathon starts now. You know the drill. Loosen those belts and purse strings because now through January 1st, it’s eat, drink, and buy everything in sight. That’s right, it’s all about holiday get-togethers and heroic consumption. With that in mind, I’m gonna keep today’s column light and airy so you’ll still have plenty of room for the main course tomorrow. Let’s get to it.
Has everyone out there seen Foot Locker’s Week of Greatness commercial yet? If not, it’s easily one of the best sports-related ads in many a moon. Here, take a look…
Speaking of greatness, one of the best and most memorable NFL officials ever passed away this week and we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least give Jerry Seeman’s passing a mention. In his 15 seasons, Seeman officiated 15 playoff games and was chief ref in two Super Bowls, including the one that ended with a certain field goal attempt sailing “wide right.” The thing I’ll always remember about Jerry Seeman though, was that he was always smiling, whether he was signaling a touchdown or flagging Lyle Alzado for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for twisting some o-lineman’s junk. He almost looked like some officiating robot created in Pete Rozelle’s NFL labs. It was at times unsettling but it was always fun to see him working a particular game. Anyway, the final gun has sounded. Rest in peace, Jerry.
In other death news, the makers of The Family Guy apparently killed off Brian the Dog this past Sunday. I didn’t know this as I haven’t watched that show in a very long time, but I’m always saddened when an alcoholic talking dog bites the dust.
Let’s see, what else? Oh, yes, of course, the Knicks and the Nets still stink. They are tied for last place with identical 3-10 records in the NBA’s suckiest division. How bad is the Atlantic? The Toronto Raptors are in first place with a 6-7 record. I apologize to all the long-suffering Knickerbocker fans out there but I gotta say there’s nothing quite so funny as a miserable Knicks fan. Maybe it’s time for this team to get the Brian Griffin treatment.
OK, that’s about it for today. Please don’t forget to root for the Detroit Lions to beat the piss out of the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day. I mean, haven’t we all had enough of the Packers? The Bears too, for that matter. Sooner or later it’s gotta be Detroit! Hasn’t that city suffered enough??? Go Lions!
Oh, if any of you are sticking around the city and don’t mind braving the elements, come on down to WXOU Radio for some pre holiday cheer and cigar smoke with yours truly, Grote2DMax, and The Public Professor. Come back tomorrow for Tom Turkey.