NEW YORK, NY – All I want for Christmas is you… to write your column when you’re supposed to! That’s the holiday post-it above the MTM Staff water cooler that Management is caroling from this weekend. Bah humbug be damned, here are things to stuff your stocking with: Rocky Balboa, Judging Daboll, J-E-T-S Suck, Titans Turmoil.
After watching the worth-your-time documentary on Amazon Prime about Sylvester Stallone recutting Rocky IV into a significantly different version, I coincidentally happened upon the more recent Rocky Balboa while channel-surfing. While it was meant to be on in the background as I faffed at the computer, it soon grabbed my attention. And you know what? I loved it. I even cried like three times. Sure, those tears were likely from an accumulation of being broke, bald and being unemotionally equipped to process Uncle Steve Cohen’s storybook spending. However, most were from the movie – a movie I’ve seen before! If you haven’t seen it, watch it. If you have seen it, watch it again. Then watch the original Rocky IV and then the aforementioned documentary. Then find the the recut version.
The rookie coach of the New York Football Giants has gotten the attention from fans and pundits of which Zach Wilson can only dream. Is the Big Blue bloom of the rose, though? After starting an with an unfathomable 6-1 record, the Giants have played small, going 2-4-1 in their last 7 games. Granted, they’ve been playing without any real receiving talent, key defensive players missing time and an injured offensive line. Fortunately, nobody got hurt in the Mall of America shooting… Moreover, Daniel Jones has looked good enough to gamble further on, Saquon Barkley has been all he was billed to be and the coaching has been stable. That last part is, arguably, the most refreshing of these three developments. Yet, if the team doesn’t make the playoffs after squandering a 7-2 record, there must be questions asked of the coaching staff. All eyes, therefore, should be on Head Coach Brian Daboll. Are we judging him based on these last two games? Hell yeah. This is New York, baby!
Minny wins this one, though.
The Jets are who we/I thought they are! I have said it repeatedly on this site and on social media: Gang Green is/was the most over-hyped story of this NFL season. Mike White is more Matt Robinson than he is Richard Todd and Zach Wilson is more Browning Nagle than he is Ken O’Brien. And the next Knute Rockne – Robert Saleh – has been letting Rich Kotite slip. Letting players dress in costumes before the critical Jacksonville loss was almost funny. Almost, but not quite. Further, the vaunted defense has come up small in crucial situations. Did I mention I had the Jags laying 3?
Those Tits from Tennessee have been exposed, haven’t they?! Talk about turmoil! First, their Offensive Coordinator got nailed for a DUI. Next, starting QB Ryan Tannehill had season-ending [likely] ankle surgery. Hey, it’s tightrope surgery! Then, Mother Nature pummels Nashville with 13 degree temperatures! That’s down south, folks! They’re still better off than the Jets, though.
That’s all for now, as I’ve got to get Angry Ward and Ben Whitney out from under the mistletoe before that story gets on the web. Wait, did I just…
Merry & Happy to all!!!