(Hero image courtesy of Jayhawker. Shocking, I know.)
Are yall ready for the best weekend of football? There are some intriguing stories this week:
- Can the dynamic rookie duo for the Colts + Capt. Luck stop Kermit?
- Will the Rams show up ready to play this year or will Dak and Gruden's Gift step up?
- Can Philip Rivers finally beat Tom Brady? Is the Dynasty finally over?
- Will the Ballad of Nick Foles come crashing back down to earth against Peyton, Brees and Lattimore?
All fine, fine stories for the last true weekend of football, until all the Spring leagues start their inaugural seasons in a couple of months. Those are sure to be real fun to watch.
Here are a couple other, non-playoff stories I've found interesting:
- (Injured) Antonio Brown is replaced by JuJu Smith-Schuster in the Pro Bowl. So meta!
Freddie Kitchens is the perfect guy to coach a team in Cleveland. He's not from Northeast Ohio, but he's lived a NE Ohio life:
“I like it here and I like it here a lot, and everybody around here knows that I like it here,’’ said Kitchens. “I love the town of Cleveland. Cleveland and I get along well.
“I didn’t have a starting point in this league. I didn’t have a dad as coach in the league. I grew up the son of a tire maker at Goodyear Tire and Rubber plant in Gadsden, Alabama. Benjamin E. Mays said ‘those who start behind in the game of life must run faster to catch up,’ and I feel like I’ve been running fast my whole life. And that’s the way it’s going to continue, so whether it’s here or what, I’m just here to do a job right now, this week and this year.’’
- Kevin Clark @ The Ringer writes a great story about Patrick Mahomes: Legend of the Long Toss: Stories of Patrick Mahomes II’s Awe-Inspiring Passing
- DT Kyle Williams retired after 13 long seasons with the Bills. His career may be over, but he's suiting up for one more NFL game as he's been promoted to the active roster for the Pro Bowl. I won't watch the "game," and neither will you, but it's a nice story nonetheless.