Weâ€™ve had some hots and colds around here lately. The holiday season is our busiest time, plus, we were just repeatedly mentioned in one of the most widely read sportswriterâ€™s blogs. Bill Simmons, ESPN.comâ€™s pre-eminent columnist, wrote about Christmas gift giving and mentioned our products in his most recent blog post. Check it out here. It was pretty cool to see our name pop up on the biggest sports website in the world. Speaking of cool, itâ€™s been absolutely freezing in Chicago with temperatures that mimic the Steelers/Ravens contests of late, and this writer wonders why operations havenâ€™t been moved to Florida yet.Â
This Just In: Steelers are Toughest Team in Football, According toâ€¦Me.
The Steelers kept pounding away at the AFC with their smash mouth style, and their 13-9 victory over the Baltimore Ravens cemented their spot in the NFL playoffs. With a win over the Tennessee Titans, they can lock up home field throughout the playoffs. And as Iâ€™ve written before, I donâ€™t think the Steelers can be beaten at home. That terrible field and that terrifying defense are enough to shut down anyone that comes into Heinz Field in the coming weeks.
Intermission in Cowboys Soap Opera
Perhaps you’ve heard about the other team thatâ€™s been dominating the national spotlight is Americaâ€™s Team: the Dallas Cowboys. Here with more on that developing story is Ed Werder. Just kidding. Terrell Owens is upset with super-couple Tony Romo and Jason Witten, because according to TO, they havenâ€™t been sharing the ball and have been giving him the stink eye or something like that. Football used to be a sport where guys fought in the trenches and held the line and played for inches, and now apparently weâ€™re telling the principal when other â€˜Boys are being mean to us. This team could be so great and showed it against the World Champion New York Giants on Sunday night. Nobody argued, nobody complained, and despite huge hits from Justin Tuck and Co., Romo found Witten and TO an equal amount of times and the Cowboys won a must-win game. The schedule doesnâ€™t get any easier, so the Cowboys will need all hands on deck when they welcome the Ravens to for what could be the last game at Texas Stadium ever. Get ready to say goodbye with our apparel and memorabilia that celebrate this historical sports monument.
Chicago Breathes Life into Playoff Hopes
Minnesota Steals it Right Back
The Vikings conquered the Arizona Cardinals in Phoenix. Bad news for the Cardinalsâ€”you lost the game. Good news for the Cardinalsâ€”youâ€™re still leading your division and guaranteed a spot in the playoffs.Â Adrian Peterson is probably the best running back in football, and Arizona is not really known for their defense, so I wouldnâ€™t feel too bad about this one. Either team is very dangerous in a playoff game because they both excel at their individual strengths. Interestingly enough, we could see this matchup again in at some point in the playoffs.
Weâ€™re Almost Out of Buffalo Wings
I donâ€™t know whatâ€™s going on with my beloved Jets, so Iâ€™ll simply say they need to play a lot better. Perhaps they should re-watch the tapes of the Tennessee game to remember how to do just that. The Buffalo Bills‘ once promising season looks pretty well wrapped up at this point as they let another victory get away from them as Jets fans get to see if their team can handle an underperforming west coast team (so far this season, that has not been the case, e.g., Oakland, San Diego, and San Francisco).
The Atlanta Falcons are For Real
Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Michael Turner, and John Abraham have somehow turned one of the NFLâ€™s most downtrodden teams into the feel good story of the year. The Falcons have a real shot at making the playoffs, and at worst, have a very bright future ahead.
Speaking of Feel Good
Those Miami Dolphinsâ€”they of the 1-15 ilk of last seasonâ€”are right in the playoff hunt too. I guess this Bill Parcells guy knows what heâ€™s doing. If you give him some money, he’ll go to the grocery, pick out some produce, maybe stop for a donut or two, then come home and somehow microwave those ingredients into a playoff team. Chad Pennington has a real case for league MVP if the Dolphins can make it past the regular season, and really heâ€™s the lost story in the whole Brett Favreâ€”Aaron Rodgers storyline.
Take These Broken Wings
Not that they were supposed to lose to the Browns on MNF, but the Philadelphia Eagles really have turned their season around. The playoffs look like a distant hope, but after team leader Donovan McNabb’s benching a few weeks ago, a benching that followed a TIE (read it again, TIE) to the disappointing Bengals, a tie that was followed by Donovanâ€™s admission that he didnâ€™t know you could tie in the NFL. Anyways, the Eagles look like theyâ€™ll be back again strong in ’09 no matter what, and really, this is a team that nobody wants to play down the stretch with their season on the line.
Down to the Wire
Youâ€™re probably well aware at this point, but Christmas really is right around the corner. Iâ€™m hoping somebody buys me one of these, which we just got in recently. Also, I caught my boss wearing this earlier in the week, and apparently, theyâ€™re flying off the shelves as well. Whatever fan or team youâ€™re shopping for, weâ€™ve got the perfect gift to make this holiday a memorable one. Plus, weâ€™ve just extended our GUARANTEED Christmas Delivery for only $4.99, so if youâ€™ve been waiting, now is the time to buy. Have a Happy and Safe Holiday.