NFL Week Seventeen Wrap-Up

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by Ryan Meehan

The final week of the 2014 NFL season began with many seeds to be determined, and some teams that faced must-win situations and ended up left out of the playoffs.  The ultimate goal is to end up in the stadium in the picture above on February 1st to determine who will be this year’s NFL champion, and only two teams will be vying for that spot on that evening.  Those two teams will come from the pool which has been whittled down to twelve after Sunday’s results.  Well take care of all that in our Wild Card Weekend Preview Piece, but for now we have to take one last look at the other twenty teams so this is what really went down in the final week of the 2014 regular season.

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NFL Week Seventeen Preview

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by Ryan Meehan

The final week of the regular season is finally upon us.  For some teams there are playoff seeds to be arranged, and for others draft picks that will be dependent on assorted tank jobs that will take place on Sunday afternoon.  From time to time here at FOH we take shots at Commissioner Goddell and the NFL higher-ups for some of the poor decisions that they have made over the years.  To be fair, I need to do a better job of giving credit where credit is due.  So I have to say that the way the NFL has arranged these games so that the divisional match-ups occur the final week of the season is brilliant.  The fans wanted it, the teams wanted it, and overall it’s just better for the league.  So props to the NFL suits who were able to arrange every single game this week being a divisional match-up.  It’s a great setup and makes for excellent television.  Don’t get me wrong…they’re not all winners.  Twenty of the teams who play on Sunday will not advance to the postseason, and as we cue the fat lady for them we also take a look at who will advance in our final regular season wrap-up of 2014.

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NFL Week Sixteen Wrap-Up: The Introduction to the Opposite Sketches

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by Ryan Meehan

In the eighties, children’s entertainment was much more sadistic than it is today.  CGI and soft plots dominate an industry that most would agree was quite horrifying at times.  Probably the most bizarre example of the medium at the time was a Canadian show on Nickelodeon called “You Can’t Do That on Television”.  Light years from the kind of children’s programming that you see on this network nowadays, this show was straight fucked.  They actually had a recurring sketch where kids were tied to a pole and narrowly escaped execution by firing squad.  Most of the kids that appeared on this show ended up with irreversible psychological problems or becoming Alanis Morissette (I still haven’t decided which one is worse) and it’s not shocking to see why because it was a dark program.  One of the more popular series of sketches on the show was where a cast member would mention that something was going in an unusually positive direction, and that revelation would be what was called “The Introduction to the Opposites”.   What would follow would be a set of somehow even more disturbing skits where nothing was as it seemed.  I immediately though of this when I realized the Eagles had just blown their shot at a playoff spot by losing to the Redskins.  Could this be a preview of how backwards the playoffs might end up?  While a lot of the year has been chalk reflections of standard expectations, is it possible that once we get into the postseason everything will be flipped on its heads?  It’s not bloody likely, but then again maybe that’s what’s in the burger.  Either way it made for great viewing whether it could be done on television or not, so let’s take a look at what went down in week sixteen of the 2014 NFL season.

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NFL Week Sixteen Preview

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by Ryan Meehan

The next to the last week of the NFL season is here, and before we could even wrap week fifteen up ESPN released news that they have agreed to a deal with broadcaster and former Super Bowl Winning Coach Jon Gruden that will ensure he’ll be in the Monday Night Football booth until 2021.  It will never cease to amaze me that a guy who was such a good coach ended up being such an awful broadcaster.  According to Lil’ Jon Chuckie G, every player who touches the football at any given time should be at the top of everybody’s Pro Bowl ballot.  I’m shocked that a guy who used to be so cut-throat and so critical of his own players has immediately become such a pushover for the league.  I’m a fan of the whole science of how the product is presented as an entertainment product, and I can’t tell you the name of one person I know that’s a fan of him.  Thankfully he’s just on for one night a week, and much to our delight there are several games on this weekend that are going to be killer.  The first one isn’t exactly one of those games, but after that shitstorm synopsis let’s fast forward to the rest of the week and take a look at what we think will go down in week sixteen of the 2014 NFL season.

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NFL Week Fifteen Wrap-Up

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by Ryan Meehan

My favorite story from week fifteen would have to be when FOX Sports reported on Friday that former New York Giants backup and chili cheese fries enthusiast Jared Lorenzen sent out some Tweets tagging the Arizona Cardinals and informing them that he could get down to playing weight.  When I told my father this, his first response was “Define ‘playing weight'” and I thought that was a really good point.  Look, I know this won’t materialize but it’s a great story and I so want for it to be true.  It’s not totally out of the question, as some of the other names being tossed around to show up in Glendale and save the day are pretty unlikely choices as well.  I’m sorry, but 43 year old Kurt Warner is not leaving his cushy job at the NFL Network to come out of retirement only to become paralyzed three plays in.  Thankfully there was a lot that did happen between the stripes, and this is what went down in week fifteen in the 2014 NFL season.

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