Thursday Night Football
It’s back. The weekly disaster.
We caught a little bit of a break just seven days ago, when the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders at least made a game of their game. Now? Even hope is gone. Hello, Thursday Night Football. You are the equivalent of the ugly Christmas sweater.
Let us present the evening’s contestants (NFL Network, NBC, 8:25 p.m.) First, we have the Los Angeles Rams. Fine specimen of a football team. Four straight losses. A 4-9 record. Headed by an interim head coach, John Fassel, who replaces the fired Jeff Fisher (who wasn’t dismissed until Monday).
Then we have the Seattle Seahawks. They’re 8-4-1, they’re playing at home where they are 6-0, and they are angry, coming off a loss in Green Bay. They are also angry about playing on a Thursday night. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman referred to these misbegotten midweek matchups as a “poopfest,” though we can be fairly certain he’ll still cash his check.
The stadium will be as cold as it is loud. Yep, 30 degrees for the sun bunnies from L.A. to endure. And wait until you see the Color Rush uniforms Seattle will be wearing. Resist the urge to stick knitting needles in your eyes. These things will redefine green for you and you will not be able to unsee them.
The Seahawks clinch the NFC West with a win – did we mention they are 6-0 at home? Did we mention that the Rams are the only team that has yet to score 200 points this season?
What are you going to do? It’s the NFL and it’s on TV. It beats the Yule log. Or does it?
Post By: Larry Weisman, a longtime sportswriter for USA TODAY, blogs for Twistity.com. Follow him on Twitter @MrLarryWeisman