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23 Dec 2011

Week 16 Matchups: It's a Wonderful Game

Yes, yes, "It's a Wonderful Life" parodies are hackneyed and obvious. Stick around and I go completely off on the coaching history of the Cardinals.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 23 Dec 2011

16 comments, Last at 26 Dec 2011, 8:14am by Whatev


by Insancipitory :: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 9:41am

Here's to the possibility we live in a slightly better universe than the one so eloquently described. A future where the Chargers do what they need to, and the 9ers don't, so the Seahawks may visit the cruel ghosts of playoffs past upon Saints.

by JackStraw (not verified) :: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 9:43am

Man, I know I haven't been following the Panthers that closely, but they're 13-1?! Talk about quiet success!

by evenchunkiermonkey :: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 10:39am

Every time a bell rings an independant certified athletic trainer calls a team doctor to cover the NFL's collective ass from any potential concussion-related liability. Also an angel gets its wings.

by starzero :: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 10:48am

Ryan Fitzpartick?

hail damage

by Karl Cuba :: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 10:48am

Great article but I'm pretty sure that Kirsty McColl died a few years ago, unless the Eli-Sanchise free universe somehow prevented her from being hit by a speedboat. It's entirely possible that Shane McGowan has been dead for a few year too, how could anyone tell?

by are-tee :: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 11:15am

"Correction: December 23, 2011

An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed the Carolina Panthers as having a record of 13-1."

Another alternate universe?

by Vataha (not verified) :: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 11:20am

'Alex Smith often rolls his arms at the line of scrimmage in a peculiar gesture that suggests “false start” or “please wrap up this budget presentation.”'

One of new favorite Tanier lines.

by Guido Merkens :: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 2:16pm

Is that a diacritical tilde above the "T" in T.J. Yates's name? Olé!

by Guido Merkens :: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 2:21pm

Sorry to reply to myself, but it appears that T.J. Lang gets the same treatment. Perhaps we've identified an error in the N.Y.T.'s web layout, rather than an irrational expression of south-of-the-border exuberance over a rookie QB struggling to keep his head above water.

by MJK :: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 2:43pm

If Peyton Manning winds up as described, don't the Pats win the SB in 2006 as well?

by tuluse :: Sun, 12/25/2011 - 12:55am

The Bears do, and Rex Grossman is a superbowl winning QB.

by Whatev :: Mon, 12/26/2011 - 8:14am

I'm not sure I could live in such a universe.

by MJK :: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 2:52pm

Incidentally, one of the funniest Matchups in a long time.

by Raiderjoe :: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 8:11pm

Makin picks yonight so stuck around fireplace for jolly old tale s from Santa Raiderjoe

by Jerry :: Sat, 12/24/2011 - 4:03am

The Steelers aren't playing Leftwich because he went on IR in preseason. Dennis Dixon will take his spot on the single.

by Raiderjoe :: Sat, 12/24/2011 - 2:48pm

slrry ciuld not make earky pcks in time.

Loins 37, chargers 30
Cowboys 27, eaglss 17
49ers 18, seahAkz 11
Paxkers 32, beats 13
Saints 41, falconz 34