by Cale Clinton
THIS WEEK IN THE (VERY AWESOME) BUFFALO BILLS
"Dear Cincinnati Bengals,
After we handled business in Miami, we needed you, and you came through big time. On behalf of this team, the people of the City of Buffalo, and Bills fans around the world, thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU!
Wings on us. (No really, we're sending wings.)
The Buffalo Bills"
-- The Buffalo Bills Twitter account posted this open letter to the Bengals after Cincinnati helped Buffalo clinch their first playoff appearance in more than 17 years. The Bills were the last team in the four major sporting leagues (football, basketball, baseball, hockey) to make the playoffs in the 21st century. The Bills also snapped the longest playoff drought across the four major sporting leagues. (Buffalo Bills, Twitter)
"Our friends at Duff's are hitting the road to Cincinnati tonight with:
90 lbs of celery
30 lbs of carrots
6 gallons of blue cheese
9 gallons of Duff's wing sauce
And a TON of thank you's from Buffalo! #GoBills
See you soon, @Bengals!"
-- A message from the Bills' official Twitter account, letting the Bengals know that the wings have shuffled off from Buffalo. (Buffalo Bills, Twitter)
"So here's the update for today. We are now over 10,000 donors, we are just shy of $250,000. We cannot thank everybody enough. This has been just so amazing to see just how supportive people are, just how much people are blessing us with these donations and the impact that it's going to make is going to be huge. So thank you, let's keep it up, and I'll keep updating as time goes on. Thanks."
-- Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton thanks the more than 10,000 Buffalo Bills fans who donated to the Andy Dalton Foundation following a Bengals win getting the Bills into the playoffs.
(Andy Dalton, Twitter)
BRUCE ARIANS PLANTING HIS FLAG AT MIDFIELD
"Thank you for coming to my house. I hope you get home safe."
-- Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians led off his Sunday press conference after a victory at the Seahawks' CenturyLink Field with this gem. Arians retires with a 4-1 record at CenturyLink. (ESPN)
AH YES, THE NORMAL TIME IN BETWEEN GAMES IS TOO LITTLE TIME TO PREPARE
"It's very difficult to come from a bowl game with seven days to prepare. ... This is, I think some kind of way someone has to think about (what's good for) the players, and not what's convenient for the media or TV or whatever."
-- Alabama head coach Nick Saban complains about the short turnaround time between the College Football Playoff semifinals and finals. (Alex Byington, Twitter)
IF YOU AIN'T GOT NO SAUCE, THEN YOU LOST
"Some people are born with sauce and some people get lost in the sauce and some people just ain't got no sauce at all."
YOU'RE RIGHT HUE -- MOST PEOPLE COULD'VE PICKED UP AT LEAST TWO WINS
"I don't think anyone else could've done this job for the past two years."
-- Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, confirmed to return to Cleveland next season, claims that no one else could've handled the job of leading the Browns to a combined record of 1-31. (Mary Kay Cabot, Twitter)
NO MORE FUN AND GAMES -- LITERALLY
"Coach just wanted a different level of focus. All attention on what we've got ahead of us. The playoffs is a heightened sense of urgency for everybody. Just trying to lock in."
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I WONDER WHAT HIS HANDICAP IS
"I don't have any timetable. I'm going to play golf tomorrow. On Tuesday, I'll play golf again. Wednesday, I'll play golf. Thursday, I'll play more golf and we'll figure it out as we go."
A MAN WITH HIS PRIORITIES IN ORDER
"I got my signing bonus and I put that sh*t in the bank and I went and got some motherf*cking wings."
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
CHRISSIE HYNDE SUPERFAN BAKER MAYFIELD
Baker Mayfield never forgets. pic.twitter.com/kB5ZZ1xVlm
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) January 1, 2018
-- Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield carried this sign with him prior to his team's Rose Bowl game against Georgia. This sign is in reference to a quote by college football analyst Lee Corso, who referred to the very hyped Oklahoma Sooners as "pretenders."
A UNIQUE, NOT SAFE FOR WORK CAREER CHANGE FOR DWAYNE BOWE
— The Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) January 2, 2018
-- Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has given us a bit of insight as to what he's been doing since he retired from the league: he's dipping his toe into the rap game!
I DO NOT LIKE GREEN BUDWEISER. I DO NO NOT LIKE THEM, SHAHID, SIR.
The @jaguars are selling teal Mr. Softee Ice Cream in a mini helmet & hot dogs and hamburgers in teal buns for this weekend's home playoff game vs. the Bills ( by @delawarenorth) pic.twitter.com/tjzRDOnKpk
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 4, 2018
The @jaguars aren't stopping at teal ice cream & hot dog & hamburger buns this weekend, Anheuser-Busch has created a special teal-colored beer exclusively available at the stadium for playoff game. pic.twitter.com/A6PJU0L1Bi
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 4, 2018
-- The Jacksonville Jaguars are taking a page out of Dr. Seuss' book for the playoffs by selling teal-colored Mr. Softee, teal burgers, and teal beers.
I KNOW BELICHICK SAYS 'NO DAYS OFF' BUT THIS IS RIDICULOUS
Today's storm. We're here for it. pic.twitter.com/eE0wj4Prlj
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 4, 2018
-- The New England Patriots take a leisurely walk to practice in the middle of Thursday's "bomb cyclone."
ENDING THE SEASON IN AN AWESOME WAY
Had to look out for miss BJ ... front desk secretary for Redskins ! Thanks for always dealing with me shipping stuff and getting my mail to me. I appreciate everything!!! Happy new year !! pic.twitter.com/FxcEmeuEjW
-- Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. treated the front desk secretary of the Redskins facility.