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From the Press Box—Turkey Juggling, Aggravating Fair-weather fans and Thanksgiving Football

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From the Press Box—Turkey Juggling, Aggravating Fair-weather fans and Thanksgiving Football

So I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, watched some football, ate some turkey (or tofurkey if you roll that way)and had some family/friends fun.

We had some out of town family in, as well as my parents and it was a great time.

I worked yesterday, something I haven't had to do in a decade. It can be tough, even if 1) it's just watching and commenting on football and 2) it's watching football which everyone does because, duh, Thanksgiving!

It becomes a balancing act though, because it's also a time to spend with family and friends. So balancing that was difficult, but luckily my wife rocks and makes allowances for the job, and I've got an extended family who 'gets it'.

Didn't hurt that the Lions—Texans shootout was prior to dinner, so the 'heavy lifting' of my day was done before we all sat down.

I'd also like to bitch for a second about still being unable to adjust to games being so late, period. I used to be able to roll out of bed on a Sunday in Los Angeles, watch whatever games I wanted/needed to including the Sunday night game and then move on.

Games not ending until just before midnight are painful, especially when I have video or written content to do.

I keep trying to get to bed before 1 am, but the Sunday-Monday portion of my week sets a bad tone for the rest of the week.

OK, enough about that. On to the next rant.

Real Fans Don't Rage-Quit

So after last night's Turkey Day Massacre, otherwise known as the Jets-Pats game, it came to light that Fireman Ed had left at halftime and killed his twitter account.

Now I can't blame him for the early exit, on a holiday night when witnessing the most ridiculous football ever to grace the planet (ass-tackle!). There is speculation as to what the twitter exit means and how Jets fans are reacting to the loss in general.

This morning, I saw that 'comedian' Jay Mohr had quit being a Jets fan.

Let me put my Jets hat on and speak for all true fans when I say: Don't let the door hit you on the ass like Sanchez, you fair weather, no balls, lame ass excuse for a fan.

I get it sucks to be a fan of a bad team—and the Jets are awful. But a real fan sticks with a team through thick and thin.

You don't want to waste money on a ticket to a bad product? Don't. That's not all being a fan is. You don't want to buy jerseys or hats or whatever? Fine, that's not what being a fan is.

You cheer for your team and care about that team—regardless of record. I'm sorry, you only cheer when things are good? Get out.

Yes they are maddeningly bad. Frustrating, rage-inducing and stupid to the point of redefining the word.

But quit? Brother, if you think that it's going to be different elsewhere for the rest of your football life, you're a moron.

Honestly, my bigger issue is jumping to a new team.

Mohr is heading to the Ravens—who I'll tell you right now don't like bandwagoners and front runners—and he'd better hope they never implode. Of course, with a battered defense who knows how that ends.

But ditching one team for a 'better' team is gutless. You're no real fan. The fans at this site, die hard Packers fans? They won't want you. I know for a fact there are plenty of Ravens fans who don't want you. Broncos, Raiders, Giants, Pats fans? Same thing.

Because they know you for what they are—a frontrunner who is only there because they look good now. When they struggle you'll be off that ship before it takes on water.

Because you don't have what it takes to be a real fan, a true fan. You can argue that the Jets are putting a crap product on the field, so why buy their merch or tickets and 'support' them.

The real issue is that you think that's the only way to support them and 'quitting' is the only way to 'show them'.

The hubris and ignorance of that statement alone should make my case.

So Fireman Ed, Jay Mohr, any other fair weather fans—feel free to head out. Go find that mythical team that will never let you down. Go 'support' somewhere else.

Just know, we see you and we know you for the fair weather fans you really are.

Ya'll can kiss Brandon Moore's ass.

Speaking of Turkey Massacres.....

I truly wish the Jets massacre had come early in the day so we could wash the taste out of our mouths with good football.

OK, so the Cowboys game was atrocious, but RG3 was incredible and Dez Bryant was something to behold. The Lions-Texans game was a much better game than expected and a tremendous shootout.

If anything, it was a bit sad because that's the Lions team we all expected to see (perhaps including Jim Schwartz's stupidity and Suh's assaults on other players).

The Lions showed up to play, and I have to give them a lot of credit. Honestly, that this team isn't completely folding tent right now is impressive. Ryan Broyles just stole Titus Young's job on national TV, and Matt Stafford looked more competent than I have seen him all year.

Still, JJ Watt is the guy you come away impressed with every week. You'd think we should be used to it but he just finds new ways to be more incredible each week.

Of course, what game would be complete without an utter debacle of officiating? Justin Forsett was down—that's undeniable—and Schwartz knows touchdowns are automatically reviewed so he shouldn't have thrown the flag.

All that said, how do you screw that up? Oh wait, right—officials.

The replacement refs were still worse, but good Lord someone get these current refs some lessons.

That's it for today. I'm going to kill the rest of a turkey and right up the Packers-Giants game at B/R. I'll see you guys next week here and on The Hard Count this Tuesday.

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Bearmeat's picture

Completely agreed on fairweather 'fans' Andrew. We experienced a lot of that around the dongslinger debacle. (that lasted from 2008-2010).

Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Buttholes.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Lol, buttholes. Totally underutilized word.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Aww, that sounds rough Andrew. The whole, getting paid to watch and write about football thing, that's really gotta blow man. Keep your head up!

Andrew Garda's picture

Thanks man! It's tough. But somehow I muddle through.

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