1. Tenneseein’ Is Believin:
Colorblind viewers may not be the only ones unable to watch “Thursday Night Football” this week.
For the second week in a row, the NFL will force two of its teams to wear monochromatic uniforms as part of the league’s “color rush” initiative. This time, the matchup shouldn’t infuriate the colorblind. The Tennessee Titans dress up in a Smurf-like all-blue getup to take on the sepia-themed Jacksonville Jaguars.
Despite their 2-7 record, the Titans stand only two games out of the lead in the AFC South. While a second-half resurgence may seem unlikely, starting quarterback Marcus Mariota could help push the team into the conversation. Mariota has exceeded most of the external expectations for his rookie year, completing over 65 percent of his passes and averaging 8 yards per attempt. He also has a favorable 13:6 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The quarterback still exhibits occasional discomfort in the pocket, but his transition from Oregon’s spread system has gone better than anyone could have reasonably expected.
- Guys to watch on #DraftKings for Tonight’s game, according to DC*3PO
- Blake Bortles $5,900 – 17.9 – 46.3%
- Marcus Mariota $5,300 – 17.9 – 9.7%
- Allen Robinson $7,000 – 16.4 – 41.4%
- Delanie Walker $4,800 – 14.5 – 65.8%
- Allen Hurns $5,800 – 11.9 – 41.4%
2. Knights of Yarrr:
7:30p EST ESPN – ECU @ UCF
East Carolina‘s postseason dreams hang from a loose limb with two games to play, but the Pirates look to have quite a favorable matchup at a good time. Needing to win both games to break even for the season and clinch bowl eligibility, East Carolina must do so on the road Thursday night against a struggling UCF.
Struggling may be putting UCF’s status a bit too kindly, as the Knights have been a mess from start to finish this season. But can the Knights pull it all together just once and pick up their first win of the season, knocking ECU out of bowl consideration? Former Conference USA rivals will continue their series for the second time as members of the American Athletic Conference.……(continue reading)
The University of North Dakota has been engaged in a search for a new nickname for the past year, after they decided to end a decade-long battle with the NCAA and at least one Native American tribe and give up their Fighting Sioux nickname. They solicited suggestions online and received thousands, many of them hilariously vulgar and subsequently rejected. In September the quite serious nickname committee whittled the list down to five finalists: Fighting Hawks, Nodaks, North Stars, Roughriders, and Sundogs. A trademark troll also tried to hijack the process, to no avail…….(continue reading)
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4. The Dwight Stuff
Remember when the Rockets were 7 games away from a title? Remember how they “overcame” all those injuries and post-traumatically-stressed the Clippers? It was a fun run that should never have happenned – feasting on hustle and belief leaves you malnurished.
But this year, it already feels like last year’s post-season was forever ago. Ty Lawson still seems drunk as he sleepwalks thru games, Harden is shooting 37% and averaging almost as many turnovers as assists…nothing about any of this is new or a surprise. The surprise is the team, the players, the city all expected more than they are getting and according to my sources, these are the facts: Houston Stinks.
Throw in a little players’ only drama that leads to Kevin Mchale’s firing and you begin to wonder a few things. Things like, James Harden will never be the man that leads any team to any victory, and more importantly, Dwight Howard is Charmin. How does a man of championship pedigree like Kevin McHale become the fall guy? This is beyond McHale, this IS about the players. The guys on this team are professionals, at least paid as such, maybe not by attitude or desire. That’s because they don’t care about winning basketball games – they care more about Kardashian’s and shoe contracts, etc… Coaches at this level can not+do not coach desire – that’s the players’ responsibility. The defending champs, the Warriors are undefeated without their coach and seem hungrier to win more than last year. So what’s Houston’s excuse? A bearded ball-hog and a big man who pretends to be Superman, but when the going gets tough, he’s more Clark Kent, without the potential. At least, that’s my opinion, I could be wrong.