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NFL Week 8 as Told in Tweets


It’s the midpoint of the season, week 8.  You can take it one of two ways: the season is halfway to its merciful ending for some teams or the road to the playoffs is just beginning for others.  [Cue dramatic music] It’s the time of the season when we see who has finally gotten into their groove and who started bright but flamed out early.  The teams who make the playoffs aren’t determined in Week 4.  Nope, it’s how good you play after week 8.

The Ravens, Bills, Bengals and Texans all have a bye this week.  The New England Patriots and the St. Louis Rams are playing in London, England. I almost typed LA Rams there. They’ve been in St. Louis for quite some time now, but sometimes, old habits die hard.

Even though this game is being played in London and it’s a showcase of sorts, CBS is showing Packers/Jaguars to a large swath of the US.

Before I get too far into the games, I feel I must show a picture of what the Pittsburgh Steelers’ throwback uniforms look like.

I would make some snarky bee joke, but poor Isaac Redman looks miserable enough in that uniform without my snark.


Thursday Night Football: Vikings vs. Buccaneers

I was out with my hubby at the theater to watch Rifftrax Live’s Birdemic: Shock and Terror.   There wasn’t a whole lotta shock and even less terror. Unless you’re terrified of CGI birds that look more like animated gifs which hover.  You know those people who deny the fact that climate change is happening?  This movie is the environmental version of that and the characters sound just as stupid.  An Inconvenient Truth is a date movie.  The “not quite-but close enough so we don’t get sued” version of the song Imagine made me cringe.  Global warming caused these flocks of animated gif birds to come and attack people for driving non eco-friendly, fuel efficient vehicles.  Surprisingly, not one of these birds pooped on anyone. You can’t make this shit up, folks.

This movie is sort of like the much loathed Cee-Lo Green Thursday Night Football theme song, except Birdemic is unintentionally funny-bad and doesn’t make you want to go on a murder spree.  Unless, of course, animated gif birds passing as CGI makes you all sorts of stabby.  This movie did, however, cause emotional trauma to my husband and on our way home, he lashed out at this plop of cinematic diarrhea, which is unusual for him.

I didn’t get to catch the majority of the Vikings-Bucs game, but I think this tweet pretty much sums it up.

I had to dig back into the Twitter archives to gather the weekly quest tweet from the Most Interesting Player on the Minnesota Vikings-their punter.

And here are a few of the funnier tweets from the game.

A fight broke out.


Every Vikings fan ever declared at the very moment this fight broke out that because Jared Allen got into a fight, the Vikings are going to the Super Bowl.

Perhaps it’s just me, but Jared Allen grabbed the other guy’s ass just a little too eagerly.

Vikings fans are not the most observant of people…

She tweeted this when the score was Tampa 30 and Vikings 17 and Tampa was moving the ball down the field

Jared Allen is a douche. From his stupid little calf roping dance to his general stupidness…

And what would a Vikings game be without the “fans” bailing out at the start of the 4th quarter.

Well, just look at this.

Raging Douche.

As those Vikings fans walked out of the stadium, they were heard to say that because Jared Allen had this little hissy fit, the Vikings are tough and therefore, they are going to win the Superbowl.

Yeah. Right.

Let’s check in with Kaleigh:

Mind, you this was when Tampa was ahead by 19 with less than 5 minutes left in the game.



Final Score:  Tampa 36 Minnesota 17

SkLOL Vikings!  Packers just tied with you for second place in the divison, bitches!


Sunday’s Games:
Jacksonville vs. Green Bay
New York Football Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos

Because the Vikings played on Thursday, the Packer game will be broadcast on TV here!  I shall do the Dance of Joy!


But of course, Sunday wouldn’t be the same without me mocking the Bold Predictions that the NFL Network guys make.  If you are not familiar with this segment, it’s when a bunch of former NFL’ers pull words out of their ass and call them bold.  Occasionally, they come close.  Most of the time, they’re way off.

Bold Predictions

Steve Mariucci

While I know that there are people in the UK who like American football, somehow, I doubt that the NFL is going to get higher ratings than Manchester United.

Kurt Warner

Thank you, Captain Obvious.  NEXT!!!

Warren Sapp

How about no?

Michael Irvin

Notice how he doesn’t predict how many INT’s Tony Romo will toss today.

No Marshall Faulk today. Oh well.  In his place, we have this:

Story at 6.


Pre-Game Nattering

Since the pre-game is on CBS, and it’s as dry as my skin during a Dakota winter, I turn to Twitter for more livelier conversation.  Like this:

I actually call Percy Harvin the “poor man’s Randall Cobb”, but that’s just me.

I can sometimes be superstitious.  While I don’t have rituals, when I find something that seems to work and send positive vibes for a Packers’ win, I stick with it until the magic wears off and then I have to find another superstitious behavior.

This year, I have a new Aaron Rodgers’ jersey. It’s the tighter, girlie cut one. It’s also one of the old Reebok jerseys with the numbers stitched on so I got it for a steal.  I’ve had it for awhile  now.  The first time I wore it, it wasn’t lucky and the Packers lost. So I switched back to my gray Super Bowl Champions T-shirt. The Packers won. During that week, I washed the jersey, since I wore it the first time without washing it first. After that, I wore the jersey and the Packers beat the Texans.  I wore the jersey again last week and they beat the Rams.  I did not wash it after that game.  I am wearing it today.  The last time my superstition for the season involved to wash or not to wash a jersey, the Packers went to SuperBowl XXXI and won it.  The jersey?  Brett Favre.

I’ve had other superstitious beliefs about Packers games when they lose.  For one season in the 1990′s, I noticed a pattern of Packer losses whenever the games were aired on NBC.  Therefore, I would always check to see what channel the game is on and what I could try to do to counteract the evil of the NBC jinx.  Then there was the John Madden Jinx.  This also happened during the 1990s before the Packers began to appear on the nationally televised games.  So whenever John Madden and Pat Summerall called the Packers game, they lost.  For you youngsters, Madden and Summerall was the #1 broadcast team at first CBS and then Fox. They’re like Buck/Aikman except they are not douchey and have more class and knowledge about football.

Now, Packer Jesus asks us to all bow our heads in prayer:

Shannon Sharpe is, well, a character. He’s wears “interesting” suits and he does things like this:

While we’re blessedly free of Rob Riggle’s picks on CBS, the pregame show is dry as toast.  So to liven things up, here’s a fun fact:

Unless you’re my ex. Then it would take about half that time.

Onto the early game…

Kathy Kramer

Kathy Kramer has words in her head, so she writes them down. Kiki Dee had words in her head, but she only just said them. Kathy has other things in her head that aren’t so great, but that’s what the medication is for.

Kathy is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Plains Magazine and eFiction Magazine. Kathy is originally from Wisconsin but her mid-life crisis prompted her to move to South Dakota because she can’t be like other people and do normal mid-life crisis things like dress inappropriately for her age, get Botox or chase after younger men. No. Kathy has to be different.

When Kathy isn’t writing her author bio in the third person, she likes to make things, she likes to read books, and she likes to go outside. Kathy lives with her husband, whom she refers to in these pages as The Hubby or D.

Kathy also likes to hang out on Twitter a lot, especially during football games. Kathy is a Green Bay Packers fan and has been since she was born. She is also a contributor to NFL, as a writer about the Green Bay Packers.

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