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Farley's Football Fodder: Somber Saturday Edition

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Mike Farley takes a look around the NFL with an eye toward more important things in life

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Good morning fellow NFL fans. It's a somber day today 24 hours after a mass shooting at a school in Connecticut that killed 18 innocent little kids and eight more adults. I am still having a hard time processing this, and I won't use this space to spout my political views, but I'll just say that the rate these type of things are happening is alarming. But what really hits all of us today is that these were little kids, kids that could have been our kids. And now that I don't know how to pivot gracefully from that, we'll try to just move right along, knowing we all have heavy hearts today and grief for the families of those involved in the shooting.......

This article talks about how the NFL needs to better educate its players on the dangers of driving drunk, among other things. And I'm okay with that.

I'm not being snarky here, but the Patriots seem like a runaway train this time of year, and seeing them dismantle the Texans was proof of that. But that train has twice been de-railed by the Giants in the Super Bowl. I asked a colleague of mine, a Pats fan, if the they would welcome a rematch of Super Bowls 42 and 46, or run from them. He said they'd love that opportunity. How about you guys? Me, I'd welcome it, because I think we're in their collective head. But I won't get too far ahead of ourselves here when we are far from clinching anything.

Sunday Night Football flexed the Niners/Seahawks game for Week 16. Sucks for you, Niners fans, that you get Cris Collinsworth two straight Sundays. But I have to ask--why can't they flex games for Monday Night Football as well?

Well this thing about ESPN wanting to limit Tebow coverage is pretty funny.

What have you done for me lately, Cam Cameron? Holy crap. I don't get why a potential Super Bowl team would fire their O-coordinator with three weeks left in the regular season.

Okay, I've read this article about Paul Tagliabue "vacating" the Saints' players penalties in the bounty scandal, and I still have no idea what any of it means. Can they tell me in English if that means they were all cleared of wrongdoing? Are the suspensions lifted and the players only fined? Seriously, that's some really crappy reporting, Wall Street Journal.

So yeah, the Texans were crushed by both the Packers and Patriots this year. I get why Wade Phillips would say it doesn't feel like the team has eleven wins.

Mike Wallace trying to improve? That guy's already pretty good. Of course, if it doesn't pan out, he can always go back to 60 Minutes.

The NFL is finally getting its act together by hiring full-time refs. But the last line of this article made me laugh--"Johnson will assume his new duties after the Super Bowl." Perfect timing for a full-time ref to start being a full-time ref just in time for when there are no games. But seriously, would having full-timers mean less horrible calls like this one, in which instant replay was a moot point? I'm flabbergasted that these guys could go under the hood and still make a blatantly wrong call.

14 or 16 teams in the playoffs? No kickoffs? Someone needs to smack Roger Goodell in the head, and I'll pay someone a dollar to do it. Wait, did I just put a bounty on Goodell? It's okay, maybe Paul Tagliabue will vacate my penalty. Regardless, I'm with Jared Allen that this is a stupid idea. I love how competitive it is for the twelve playoff teams to fight the last few weeks of the season to get in. Expanding it would mean more mediocre teams would reach the playoffs and it would become the NBA or NHL.

Will Andy Reid coach next year? I happen to believe he will, somewhere. But being that he knows how to beat the Giants, I hope he lands somewhere in the AFC.

So let me get this straight. The Angels will have Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols in their lineup next year? Damn. And as a Mets fan, I'm really bummed that they are forced to trade RA Dickey, the guy who just won the freaking NL Cy Young.

There will be a moment of silence before all of the Week 15 games for the victims of the Connecticut school shootings on Friday.

I am always leery about watching Andrew Zimmern eat things that no human should ever eat, in particular the time he actually ate snake schwang and discussed eating other animal schwang at various restaurants. He actually said "the penis is extremely chewy." No person should ever utter those words. But all that being said, I made the wings he touted on Food Network's Best Thing I Ever Made last weekend, and they were absolutely phenomenal. I highly recommend you guys make them on a football Sunday, as I am going to do again tomorrow. Just keep in mind some of the ingredients are a bit hard to find and you may need to make a trip to Whole Foods or a similar store that has every weird ingredient you can imagine--except, hopefully not animal schwang.

Thanks for reading everyone, and while we all have heavy hearts this weekend, we can try to use football as a temporary escape from reality. Enjoy the games....