Myles Garrett is the Hero We Deserve and Need

I had to drop my twelve year old daughter off at a sleepover Birthday party last night. I didn’t know the parents and my daughter had never been to their house before. To get her there, all I had to go by was plugging the address her friend texted her into Waze. There were three different houses with that address, but only one was nearby, so I assumed that was it. We got there a few minutes later. It was already dark out and there were no signs of a child’s birthday party whatsoever. No balloons. Only one car in the driveway. No other parents dropping their kids off. I was pretty sure it was the right place– but I was not 100% sure. She did not want me to come inside with her and I don’t blame her. I was wearing crocks and sweatpants and I had been drinking heavily that day. She got out of the car and from the driveway I couldn’t see the front door so I have no idea who let her in. Now, again, I was pretty certain it was the right place– but there was always the slight chance that I just delivered her to the front door of a pleasantly surprised murderous pedophile. I figured I would know for sure when I picked her up the next day.

The talk of the sports world this week is the Browns’ Myles Garrett and his batshit crazy attack on Steelers Quarterback Mason Rudolph. What nobody is talking about, though, is how Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph are the two worst fucking names in the history of the NFL. Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph should be the names of the keynote speakers during a symposium at Oxford’s School of Experimental Psychology. “Today’s lecture will feature visiting Professors Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph on Social Psychology and the Science of Human Interaction followed by a reception of scotch and crumpets in the quad where Myles and Mason will select from an eager pool of coeds to entertain them for the balance of the evening.” Now that the NFL (and Jay-Z!) are trying to be more hip in an effort to distract us from the violence in the sport (Diontae Johnson was bleeding from the ear after a hit to the head! I didn’t even know that was possible), isn’t it about time that the NFL lets players make up their own monikers instead of using their real names, like the WWE? How awesome would it be if your team drafted a new Defensive Tackle named The Lawnmower Man? Or if your defensive backfield was led by two sexually ambiguous tag team safeties called The Frenchmen? (Inspired by the great Leaping Lanny Poffo). Also, when teams make substitutions in between plays, it should be way more exciting, like a third wrestler racing into the ring to disrupt an ongoing fight. Imagine Joe Buck screaming “Bird Face and The Richter Scale are coming into the game! I don’t believe it!” I didn’t watch the old XFL, but maybe that’s what the new version will be like. Anyway, I am going to take the lead on this and rename Garrett and Rudolph for the rest of this posting as Murder-Dong and Captain Smiley. I guess the old XFL already tried the nickname thing with guys like “He Hate Me”, but I’ll still take credit.

What Murder-Dong did this past Thursday night was certainly reprehensible, but pretty fucking entertaining. Nobody would have been talking about that shitty game afterward if it wasn’t for him ripping off Smiley’s helmet and hitting him in the head with it. I’ve heard many former players and media personalities talk about how it was something they had never seen before. Isn’t that why we watch sports? It was pretty awful, but also pretty memorable. It reminded me of other great helmet swinging moments in the past. Kyle Turley, while with the Saints, ripped a guy’s helmet off and threw it for a 15 yard penalty that cost his team the game. He was defending his Quarterback, not unlike Maurkice Pouncey kicking and punching at Murder-Dong. The Steelers own Mean Joe Greene once ripped a Philadelphia Eagles lineman’s helmet off and threw it in the stands. That means that some lucky fan out there has an authentic game-used NFL helmet as a souvenir. (If that person reads this, Smorgasburgh would welcome an exclusive interview to hear exactly how those events unfolded that day.) Mean Joe would not have lasted very long in today’s NFL. My personal favorite, however, is when Dwayne Rudd, of the Cleveland Browns, ripped off his own helmet during the last play of the game, and tossed it– costing his team the game. A very “Cleveland” way to lose.

Anyway, we can all pretend we are outraged by the events that transpired at the end of the game the other night, but really we should all be grateful for the bizarrely entertaining way that game ended. And for anyone wondering, my daughter is fine (at least nothing that Doctors Garrett and Rudolph won’t be able to help counsel her through.) Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Leaping Lanny Poffo was Macho Man’s brother. But I think most of you probably already knew that. Enjoy the shitty weather, folks. See you in another five years!

DEFLATEGATE REVISITED

Cheating Patriots, Deflategate, Bill Belicheat, Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., Troy Vincent, Robert Kraft, Patriots are Guilty, Belichick is the devilWhat is going on with Deflategate? It’s been a month since the AFC Championship game and still no word on the results of the investigation? The Brits didn’t investigate Jack the Ripper this long. After a few weeks they threw their hands up and said, “Well he’s a clever chap, that one! Off to the pub now, mates. Well done, the whole lot of you.”
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BUSTER THE RACCOON

imageAs baseball season winds down, I just wanted to tell one more story about when I used to work for the Pirates. If you missed the previous ones, this one is about the no-hitter in 1997 and this one is about a golf-cart mishap. I worked for the Pirates through high school and college doing odd jobs as a member of their support staff. By far, the worst job was the Pirate Parrot’s assistant. Weird, right? You would think hanging with a man dressed as a giant cartoon bird at a sporting event would be fun and exciting. NOPE. More like stressful and exhausting. Because the Parrot was a DICK.
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THE TRAGIC TALE OF DONNIE MOORE

imageMichael Keaton’s latest film, Birdman, looks promising and I can’t wait to see it. The Pittsburgh native has always been one of my favorite actors. The other night I was reading about Birdman on the Internet before going to bed. I waste way too much time reading about movies. I usually decide it’s too late to watch one, but then I spend three hours on the Internet reading stupid shit.
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THE WASHINGTON WHATCHAMACALLITS

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There are very few things that I feel strongly about. Basically, I am a very shallow person. I love my family and my television. That’s it. Oh, I also like burgers. Everything else I pretty much don’t give a shit about. There are some issues that I am lukewarm on. Gays should be allowed to marry. Why not. Fuck, people could marry donkeys for all I care. Men shouldn’t hit women and people shouldn’t shit in the streets. That’s actually one more thing I feel strongly about. I can’t imagine how enraged I would be if I was taking a stroll and stepped in human shit. If someone was going to do it on a rare occasion for laughs, that would be fine. I would actually find it funny. But if shitting in the streets became a “thing” I would be so pissed. I’m fully aware that they do this in some countries like China and India, which is why I never plan on stepping foot in any of those places. Oh, I also lack culture. I don’t have any ambition to travel. The view in real life is never as spectacular as anything on my HDTV.
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