Well, all of our complaining and cursing did it… just kidding. The NFL owners and Roger Goodell did it – they got the referees to agree to a new deal and come back to work for Thursday Night Football. It had nothing to do with ESPN announcers going nuts on Monday Night Football (something the network, of course, boldly proclaimed was the reason for the new deal) or TJ Lang’s Tweets blowing up or even the NFL offices receiving 70,000 phone calls from livid fans in the hours after the Seattle Seahawks may have been handed a win they didn’t deserve.
Nope, it was those brave owners and the hard-working commissioner who stuck it out and did what was in the best interest of their sport. They made sure that the refs didn’t get the few million dollars they were asking for from the league’s $10 billion in annual revenue. And even if the refs didn’t agree, those replacement fellas weren’t bad at all. Either way, make sure you thank your team’s owner when you see him or her. Just don’t touch him, you pathetic, lowly scum.
Thursday Night Football: Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens – 8:20 PM ET on NFL Network
Gene Steratore and his gang of better-than-average officials will take the field tonight to make sure that the Ravens stomp the Browns with little to no bad calls. Expect a standing ovation from the crowd when the officials take the field, followed by a huge “BULLSHIT” chant when one of those officials makes the first bad call.
NCAA Football: Morgan St. at North Carolina A&T – 7:30 PM ET on ESPNU
Or watch a Seinfeld rerun on TBS like me.
WNBA: New York Liberty at Connecticut Team Name – 8 PM ET on ESPN2
Today I learned: The WNBA playoffs have begun.
Impact Wrestling – 8 PM ET on Spike
I had so much fun guessing about last week’s main event, so I’m going to try again – Sting will finally confront Samoa Joe and Jeff Jarrett about their partnership that cost Scott Steiner his title shot against Hulk Hogan. Feel free to swap any of those names around.
NCAA Football: Stanford Cardinal at Washington Huskies – 9 PM ET on ESPN
I have adopted Stanford as one of my teams to cheer for this season if my team eventually (inevitably) lets me down, because the Cardinal was kind enough to ruin Lane Kiffin’s season. Anybody that does that deserves a medal of honor.
WNBA: San Antonio at Los Angeles – 10 PM ET on ESPN 2
One day I’ll learn the WNBA team names.