In case you haven’t been following, I’ve had a bit of a fascination this NFL season with my theory of the Thursday Night Football Quarterback Curse. Basically, with the exception of Thanksgiving and maybe two or three lone performances, every QB that has played on Thursday this season has either been lackluster or just flat out awful. Many of us expected that to change last week when Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos played the Oakland Raiders, but he was just good enough to win.
While actual NFL players and more intense fans might say the fact that he won is all that matters, some of us depend on a little more from these guys for fantasy football. That means Manning only netted us between 13 and 20 points, which made us sad. At least our supermodel girlfriends were there to organize threeways to comfort us.
Can Nick Foles and Andy Dalton snap this incredible trend? Probably. We don’t expect it from them, so they’d be the best candidates. But I hope not, because it’s more fun to believe that a mystical force is making QBs suck.
Thursday Night Football: Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles – 8:30 PM ET on NFL Network
Additionally, all season I’ve been bitching about the poor quality of games on Thursday Nights, which is a valid complaint, seeing as the NFL is simply using these NFL Network games to try to lure another network into buying the rights. Watch this be the game that blows us away. Like, 55-54 or something nuts like that. It probably won’t happen, but it would be nice.
NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks – 8 PM ET on TNT
Let’s see, the Knicks are surprising everyone by playing the way that they should have been playing all along, so it’s basically not a surprise but whatever, and the Lakers are surprising everyone by losing games left and right while Dwight Howard takes a ton of heat for missing more than half of his free throws, despite that being his trademark for 7 seasons.
Obviously, the Lakers will win this game.
NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers – 10:30 PM ET on TNT
I love how David Stern throws a hissy fit over the Spurs resting their starters against the Heat a few weeks back, fines them $250,000 and yet here we are – still watching the Spurs on TNT. Do it again, Spurs. We implore you.
So does this golden retriever on an elephant’s head.