After a rather distrubing start to the season with all the off field issues and the like, it seems we’re getting back to normal. The New England Patriots are good, at least for this week. The New York Jets are not. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw another touchdown pass on Sunday. The 13 he threw in the first four games were already more than all the Jets quarterbacks threw all of last season. A quarterback change is coming in New York, maybe, and tempers are definitely flaring. Current starter Geno Smith was just fined $12,500 for cursing out a fan following last week’s demoralizing loss to the Lions. Head coach, blowhard and perennial potty mouth Rex Ryan had to come to his defense, which is sort of like Charlie Shean lecturing on the dangers of substance abuse.
While we’re on the subject of what’s wrong with this picture? Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has offered to counsel Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston about his personal conduct. That would be tantamount to Bing Crosby giving parenting advice to Adrian Peterson or perhaps Ike Turner offering helpful marriage tips to Ray Rice. Based on talent alone, Jameis Winston will be one of the top quarterback prospects in next year’s NFL draft. There are, however, a few… well let’s just say character concerns. Most recently, Winston was suspended for a game after making the most inappropriate public comments since a well lubricated Joe Nameth said to ESPN sideline reporter Suzy Kolber, “I couldn’t care less about the Jets struggling, I want to kiss you. And actually, what Winston said was a whole lot worse. Manziel thinks he can set him on the path to righteousness. Remember, this is the same guy who was investigated by the NCAA for allegedly selling autographs for profit, and has been photographed in compromising situations numerous times. Of course, now that Johnny Manziel is in the NFL, he’s the poster boy for maturity. It’s been two whole months since he flipped off the entire Redskins team during a preseason game. “I knew very well going into the draft last year it was going to be different for me and going to be time to grow up — that’s the path I chose,” Manziel said. He’s also said he sometimes misses college and will continue to live his life and have fun. Nothing against Johnny Football but I’m thinking Winston could probably find a better role model.
There are 32 teams in the NFL and we’ve already seen no fewer than 14 quarterback changes, some due to injury and others to performance, or lack thereof. The number can only go up. Is there a job with less security than NFL starting quarterback? Actually, yes. You could be the next kicker for the Detroit Lions. We’re all qualified only because we couldn’t possibly do any worse. The Lions just fired their kicker… for the second time in three weeks. Alex Henery had five chances to be a hero on Sunday. He blew it exactly 80% of the time and Detroit lost to Buffalo by 3. Henery replaced rookie Nate Freeze who was 3 for his first 7 attempts and released after two games. For the season, Lions kickers are a combined 4 of 12 on field goal attempts.
I hope you’re hungry because this week’s game day recipe is a good one. Few things excite a football fan more than the word dip. Put nacho in front of it and you’re a tortilla chip away from premature salivation. Last week’s Tomato Pineapple Salsa recipe might have looked a tad intimidating so I’ll simplify things with a classic Nacho Dip. I won’t even bother listing ingredients because most of them are optional. Starting by melting 16 ounces (half a block) of Velveeta over medium heat. Next, stir in a can of cream of mushroom soup or rotelle. Now here’s the beauty of this recipe. If you’re game already kicked off or you’re just plain lazy, you can dig in now and it won’t suck. I do encourage you to hold out at least long enough to add some good hearty protein. I recommend a can of prepared bean-less chili, or about a half pound of cooked ground beef, ground hot Italian sausage, or pulled pork. Finally, toss in about a quarter cup (more if you’d like) of chopped pickled jalapeno peppers along with an equal amount of sliced or diced black olives. Rip open that bag of corn chips and you’re good to go!
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