I do not know who will replace Jason Witten in the booth, but I do know that if anyone, it will be someone internal. Peyton Manning is the home run swing, and I would give outside chances to Greg Olsen or Kurt Warner who have proven to be articulate.
There was no play in the 2018 NFL season that was more signature than the Patrick Mahomes no-look pass. They even nailed how casual it was, with him exchanging pleasantries with Russell Wilson right before launching a no-looker to Odell Beckham Jr. who successfully executed his most signature play, the one-handed catch.
There are 172 teams between the NFL and major college football, and for 171 of them, the season is already over. The Patriots will cruise to a Super Bowl victory next week because the universe owes us nothing, and Patriots fans will pretend that their 30th championship in the last 20 years is just as meaningful as the last 29.
Both the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots took home the hardware on championship weekend and are now one win away from being Super Bowl champions. However, if not for some horrendous officiating by the referees, Super Bowl LIII could very well be featuring the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs. This raised the question, which call was worse? The pass interference no-call? Or was it the roughing the passer that was called against the Chiefs?
To put it plainly, last Sunday was probably the best Championship Sunday in the history of the National Football League.
Just check the television ratings. The primetime AFC Championship Game, which saw the New England Patriots defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in overtime, scored 53.9 million views on CBS. It scored 27 percent higher than last year’s primetime conference championship game (the NFC Championship Game on FOX). The game was the fifth most-watched conference championship game in the last decade.
Under his eyes read a caption: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” Under that, the Nike swoosh. On a surface level, the picture and ensuing Nike ad are a noble endorsement of a civil rights icon. When we view them through a broader lens of hypocrisy, commodification and capitalism, a different picture starts to emerge.
Colin Kaepernick, with hair eclipsed only by his bank account these days, just struck a deal with Nike worth an estimated seven figures. In doing so, Nike has hitched its wagon to the epitome of failed movements in a misguided effort to unify a divided America and of course, garner revenue-generating publicity in the lowest of schemes.