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The NFL Playoffs Are Here: MAGA Quarterbacks, Football on Nickelodeon, and More Thoughts on This Weekend’s Action

The NFL Playoffs Are Here: MAGA Quarterbacks, Football on Nickelodeon, and More Thoughts on This Weekend’s Action

The
highlight
of
last
year’s
World
Series
was
the
offensive
explosion
of
Tampa
Bay
Rays
outfielder
Randy
Arozarena.
The
mostly
unknown
outfielder
had
only
played
42
games
in
his
career
until
he
began
launching
home
runs
with
Ruth-ian
frequency,
smashing
10
in
the
postseason
and
three
in
the
World
Series.
The
thrill
of
his
incredible
run
was
that
he
had
come
out
of
nowhere:
It
was
as
if
a
superstar
at
the
peak
of
his
powers
had
been
dropped
from
the
sky.

The
NFL
has
had
two
of
those
this
month.
The
first
was
Los
Angeles
Rams
quarterback
John
Wolford,
who
had
never
thrown
a
single
pass
in
the
NFL
until
a
Week
17
playoff-clinching
victory
over
the
Arizona
Cardinals;
the
only
professional
team
he’d
ever
played
for
was
the
Arizona
Hotshots
of
the
now-defunct
Alliance
of
American
Football
league.
He
ended
up
starting
the
Rams’
first
round
game
against
the
hated
Seahawks
over
the
much
more
heralded
first-round
pick
Jared
Goff.
Instant
human
interest
story!

The
second
was
Washington
quarterback
Taylor
Heinicke,
a
journeyman
quarterback
who
had
most
recently
been
a
rostered
player
in
the
also-now-defunct
XFL
for
the
St.
Louis
BattleHawks.
When
that
league
ended
its
run
because
of
COVID-19,
Heinicke
returned
to
the
college
where
he
played
football,
Old
Dominion,
to
finish
his
engineering
degree.
But
last
month,
Washington,
because
of
injuries
and
COVID,
found
itself
short
on
quarterbacks
and
signed
him
to
its
practice
squad.
One
month
later,
after
starter
Dwayne
Haskins
was
cut
in
part
because

he
broke
COVID
protocols
to
attend
a
birthday
party
maskless
with
strippers
and
backup
Alex
Smith
was
injured,
Heinicke
got
the
start
against
Tom
Brady
and
Tampa
Bay
in
the
playoffs.
And

he
played
terrific,
the
best
play
his
team
got
at
the
position
all
year,
in
a
hard-fought
loss,
securing
his
feel-good
underdog
story.
Another
human
interest
story!

But
the
real
world
is
tough
and
complicated.

How
did
Wolford’s
story
end?
In
the
first
quarter,
Seahawks
safety
Jamal
Adams
hit
him
so
hard
that
it
not
only
knocked
him
out
of
the
game

he
was
taken
out
of
the
stadium
in
an
ambulance,
wearing
a
neck
brace.

How
did
Heinicke’s
story
end?
After
his
valiant
effort,
people
wanted
to
learn
about
this
scrappy
underdog.
And
that
meant
digging
into
his
past.
Heinicke’s
big
breakthrough,
after
years
of
striving,
happened
the
very
week
there
was
a
violent
insurrection
at
the
nation’s
Capitol.
And
it
turned
out
Washington’s
new
football
hero
was
a

loud,
outspoken
MAGA
guy.
In
the
Twitter
parlance:
He
got
Milkshake
Duck’d.

In
the
NFL,
remember,
if
you
find
yourself
whole-heartedly
and
unrestrainedly
enjoying
something

just
wait.


For
the
first
time
in
the
history
of
the
NFL,
a
playoff
game
was
shown
on
Nickeledeon.
Thanks
to
some
clever
Viacom
exec’s
perpetual
quest
for
corporate
synergy,
the
Saints-Bears
“Super
Wild
Card”
playoff
game
aired
on
the
kids’
network
(as
well
as
normal,
staid
CBS)
on
Sunday,
and
it
was
an
undeniable
success.
Kickers

aimed
at
SpongeBob’s
head,
there
was
a
kid
sideline
reporter
and
when
someone
scored
a
touchdown,
the
end
zone
exploded
in
slime.

It
was
a
blast—particularly
if
you
were
watching
the
game
with
a
nine
year
old
and
a
six
year
old
like
I
was—and
you
can
probably
count
on
the
experiment
becoming
an
annual
playoff
fixture.
Much
of
the
credit
could
be
laid
at
the
feet
of
the
announcing
team,
particularly
color
analyst
Nate
Burleson,
a
former
NFL
wide
receiver
and
current
“NFL
on
CBS”
pregame
show
host.
Burleson
was
the
perfect
person
to
talk
about
football
to
children
for
three
hours:
He’s
knowledgeable
about
the
game
but
light
on
his
feet,
funny
and
blessed
with
that
rare
gift
of
being
able
to
talk
to
children
without
talking
down
to
them.
My
favorite
moment
was
when
he
explained
how
a
play
clock
worked
by
saying
the
clock
was
like
your
grandmother
counting
down
from
three
when
she
wanted
you
to
do
something.
“If
you
don’t
do
what
she
says
by
the
time
she
gets
to
zero,
you’re
in
trouble,”
Burleson
said.
You
know:
That
would
make
me
hike
the
ball
faster.


Source : Will Leitch Link

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