Hey NFL Fans!
The fourth Thursday in November means two things to all fans out there—some holiday pigskin and a delicious turkey feast. There is no better combination for a guy like me, who loves some good football and food. Although the Thanksgiving games could have been a little closer, there were still some standout performances. I spent Turkey Day in the press box at Invesco Field, helping NFL Network up in the booth during the Giants-Broncos game. And let me tell you what an experience it was! You can’t even imagine all of the details that go into bringing a game to life on TV.
After walking around the field before the game and taking it all in, I had the privilege of sitting in on the referee and team meetings that traditionally are off-limits to anyone but top-ranking officials. I realized then that this director position really is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. We then headed up to the press box to assist NFL Network representative Mike North, who showed us everything about the inner workings of the TV and radio broadcasts. I even got to stand by and help him out during the game. What a rush… There are dozens of people on the inside that work tirelessly to bring a game to the folks at home. It was definitely an eye-opener.
After it all, I got to sit down and enjoy a beer and a brat that I had smelled since I set foot in the stadium. It was an incredible experience, so be sure to check out my pics and highlights on my official Facebook page. But, back to business… After consulting with the 32 Director of Fandemonium finalists, I give you the 2009 Turkey Leg Awards:
Best offensive performance: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers. I don’t care what team he was playing against, any time a player throws for almost 350 yards, with three 3 TD passes and a 124.7 passer rating, he deserves a Turkey Leg.
Best defensive performance: Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay Packers. The veteran racks up two interceptions and a forced fumble against the Lions’ rookie quarterback to go with six tackles. Experience shined through while the rookie looked like the turkey in this feast. Kudos to Matt Stafford for playing with a hurt non-throwing shoulder, though. That takes some toughness.
Best special teams performance: Matt Prater, K, Denver Broncos. Prater goes 4 for 4 on field goals and tacks on a couple of extra points for good measure en route to embarrassing the G-Men at Mile High. He also put five of his seven kickoffs in the end zone for touchbacks to help out his dominant defense. Turkey Leg goes to the man with the best leg this holiday, and it was definitely Prater.
So there you have it, the best Thanksgiving Day performances of 2009. Man, I wish real turkeys actually had three legs!!! Post your thoughts on the 2009 Turkey Leg Awards at www.facebook.com/fandemonium and www.twitter.com/monsterdof. Also, go read about the 32 Monster Director of Fandemonium finalists at www.nfl.monster.com and vote for your team’s representative. You could win tickets to join me at the Super Bowl in South Florida just for voting.
Aloha, and Happy Holidays.
Monster Director of Fandemonium
PS- What a game between the Pats and the Saints… Was anyone shocked by the outcome? Sound off!