Unexpected (and expected) Year in Review – 2012 NFL-ballooza

The 2012 regular season has come to a close and what a year it was. Here’s a look at the most Unexpected (and expected) outcomes of the year.

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Week 1: Tim Tebow starts

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When the New York Jets took the field for their first play of the season, Tim Tebow was out on the field with the starters. Well, it’s not what you think. Tebow lined up as a receiver for the Jets’ first offensive play, but starting quarterback Mark Sanchez didn’t look his way.

Tebow later joked, “I felt like I was open too.”

All in all, Tebow appeared in only nine offensive plays and didn’t account for much. Oh, and he was booed off the field, so there was that. This might have been the top highlight from (wait for it) … The Tebow Zone.

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Week 2: About those handshakes

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New Bucs coach Greg Schiano wasted no time ingratiating himself to Tom Coughlin, as he had the audacity to play the full 60 minutes and now allow the Giants to coast to a victory. That’s some nerve!

The Cardinals also improved to 2-0 this week with an improbable win over the host Patriots. Hey Patriots fans, remember that when your team has to go to Denver in the playoffs. Seriously, remember this kick?

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Week 3: The replacements

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Wow, I’ve never seen a Southwest “Wanna Get Away?” commercial happen for real.

Boy, this had to be a new low for the replacement officials.

Except this happened …

I still say it was a catch.

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Week 4: Tom Brady’s “derp” moment of the year

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Dude, who do you think you are? Thurman Thomas?

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Week 5: Chuck strong

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Michael Conroy/Associated Press

The Colts pulled off the upset in honor of coach Chuck Pagano.

It even brought a smile to Jay Cutler’s face.

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Week 6: Where is John Cena’s loyalty?

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Photo via WWE.com

John Cena‘s mantra is hustle, loyalty and respect. Well, at least two out of three isn’t bad.

Cena is a life-long New England Patriots fan, but he served as a New York Jets’ honorary co-captain at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. Seriously, he was leading the J-E-T-S JETS! JETS! JETS! chant. (And here’s him Touting about it.)

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Week 7: The five-second frenzy!
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You’ve got to love sports!

This all happened within five seconds of each other.

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Week 8: The day throwback uniforms died
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(Don Wright/Associated Press)

Oh boy, there are so many comments that can be made from these uniforms, let’s start with my top three (in descending order).

3. Hey look, it’s former the former WWF tag team, the Killer B’s of B. Brian Blair and Jumping Jim Brunzell.

2. I went to a Steelers game and a Blind Melon video broke out.

1. These Steelers uniforms were as bad as the “Three Stooges” remake, and look, they took those uniforms from them.

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Week 9: Blow your whistle with that mouth?
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As always, make sure your microphone is off at all times.

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Week 10: It’s a fake!

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What’s worse than being beaten by a fake punt?

Being burned by a fake punt for the second time in the same game!

Boy you hate to see that happen to Jim Harbaugh … in Opposite Land.

But wait, John Harbaugh wasn’t burned here.

And that came in a blowout! Normally you would be outraged. But it happened to the Raiders so it was hilarious.

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Week 11: Keep on smiling

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(National Football League)

Not sure what Chad Henne is smirking about here. He knows he plays for the Jaguars, right?

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Week 12: Bald is beautiful

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This might have been the coolest thing to happen this year.

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Week 13: Charlie Batch wins a game

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And the Cardinals couldn’t find one credible quarterback?

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Week 14: Speaking of the Cardinals

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This was the unofficial Unexpected (and expected) team of the year. But this happened.

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Week 15: Spiked

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Danny Amendola showed it’s not so easy to spike a football.

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Week 16: Megatron reigns supreme

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Megatron is a beast.

That is all.

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