It has snowed here in northern New Jersey three times this week. This amount alone triples the snow days we had last year (i.e., the infamous Halloween storm); it was even a White Christmas around here. It is a pity, though, that is is not supposed to snow today, because today is the final regular season Sunday and snow is football's natural habitat.
I have a niche collection of football cards featuring pictures in the snow, presented here so you can take in all the furious flurry glory:
You see here some usual suspects: New England, Buffalo, New York. Seeing Barry Sanders in the snow is odd, since he spent his home games in a dome. And while Brett Favre belongs in the snow, seeing Drew Brees (as a Charger no less) in the white stuff is a trip. And while I am not a card identifying sleuth like some, that 2011 Tom Brady card has a picture that is probably from the December 12, 2010 game vs. the Bears.
I am surprised, really, that card companies don't use more snow pictures, since they look 100x more awesome than regular action pictures.
Here you have more New England (obviously another from that aforementioned Bears game), some Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and an awesome shot of a Giant stuffing a Bronco in Denver. You also have another Brett Favre, and it makes sense that I have two of him in the snow, but I also have two cards of Steve McNair in the snow, and since he played his home games mostly in Houston and Tennessee, I find that a little weird. These are all the snow cards I own; if you have one you would like to donate or trade me, don't hesitate to let me know.
My football watching will be slightly muted today. The Saints have been out of it for a couple of weeks now, and seeing them beating up on a Panthers team that never cared this season is not high on my list of priorities. It is good news that they locked up Sean Payton for the next 5 years, so we won't have another off-season soap opera. I look forward to the Saints reloading next year for a wonderful eff-you season.
The Giants, on the other hand, have a slight chance to make the playoffs. How slight? Well, this slight (click on it, I'll wait). The Giants have to win (which has been quite a trick lately) and then the Vikings, Bears, and Cowboys all have to lose. While all of these circumstances are not impossible, all of them coming together at the same time is unlikely. So it will likely be a very somber playoff time here. If the Giants make the dance, I will be rooting for them, if not, I will pick a team to root for next week - yes I plan on doing this through the Super Bowl - and jump on the bandwagon with both feet. Until then, I think I'll go outside and throw some snowballs at children and on coming cars.