Paws and Claws: Week 16 Christmas Edition

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! And a Happy Festivus for the rest of us! In this week’s edition of Paws and Claws, I am going to attempt to inject some joy into the post, and make it more of a paws listing than claws. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy andprefer good news, but I, like so many, love to find things to bitch about, too. So we’ll have a go at a happy edition of P&C.

While reading around the interwebs today, I came across an interesting blog post written by the Charlotte Observer’s Scott Fowler, predicting the Panthers to win today, as they are favored in this game against division foe Tampa Bay! Not too long ago, Carolina played the Bucs, and, as has been for the majority of the season, lost in the closing quarter. But the Panthers are on a streak thus far, and seem to have found a way to stay ahead of its competition and put it away in the final quarter — a trend I would love to see continue.

In addition to not just the Panthers, but to…all but four teams, we are seeing NFL football being played on Saturday! Of course the logical reason being because Christmas is tomorrow; Sunday. Some may not like this decision. Some might abhor it, even…Maybe abhorring is a bit on the extreme side, but then the NFL does have its extreme fans, so why not? I love the decision though, for a variety of reasons. For one, anyone who is traveling today, and doesn’t want to listen to music can tune into a game! Next, for the most part, players will be with their families — as they should be — tomorrow! There’s no college football to watch today, so again it makes sense to have games being played today. I actually had a few more logical reasons, but they’ve since slipped my memory, so we’ll move on.

There has to be a claws side … or … Claus side to all of this. It is with great hope that if Santa Claus is able to spare a few minutes visiting an NFL stadium today, on the eve before he has to do his thing all over the world, that fans are courteous to him, and don’t throw snowballs at him like Philadelphia Eagles fans did in 1968.

Here’s wishing everyone a safe, and Happy Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Festivus!

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