The JMRA Files

The JMRA Files: Frank’s Hot Sauce & Football

The return of NFL Sundays means it's time for chicken wings and hot sauce.

The first NFL Sunday of the regular season is in the books and as always, seeing the world’s greatest sport on display brought a huge smile to my face.

However, that was not the case last Thursday night prior to kickoff of the Minnesota/New Orleans opening tilt.

When players on both sides emerged from the sidelines and raised one finger to signify that they are one, it sent a chill down my spine.

The mere thought of a few Septembers or more without football is a rather harrowing thought. Yet, amidst potential disaster is a silver lining.

You see, I keep having this horrifying vision of Sundays rolling around with a ten-hour gap in my day not devoted to the NFL.

I’m nearly more worried about finding some sort of hobby than how the CBA will break out.

Yet, I need to have a few backup ideas just in case this whole football thing falls through.

The lead candidate in the clubhouse at this point is learning how to play an instrument. My weapon of choice is going to be a guitar because after all, what else is there?

I asked for a drum set and keyboard for six Christmases in a row as a kid. I eventually got an electric organ when I was eight but that went about as well as Jake Delhomme’s debut as a Cleveland Brown last week in Tampa.

The guitar poses a challenge but if I can successfully conquer levels of Guitar Hero, learning the guitar must be easy right?

Ok, maybe not. It’s worth a shot though.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: BAKED SPICY BUFFALO WINGS

I cooked these for a group of friends before last Sunday’s games. They didn’t vomit uncontrollably after disposing of them, so it seemed to work out just fine. The only warning related to the recipe is the hot sauce.

Heat up some Frank’s Red-Hot Sauce and butter instead of using the crazy hot sauce recipe attached to the link. Unless you’re gung-ho on spending a lot of time making hot-sauce, then keep it simple.

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK: RANDY, RANDY, RANDY

Much of the talk after New England crushed Cincinnati on Sunday revolved around Randy Moss’s post-game remarks about his contract. National Football Post’s Andrew Brandt provided an outstanding look at Moss and his previous contract situations since 2007.

One of the main morals of the story: we should have seen the Favre/Green Bay divorce coming from a mile away.

PERSON OF THE WEEK: ELISABETH MOSS

Recently, I got a stern talking to from a co-worker because I had finally picked up on week-to-week viewing of Mad Men…in Season Four. Hey, what I can say? I don’t bend on public opinion when it comes to television shows. I get to it when I get to it.

Don Draper isn't the only workaholic on Mad Men.

Nonetheless, if you devote an hour of television to any one episode from a show in the upcoming weeks, watch the Mad Men episode titled “The Suitcase”.  It’s probably one of the best episodes of any show I’ve ever watched.

The reason for the show’s powerful nature should be credited to actress and scientologist Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy Olson.

Don Draper is cool in every episode but in this go-around, Olson was every bit his flawed counterpart as they attempted to design an ad for Samsonite suitcases.

Olson and Draper developed into kindred spirits during the hour. They were two people who seemed incapable of clinging to any significant personal relationship for a long period of time because of dedication/addiction to work.

It’s an hour of television that should be watched and savored, over and over again.

While we are on the topic of great television shows, here are my favorite five television episodes of all-time:

1. Miami Vice: Definitely Miami

2.  The Cosby Show: Pilot

3. Miami Vice: Brother’s Keeper

4. Mad Men: The Suitcase

5. Grey’s Anatomy: What Have I Done To Deserve This? ***

***This episode revolves around George finally sleeping with the girl of his dreams, Meredith Grey. The only problem? Meredith, who was into it early on, began to cry during the act. On the emasculation scale from 1-10, this registered at a 900. By the way guys, this storyline arc is a doctrine on how not to pursue a woman. If you work and live with a girl and it takes this much effort to get attention from her, abort mission immediately. Terrible. No wonder she cried.

WEEK 2 GAME OF THE WEEK: NEW ENGLAND AT NY JETS

The thought of Bill Belichick theoretically slapping the Jets franchise in the face by sending them to an 0-2 record and severely cramping their chances of making the playoffs let alone getting to the Super Bowl is must-see television.

Let it be said, if the Jets don’t win this game…season over.

WEEK 2 WORST GAME OF THE WEEK: ST. LOUIS AT OAKLAND

Campbell. Bradford. Clayton. Heyward-Bey. Set your DVR now.

MOVIE TRAILER THAT FAILS TO DEPICT A WEEK 2 GAME: BROTHERS


Sunday Night Football will feature Manning Bowl II between Eli and big brother Peyton. The King leads the little brother 1-0. Somehow, the venom featured in this movie will not seep onto the field at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy.

JMRA Top 10 Power Poll:

1. Saints (1-0)

2. Patriots (1-0)

3. Ravens (1-0)

4. Packers (1-0)

5. Texans (1-0)

6. Titans (1-0)

7. Cowboys (0-1)

8. Jets (0-1)

9. Chargers (0-1)

10. Steelers (1-0)

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