Rob Woodfork, wtop.com
The 2012 NFL season has seemed especially difficult.
For the second time this season, something serious has forced us all to stop and take inventory of life outside the white lines.
When real life hits this hard, it's not only a time to grieve. It's a time to reflect and try to gain some perspective. It's a time to consider what we're doing and perhaps what we should be doing.
Chiefs QB Brady Quinn showed such perspective after Kansas City's 27-21 win over Carolina. Quinn hasn't exactly been a big name since college, but he came up huge not only in a rare Chiefs victory, but at the podium when he spoke to the media after it. If you haven't seen his postgame comments, here's the meat of what he had to say:
- "It was tough. I think it was an eerie feeling after a win because you
don't think that you can win in this situation. The one thing people can hopefully
try to take away, I guess, is the relationships they have with people. I know when
it happened, I was sitting and, in my head, thinking what I could have done
differently. When you ask someone how they are doing, do you really mean it? When
you answer someone back how you are doing, are you really telling the truth? We
live in a society of social networks, with Twitter pages and Facebook, and that's
fine, but we have contact with our work associates, our family, our friends, and
it seems like half the time we are more preoccupied with our phone and other
things going on instead of the actual relationships that we have right in front of
us. Hopefully people can learn from this and try to actually help if someone is
battling something deeper on the inside than what they are revealing on a day-to-
Well said, Brady.
This is part of why I think the team and the league were right to play this game as scheduled even though it came just 28 hours removed from an unspeakable tragedy. For some, their work is their sanctuary. For some, playing this game was therapeutic and necessary.
I've dealt with loss before. When my grandmother died, I went to work that day. When my father passed away unexpectedly, I missed less than a week even though I lived out of town. Right or wrong, my way was my way. People should have the right to choose.
The Chiefs asked to play this game, and we saw why. People deal with grief differently, and this is what Kansas City needed on this day. No grief counselor in the world could have given that locker room a three-hour diversion like this.
Plus, with the game now in the rearview mirror, all thoughts can now turn to where they belong: the family of Jovan Belcher, the family of Kasandra Perkins and the innocent little 3-month-old who very quickly and tragically became an orphan after a senseless act Saturday morning. Thoughts go to the Chiefs organization as well - nobody should have to witness what that team did Saturday.
Now, we respectfully move on to the Week 13 recap (sans the Chiefs/Panthers game for obvious reasons):
Still doubting the Atlanta defense? They picked off Drew Brees five times and snapped his record of consecutive games with a TD at 54. Either that or New Orleans played a prank on fantasy owners and put Tony Romo in a Brees jersey.
Make that three solid efforts in a row by Buffalo's defense. I'm far from a Bills fan, but I hope they keep coach Chan Gailey around long enough to see what he can do with a legit starting QB in the fold.
Bears 17 (OT)
The Offensive Rookie of the Year vote just got a lot closer. First, Russell Wilson engineered a huge win in Chicago...
...then Andrew Luck's game-winning drive to beat Detroit might have just closed the gap on an award that once seemed like a lock to go to RGIII.
Memo to Minnesota: Adrian Peterson can't do it all by himself. He'll get you close. But he can't do it by himself.
I won my fantasy game this week almost entirely on the back of the Houston D. That's all I've got for a game of which nobody seemed to want to play highlights.
A study has a gloomy forecast for U.S. amphibians.
Two brown bears rescued after 10 years in captivity.
Which big cat had some trouble coughing this up? (Photos)
Clothes have a starring role at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photos)