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Murray's Mailbag: When will the community step up to support Nevada football?

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Jay Norvell has had a lot of success the last two years, but Nevada's fan base has been slow to come around. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

Lots of questions this week, so let's go. Thanks, as always, for the inquiries.

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That's the million dollar question.

Nevada, despite pretty good success the last two seasons, ranks 119th out of 130 FBS teams in attendance at 16,079 fans per home game. The only Mountain West school lower is San Jose State, which has been brutal and draws 15,908 fans per game. The Wolf Pack's season-ticket base has fallen six straight seasons, from a high-water mark of 12,783 in 2013 to 7,877 this season. That's a decrease of nearly 5,000 fans (38.4 percent). Now, that predates Jay Norvell, so I don't think this is a Coach Norvell problem. I think this is a Wolf Pack problem. Really, it's a college football problem as attendance across the nation has dipped slightly, but not as sharply as we've seen at Nevada.

Here are some of the issues.

Television: This is the biggest issue. Almost every game is available on television or via stream. And the television product is so good it de-emphasizes the need to go to games.

Late kickoffs: While my research has shown Nevada has had higher announced attendances at night games than day games over the last decade, the late kickoff do have an impact in actual attendance.

Opponents: The Wolf Pack has opted for "buy games" on the road rather than scheduling two-for-ones with Power 5 teams, so the non-conference home slate hasn't been great. The Wolf Pack's upcoming non-conference home games are against UTEP and UC Davis (2020), Idaho State and New Mexico State (in 2021) and Texas State and Incarnate Word (in 2022). That might help the win-loss record, but nobody wants to see that. And it's getting harder and harder to get Power 5 teams to play games on the road, although some series with American Athletic Conference teams would be nice.

Tailgating: Nevada has turned some free tailgating areas into paid areas, and while everybody has to make a buck, I do think that has impacted attendance.

Length of games: Television timeouts are brutal. Nevada's average game length at home this season is 3 hours, 23 minutes. It was 3:31 last season. In 2013, that number was 3:14. Games shouldn't be longer than three hours.

Playing style: Coach Norvell's job is to win games first and foremost, but it's not like Nevada is playing high-scoring, fast-paced, exciting games for the most part. At least with Chris Ault's teams you knew you'd see a lot of points scored.

Championship level: Nevada hasn't won a championship since 2010, so there hasn't been a rallying point for fans to coalesce around the team. Throw in some brutal losses to UNLV (at home in 2013 and 2015 under Brian Polian) and on the road against UNLV after leading 23-0 last season, and that might have driven fans away who only really check in for the rivalry game. This year's blowout losses (four of them) probably had an impact, too.

As an astute Twitter friend said: "They just need to have 2 p.m. kickoffs not on television, not over 3 hours against teams like Oregon, Alabama, Michigan and Oklahoma with both teams scoring in the 40s and people will show up." It's not that drastic, but the combination of the things above have contributed to a relative lack of support from the community, which rallied around Nevada basketball under Eric Musselman but hasn't done the same with football. (Given the shorter length of basketball games, the better in-game experience for basketball games and the fact you don't have to sit outside for basketball games, I do think it's easier to draw in hoops).

Even in 2010, the historic football season with a once-in-a-generation talent (Colin Kaepernick), Nevada drew 10,906 and 11,558 fans in its final two home games before the regular-season finale against Boise State, which drew a sellout of 30,712. The Wolf Pack then traveled about 30,000 people to San Francisco for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, so the fans are out there. I don't know why they don't go to Mackay Stadium on a regular basis.

I just don't think Northern Nevada is much of a sports town. The Reno Aces ranked second to last in the PCL in attendance this season. Reno didn't support the G League Bighorns and lost the franchise. It lost a minor-league hockey team (the Rage/Renegades) before that. It lost the old Reno Silver Sox (two different versions of that team). There have been some success stories. Nevada basketball has been supported well of late, although it also didn't draw when two local stars (Luke Babbitt and Armon Johnson) played for the Wolf Pack en route to the NBA in a circumstance that will never be repeated. Reno 1868 FC has drawn OK (17th out of 36 teams). But, on the whole, this is a transient area that offers enough variety of activities that sports are a harder draw.

But unless Nevada football plays at a championship level for an extended period of time like Boise State has, I don't think the Wolf Pack will ever draw all that well. There are always excuses. This week's game against UNLV will be a good test. Nevada is playing well and hosting its in-state rival with a noon kickoff with the game televised on a second-tier, hard-to-get network (AT&T SportsNet). But will Nevada sell out its 27,000-seat facility? No. Will it even get to 22,000 to 23,000? It's going to be cold and possibly snowy. Like I said: There are always excuses.

You hit the key reason for wanting an extension in your question: to put a buyout in place in case a Power 5 program tries to take your coach. I don't think Nevada is necessarily at risk with Coach Norvell, although he does check a lot of boxes: (a) Power 5 coordinator experience; (b) experience on the offensive side of the ball; (c) excellent human who would interview well; and (d) has shown a history of winning at the Group of 5 level. But I just don't think, given his age (56, although he looks like he's in his early 40s) and the lack of a divisional title, Nevada is at risk of losing its coach. You obviously want to put that stiff buyout in before Power 5 teams come around, so doing so this year could make some sense. But I don't know where the revenue comes from for a big raise. If Nevada does give Coach Norvell an extension, he's certainly earned it over the last two seasons. He would be deserving. But I would wait one more year and not take on the risk associated with locking up another coach long term when Nevada already has a men's basketball coach on a 10-year fully guaranteed deal. Nevada's point differential this season (minus-145) also is a little scary.

I do think Coach Norvell will get an extension and raise if he beats UNLV on Saturday and/or wins a bowl game.

So you're arguing for $1 million per season? I don't see that happening. "If there's a will, there's a way" does not explain how you'd actually pay for such an increase. Per Nevada's latest numbers, Wolf Pack football ran a $1.229 million shortfall in fiscal year 2018. In fiscal year 2019, Nevada football's ticket sales were $3,657,498 compared to men's basketball's $5,838,621. That's why Nevada has been able to spend more on coaches in basketball. The revenue is there to back up such an investment.

I'll be looking into the statistical oddity of Nevada's record versus its point differential when the season ends. It has been pretty crazy. But fun. Predictability is not fun. This season has been anything but predictable.

Nothing is ever a lock, but I think Nevada is in. There are 70 bowl-eligible teams for 78 spots right now with 13 more teams potentially getting eligible. The current forecast is for there to be 79 bowl-eligible teams for 78 spots. It'd be pretty crappy if a seven-win Nevada was left out over six-win teams even if Nevada lost to UNLV, which I don't think is going to happen. The Wolf Pack also got some good news when Fresno State, Colorado State and San Jose State all lost last week, eliminating them from bowl eligibility. The MW is locked in with seven bowl-eligible teams for five bowl tie-ins. Throw in a potential New Year's Six bowl for Boise State or Hawaii going to the Hawaii Bowl plus the MW's three backup bowls and Nevada should be fine even if it isn't in a MW-affiliated bowl. My best guess is the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Boise State needs help. It is already behind Cincinnati and Memphis in the College Football Playoff committee's rankings and only has Colorado State and Hawaii remaining, and neither of those teams are going to boost the Broncos' résumé. Cincinnati plays at Memphis on Saturday, so one of those teams is going to lose while the other is strengthened. Boise State basically needs: (a) to win out and (b) have the winner of Saturday's Cincinnati and Memphis lose the AAC title game. Oddly, Cincinnati and Memphis could play again in the AAC title game. If those teams split their matchups, Boise State could get the Group of 5's New Year's Six bowl spot. But the Broncos don't really control their destiny. Nevada should be rooting for Boise State to get into that bowl. It would secure about $330,000 for the Wolf Pack.

Chris Ault. He inherited a Division II independent program with little history of winning and bulldozed his way into the Big Sky then the FBS with the move to the Big West then the WAC and finally to the Mountain West. You can't compare Trent Johnson's five-year run or Eric Musselman's four-year run (both of which were great) with four decades of moving an entire athletic department forward. Nobody will ever touch Ault's impact with the Wolf Pack.

Coach Norvell didn't have much of an update Monday on WR Romeo Doubs, who left the Fresno State game with an injured right shoulder. “Really not sure where he’s going to be this week," Norvell said. "We don’t know if he’s going to be available in this game, but we sure hope he is.” In the last six games, Doubs has caught 34 passes for 566 yards and four touchdowns, so he's been playing great.

Well, Nevada has played two cold-weather games this season and lost to Hawaii 54-3 in one of them and lost to Utah State 36-10 in the other, so I don't think the Wolf Pack has a patent on playing well in the cold.

I have no idea if Nevada will make a change at offensive coordinator in the offseason, but I do think it is a little insulting to ask if Matt Mumme has learned enough to keep the job. If a change is made, it will be to dovetail philosophical beliefs on how to run Nevada's offense with matching play-calling. Mumme's a fine coach.

For starters, the play-calling is a collaboration. Coach Norvell and Coach Mumme have called plays together all season. Coach Norvell took a larger role starting with the New Mexico game, but it remains a collaboration.

Some quick stats from the eight games prior to New Mexico and the three games since (when Coach Norvell took a larger role).

First eight games: 19.1 points per game, 357.1 yards per game, 4.83 yards per play (average ESPN FPI defensive rank of opponent of 69)

Last three games: 24.3 points per game, 334.3 yards per game, 5.17 yards per play (average ESPN FPI defensive rank of opponent of 79)

So it's a misnomer Nevada's offense has flipped some sort of a switch because of a different play-caller. Nevada has upped its point output (against slightly easier defenses) by 5.2 points, which is a significant number. But it hasn't really moved the ball better. All of that improvement has come in the red zone. In the first eight games, Nevada scored touchdowns on 38.5 percent of its red zone appearances. In the last three games, Nevada scored touchdowns on 70 percent of its red zone appearances. Nevada's defense also has improved over the last month, which has helped the offense. Against Fresno State, Nevada had scoring drives that started on the Bulldogs' 34-yard line (following an interception) and 25-yard line (following a long punt return).

Nevada's offense has been a little better over the last three games, but that's because of: (a) fewer turnovers; (b) fewer penalties; and (c) better red zone efficiency. Is that because of play-calling and/or coaching? It certainly could be, especially the red zone efficiency. But it also could be because Carson Strong is healthy now and more experienced as a redshirt freshman, so he's done a much better job of limiting turnovers. I have noticed Nevada's communication in getting plays in seems smoother in the last three games, which could help with Nevada getting fewer false starts and giving Strong and the line more time to make pre-snap reads. Nevada also has settled on one quarterback, which helps the offense. How much of the offensive improvement (which has been noticeable but relatively minimal) been because of play-calling versus the growing experience of the unit/level of defenses it has faced? I don't know, but I don't think it is as much as the fans believe it to be.

The only thing I know for sure is I will not be Nevada's offensive coordinator next season.

It's probably a lot of stuff, but experience, better pass protection and better health are the big keys for me. He's limited the turnovers (only one in the last three games), he's completing passes (67.9 percent over the last four games) and making big plays in the red zone. That's what you want from your quarterback. He's had the progression you want to see a freshman make over the course of his first year. He's been more a care-taking of the offense than shooting for big plays, and that's fine for a freshman. The first key is to not lose the game and then you can build from there. His yards per pass attempt is 5.8, which is super low. You want somewhere around 7.5 per attempt. So that should grow over the years. But the way he played against Purdue and the way he's played in the last month should make Wolf Pack fans feel comfortable he's the long-term guy. He should be much better off the next three years after going through this season. Nevada's offense is as explosive as Coach Norvell wants it to be, but he's had to make adjustments to squeeze the most out of this season. With Nevada returning 10 offensive starters next season, perhaps 2020 is the year the offense takes a big jump forward.

Colorado State. SDSU has won three Mountain West title since 2012, so I wouldn't say they're wasting money. Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo makes $1.8 million per season and is 28-34 overall, 20-19 in the MW and is 7-16 the last two seasons. He's 2-13 in rivalry games (versus Colorado, Air Force, Wyoming). Colorado State spends $21,696,561 on football. That's almost twice as much as Boise State ($11,803,457). Nevada is at $10,037,079. Colorado State is the clear answer here.

Nevada has converted 11-of-19 fourth downs, which is 57.9 percent. That ranks 49th in the nation.

As for third-down conversions against Fresno State, the Wolf Pack completed 7-of-15 third downs. It really came down to first and second down. On the seven third downs Nevada converted, the average yards to gain for a first down was 3.7 yards. On the eight third downs Nevada did not convert, the average yards to gain for a first down was 7.3 yards. The Wolf Pack converted only one of its six third downs that required the team to gain more than five yards. Really, it came down to Nevada running the ball. The Wolf Pack rushed for a season-high 254 yards, so it was in much better positions on third down. The run game was the key to the win.

Per my sources, Nevada does want fans to attend the game. I know the players loved the BlackOut uniform. They've been asking for those for years. They seem pumped. And I can't imagine fans will not attend the game because Nevada is running a BlackOut promotion.

I have a running breakdown of Nevada's known verbal commitments here. The Wolf Pack has nine known commitments, which is a little light for this period of the season based on Norvell's history of recruiting but still the fourth most in the MW. 247Sports.com ranks Nevada's current class fourth in the conference. Vai Kaho's final three appears to be Nevada (which he is verbally committed to), Tennessee and Colorado. I would guess the Bishop Manogue linebacker ends up going to one of those Power 5 schools, but that's purely a guess.

I agree. Nevada only has one rivalry trophy, and it's the coolest trophy in college football, but it would be nice to add a second rivalry trophy. If Nevada and Boise State played every year, I'd want the trophy to be awarded in that game, but they don't, so the Fresno State game will have to work. Bulldogs play-by-play announcer Paul Loeffler said on NSN Daily last week Nevada-Fresno State should have a trophy over some of the Bulldogs' games that do have trophies (the San Diego State and Boise State series both have them). Will it happen? Probably not. But it'd be cool. And I like the canine route you're going for.

I know Eric Musselman and his staff read them. I got a few texts from them before last year's game at New Mexico where I identified a key I thought was important they had not identified as important against the Lobos. Nevada went on to lose that game, 85-58. Not because of the keys or anything like that, but Coach Musselman is a veracious reader, so, yes, he read a lot of stuff I wrote, including the keys. And I know of at least one player in the David Carter era who did not like to talk to me for post-game interviews after road contests if I picked the team to lose the game. I have no idea if Coach Alford's staff/players read them. Same with Coach Norvell. But I do put a good amount of time into them to better understand Nevada's opponents. It has paid off so far as I'm 8-2-1 against the spread with my football picks. Alas, I haven't bet any of the games in real life.

I'm not sure what you're trying to ask here. Carson Strong has punted nine times with six being downed inside the 20, so, yes, that has cut into Conaway's numbers. But I doubt he cares.

Coolest? Yes. But best? That would be Pat Brady, who has the NCAA record with a 99-yard punt and played for the Steelers from 1952-54, leading the league in punting in 1953 and 1954 while averaging 44.5 yards per attempt in his NFL career before a career-ending torn Achilles. Also worth noting is Horace Gillom, who created the 15-yard drop in the NFL and finished second in the AAFC in punting average as a rookie season in 1947 at 44.6 yards per attempt. Paul Brown once said of Gillom: "There has never been a better punter than Horace." Gillom isn't in Nevada's Hall of Fame but he deserves it. Gillom, an end and punter, played for the Cleveland Browns for 10 seasons, winning three AAFC titles and three NFL titles.

No. He has already been fired but will coach against Nevada this weekend.

For those who don't know Jim, he razes me on Twitter about Nevada's offensive line, believing I do not give the group enough credit. Entering the Fresno State game, Nevada ranked last in the MW in rushing yards per attempt (3.1) and second to last in sacks allowed (25). The Wolf Pack's offensive line has not been good this season, but it was great against Fresno State, which is why I named the Union my game MVP in the Monday Review. The line was good against Fresno State. It has been below average this season. With the current starting five returning, it should be better next year. It's been an inconsistent group.

The level of opponent has fallen pretty substantially. Davidson is ranked 69th by KenPom. Fordham is 187th and Valpo is 205th. Nevada basically went from playing a San Diego State-level team at Davidson to playing two Air Force-level teams at the Paradise Jam. That's the biggest difference. But Jalen Harris has played like a star in the Paradise Jam and the bench has been highly effective, too. Neither of those things happened against Davidson. That was Nevada's worst game of the season by far. Way too many turnovers, no defense, too much isolation ball. Tonight's game against Bowling Green will be a good test. It is basically the same caliber of team as Utah, although it's a better matchup for Nevada because the Falcons don't have much size.

Since Jalen Harris is a fourth-year junior, he could grad transfer elsewhere if he graduates this summer, so that's a big piece. But if he returns, you still have to replace Lindsey Drew, Jazz Johnson, Nisre Zouzoua and Johncarlos Reyes. That's three starters and your sixth man. That won't be easy. Yes, Nevada gets two sit-out transfers eligible in Desmond Cambridge (Brown) and Warren Washington (Oregon State), but that seems like an even trade at best. I don't see a huge jump for Nevada next season unless the incoming freshmen (and there are five of them) provide an instant impact or if Nevada adds an impact grad transfer in the offseason with its last scholarship.

Zane Meeks is a power forward and Johncarlos Reyes is a center, so I don't see that happening. If Meeks was put in the starting lineup, it would be for Robby Robinson. If Reyes was taken out of the starting lineup, it'd be for K.J. Hymes. Reyes and Robinson have a little more bulk than Meeks and Hymes, so I think that's why you've seen them in the starting five (for defensive purposes), but I could see some tweaks throughout the year.

They're complimentary pieces. You're not going to get big numbers for these guys, and Hymes and Meeks both had double-digit games in the Paradise Jam. All you really want from them is defense, rebounding and finishing around the rim. If you're expecting double-doubles from the group, you're not getting those. These guys are young and should improve over the years, but they're not stars. They're role players, and role players tend to be more inconsistent with their production.

In basketball? It could happen, but I'd take the slight under on that. Nevada would probably have to win 13 Mountain West games, including the conference tournament, to get to 20 wins, and that seems a little steep.

Peak and gel in March, yes. I'm not so sure about coalesce. But it's going to be hard to beat Utah State in the MW Tournament if the Aggies are healthy. That's a pretty darn good team. Nevada shoots the three well enough (and often enough) it could spring the upset, though.

Wolf Pack baseball coach T.J. Bruce said it's the best class he has signed at Nevada, so he's high on the group. As for this season, Nevada returns seven of its top-eight hitters but lost two weekend starters, including its Friday starter, as well as its closer and a key setup man. So it comes down to the pitching under the guidance of new pitching coach Troy Buckley, the former head coach at Long Beach State. Bruce has put together another tough non-conference schedule, although the MW schedule goes from 30 to 21 games, so that could yield some weird results (it's hard to tell that much in baseball in a 21-game sample size). The Wolf Pack will probably be picked to finish fourth or so in the eight-team Mountain West (Boise State is being added this season).

I haven't spoken to him since his injury, but I assume he'll rehab for Nevada football's pro day. He's a better football player than baseball player and his injury was to his left (throwing) shoulder, so I don't see him joining the baseball team.

In August, I wrote an article about which Mountain West teams could surprise and which ones could disappoint based on returning experience. Here is that article. The article highlighted Hawaii as the team most likely to surprise based on its returning experience. It highlighted Fresno State as the team most likely to underachieve based on its lack of returning experience. Both turned out to be dead on. While Fresno State was great the last two seasons, it returned only threes offensive starters and six defensive starters. Toss in a ton of injuries, especially to the offensive line, and a lot of closes losses, and that's how you fall so far in one season.

1. Patriots

2. Ravens

3. Seahawks

4. 49ers

5. Saints

6. Chiefs

7. Packers

With all due respect to the Vikings, those are the only teams I can see winning this year's Super Bowl.

So your issue is the fact Oklahoma has beaten good teams closely? Alabama hasn't beaten a current Top 25 all season. Utah and Alabama have combined to play two teams in the current Top 25. They're 0-2 against those teams. Beat somebody and you'll be ranked high. Oklahoma has two wins (Baylor, Iowa State) better than any win Alabama or Utah has.

1. Air Force, 41

2t. Nevada, 18

2t. Wyoming, 18

4. New Mexico, 16

5. Utah State, 7

6. Boise State, 3

7t. UNLV, Colorado State, San Diego State, Fresno State, San Jose State, 0

Nevada's last Rhodes Scholar came in 1968. Somebody is resting on its laurels.

My 2020 Nevada high school football 3A knowledge is limited, so I'll just say Fernley since it won the state title this season and returns three of its top-four rushers and four of its top-six tacklers, including its top two.

Our investigative reporter put in a public records requests with Washoe County School District asking for the reasoning for his firing and it was turned down based on the issue being a personnel matter. Jon Haskins has declined further comment on the matter. So while we basically know what happened based on multiple people off the record, we don't report off-the-record information with anonymous sourcing and nobody is talking on the record.

After upsetting Bishop Gorman, Liberty jumps into the role of favorite. Liberty played a ridiculous non-conference schedule, facing the No. 1 and 10 teams from Arizona, the No. 2 and 4 teams from California and the No. 4 team from Hawaii. Three of those were in the Top 25 in the nation. Four were in the top 75. Liberty went 0-5 in those games but has won eight straight since then, out-scoring its Nevada opponents, 379-62. So I'll take Liberty as long as it avoids an emotional letdown after the win over Gorman.

1. Damonte Ranch/Bishop Manogue has a better chance against Liberty than it would have had against Bishop Gorman, but that's probably still a pretty lopsided loss for the North.

2. It will be interesting to see. It was kind of odd to announce his firing today. UNLV's players could rally behind their coach and win one for him, which Nevada did for Brian Polian in 2016. Or it could quit and get blown out. UNLV is pretty bad. The Rebels needed a four-turnover edge to beat San Jose State by three points at home, and the Spartans are 1-6 in the MW. Nevada should win comfortably, although it should have last year, too. Some pretty big underdogs have won this game of late.

Not happening.

I hope it would be Liu Kang's dragon fatality move (see below).

Probably. A Top 25 season, which USC has barely had this year, does not cut it at that program. And that's the risk of signing your coach to a long-term extension when you don't need to. USC gave Helton an extension through 2023 prior to last season and it would cost about $20 million to fire him and his staff. Who was going to hire Helton away from USC? Why did the Trojans need to extend him? Don't extend just to extend. Athletic directors get in trouble when they do that.

I gave my six steps of punishment in last week's Monday Mailbag. But it's funny the Astros were reportedly using all of this technology to steal signs and they relayed the pitch type by BANGING ON A TRASH CAN. If you're going to cheat, you could relay the signs in a more tech-driven fashion.

The traps were quite a bit more severe in Home Alone 2, and I like brutality. I give the nod to Home Alone being better than Home Alone 2 since it was the original and Home Alone 2 is basically a remake, only in New York rather than Chicago and with a creepy bird lady rather than a lonely old man. But if I had to watch one of the two, I'd pick Home Alone 2 because the battle scene is more dramatic.

Alex Margulies made the trip, but that was because he is doing play-by-play for Nevada as part of Learfield Sports' broadcast, so they foot the bill. That's allowed him to double-dip and do coverage for us as well. Part of the agreement with me leaving the RGJ and coming to NSN was to limit my travel, and I've only covered one road game since the move, that being the NCAA Tournament game Nevada played against Florida. After spending 45 to 50 days in hotels every year from 2010-17, my goal was to stop doing that for more family time.

We don't have any specific traditions we do every year, but my whole family (parents, two brothers, sister) comes to Northern Nevada every Christmas (one brother lives in San Fran and my sister lives in Denver), so it is definitely a special time. It's the only time we are all in the same place every year.

Jeff Casteel's turkey has to have a ton of grit. And I assume Angus McClure stuffs his turkey with some Dodger blue. He's a big Dodgers fan.

I wouldn't do anything rash. The Dodgers won 106 games and were two innings away from beating the Nationals (better managing and they do win that game), and the Nats won the World Series. Los Angeles could bring back the exact same team and win the World Series, although I wouldn't do that. I'd sign Gerrit Cole or Anthony Rendon (my preference is Cole because pitching matters more in the postseason), trade Joc Pederson and Kike Hernandez to clear up some salary and try and find a hidden gem or two in the bullpen (spending big for bullpen pieces doesn't usually work out, but you can sift for a keeper or two). This is still a very good team.

The Oregon game I can explain. I cannot explain the Hawaii, Utah State or Wyoming games. Those ones don't make a lot of sense. Nevada was out-scored 121-16 in those games.

I'll take corn bread stuffing.

Turkey. Let's not over-complicate things. And I like stuffing.

People can listen to music whenever they want to. It doesn't impact me if some random person is listening to Christmas music. Do what makes you feel good. As for the top-five Christmas songs:

1. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) by Alvin & The Chipmunks

2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland

3. Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry

4. Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano

5. Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt

Tip of the cap to Someday at Christmas by Jack Johnson.

And also to you! I hope everybody enjoys their time with football, family and turkey Thursday. See y'all next week.

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