Miami celebra el título de los Heat

Miami Heat celebra con un desfile en las calles de Miami el título de la NBA.

Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: The Larry O'Brien Trophy sits on display during a celebration for the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat rides in a victory parade through the streets during a celebration for the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The Heat beat the Oklahoma Thunder to win the NBA title. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: Fans cheer as Miami Heat players pass by in a victory parade through the streets during a celebration for the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The Heat beat the Oklahoma Thunder to win the NBA title. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrates during a rally for the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during a rally for the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat celebrates during a rally for the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

No. 2 Miami hopes to avoid slip-up against Pitt

In this Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 file photo, Miami quarterback Malik Rosier, right, hands off the football to running back Travis Homer (24) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia in Miami Gardens, Fla. Pittsburgh plays Miami on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

No. 2 Miami hopes to avoid slip-up against Pitt

In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 file photo, Pittsburgh running back Darrin Hall (22) stretches to try to score as North Carolina linebacker Cole Holcomb (36) tackles him during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Pittsburgh. Miami plays Pittsburgh, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Miami Rescue Mission Provides Thanksgiving Feast For Homeless

The Miami Rescue Mission is continuing their Thanksgiving tradition by feeding the homeless.

Miami Rescue Mission Provides Thanksgiving Feast For Homeless

The Miami Rescue Mission is continuing their Thanksgiving tradition by feeding the homeless.

Miami Rescue Mission Provides Thanksgiving Feast For Homeless

The Miami Rescue Mission is continuing their Thanksgiving tradition by feeding the homeless.

Miami Rescue Mission Provides Thanksgiving Feast For Homeless

The Miami Rescue Mission is continuing their Thanksgiving tradition by feeding the homeless.

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO Basketball/Basquetbol-Trofeo MVP

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO Basketball/Basquetbol-Trofeo MVP.- 23 de noviembre de 2017, aspectos del trofeo MVP, el cual se encuentra en México con motivo de los partidos de la NBA el 7 de diciembre de 2017 entre los Nets de Brooklyn contra los Thunders de Oaklahoma y el 9 entre los Nets contra el Miami Heat. Foto: Agencia EL UNIVERSAL/Ariel Velázquez/MAVC

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO Basketball/Basquetbol-Trofeo MVP

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO Basketball/Basquetbol-Trofeo MVP.- 23 de noviembre de 2017, aspectos del trofeo MVP, el cual se encuentra en México con motivo de los partidos de la NBA el 7 de diciembre de 2017 entre los Nets de Brooklyn contra los Thunders de Oaklahoma y el 9 entre los Nets contra el Miami Heat. Foto: Agencia EL UNIVERSAL/Ariel Velázquez/MAVC

Dion Waiters and the Heat snapped the Celtics' 16-game winning streak

The Miami Heat, behind Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic, snapped the Boston Celtics 16-game winning streak on Wednesday.

Dion Waiters and the Heat snapped the Celtics' 16-game winning streak

The Miami Heat, behind Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic, snapped the Boston Celtics 16-game winning streak on Wednesday.

Miami Rescue Mission Provides Meals For Those In Need

While most of South Florida slept in Thanksgiving morning, dozens of people e were busy whipping up a holiday feast for thousands more people arriving soon at the Miami Rescue Mission.

Miami Rescue Mission Provides Meals For Those In Need

While most of South Florida slept in Thanksgiving morning, dozens of people e were busy whipping up a holiday feast for thousands more people arriving soon at the Miami Rescue Mission.

Miami Rescue Mission Provides Meals For Those In Need

While most of South Florida slept in Thanksgiving morning, dozens of people e were busy whipping up a holiday feast for thousands more people arriving soon at the Miami Rescue Mission.

Miami Rescue Mission Provides Meals For Those In Need

While most of South Florida slept in Thanksgiving morning, dozens of people e were busy whipping up a holiday feast for thousands more people arriving soon at the Miami Rescue Mission.

Clemson-South Carolina, Georgia-Georgia Tech top ACC week

Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert (6) hands off the football to wide receiver Joe Reed (2) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Dolphins QB Cutler remains in concussion protocol

Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler (6) takes his time to get up after he was sacked during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Miami Dolphins offensive guard Jesse Davis (77) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ryan Russell (95) stand over Cutler. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Dolphins QB Cutler remains in concussion protocol

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler (6) looks up from the sidelines during the last moments of the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, in Miami Gardens, Fla. With three consecutive losses, all in prime time, the Miami Dolphins try to regroup and save their season. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

Tom Giles, Kayce Smith and DJ Bean discuss the Celtics' 16-game winning streak being snapped by the Miami Heat.

Five Memorable NFL Thanksgiving Moments

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

In lieu of a hot take du jour, here are my five wildest Thanksgiving NFL moments for you to enjoy while awaiting the inevitable political trigger word that ruins this federally mandated holiday for you and your loved ones. (And here’s the schedule of today’s Turkey Day games.)

5. New York Jets vs. New England Patriots, 2012: The Butt Fumble

The Rex Ryan era had already crashed. This was the beginning of “the lost years” between Ryan and Todd Bowles.

With New England already leading 14–0 in a night game at MetLife Stadium, Sanchez took a snap out of the I formation, frantically faked a pitch to his tailback and a handoff to his fullback. He was alone now in the backfield, seeming to realize at that moment the play was horribly busted.

His instinct? Run.

Four yards in front of Sanchez, Brandon Moore, perhaps the most underrated player of the Ryan era, was working against Vince Wilfork. The two were in a sumo-style grapple when Sanchez tries to wrap around Moore’s backside and keep pushing the ball upfield. Moore is pushed back just slightly, and the sudden change in direction and velocity forced Moore’s butt to literally twerk into Sanchez’s face. Sanchez falls to the ground like Michael Spinks and Steve Gregory, a Patriots defensive back, is there to take it 32 yards for the score.

As a young beat reporter for The Star-Ledger at the time, I missed Thanksgiving dinner with my family in Pennsylvania that night to cover the game. But I saw a grown man knocked out by another grown man’s butt. And in a lot of ways, that was better than any turkey dinner.

4. Chicago Staleys vs. Buffalo All-Americans, 1921: Pre-Deflategate NFL stupidity

Back in 1921, the Buffalo All-Americans were rolling. They’d beaten everyone—the Columbus Panhandles, the New York Brickley Giants, the Rochester Jeffersons and the Dayton Triangles. They also beat the Chicago Staleys 7–6 on Thanksgiving in a game that broke wide open on Waddy Kuehl’s 40-yard reception.

The Staleys, sore that the game had broken up their perfect record, asked the All-Americans for a post-season exhibition rematch. The Staleys won said rematch and, according to “Who Really Won in 1921” by Ken Crippen, “Buffalo claimed that the second game was just a post-season ‘exhibition’ game, and it should not count in the final standings. Chicago claimed that the Association did not have a set date for the end of the season, therefore the second game could not have been held in the ‘post-season.’”

The Staleys essentially pulled out the Rustin Cohle “time is a flat circle” argument—what is the end anyway?—and leveraged the rematch victory to earn themselves the championship.

Imagine how much more complicated your drunk Thanksgiving uncle’s NFL takes would be without a clear dividing line between the regular season and playoffs. Thanks, Staleys.

3. Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1989: What is a kicker’s life worth?

Once upon a time, player bounties appeared quite common. Leading up to a ho-hum matchup between the 1989 Buddy Ryan-led Eagles and the Jimmy Johnson-led Cowboys, Ryan apparently wanted to ensure a few Cowboy players would not be making it through the game.

One was Troy Aikman. According to The Dallas Morning News, knocking the young quarterback out would result in payment of $500.

The other was kicker Luis Zendejas—Luis Zendejas!—who was worth $200. Poor Zendejas.

From the News:

“Afterward, in his news conference, Johnson claimed Ryan had placed a $200 bounty on Zendejas and a $500 bounty on Aikman. Zendejas told reporters Eagles special teams coach Al Roberts and Philadelphia punter John Teltschik warned him before the game he would be targeted. Once the Eagles put the finishing touches on their victory, Johnson wanted to confront Ryan and discuss the matter.

“I would have, but he wouldn't stay on the field long enough,” Johnson said that day. “He got his fat rear end into the dressing room.”

A great line from the broadcast team of John Madden and Pat Summerall after Aikman was leveled by Britt Hager a few seconds after the whistle, leading to a massive brawl in the end zone (the whole broadcast is here):

Summerall: We need the Marquess of Queensberry here!

Madden: They need a cage to put these guys in. A cage match!

Summerall: Maybe they forgot it’s Thanksgiving.

2. Detroit Lions vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1998: Head tails, the third side of a coin

Then 7–4, the Pittsburgh Steelers were taken to overtime by an underwhelming, Bobby Ross-led Lions team. What happened during that game is not important. What happened just before the Lions got the ball and scored in overtime is.

Referee Phil Luckett looks at both sets of captains and shows them the coin: Heads, tails, tails heads. Call it, please, in the air.

Jerome Bettis says “Head-Tails!”

Luckett, with beautifully unintentional comedic timing: “Heads is the call!”

Bettis: “I said tails.”

Luckett, on the microphone for everyone in the stadium to hear: “He said heads! It is a tails.”

Bettis looks over at the television camera, eyebrows raised. Luckett, for the rest of the season, is berated by players during the coin toss who scream their intended choice over and over again. The world continues to be an unfair place.

1. Cowboys vs. Redskins, 1974: The legend of gun-slingin’, teammate-punchin’ Clint Longley

How can you not get fired up about this after hearing the NFL Films intro?

On Thanksgiving Day, 1974, Tom Landry and an obscure rookie quarterback witnessed what appeared to be a horrid chapter in Cowboy history. Trailing the Redskins 16–3, the Cowboys’ only hope was Roger Staubach, a savior of lost causes. But neither saviors nor saints could deter a man who knew the only sin was losing. When the Redskins knocked captain comeback unconscious in the third quarter, all that stood between them and victory was a baby-faced rookie quarterback named Clint Longley…

The segment, which will remain on YouTube until the end of Net Neutrality forces us to scramble for it on VHS, shows a retrospective Longley looking like a period-specific Kenny Powers/Pablo Escobar mashup detailing his heroic night. Despite the narrator’s insistence that Longley had no “concept of the Cowboys’ offensive system, ignoring keys and coverages” he chucked a 50-yard, game-winning touchdown to Drew Pearson in the fourth quarter.

There is so much incredible detail here. All of the players basically saying Longley came in and ran a backyard football offense for 30 minutes. All of the backhanded complements. But the reason this makes my list? According to Longley’s Wikipedia page (and a dated citation from the Dallas Morning News), he sucker punched Staubach while the legendary quarterback was putting on his shoulder pads during training camp the following summer. Cowboys exec Gil Brant traded Longley to the Chargers for the No. 2 pick in the 1977 NFL Draft (Tony Dorsett!) and, according to NFL Films, “the last thing we heard, (Longley) was selling carpet remnants out of the back of a van in Marfa, Texas.” Clint Longley forever!

Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet? Subscribe to The MMQB’s Morning Huddle.

HOT READS

NOW ON THE MMQB: Kalyn Kahler does football in America, Pittsburgh Style … Andy Benoit talks about his borderline-Machiavellian (if not hilarious) quest to prevent his family from watching live football on Thanksgiving … and more!

LATER TODAY ON THE MMQB: Peter King talks to Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn about what he’s thankful for…I wrap up Thursday’s games after emerging from a gravy-induced slumber

PRESS COVERAGE

1. Washington head coach Jay Gruden sticks up for Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, using the one cop-out McAdoo can’t.

2. Josh Gordon returns to Browns practice! Follow up question: Why is the team’s social media arm so excited about this?

3. While still technically a member of the Bears, Alshon Jeffery guaranteed his team would win the Super Bowl. Now, he wants credit for it as a member of the Eagles.

4. The team at Pro Football Focus has updated their college quarterback ratings. That plucky Baker Mayfield will look wonderful in Green and White.

5. Bill Belichick’s take on the Miami Dolphins quarterback situation? “Outstanding.”

THE KICKER

The New York Times digs back into its archives for a Thanksgiving dinner preview from 1932: Turkey Dinner for Five Planned for $5.42; Same Repast Cost $7.09 Last Thanksgiving.

Goran Dragic, del Heat de Miami, salta hacia la cesta entre Marcus Smart (36) y Al Horford (42), de los Celtics de Boston, en el encuentro del miércoles 22 de noviembre de 2017 (AP Foto/Lynne Sladky)

Heat top Celtics 104-98, snap Boston's 16-game win streak

MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 22: Dion Waiters #11 of the Miami Heat shoots the ball against the Boston Celtics on November 22, 2017 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Goran Dragic (pictured) and Dion Waiters were the stars for Miami as the Heat claimed a 104-98 win in front of their home fans to stun the Boston Celtics, on November 22, 2017

Goran Dragic (pictured) and Dion Waiters were the stars for Miami as the Heat claimed a 104-98 win in front of their home fans to stun the Boston Celtics, on November 22, 2017 (AFP Photo/Rob Carr)

Walker struggles in return home, No. 11 Miami beats La Salle

La Salle's Pookie Powell, left, tries to control the ball as Miami's Lonnie Walker IV, right, is defending during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Reading, Pa. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Walker struggles in return home, No. 11 Miami beats La Salle

Eleanor "Mama El" Carter, grandmother of Miami's Lonnie Walker IV, watches from court side as her grandson's team warms up prior to the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against La Salle, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Reading, Pa. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Walker struggles in return home, No. 11 Miami beats La Salle

Miami's Bruce Brown Jr., center, shoots the ball as he splits between La Salle's Miles Brookins, left, and Pookie Powell, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Reading, Pa. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Walker struggles in return home, No. 11 Miami beats La Salle

Miami's Lonnie Walker IV brings the ball up the court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against La Salle, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Reading, PA. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Walker struggles in return home, No. 11 Miami beats La Salle

Miami's Lonnie Walker IV, left, shoots the ball with La Salle's B.J. Johnson, right, defending during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Reading, PA. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Walker struggles in return home, No. 11 Miami beats La Salle

READING, Pa. (AP) — Prized freshman Lonnie Walker IV struggled in his return home, but Dewan Huell scored 16 points and No. 11 Miami did just enough to get by La Salle 57-46 on Wednesday night and remain unbeaten. Part of Miami’s recruiting pitch for the projected NBA lottery pick was a game in his