Trent Dilfer had the hottest take for Nov. 16-22.

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5. Andy Benoit says Thanksgiving food “is overrated,” turkey “is boring” and isn’t on many menus year-round: Unsurprisingly, there were plenty of sports figures debating the best Thanksgiving food options this week, from Greg McElroy’s strawberry pretzel salad to Marcus Spears’ advocacy for chicken instead of “overrated” turkey. But Sports Illustrated’s Andy Benoit may have come up with the hottest food take of them all, choosing not to debate specific foods, but rather declare the whole holiday’s food “overrated”:

“I’m out of order! You’re out of order! This whole damn holiday is out of order!” Surely not a controversial stance to take just before perhaps the most food-focused holiday out there. Oh, and the turkey point is also interesting; yes, some (like Spears) don’t enjoy turkey at all, and some only like it with particular sides, but there are a whole lot of people who love it. And the argument that “it’s not on many restaurant menus year-round” is just false; yes, many restaurants don’t serve turkey, but many do, especially diners, where there’s usually a hot turkey sandwich option, a turkey dinner option or both. Maybe Andy just isn’t going to the right restaurants. But hey, if he thinks turkey is boring, that’s more for the rest of us.

Rating: ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

4. The Wall Street Journal tells people not to wear sweatpants when working from home: This isn’t specifically a sports take, but it’s one applicable to many people who write about sports, including the one currently writing this column in sweatpants:

Trying to dictate how people should dress is a bad idea in general, and this take’s particularly annoying for trying to tell those working from home to abandon what’s comfortable for unspecified reasons. The “slobby creatives” line in the summary is also annoying and unnecessary. And sure, there might be benefits to dressing professionally on a teleconference or in a co-working space, but that’s already known information. This is not a particularly helpful take from the WSJ, especially with how they promoted it on social media.

Rating: ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

3. Rob Parker is back on his acronym bullshit: FS1’s Parker has previously proven his propensity to produce poorly-chosen acronyms for particular players, and he’s doing that again:

Around here, we call Parker The W.A.G.O.A.T: The Worst Acronym Generator Of All Time.

Rating: ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

2. Bruce Levine bashes the choice of Jonny Venters as MLB Comeback Player of the Year, gets his name and comeback information wrong: There’s often some delightful homerism around award selections, and that sure seems to be the case with this take from Bruce Levine, a MLB analyst for Chicago’s 670 The Score:

First, it’s Jonny Venters, not “Johnny.” Second, it’s three Tommy John surgeries, not two, and Venters made history by being the first pitcher to ever return to the big leagues after three. He also had a fourth “half Tommy John” procedure. And the surgeries weren’t all six years ago; his last MLB game before this season was six years ago. Venters’ comeback (he posted a 3.67 ERA and 27 strikeouts for the Braves this year) is truly remarkable, and it seems a little more remarkable than Zobrist’s comeback from a down year. But the even hotter take is just getting so much wrong about Venters.

Rating: ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

1. Trent Dilfer calls Chiefs-Rams “bad football”, “not what the NFL game is supposed to be”: Much of the world loved the 54-51 shootout the Chiefs and Rams put on on Monday night, but former ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer had to be a contrarian. Dilfer pulled on his “back in my day” pants for this one:

Not content to just get repeatedly dunked on for this on Twitter, Dilfer then took his take to FanSided, writing a full column there on why he thought this was “not what the NFL game is supposed to be”:

Kansas City and Los Angeles put on a great offensive show on Monday Night Football, but this is not what the NFL game is supposed to be.

Iโ€™m not Walt Kowalski. Iโ€™m not telling you to get off my lawn, or, in this case, my turf. The Monday night game between Kansas City and the Los Angeles Rams was fun. I LOVED the entertainment factor. I LOVED the excitement. I LOVED the playmaking.It just wasnโ€™t good football by NFL standards.

The NFL is supposed to be a higher level of game. It is supposed to be art. It is supposed to be genius. Itโ€™s supposed to combine the art of physical ability and playmaking with the genius of great design and strategy. I know it because I played it. I study it. I wasnโ€™t great at it and I wished I was better, but I understand it. The NFL is supposed to be all the entertainment combined with the intellectual challenge of chess.

Instead, what we had was a game that was fun, while at the same time sloppy. The theatre was great. The scriptwriting left something to be desired. To a certain extent, I canโ€™t blame the people involved. Andy Reid is a genius of a play caller. So is Sean McVay. Wade Phillips and Bob Sutton are great defensive coordinators.

But when the rules are changed the way they have been this season, the game deteriorates from what itโ€™s supposed to be about. To put it another way, the NFL is becoming something akin to Major League Baseball, where hitters either hit a home run or strikeout because the metrics say thatโ€™s what you should do.

In the NFL of 2018, you canโ€™t hit the quarterback and you canโ€™t hit receivers after they catch the ball. As a result, offensive coaches such as Reid and McVay realize there is less risk to simply chucking the ball downfield. Pat Mahomes and Jared Goff are great young talents, but they are often just dropping back and winging it.

Thatโ€™s not good football for this level. Again, the NFL is supposed to have sophistication, intellect and class. Iโ€™m a football purist. Iโ€™m a football snob. The careless turnovers drive me crazy.

That’s a remarkably bad football take from Dilfer, and it’s nice that he managed to work a bad baseball take in there too. And just saying that you’re a “purist” and a “snob” doesn’t make your tastes better than anyone else’s. At least he admits he “wasn’t great” at the NFL game (certainly true), but his playing career is also worth considering here for his bias; the best success he ever had was on a team known for its defense, where he was asked to protect the ball rather than make impressive plays. And his skill level was nowhere near what Mahomes and Goff possess.

The game has changed, and it’s passed Dilfer by as not only a player, but as an analyst. But fortunately, we didn’t have to listen to him dropping this take on ESPN and ruining the enjoyment of what was an outstanding game. Instead, he put this out there on Twitter and FanSided, and a whole lot of people were able to enjoy a tremendous Monday Night Football contest without ever learning that Dilfer had criticized it.

Rating: ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Honorable mention: The anonymous Canadian media member who complained through B.C. Lions’ special teams coordinator Jeff Reinebold about “nerds” voting Ottawa kicker Lewis Ward as the CFL’s special teams player of the year over B.C.kicker/punter Ty Long:

As Gord Randall noted, this was particularly funny for the quoted comments breaking Reinebold’s tradition of tweeting everything in all caps:

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Phil Mushnick โ€“ 164
Colin Cowherd โ€“ 74
Rob Parker โ€“ 47
Doug Gottlieb โ€“ 44
Shannon Sharpe โ€“ 35
Dan Shaughnessy โ€“ 26
Albert Breer โ€“ 25
Ray Lewis โ€“ 25
Britt McHenry โ€“ 20
JT The Brick โ€“ 20
Charles Barkley โ€“ 19
Danny Kanell โ€“ 17
Darren Rovell โ€“ 17
Jason McIntyre โ€“ 16
Andy Benoit โ€“ 15
Tony Massarotti โ€“ 15
Ben Maller โ€“ 15
Don Cherry โ€“ 15
Bill Plaschke โ€“ 14
The Sporting News โ€“ 13
Chris Broussard โ€“ 13
Dan Dakich โ€“ 13
Rick Morrissey โ€“ 13
Michael Wilbon โ€“ 12
John Middlekauff โ€“ 11
Michael DeCourcy โ€“ 11
Keith Olbermann โ€“ 11
Bill James โ€“ 10
Jason Smith โ€“ 10
Joe Simpson โ€“ 10
Bob Brookover โ€“ 10
Jeremy Roenick โ€“ 10
Berry Tramel โ€“ 10
Kristine Leahy โ€“ 10
Chris โ€œMad Dogโ€ Russo โ€“ 9
Mike Francesa โ€“ 9
Ross Tucker โ€“ 9
Ryen Russillo โ€“ 9
Garth Crooks โ€“ 9
C.J. Nitkowski โ€“ 9
Mike Felger โ€“ 8
Steve Simmons โ€“ 8
Frank Isola โ€“ 8
Michael Rapaport โ€“ 8
Bart Hubbuch โ€“ 8
Trent Dilfer โ€“ 7
Damien Cox โ€“ 7
Mike Bianchi โ€“ 7
Kirk Herbstreit โ€“ 7
Cris Carter โ€“ 7
Pat Forde โ€“ 7
The Wall Street Journal โ€“ 6
Pat Leonard โ€“ 6
Luke Kerr-Dineen โ€“ 6
Terry Bradshaw โ€“ 6
Greg A. Bedard โ€“ 6
Jon Steinberg โ€“ 5
Bill Welt โ€“ 5
Jack Todd โ€“ 5
Aaron Murray โ€“ 5
Chris Childers โ€“ 5
Mark Knight โ€“ 5
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Tom Nichols โ€“ 5
Keith Hernandez โ€“ 5
Bill Oโ€™Reilly โ€“ 5
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Dennis Dodd โ€“ 5
Rich Lowry โ€“ 5
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Rosie DiManno โ€“ 5
Bruce Levine โ€“ 4
Malcolm Gladwell โ€“ 4
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FanSided โ€“ 4
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Jim Brady โ€“ 3
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Damien Woody โ€“ 3
Victor Cruz โ€“ 3
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