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Sucked Into the NFL's Black Hole, Week 12

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Everything on this planet is soon going to disappear into a massive black hole. Each Monday, we’ll present those football-related elements that have already been swallowed into the abyss. ↵
The McNabb-Reid Era. For the first time in his career, Donovan McNabb was benched. The reason for said benching? McNabb’s three turnovers in the first half against the Ravens after throwing three picks against the Bengals last week. During halftime, Andy Reid decided that perhaps Kevin Kolb could ignite the offense: ↵
↵⇥"I thought it might be a little bit of a spark, and we might be able to get some things going," said Reid, who had quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur tell McNabb of the decision. ↵
↵This probably wasn’t the “spark” Reid had in mind: ↵
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↵We will know for certain at noon today if McNabb or Kolb will start Thursday night against the Cardinals. Regardless of the decision made for this week, it seems obvious that Kolb will be the starting QB for the Eagles next season, thus ending nine-plus seasons of the McNabb-Reid era in Philadelphia. The real tragedy, however, is that McNabb didn’t even know starting quarterbacks could get benched. ↵

↵LenDale White’s Attention Span. No one is pleased that the Jets spanked the Titans and ruined Tennessee’s perfect season. The result is a 68% increase in the amount of Brett Favre mentions on ESPN and this question being posed in all corners of the sporting media: Are the Jets the best team in the AFC? The short answer: No. ↵


↵But one guy who isn’t frustrated by the Jets’ win is LenDale White, who just doesn’t really give a damn: ↵

↵⇥“You would like to win it, but it is one game, so what? … I only played three plays so I really couldn't tell you what happened, I don't really know, I wasn't paying attention, I didn't care really.” ↵⇥

↵⇥“I ain't got no conversation for nobody, I don't care,” White said. “If they have something to tell me, if they need to tell me I'm not going to play, then they should tell me, you know?” ↵⇥

↵That triple negative he used is how you know that he is really, really angry about this. ↵

↵Matt Light Complaining About Vacation Time. The Patriots lineman can forget about asking for some extra Sundays off during the holidays; the league will likely take care of that for him after he clubbed Channing Crowder’s helmet-less head with his fist yesterday: ↵

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↵At least Light didn’t make like Santana Moss and punch a guy in the helmet. Those things are much harder than a man’s head.↵

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