Worst confetti display: A Cincinnati fan sitting behind the end zone wanted to demonstrate the enthusiasm of Bengals fans, and show Mike Brown that they appreciated the free ticket, a pathetic measure during a crucial home game made necessary because of the bumbling Bengals ownership over the last two decades that’s killed all hope.

So this one, meager man had an idea, and one that required at least 15 minutes of effort. He cut up tiny pieces of paper, and at the right moment those pieces of paper were triumphantly thrown high into the air in a display of joy and dedication. People looked on in awe, and Brown knew that football was back in Cincy, because confetti-throwing fans are far more dedicated to their cause than menacing characters wearing spikes who can’t spell “YMCA” properly.

This man proudly hauled his bag of confetti into his seat, and dazzled the thousands at Paul Brown Stadium and millions more at home with his magnificent spectacle after Bernard Scott’s 25-yard touchdown in the third quarter of Cincinnati’s loss to Baltimore. You’ll have to squint a little, but it’s in the top right corner below.

(Pic via CJZero)

Earliest start to the offseason: Maybe it was their New Year’s Eve hangover, or maybe the Bucs were slowed by a turkey hangover that’s still lingering from Christmas. Or, more likely, they’re just not a very good football team.

Whatever the cause, it wasn’t surprising to see Atlanta breeze by Tampa Bay, but the sheer ineptitude of the Bucs and their inability to even resemble a high school prep team was surprising. We knew they’re bad, but not 42-0 at one point in the first half bad. With the score 42-7 for Atlanta at the end of the half, the two teams had combined for 49 points, while the other late afternoon games only had a combined 80 points in the first half. That’s some seriously terrible football by a seriously terrible team.

The Bucs then scored 17 points in the second half to make the final score a more respectable but still painfully lopsided 45-24, a scoring outburst greatly aided by most of Atlanta’s starters taking a comfy seat on the bench with the blowout well underway. Enjoy the final hours of your employment, Raheem Morris.

Best disaster evasion: Squib kicks are difficult to judge. They’re the knuckleball of the kicking arsenal, and must be treated with caution and care. They’re also a sign of respect, with teams choosing to avoid the danger of an explosive return man by stripping him on his momentum and running room with the squib, and giving their coverage unit more time to converge on their dangerous target.

That’s the approach the Raiders rook with Richard Goodman early in the fourth quarter this afternoon, since Goodman set a Chargers record with a 105-yard touchdown on a kick return earlier in the game. The squib did more than just produce the desired result, it nearly put two quick points on the board.

Goodman misjudged the wobbly kick, and it drove him backwards towards his own end zone. By the time he was able to corral it, the Raiders’ coverage team was closing in quickly, and Goodman was a few steps into the end zone. He came frighteningly close to a safety, but managed to claw his way out to the one-yard line.

Five plays later Philip Rivers threw a game-sealing 43-yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd, making Goodman’s play the proverbial game changer that will be absent in boxscores, but it greatly influenced the outcome of this game, and drove the final nail in the Raiders’ 2011 season.

Best proof that Christ feels the pain of our sins: Tim Tebow bleeds, and although he is a supreme being, be experiences chapped lips like a mere mortal. He is so much like us, yet so far above us.

(pic via Timothy Burke)