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Thanksgiving in prison is not as bad as you might think. Start the day with an eye-opening pruno mimosa, watch football all day, and have some slightly better than usual food. The biggest upside is that unlike your civilian gathering, there's not much of a chance anyone at your table will disagree with you about what's going on in Ferguson.

Of course no one has as much fun on Thanksgiving Day as Andrew. Sex Day? Really? Does Genevieve know about this and your "Four Layer Dip?" Enjoy your sick, depraved holiday, Hodor Kotb, because a day of catroll reckoning is coming for you.

Luke's "Kids Table" episode was very sweet. When Addie was forced to admit she listens to TBTL (only when she's all out of The Gist episodes) you could hear Luke grinning from ear to ear. We must have a report on the order of finish in the Burbank Family Fun Run, as well as an update from the basement. The game was so easy for the Sea-yuks I'm guessing no one had to walk out into the woods and punch trees.

Let's take a moment this holiday season to be thankful we have family, friends, and a warm place to stay. By that I mean most of us have it better than Scott Stapp. It's hard to believe that Creed was still on top of the world nine years ago when playing the NFL Thanksgiving halftime show. Now it appears that Stapp's arms and schedule are wide open. Is it too much to hope for that the diminutive, spectacularly untalented Pitbull falls as far in the coming decade?

My "government" is Mike Frizzell. Friend me on Facebook where I stick to my guns about everyone having guns no matter how many people kill kids with guns. Follow me @drewmcfrizz on Twitter. Check out Takedown Podcast's new restaurant concept, Burnedy's, where everything is burnt, not turnt.

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A fade route is the last refuge of an offensive coordinator bereft of ideas. I'll take what Luke said a step further. There are some receivers in the NFL, huge guys like Calvin Johnson, Jimmy Graham, Kelvin Benjamin, and Josh Gordon who are decent options for such a play call. But the Sea-yuks threw their fade route to Doug Baldwin. He has a big heart but it's trapped in a 5'10, 189 pound, easily interfered with frame.

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Why do running backs wear out faster, career-wise, in the NFL? Most of the players are involved in collisions on every play, so it's hard to discern who is getting the worst of it. My theory on running backs is they have the least control over the collisions they are involved in. They are often engaged with a defender or two when another tackler can take a free shot at their body, resulting in wear and tear which other positions are not as often exposed. When I asked Marshawn Lynch about this theory he agreed.

And while I'm boring you zombies back to death with sportball talk let's address Luke's confusion about the nickel defense. A standard defense calls for four defensive backs to cover receivers. Often, in second down or third and long yardage situations the offense will put more receivers in the game. The defense reacts by deploying a fifth defensive back in what is called a "nickel" defense or even a sixth DB in a "dime" package.

Finally, the "read option." It's right there in the name, Hodor Kotb. Wilson reads one player, a defensive end or outside linebacker depending on whether the defense runs a 4-3 or a 3-4 scheme. If that defender stays put as he is supposed to Wilson hands the ball to Lynch. If that defender doesn't stay put and "crashes down" to chase Lynch, Wilson fakes the handoff and runs around the end where that defender should have stayed. It's his option. Wilson READS the defender, then chooses the OPTION of handing it off or keeping it. A third option, rare but effective, is for Wilson to pull the ball back and throw deep to a receiver, typically a tight end, who has snuck behind a defense which has become preoccupied with this power running offensive set.

My "government" is Mike Frizzell. Friend me on Facebook where I'm super proud of myself for not shopping on Thanksgiving. Follow me @drewmcfrizz on Twitter. Check out Takedown Podcast's Facebook page where we celebrate the former mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, by opening the new Harry Baals Student Athletic Center.

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During my nine months as a fugitive in 1993 I lived in San Diego. I couldn't have contact with people I already knew so I started calling an LA based sports radio talk show nightly. I made a few jokes and got to know the hosts of Too Much Show, Steve Mason and Rick Schwartz. They gave me the studio line so I could call whenever I had a "bit." I met them at a Padres game listener event and we hit it off. So much so that when one of them had to take a night off on late notice they called me in to cohost the show.

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As a broadcast major and sports fan this should have been a dream come true. But given the circumstances it was actually sad. I was using a fake name and backstory, doing drugs at a life threatening level, and still robbing banks all over the southwest. When the show was over I decided to get clean and turn myself in. Nothing good and real in my life could happen until I did this. The decision wasn't hard, but the process would be formidable.

Seven years later, in 2000, I had done my time and was still on probation when a friend called me from LA. He said that Kevin & Bean were auditioning for a new "sports correspondent." Dave had somehow gotten word to them about me and they were interested in giving me one of the audition slots. I got in touch with the producer who asked me to fax the LA sports and media articles about my role on XTRA-AM from back in 1993. I did and got word that they would be calling me to do my thing the next morning.

I stayed up all night and wrote jokes about everything that happened in sports. I had at least six or seven minutes of material I thought showed that I had the chops to do comedy. They called right on time and we talked for 10-15 minutes, all about my criminal past. They could not have been a nicer pair of gentlemen, but we didn't do any sports talk. There was no callback. Just my friend Dave telling me a couple weeks later that someone else was doing the job.

The lesson here is follow your dream. And if it doesn't work out after a few days just disappear into the restaurant industry for the rest of your life.

My "government" is Mike Frizzell. Friend me on Facebook where I post pictures of my elaborate tattoos paid for with your child support money. Follow me @drewmcfrizz on Twitter. Check out Takedown Podcast's Facebook page where Bill Cosby faces stunning new rap allegations.

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Until a couple months ago I had no idea U2 was still a thing. Since then, Bono force fed an album to non-fans with an iPhone gavage, apologized, had his luggage strewn out over Europe, and dumped his bike in NYC resulting in multiple surgeries. All reports say he'll eventually be fine, but even if things go south and he doesn't make it there's a plan in place to keep the band going. Because the Irishman is already famous for the wraparound glaucoma goggles a good taxidermist could help set up a Weekend At Bono's Tour and wring many more millions from U2's nostalgic fan base.

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I've never attended SantaCon but I was in a fraternity, so I know what it's like to be really drunk and think I'm cool. It's not inappropriate at all to regret those moments in our lives. What was surprising was the stern judgment in Andrew's tone. Take it easy, Hodor Kotb, I'm sure there are some skeletons shivering in your pastrami locker.

My wife is also addicted to Forensic Files. When we met she didn't have TV at her house so she was excited to watch some when we checked into a hotel in Baton Rouge during the Thanksgiving holiday. The first night I woke up at 4:00am to the glow of the TV and her staring at me. She had watched so many true crime shows that she was formulating a plan to murder me before I could murder her. Everything in moderation, folks.

My "government" is Mike Frizzell. Friend me on Facebook where I assume you care very much about what states I've visited. Follow me @drewmcfrizz on Twitter. Check out Takedown Podcast's Facebook page where a couple people are defending scotch as a legitimate alcohol choice.

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Monday's show got as deep into Luke's feelings as we have in a long time. What started as an assessment of the Port Townsend experience morphed into a discussion of the TBTL's place in the podcast universe. Many years ago when the show was still on the radio I was talking with Luke about the portability of the show's fans. We both knew it wouldn't stick on KIRO in that time slot, because nothing ever does. But this show had an unusual spark of life outside the constraints of terrestrial radio.

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Unlike other Seattle talk shows people were listening all over the country, even the world. And they were contributing creative, interesting content. The level of interaction with the listeners was at a rare, very high level. As I told Luke that day, by the time KIRO cancels the show he and TBTL will be a transportable brand that can go find the media to match it. So here it is, seven years later on a blog, on Facebook, and most importantly on a podcast.

Jennifer was a huge part of building that community and we treasure her return visits. Like most of you I enjoy the shows with the regulars (including regular guests) more than the bigger name "gets." There are hundreds of podcasts passing around the same actors, comedians, and musicians but only one with Luke & Andrew. TBTL is those guys, Jen, Sean, and the rest of us who all chime/pitch in once in a while. Everyone is welcome under the TBTL tent, except Jo Ellen McCawley from Chicago. And if y'all liked Friday's romance novel review show with Jen, catch more from the first lady of podcasting on this web gem from earlier this year.

My "government" is Mike Frizzell. Friend me on Facebook where I often post about science while understanding next to nothing. Follow me @drewmcfrizz on Twitter. Check out Takedown Podcast's Facebook page where an unhappy kid is selling her fake rattlesnake.

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