Illustration by Aaron Hadley Dana
It is best if you don't think about what Jon Gruden will do during once the final violently enunciated syllable of this Monday Night Football season is uttered. Sometime after Monday night's game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos—a Monday night game that has both some implications for postseason seeding and also seems like it could be kind of fun to watch—Gruden will be transported to his private vault and discreetly powered-down for a few months. Routine maintenance will be done by Gruden's staff during this period of high-intensity homeostasis, and any circuitry during Gruden's attempt to come up with an I Call This Guy for A.J. McCarron will be replaced. This is normal, for him. He even likes it. But what about the rest of us?
What will we do without Monday Night Football? We will be fine, almost certainly. There are all the other things we do every other night of the week, still, and they are not going anywhere. There will no longer be the risk of, like, a Browns/Titans game somehow sneaking onto our televisions unexpected and unbidden. We will be fine. We, unlike Gruden, will go on as usual. But this is no reason not to celebrate another season.
Which is how Footballz is going to conclude another triumphant season. Tonight's Footballz season finale is another live broadcast at Parlor Sports, in Somerville, Massachusetts, with Mac, TD, and Chris holding it down alongside guest Nick Branigan, a stand-up comic and the drummer for Bane. There will be the usual combination of football (some) and japery and music and non-football (more). There will be beers and fried treats for those Boston-area fans that make the trip out. And there will be rest on the other side of it.
So: join our heroes as they go into the great offseason like champions. Broadcast starts around kickoff; Parlor Sports is open late. We are lucky to have them, here (and at footballz.org) and anywhere, honestly.
And chat it up here, as needed: