Wednesday Night Rumble: Christmas Edition

Written December 25th, 2013 by Jason

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone has had a great day and is settling in for a great evening. I’d ask what you’re doing reading this, but hey, everybody needs a break from in-laws. Without and further ado or fanfare, it’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

The seriousness of Clemson and the Orange Bowl 

Christmas lights at Mirror Lake

Christmas lights at Mirror Lake

Before we have some fun, I want to try and drive home the point on just how important this Orange Bowl and beating Clemson next Friday is. The nation will be watching and the Buckeyes need to make a statement.

I won’t take anything away from Clemson. It’s a good school that seems to follow the rules and does things the right way. They have a young coach that has brought them some recent success and talent all over the field. That being said, they cannot be allowed to beat the Ohio State University at football in a major bowl game to close a season in which said Buckeye team had realistic national championship dreams.

I say “realistic” national championship dreams because this is the chance to prove that all the talk coming out of Columbus was legitimate. Beating Clemson (and if it happens by a lot, the better) and their high powered offense sends a message that the Buckeye program under Urban Meyer is ready to compete on a national stage again and expects to win. A loss would be devastating on so many levels: National perception, recruits, senior send-offs, building for 2014.

Christmas fun

Did you all drink eggnog and tap dance like Bing Crosby with Danny Kaye?

What’s more fun at Christmas than the songs? Well sure, a lot of things. But the songs are good too. One of my absolute favorites is “We Need a Little Christmas”. It drives people insane and will be stuck in their heads for hours if not days. So, crank this baby up for that uncle that keeps bossing you around!

Another one of my favorite parts of Christmas is the food! It’s traditional in my family that we have Italian food prepared by yours truly. Yeah, that’s right, not just a pretty face, I can make a fantastic tomato sauce too! People don’t realize it’s all in the meat that you cook it with. That’s where the serious flavor comes from… Anyways, in the comments below, tell me you’re favorite Christmas dish. If there’s something you make or a tradition in your family, share it!

Did you watch many movies over the last few days? I can only watch Christmas movies during the season, so I typically pack them in. Home Alone, Elf, Four Christmases, Bad Santa…

In case you missed them, here’s a clip from my favorite and second favorite Christmas movies, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story.


Does anyone besides me remember this? I ask people at work and on Twitter and nobody seems to remember “Emmit Otter’s Jug Band Christmas”, and that is a real shame. Here’s Emmit and his boys preaching the fun of “a purrty girl dancin to jug band music and a mess of mamma’s barbecue!”

Wrap it up

I was thinking about what to do for a Christmas Rumble and realized not many of you out there will be looking for a sports fix on this holiday. So I hope my shared videos and a little recollection was a nice break from the serious sports tone. And believe me, next week it gets very real as we approach a huge showdown with Clemson in Miami. Until next week, Go Bucks and Merry Christmas!

Metallica track of the week

Nothing about today’s Rumble has been ordinary, so why break from that now. The bottom line is that Metallica has no Christmas songs and nothing that can be possibly interpreted as Christmas a song. Trust me, I thought long and hard about it. So, for our MTOTW, how about we go back to Emmit Otter and bring you this piece of metal legend from the Riverbottom Nightmare Band and follow it up with the most metal Christmas song I can find, Trans-Siberian Orchestra “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo”!

2 Comments

  1. CharlesNo Gravatar
    December 26th, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Nice article and appropriate for the day. Living in Australia for the past year and a half and spending the last two Christmases here have caused me to analyze what parts of the holiday make me enjoy it so much. Food wise the highlight for me is always the Christmas cookies. Don’t get me wrong, all the food is good but Christmas cookies are that unique part of the holiday that you don’t have any other time of the year.

    I’m a big fan of Christmas movies but I only watch them during December so I try to pack in as many as possible. In the States that is a lot easier to do as thanks to cable you can pretty much find a Christmas movie on any time of the day. Here in Australia we have far fewer channels, even if you have cable, so Christmas movies aren’t shown as often forcing me to rely on DVDs and the internet for some movies. I always have to watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Home Alone 1 & 2, a Charlie Brown Christmas, and the highly underrated Garfield Christmas.

    The thing I miss most about Christmas now, other than spending it with my family, is the lights. Sydney and the stores here will decorate for Christmas but you don’t see as many Christmas trees in public spaces and pretty much nobody puts lights on their house. Christmas is also the one time of year that I miss the cold weather as it doesn’t feel right without it.

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  2. KenNo Gravatar
    December 26th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Very nice, Jason.

    Hmmm, in terms of favorite Christmas meals, I’d go with ham and scalloped potatoes. Always in s gregarious sit-down with quite a few family members.

    Christmas movies? We have an annual viewing, been doing it for 14-15 years, of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. A Christmas tradition for us. The other Christmas movie is “A Christmas Carol”, but is has to be the 1951 version with Alastair Sim as Scrooge.

    But, yes, it’s all about the food and the family.

    And, I see where Trans-Siberian Orchestra is tBBC’s choice of seasonal musicians. Well done

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