It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. An you know what that means. TNT will soon begin force-feeding us non-stop the worst, yet somehow most popular, holiday movie ever, A Christmas Story.
There's no escaping it.
Similarly, there is no escaping the questions already being asked by football pundits across the land - can Tony Romo and the Cowboys win in December? Will they finally win a playoff game. Will Terrell Owens destroy their very existence?
So, without further ado, we take a look at America's Team through the lens of America's worst Christmas movie.
Ralph "Ralphie" Parker: Ralphie is the movie's whiny star with a one track mind, and blatant disregard in taking anyone around him's advice. Tony Romo has a one track mind to be America's sweetheart, and ultimately gets what he wants, yet stillalways manages to shoot himself in the eye.
Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle: Ralphie's one true desire, akin to a Romo playoff win.
Randy Parker: Ralphie's younger brother and tag-along. They probably sit in their room and design schemes to embarrass poor Scut Farkus.
Scut Farkus: The bully.
Grover Dill: The bully's sidekick.
The Rabbit Suit Nobody Wants to Wear: Pacman Jones
The Aunt who gave Ralphie the Suit: Roger Goodell for continually reinstating Jones.
Schwartz: Scape goat. It can't be the players or the ownership. Blame the coach.
Flick: Succumbing to peer pressure. The Cowboys play in the division with the most media exposure and among the most competitive teams on the field. Each jockey and beat one another up, usually split season series, and have legitimate shots to make the wild card. And while the Cowboys generally have the most talent, they haven't seen the success that the Giants and Eagles have over the last decade.
Old Man Parker: The disciplinarian father. Tries to be a voice of reason, but just comes off as a self-serving moron.
Mrs. Parker: Enabling mother. Troy Aikman, Moose Johnston, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin. They are all just blind, drugged and/or don't care that their family is a muckin fess.
Little Orphan Annie Secret Society: Propaganda front. Has everything to do with commercialization.
Miss Shields: Ralphie's teacher who assigned an essay Ralphie figured would be TOO perfect to deny him the rifle. And the teacher shot him right from the start.
Store Santa: Just flat out denies Ralphie his rifle. Kind of like slippery footballs.
Leg Lamp: Really nothing more than tacky eye candy.