Thank you to the tens of thousands who turned into #DozVsTheDozen VI and already heard my official picks for TNF, but since I'm a man of the people, I'm going to do those who didn't tune in a favor and give them not one, but two winners for a lackluster TNF match up.
Usually, I'm a big + money only bet guy, but I'm taking OVER 43 -110. Anytime an O/U is under 44, I'm gonna take the over and hope for the best, but I actually have some stats to back this up.
Sam Darnold OVER 0.5 INT +100
Both bets are just a light TNF peppering at a half unit each. ALWAYS wager responsibly.
The greatest game show nobody's watching returns to Instagram/Dozonlife tonight at 7 PM. With ample alert time, I'm sure we'll break a viewer record. Sorry that I missed Tuesday's show; I was busy waiting for Orville Peck to take the stage at Fete.
I also apologize for misnumbering episodes of DozVstheDozen; I must've gotten a dozen angry letters complaining. Hand up, my bad---when I took From Megan 2 Kelly to the woodshed, that was actually #DozVsTheDozen V, not IV, which would make tonight episode VI. Again, my sincerest apologies. I thought I saved that episode to my camera roll, but IG fucked me, which may not be the worst thing...
With two great teams going at it tonight, this should be a fun test for Ole Dozo!
Again, I am at a disadvantage with no partners or the ability to compete in the bonus round, but it's all about having fun and showing people how smart my brain is with things that don't matter. I love trivia, and this is for the love of the game. I don't care if we get the standard two or 2,000 viewers. **Maury voice** We determined that was a lie. Eventually, the other episodes I have saved will get posted to Youtube, but for now, you can watch me compete LIVE, TONIGHT at 7 PM on IG/Dozonlife.
Song: Rock the Casbah (1982)
Artist: The Clash
Album: Combat Rock
With today officially marking the final week of September, it'll soon be time to move on from the Clear Channel memo and paying homage to a 20-year-old list that I find incredibly compelling. On the bright side, I'll be able to open the DOL airways to whatever floats my boat, or in this case, doesn't knock down my building. I think that means it's time to finally bring my baby out of Development Hell to finally start making a name for myself on this fucking internet thing.
***Seamless transition towards that idea***
While The Clash is anything but a One Hit Wonder with their success, legacy, and influence, from a technical standpoint, "Rock the Casbah" is one of only two Clash songs to chart on the Hot 100 (and their highest-charting U.S. single peaking at #8). I know it's a politically focused song, but if I had to guess why it made the list, it probably had to do with all the foreign words referenced throughout the song. Tragically, ignorance and anger after 9/11 led to the rise of hate crimes against total innocent Muslims and even non-Muslim people (there's a famous example of a Sikh man being killed for wearing a Turban) in the wake of the attacks. So if people who had nothing to do with 9/11 were getting killed, of course, some radio idiots would ban a song with a couple of Arabic lyrics.
As a punky-new wavish band, only two Hot 100 Hits for The Clash might've not been the most shocking news, but I was kinda surprised to see they even had two to begin with. What do you think was the other song to chart?
The correct answer is "Train in Vain" off of London Calling (whose title track actually peaked at #30 on the U.S. Dance Charts); it peaked at #23 in 1980.
It's easy to make fun of a bottom-dwelling franchise, and sure, with only six winning seasons since moving to the desert in 1988, the Arizona nee Phoenix, nee St. Louis, nee Chicago Cardinals (I tried doing the accent but Weebly can't handle it) certainly fall into that category, but that's not what this blog is about.
With a quarterback as dynamic as Kyler Murray, the Cardinals have a future so bright that Timbuk 3 might write a song about it, but their recent win over the Minnesota Vikings brought a truly shocking stat to the forefront.
Again, the Arizona Cardinals have only six winning seasons since moving to Arizona in 1988. If I wanted to be a real dick, I could mention how their last winning season in St. Louis came in 1984 when they went 9-7 and missed the playoffs; so it's actually six winning seasons since 1985 (which was 36 years ago), but there's no reason to kick a franchise when its down....especially when the Cardinals are soaring!
What the Cardinals have lacked in "victories" they've more than made up with upper elechon pass-catchers, at least since I started following football.
David Boston had two great seasons for the Cardinals in 2000 and 2001. Of course, there's the future HOFer, NFL 100 All-Time Teamer Larry Fitzgerald, who, with the help of Anquan Boldin (2003 Offensive Rookie of the Year), caught the 2008 Cardinals all the way to the Super Bowl. People may forget that that team had a third 1,000-yard receiver in Steve Breaston. The 2015 Cardinals featured Michael Floyd and John Brown, both had a 1000 yard season in Arizona ('13 for Floyd, '15 for Brown). Currently, the Cardinals have one of the deepest WR cores in the NFL, highlighted by DeAndre Hopkins.
The thing is, all those pass-catchers were wide receivers. On Sunday, Cardinals TE Maxx Williams had 94 yards on seven receptions (good for 12.9 in half-point PPR league), which brought attention to a genuinely jaw-dropping stat about this vagabond franchise. It's been a WHILE since a Cardinal TE recorded a 100-yard game. What's a while, you might ask? Well, the Arizona Cardinals haven't had a TE break the century make in receiving yards in a single game since November 12th, 1989, when Rob Awalt had six receptions for 105 yards in a 24-20 win over the Cowboys (who went 1-15 in 1989).
For a historical comparison, the Berlin Wall fell on November 9th, 1989. So that Thursday, the Iron Curtain started to open, then on Sunday, the most recent 100-yard performance for Arizona Cardinal TE took place.
While the collapse of a communist regime is one thing, I think the Texans caveat makes this stat even more shocking (an actual "WTF stat" indeed!). It's not like the Cardinals are one of---- let's say, six teams that have gone 20+ years without a 100-yard game by a tight end. Nope, they're the only team in NFL that can claim they've seen the 90s, 2000s, 2010s, AND that lovely year, 2020, go by without a TE reaching triple digits. We're talking well over 500 games. With all the losing the Cardinals have done over the years how does this happen? There wasn't ONE tight end who fell into a 100-yard game by mistake?
Maxx Williams did not record 100 yards last week, but he did become the first Cardinals TE since Robert Awalt in 1989 to have a > 90-yard game. I still can't believe this is an actual, factual stat. That's three full decades and then some!
It gets even worse.
Only five tight ends have had over 80 yards in a single game for the Cardinals since 1989. There wasn't a single Cardinal TE with 80+ receiving yards in a game from Week 10 of the 1989 season to Week 11 of the 2012 season. No Cardinal TE had a game with over 80 yards during Brett Favre's entire career.
And yes, I know what you're thinking, "what about the playoffs, Dozie?" Well, unlike life for LGBTQ+ teens, according to a 2010 PSA, it does not get better.
Not to throw salt in a lack-of-tight-end-production-wound, but since 1989, including the playoffs, the Arizona Cardinals have only played TEN games where a tight end recorded 70 or more receiving yards. As the previous will show you, these were all regular-season games. (S/O Rob Housler)
I'm sure you're curious because now I am too, and since I'm paying for this stathead membership, I might as well get some use out of it----since 1989, the most receiving yards a Cardinals TE recorded in a playoff gme is---42 yards. I know the Cardinals aren't exactly a perennial playoff team, but in 11 playoff games between 1998-2015, only three saw a TE even eclipse 30 receiving yards.
As a Patriots fan, I know how lucky I was to watch Gronk for parts of nine seasons, IMO he's the greatest TE ever to play the game, but I saw how gross an offense with no tight end production could be last year. This got me to thinking, am I being too hard on the Cardinals? Sure they haven't had even pedestrian single-game outputs from their TEs, but what about over the course of 16 games?
Well, I even went a year back before Dan Awalt's 105-yard game vs. the eventual 1-15 Cowboys to the Cardinals first year in Arizona. Since 1988, the Arizona/Phoenix Cardinals have only had seven tight ends finish a season with over a modest 400 receiving yards. Two of those seven tight ends played in 1988. So not to flex my math skills too hard, but only five tight ends have eclipsed 400 receiving yards for the Cardinals since 1989.
No Cardinal tight end has finished a season with over 600 receiving yards since Doug Marsh had 608 yards in 1984. He's literally the only person not named Jackie Smith to ever have over 600 receiving yards in a single season while playing TE for the Cardinals franchise.
I know the game has shifted to a much more pass-happy product over the last 15 years, but since 1989, there have been 268 instances of a tight end recording over 600 receiving yards in a single season. Zero have been Arizona Cardinals.
Ironically, a tight end named Ben Patrick scored one of the Cardinals three touchdowns in Super Bowl XLIII.
His final stat line in Super Bowl XLIII: One reception for one yard and one touchdown. Ben Patrick played for the Cardinals from 2007-2010 and retired with 45 receptions for 445 yards and four touchdowns, although, to be fair, he scored two playoff touchdowns.
I wouldn't say I like bringing negative attention to one of the lower-tier franchises in all sports, but these stats have blown my 29-year-old mind. You didn't think you'd get a whole blog without me shoehorning myself into the mix, did you? Well, yes, not only have the Cincinnati Bengals never won a playoff game at any point in time where I'm breathing; oh shit, I didn't mean to bring them into this, but I have never seen a Cardinal TE record a 100-yard game. I've seen the Cubs and Sox of the Red and White variety break decade upon decade upon decade title curses, but never a Cardinal TE break 100 yards in a single game.
With Kyler Murray having so many mouths to feed in that Cardinal offense, perhaps Maxx Williams or another TE on the roster could snap this seemingly impossible streak; with all the focus on the WRs, it could open up some favorable matchups. However, since Maxx Williams' 94-yard game is literally the most for Cardinals TE in over 30 years, I think it's fair to mention that while the stat sheet says he had seven targets, it was really six. Proper analytics would say Maxx Williams had seven receptions on six targets for 94 yards.
Say that play doesn't happen and Maxx Williams ends up with 34 fewer yards, leaving him with only 60 yards for the game, does WTFstats have a reason to bring up that stat? Who knows? Personally, I doubt it.
I'm having a tougher time thinking of a fitting conclusion for this blog than a Cardinals TE has breaking 100 yards, so I'll end with a little more information on this Rob Awalt (the Rob Gronkowski of Cardinal TEs) fellow.
Despite his 105 performance against the eventual 1-15 Dallas Cowboys, Rob Awalt ended his 1989 season with just 360 receiving yards and one interception??
Even though it happened as a Cowboy, Jackie Smith, one of the greatest players in Cardinals' history, was on the wrong end of one of the most famous drops in NFL history (even though Roger Staubach will say to this day it wasn't a great pass). Bless his heart!
Song: In the Air Tonight (198x)
Artist: Phil Collins
Album: Face Value
Even if I'm already over this bit, its going down all September long.
Pretty much everybody on earth except for John Mara agrees that the NFL's new taunting enforcement is horrible. Sadly, since his grandfather founded the New York Football Giants in 1925, he has the power to ruin the game that made his entire family rich beyond their wildest dreams. Only in America!
If you're unfamiliar with the story since I didn't blog it when the news broke in August, John Mara, a 66-year-old blanco fossil who looks like human Pez Dispenser, said he doesn't like taunting, so he used his power to eliminate it from the game.
John Mara is on the NFL's competition committee and basically flexed his surname muscles to get this rule enforcement changed.
via: Sporting News
The competition committee is comprised of Mara, Cowboys executive Stephen Jones, Packers president Mark Murphy, Falcons president Rich McKay, Ravens executive Ozzie Newsome, Broncos executive John Elway, and head coaches Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton and Ron Rivera.
Traditionally selected by the commissioner, the competition committee suggests rule changes for owners, who have to vote on the rules during the year.
The question remains: Where are the players in all of this?
The composition of the committee, though, is curious: You'll find that nowhere in that group is an active or recently retired NFL player. While Newsome and Elway both make the panel, they played in a much more buttoned-down era of the sport. Not giving more of a voice to players to operate with players in mind seems a bit backwards. Bias works both ways, after all.
In any case, the NFL is going to focus a bit more on taunting this year, taking some heated moments out of the game, and Mara will have his way in pushing the NFL towards the No Fun League again.
The only taunting penalty I agree with is spinning the ball after a first down. I can't stand that (it's a step below DeShaun Watson signaling for a first down when he's on the wrong side of a 21-0 playoff game). It slows the game down and is the antithesis is of swag. If you wanna do that after scoring, it's a whole 'nother story, but I'm 1,000% cool with it being a penalty. It's not an emotional play; it's just a guy, for lack of a better word...taunting.
But unlike the vast majority of NFL players, "taunting" is not black and white. There are plenty of gray areas when it comes to what is now considered taunting. As someone who played high school football and was a key returner going into my senior year AND a key loss after our 1-7 season, I know a thing or two about football being a highly emotional game. Let them fucking show it. These are grown men who dedicated their lives to scrambling their brains and tearing their knees like tissue paper for our enjoyment in the NFL every Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and sometimes late in the year, Saturday. If they want to flex or talk a little shit, I say have at it. Even Bill Belichick believes in showing emotion after a big play.
This clip has been making the rounds online and shows all the ridiculous calls from just yesterday alone. Ironically the first clip is a ball spin, but after that, it's pretty tame.
After the NFL started allowing celebrations again, literally putting a celebration cam in the endzone, it felt like the No Fun League was taking a step in the right direction. Now it's 15 yards in the wrong one for being excited. These are game altering penalties that are ruining the on-field product. Do we want robots out there? (I'm sure they're coming at some point, but hopefully long after I die sometime in the 2040s). They're trying to legislate emotion out of the game and everybody should be against that. First they killed my fist-bump.I'm pro-taunting from an entertainment and storyline standpoint, but I get the B.S. excuse "what about the kids?" because that's been a go to excuse for people who don't want to take 10 minutes to talk to their children and explain something since the beginning of time. Tell high school Harry if he gets to the NFL he can taunt all he wants, but for now it's about learning the fundamentals.
Who do I blame for all of this?
Mr. Scumbag himself, Tyreek Hill.
They say to never retaliate, that it's always the second guy who gets in trouble and that couldn't be more true with taunting enforcement. Since Bucs safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. chucked a deuce up at a "man" who choked his pregnant girlfriend in college at the Super Bowl, I feel like taunting has a higher profile.
It made for great theater after Hill did the same thing in Winfield's face during Week 12 when the Chiefs beat the Bucs 27-24.
I'm sorry, but that was poetic justice. Tyreek Hill deserves to be embarrassed and belittled on a national stage. I bet everybody outside of Kansas City loved it. Honestly, I bet he had teammates who got a laugh (if they already had a ring from 2019). If Hill didn't embarrass Winfield, he wouldn't never retaliated in February. Yet again, Tyreek Hill gets away with it. In short, these penalties stink on ice, and John Mara, don't let your old fogey-ness ruin the game that gave your family **Chris Traeger voice** literally everything. If you don't like taunting, look the other way.
So the 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were last night, making it the second straight week there was an award show going head-to-head with Sunday Night Football. I know there's not exactly a ton of crossover between the audiences, but Lamar and Mahomes are way more exciting than anything that could've possibly happened there.
When I was younger, and I'm talking like an adolescent boy, not like any moment before right now younger, I loved award shows. I remember watching Madonna kiss Britney Spears (and Christina, but everybody seems to forget about her) at the 2003 VMAs with my mom and sister. However, as you get older and learn all the politics and shady history behind them (Hattie McDaniel having to sit at a segregated table when she won an Oscar, Jethro Tull beating Metallica for Best Metal Performance, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia never being nominated for fucking anything, etc.) you start to care less.
That, of course, is when you don't have a dog in the fight. It's easy to shit on the Emmys when they're passing them out to Big Bang Theory like Halloween candy, but when it's a show that you genuinely love for not only its humor but heart and message, you can't help but be happy for those actors who make you feel like friends.
I figured I'd at least get in front of my hypocrisy, I don't really give a shit about award shows, but at the same time, I'm pleased to see a show I love actually get the recognition it deserves. I'm sure people who haven't seen it yet are a little annoyed with all the internet fellatio Ted Lasso has received, but it deserves every last slurp like it's your first anniversary. It's one of the best shows I've ever seen (and if you have a problem with the second season, you have rocks in your head). It's actual appointment TV, even though it's technically streaming. I watch every episode as soon as it debuts at midnight. For its critically acclaimed first season, Ted Lasso won 7 Emmys.
I feel stupid for getting confused about something as simple to understand as total nominations, but I've seen all these ads and articles saying how Ted Lasso had 20 nominations.
Then when I go to wiki to check out all the winners, I see this shit.
Apparently, it has something to do with major vs. technical awards, but just a weird place to me to split hairs. Anyways, let's get into the meat and potatoes of the winners.
Of Ted Lasso's 13 "major" nominations, four were Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Three of the Diamond Dogs, Brandon Hunt (Coach Beard), Nick Mohammed (Nate Shelly), and Jeremy Swift (Leslie Higgins; my 2nd favorite character after Roy), came up short to the very real, very hairy Brett Goldstein (Roy Kent).
To paraphrase Chris Farley of the Chris Farley Show, that speech was AWESOME.
The breathtakingly gorgeous Hannah Waddington (Rebecca Welton) won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series over Juno Temple (Kelly Jones).
And MY BOY since Middle School, Jason Sudeikis, won Best Actor for his role of Ted Lasso. My only complaint is that it's technically for the Pilot; it should be for episode 5, but whatever, that doesn't matter. What does, is Jason picking up the hardware after what had to be a challenging year for him personally (obviously, it was a tough year for everybody...except billionaires). I'm so happy for him. This dude went from eating at Taco Town to winning Emmys.
I mean, yes, obviously, Jason rocked the hell out of that suit, but I still miss the mustache.
And of course, as the Apple tweet said, Ted Lasso took home the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series to cap off the first of many Emmy-filled nights for the cast and crew.
Other than Coach Beard dressing like Tom Petty in the "Don't Come Around Here No More" video, the highlight of the night that I missed IRT watching SNF was the entire cast and crew doing the Roy Kent chant. "He's here; he's there; he's every-fucking-where, Roy Kent, Roy Keeent!"
I cannot recommend Ted Lasso enough. It alone is worth the $5 a month for AppleTV+, although the 1971 in music docuseries is incredible. I like Morning Show too, but I haven't seen it since it first came out. A rewatch might be in store before S2.
I enjoy Coach Beard's role, I liked the weirdness of last week, and I get that his whole bit is being the strong and silent type (s/o Gary Cooper), but he is as much an actor as the soccer balls were. He's an actor in the same way that Tracy Morgan is an actor. He's funny but is essentially always playing himself. IMO, his nomination is a result of the saturation of Ted Lasso.
Song: Them Bones (1992)
Artist: Alice In Chains
If you told me (before I learned way too much about this stupid list) that AIC got the same treatment as RATM (I hope you're up to date with 90s rock shorthand) on the Clear Channel memo, it wouldn't shock me whatsoever. I could see an argument for "Man in the Box" or even "Heaven Beside You" in the wake of national tragedy, but surprisingly only four Alice In Chains made the cut: "Down in a Hole," "Rooster," "Sea of Sorrow" and today's SOD.
To anybody who has ridden with #TML the last two weeks, I'm gonna end up a big ol' pile of them bones if I don't start giving out winners. Hand up, there were so many smarter plays than OVER 39 in Carolina, but I was trying to settle the score with a Week 17 half-point loss. I can't bring my own personal vendettas' into other people's money. I should've just taken the free money, teased-over in Arizona like I had punched in (not that it would've mattered with the Seahawks choking). I'm not guaranteeing a week 3 victory...yet, but I am promising a better than 6-2 (aka 0-1) showing like this week. It's a long season! We'll end up in the green. Now THAT'S a promise.
Oooooops...I went down the wrong Lane. The unnecessary Y gets me every time.
R.I.P. Layne Staley
That's Lane Pryce from AMC's Mad Men (2007-2015.....although not for him) if you didn't understand my shitty joke.
Last week's teaser legs went 5-3, which is not the perfection we're looking for to cash tickets. I thought we'd see some Week 1 fireworks, but instead the Falcons decided to have the most Falcons offensive showing of all time. In retrospect I should've stayed away from the total in Pats/Dolphins with all the unknowns, but whenever I can get a total below 40 it's hard to stay away.
The theme I've heard around the league this week from various NFL programs is this the bounce back week. We shouldn't overreact to Week 1 so much, blah, blah, blah, although I have to agree. The 2001 Carolina Panthers and 2020 Jacksonville Jaguars both started 1-0 then dropped 15 straight. The Titans aren't as terrible as the Cardinals and Taylor Lewan made them look. Aaron Rodgers might hate the Packers, but I don't think he fell off the cliff like Week 1 would show us. There's still 17 weeks of football left to play. The bounce back starts now. Let's get into the win column at a nice +1000 (or better depending on your book(ie) situation).
TML 2020 Results:
Week 2 and 3
Week 4; (Week 4 victory recap)
Week 5; (booo Bengals)
Week 7; (Week 7 victory recap)
Week 13; (Victory recap)
Week 15; (victory recap)
Broncos PK (teased from -6)
If it weren't for a couple of redzone turnovers last week (s/o former Patriot Logan Ryan for making a great play), the Broncos would've beaten the Giants even worse. While I do get a tad worried about another east coast game for the Broncos...it's the fucking Jaguars, and they made the Texans look like a playoff team last week. I don't believe in Urban Meyer, the NFL Head Coach, and I love what Vic Fangio's defense will do today. We just need a win; it may get ugly at times, but I am high on the Broncos, and if they're going to be a playoff team, they have to win this game. I believe they do. I took them in survivor.
Raiders +11 (teased from +5)
I teased the Steelers last week, and even though they won, I wasn't super impressed; that blocked punt TD changed the whole game. Their offense gives me major 2015 Broncos vibes; everything looks so hard from them. While I'm a tad worried about the Raiders on the East Coast AND coming off a win, I think they can at the very least keep it within 10 points. Give me the Raiiiiders +11.
Patriots PK (just winnnnn baby; teased from -6)
We can't look too deeply into Patriot-related stats highly impacted by that surgically gorgeous man who used to take the snaps, but the Patriots haven't started 0-2 since 2001. Bill Belichick is still the head coach, and he's 21-6 vs. rookie QBs plus the Patriots have won 10 straight against the Jets.
Zach Wilson was sacked 6 times last week. With all the new faces on the Pats defense, I think they should get at least half of that today (biiiig Matt Judon day). Patriots gave the game away last week; you know they had a hard week of practice and are ready to go into Metlife and win like they do every year. No chance they have 80+ penalty yards again. That I can guarantee.
Saints/Panthers OVER 39 (Teased from 45)
This exact leg cost TML Week 17 from cashing and being an even bigger success in 2020 BY A HALF POINT. This is my personal revenge game, plus, as past readers will know...both of these teams will get into the 20s. The over is 7-3 in these teams last 10 matchups, and while most of those were with Drew Brees, Jameis looked great last week, and there's simply no way he'd come crashing back to earth.... I'm thinking like 27-17. Too low to stay away.
Cardinals +2.5 (teased from -3.5)
If it weren't for some questionable coaching by Zac Taylor, the Vikings would've never sniffed OT. Kliff Kingsbury isn't a Rhodes Scholar by any means, but I think he's a better coach than Taylor. Cards win straight up. Kyler looked like a straight-up video game against the Titans.
Cowboys +9 (teased from +3)
I really like what the Chargers are building and won a little scratch on their live ML last week, but the Cowboys should've beaten the Bucs. I wouldn't be shocked to see SoFi at least 45% full of Cowboy fans. The Chargers could still win, but I love the Cowboys to keep it a one-score game. I almost teased the over but felt more comfortable this way.
Seahawks PK (teased from -6)
While I do expect the Titans to look better than they did last week, it's long way to Seattle and fans are back. I think the 12s play a big role in a Seahawk victory.
Chiefs +2.5 (teased from -3.5)
I'm not too fond of both of these teams, but when one QB calls the other his kryptonite, that's all I need to hear (0-3 vs. KC in his career). I don't see a 2004 Red Sox with Pedro situation playing out tonight. The Chiefs could go down 17 early, and they still wouldn't be dead. With the Ravens banged up, they're going to need to get into the high 30s to keep up with the Chiefs. Lamar did not look good vs. the Raiders (whose defense is NOTHING special), and he's going to have to rely on his arm tonight. Give me the Chiefs! Patrick Mahomes has *Chris Traeger voice* LITERALLY never lost in September (11-0 in his career). I'm totes cool with teasing past zero in this spot.
Best of luck and ALWAYS wager repsonsibly.
Song: Enter Sandman (1991)
I'm not flaking on my tribute to understandablish censorship, but with 164 songs (+ all of RATM), I can pick my spots. We've got ourselves a nice little Sunday morning loophole. I included the original so I could P.S. something a little more timely. I haven't had the chance to listen to the entire 50+ songs Metallica Blacklist (50 something artists teamed up to cover the black album for its 30th anniversary), but obvi Mac's cover is my favorite. I saw him cover "Enter Sandman" in Boston (2019), but his live rendition had a little bit of the DeMarco flare; the album version is a word-for-word cover. I think you could get away with calling this a cross-genre cover since Mac usually is not this heavy, but boy, oh boy, does it kick some ass.