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Merry Christmas, PFT Planet

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We appreciate very much the fact that many of you have found time to visit us on Christmas Eve, stealing away a minute or two from your families and/or friends and/or the persons you’re forced to spend time with who technically fall into neither category.

So we wanted to pause for a minute and wish all of you a Merry Christmas.  We realize that all of you don’t celebrate Christmas, but we think it’s an appropriate expression of the sense of peace and goodwill that overtakes most if not all of us for 24 to 48 hours in late December of every year.

All is calm and all is bright, whether we like it or not.  So we may as well like it.

We hope you choose to like it, and we hope you experience joy and fulfillment in your lives, not only over the next day or so but periodically throughout the coming year.

We’re not so naive to think that you’ll feel it every day.  But we are sufficiently naive to believe that our spirits receive a charging of the batteries at this time of the year, which helps carry us through the next 12 months.  So take full advantage of it.  Tell the folks you love how you feel.  Try to fix a broken relationship or two.  Count your blessings and meditate or pray (if so inclined) about the person you are, and the person you perhaps want to be.

And also take some time to think of the people who, due to illness or isolation or other hardships, will feel even worse at this time of year.  For many, there’s no way that sense of peace and goodwill can permeate their lives at the present time.

OK, enough of the sappy stuff.  I’m off to feast on shrimp, lasagna, maybe a little wine, and maybe a lot of cake.  When I think tonight about the special year we’ve had here at PFT, I’ll think warmly of everyone who made it all possible.  And if you’re reading this, you’re definitely one of them.

So much for knocking off the sappy stuff.

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38 Responses to “Merry Christmas, PFT Planet”
  1. mad55555 says: Dec 24, 2010 5:16 PM

    And happy hanukkah to everyone. You do know Jesus was a Jew, right?

  2. hobartbaker says: Dec 24, 2010 5:24 PM

    Nice to see you guys give more than your fair share to global warming this holiday season.

  3. kenhawk says: Dec 24, 2010 5:33 PM

    Merry Xmas Mike. Thanks for banning me for beating you at picks.

  4. joetoronto says: Dec 24, 2010 5:37 PM

    Merry Christmas to everybody at PFT and everyone else here. :)

  5. bucforever says: Dec 24, 2010 5:40 PM

    Merry Christmas and happy birthday to the jewish carpenter a lot of us know as Jesus Christ. It would be a magical Christmas if the Bucs could win the next two games. Be safe folks.

  6. Lou Pickney says: Dec 24, 2010 5:53 PM

    What, no Festivus-style airing of grievances?

    Best wishes for a great 2011 for PFT.

  7. steelersfbfan says: Dec 24, 2010 5:54 PM

    Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! Be safe! Wishing you all health and happiness for the upcoming year!

  8. ijabber88 says: Dec 24, 2010 5:56 PM

    And there is A Festivous for the rest of us

  9. mempusa says: Dec 24, 2010 5:59 PM

    Thank you Mike for bringing us up to speed with the NFL and all its shenanigans every day. Hope you and the staff of PFT have a wonderful Holiday and another great year in 2011.

    Same goes to the rest of you Patriot haters out there.

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

    Go Pats!

  10. commandercornpone says: Dec 24, 2010 6:10 PM

    merry christmas, like i say to people this time of year.

    accept no substitute.

  11. oxycode30 says: Dec 24, 2010 6:12 PM

    As one with absolutely no use for the whole Judeo-Christian deal I say Happy Winter Solstice season to one and all and specifically Happiest of Happy Brumalia and GO BEARS!

  12. nbseesnothing says: Dec 24, 2010 6:14 PM

    The only thing I have ever agreed with from the mistletoe slinging elf. PEACE

  13. shiv1623 says: Dec 24, 2010 6:29 PM

    Cheers Brosif, nicely said

  14. hobartbaker says: Dec 24, 2010 6:54 PM

    Dim the lights on that tree a bit. Neighbors will think there was a three car head on collision in your front room.

  15. chuckd4jc says: Dec 24, 2010 6:54 PM

    God bless you for saying “Merry Christmas”! It is so refreshing to hear this instead of “Happy Holidays”. A majority of Americans don’t even see the difference, but without Christ’s birth this wouldn’t even be a holiday!
    Enjoy your families and thanks for a fantastic reporting year and keeping us die-hard football fans up to date.

  16. kaakwha says: Dec 24, 2010 6:56 PM

    Peace and Goodwill to all youse guys!

  17. bigbear12 says: Dec 24, 2010 7:27 PM

    Love how people have managed to drop all the PC crap this year. At least most of it. Last year it was always happy holidays and lawsuits for companies saying Merry Christmas and ignoring the minorities. Just sit back and enjoy the holidays people.
    Merry Christmas PFT.

  18. joerevs300 says: Dec 24, 2010 7:31 PM

    Merry Christmas to everyone in PFT nation. Please also keep our soliders, sailors, airmen and marines in your thoughts and prayers as well who are defending our freedom and enabling us to be with our families on this Christmas holiday.

  19. MinnesnowtaJagsFan says: Dec 24, 2010 7:40 PM

    Merry Christmas to you, PFT and all of your families. Very beautifully written.

  20. luciano26 says: Dec 24, 2010 8:41 PM

    Alright that Steelers list is officially bunk, no Mike Webster???? The Iron Man? We had 2 centers for like 35 years and he did 18 or 19 of them……..

  21. igottz5onit says: Dec 24, 2010 9:38 PM

    Happy Holidays to everyone!

  22. pittsburghsteelerz says: Dec 24, 2010 10:07 PM

    “…or the persons you’re forced to spend time with who technically fall into neither category”

    Check.

  23. snakeman40 says: Dec 24, 2010 10:18 PM

    Merry Christmas, Mike, to you and the family. Thanks for the great reading for the past many years. I appreciate you and all the hard work you have put into this site. Continued success in 2011 and beyond.

  24. natelan says: Dec 24, 2010 11:35 PM

    Merry Winter Solstice to everyone, since Christmas was simply a superficial answer to that Pagan holiday, created out of thin air by Emperor Constantine to rival the popularity of the Winter Solstice celebration, especially considering that A) “Jesus” never existed and B) if he DID exist, he’s believed to have been born in the Springtime, not Winter.

    I hate to be Debbie Downer here, but anyone who spends thousands of dollars on gifts and endless hours wrapping them should at least know the history and context of what they’re celebrating, which is a sham.

    Let’s just be honest and call it what it is; an excuse to leave work for a little while and see extended family. There’s nothing wrong with either of those activities, but lying to yourself and your children about it just stupid, and begets stupid children.

    Like going to war on false pretenses; can’t we just be honest that these two wars are simply intended to line the pockets of billionaires and politicians? Not for freedom, as many of you (Glenn Beck-followers) apparently subscribe to.

    Too many of you grow up and believe what you’re told.

    So Merry Winter Solstice, sheeple, since that’s what you’re actually celebrating.

    P.s… This Charger fan stands in support of the NFLPA and their righteous cause.

    I hope ownership eats a big fat turd in the work stoppage. Players, save your money!

  25. 417sammy says: Dec 25, 2010 12:30 AM

    Mad55555.
    You are aware that he accepted “Gentiles” into his circle of friends?

    Merry Christmas and Happy Hannakah!

  26. pfii63 says: Dec 25, 2010 12:49 AM

    Happy holidays, everyone – no matter what you celebrate.

  27. joetoronto says: Dec 25, 2010 6:37 AM

    natelan: Merry Christmas, Scrooge.

  28. oranjellojones says: Dec 25, 2010 7:23 AM

    Merry Christmas to everyone including Natelan. Dude, seek help. I’m an atheist and don’t feel the need to crap on their holiday with this kind of lousy timing. Yes you DO feel the need to be Debbie Downer, in fact it’s pretty obvious you’re diggin it.

    Merry Christams Mike, Gregg, Michael and the whole PFT crew, this site gives displaced football junkies like me survival skills we wouldn’t have otherwise.

  29. cowboyerik says: Dec 25, 2010 9:20 AM

    Everyone should watch RELIGULOUS by Bill Maher for “Christmas”!

  30. boltschick says: Dec 25, 2010 9:23 AM

    What a beautiful Christmas message. Thanks Mike.

  31. VonClausewitz says: Dec 25, 2010 9:35 AM

    @Natelan,

    Well played sir. May your festivus be filled with lulz.

  32. pervyharvin says: Dec 25, 2010 2:33 PM

    Mike, I have a fruit cake for you. He plays QB for the Packers!

  33. FinFan68 says: Dec 25, 2010 2:47 PM

    @Natelan:
    You think the NFLPA has a righteous cause, yet, you call the people on here spreading good cheer “sheeple”. You claim too many people grow up and just believe what they are told while you parrot the “liberal” mantra of generalizations without any fact-checking. Nice job puppet. Merry Christmas to you and all who may read this post.

  34. frankvzappa says: Dec 25, 2010 3:28 PM

    i was about to air some festivus grievances, but natelan took the words right out of my mouth…

  35. pervyharvin says: Dec 25, 2010 3:29 PM

    The one and only…. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  36. doe22us says: Dec 25, 2010 3:47 PM

    Merry Christmas to you and yours and everyone that makes PFT what it is… Keep up the good work

  37. natelan says: Dec 25, 2010 5:45 PM

    oranjellojones says:Dec 25, 2010 7:23 AM Merry Christmas to everyone including Natelan. Dude, seek help. I’m an atheist and don’t feel the need to crap on their holiday with this kind of lousy timing. Yes you DO feel the need to be Debbie Downer, in fact it’s pretty obvious you’re diggin it.
    Merry Christams Mike, Gregg, Michael and the whole PFT crew, this site gives displaced football junkies like me survival skills we wouldn’t have otherwise.
    —————————————

    oranjellojones…

    You critisize my timing for exposing the lie that is “Christmas,” so I ask… When is the appropriate time to do so? Easter Sunday? Memorial Day? Or rather, are you suggesting that it’s NEVER the right time?

    PFT wrote an article on Christmas, and they have every right to do that. They even have the right to prevent and ban me from commenting on their article, and I highly respect them for their level of open-mindedness for allowing me to speak my mind on the subject.

    But the idea that my “timing” was bad is a pretty poor explination of your anger toward me. You just appear to be a closet Christian, and you’re right to be ashamed of yourself for that fact.

    You claim to be “Atheist” and then continue to wish everyone a merry CHRISTmas. You are clearly a hypocrite.

    And no, I DON’T like being Debbie Downer. Am I willing to do it though? Yes, because I feel compelled to improve the world I live in by enlightening stupid people about their misdeeds. Once the world grows up and stops praying to their seperate fairy tale Sun Gods, we can join together to make this world a better place, with less pollution, war and crime.

    So eat my left one. How’s that for timing?

  38. clinttaurus says: Dec 25, 2010 10:14 PM

    natelan must’ve gotten socks for Christmas…

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