What is it about Thanksgiving games and Ziggy Ansah, anyway? The former BYU defensive end continued his Turkey Day dominance Thursday by racking up a slew of sacks and basically harassing Mark Sanchez to the point that dude was cracking jokes about it afterwards.
How boss was Ansah, you ask? Let’s go back in the time capsule, set it to 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time and see. But before we do any of that, let’s turn the dial back a few weeks and watch the Detroit Lions–the team Ansah plays for–as it implodes into little bitty pieces before our very eyes.
Not pretty, certainly not anything to write or write home about, that’s for sure. But since the lowly Lions fired their GM and team president, well, life has been pretty kosher because Detroit has turned it around and won–drum roll–three in a row.
In the NFC, that means you can start talking playoffs–playoffs!–because the conference is littered with hopelessly woeful teams this year. Playoffs? Playoffs!?! Somewhere, Jim Mora’s head is spinning like some character from “The Exorcist” as he spews forth turkey juice from the 11’s on his neck.
Of course, Mora wasn’t the only dude having beef with somebody. Ansah took this one against the Philadelphia Eagles rather personal, since the opponent had invited him into their training camp once upon a blue moon and turned him down. Well, turn up the intensity meter to 11. Because things are about to get real up in this thing.
Meanwhile, Sanchez was nothing short of ebullient in his post-game praise of Ansah, who not only had 3.5 sacks in the Lions 45-14 beat down of the former USC star and his freefalling Eagles, but also forced a sack and fumble and recovered it.
If you know anything about Ziggy–and you do if you’re a BYU fan–you know it’s time for one thing: Time to get down with your bad self (see video). It’s Turkey Dance time, dawg.
“That guy’s got a serious grip — rigor mortis or something,” Sanchez said. The only problem for Sanchez is that Ansah isn’t dead; he’s very much alive.
Racking up those 3.5 sacks Thursday in the Motor City raised Ansah’s total to 11.5, making that dial on the intensity meter obsolete. Geez, when will this stupid writer ever learn?
In the meantime, Ziggy now has as many sacks as NFL sack master J.J. Watt and the former BYU star is playing the best football he’s ever played in an NFL uniform. It’s probably time for all opposing quarterbacks to conjure up an escape plan and fast.