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The good, bad and ugly from NFL week 15

San Diego pulled off a big win. Chargers Team Website

Wow! What a week 15 we had in the NFL this week. Just when we thought we had it all figured out, the league showed us why the games are played. Here's how I saw week 15 play out:

The Good

-The Chargers beat the Chiefs on a gutsy call. Down 28-14 with about eight minutes left, they managed to come back. After scoring the second unanswered touchdown to bring the score to 28-27, they elected to go for the two point conversion. A missed man coverage assignment covering a bunch formation later and they went up 29-28 with four seconds left in the game. Major props to Chargers coach Anthony Lynn for that call.

-The Vikings fired offensive coordinator Joe DeFilippo after last week's loss to the Seahawks. Head coach Mike Zimmer wanted a more run based offense. This week with their playoff hopes in the balance, they dropped a 40 burger on the Dolphins. Sure they held the Phins to 37 yards passing, but the Vikes rushed for 220 yards and controlled the clock. Big boy football is back in Minnesota.

-The Browns are 4-2 since firing head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. More importantly, rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield has improved with Freddie Kitchens now calling the plays. Whether interim coach/defensive coordinator Gregg Williams gets the permanent job or not, Kitchens should be the OC. His work with Mayfield has been invaluable.

The Bad

-The Colts ended the Cowboys five game win streak 23-0. This was the first time the Cowboys had been shut out since 2003. How you ask? They ran the football well, controlled the clock, and forced the Cowboys into a pass-heavy offense which they aren't adept at doing. They also kept their own playoff hopes alive by doing so.

-Speaking of shutouts, the Titans shut the Giants out in their own home. This was the first time since December 15, 2013 that the Giants have been shut out at home. This was surprising considering rookie sensation Saquon Barkley can almost single-handedly change a game.

-The Rams dropped a home game to the lowly Eagles 30-23. Backup Nick Foles came into L.A. and led the charge. Their defense stepped up as well. Now the Rams are essentially two games behind the Saints for homefield advantage in the playoffs in the NFC.

The Ugly

-Happy trails to Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Word came down that the team is looking to part ways with the former Super Bowl MVP following this season. Flacco was Wally Pipped by rookie Lamar Jackson earlier this season and the team hasn't looked back.

-Jags lost to the Skins 16-13 on a field goal as time expired. Losing on a game winning field goal is one thing. But losing on a game winning field goal to a quarterback that hasn't been on his team's roster for a whole month is something else. This Jags team needs to hit the reset button.

-The Packers lost to the Bears 24-17. At 5-8-1, they've been eliminated from the playoff picture. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he wants to play in the team's final two games. However, I think it's best he sit out. They have two first round picks in the upcoming draft. I suggest they look at using them and their cap space to build a better team while Rodgers has anything left.

We saw the Patriots lose their second consecutive game in December for the first time in forever. We also saw teams move into more or less favorable playoff positions; depends on which fan base you ask. Late season NFL has gotten much better because of the way the schedules have been done lately. Here's to hoping it keeps up over the next couple weeks.

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Dr. Rick warns his patients, young homeowners who are turning into their parents, you can expect to pay more for snacks and drinks at a movie theater. It's the same deal at a professional sports venue. Three years ago, I put a down payment on a cheeseburger at Toyota Center ... I still have three more payments to go before I get it.

But this is ridiculous. The PGA Championship, the lesser (least) of golf's majors, is charging $18 for a beer, a 25-ounce Michelob Ultra, at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa. It's $19 for a Stella Artois. You can buy a six-pack for less at the supermarket. Aren't there laws against price gouging, like during a hurricane? Isn't Tulsa where the Golden Hurricanes play? Get FEMA in here. Did tournament directors get together and ponder, how can we piss off our fans? Sure, it's Tulsa and there's not much else to do, but that's no excuse.

Charging $18 for a beer makes the concession stands at Minute Maid Park look like a Sunday morning farmer's market. A 25-ounce domestic beer during an Astros game is $13.49. A 25-ounce premium beer is $14.45. Yeah, that's high for a beer, but at Minute Maid Park there are lots of hands in the till. Aramark wants to make a profit, the taxman has big mitts, and the Astros want their cut, too. Look, you want to sign Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez to an extension or not? Then drink up and don't complain. Some quiet grumbling and head-shaking is permitted, however.

You know the PGA Championship is charging too much for a beer when even the rich pampered players take notice. "18 (!!!!!) for a beer ... uhhh what," former PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas tweeted. "Good thing I don't drink a lot."

Like he will be in line for a beer at a public concession booth, anyway.

Of course there will be fans sneaking in beer in baggies strapped to their ankles, like stuffing your pockets with store-bought Snickers before going to the movies. It doesn't have to be this way. The Masters, the most prestigious golf event, charges only $5 for both domestic and imported beer. I know it's a gimmick, part of The Masters mystique along with pimento sandwiches for $1.50, but still it's a welcome gesture. You never lose when you treat the public fairly. When Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened in Atlanta, Falcons owner Arthur Blank insisted that food vendors charge the same inside the stadium as they do at their regular restaurants. Same thing when Denver International Airport opened, fast food restaurants couldn't jack up their prices to their captive customers. Here? There needs to be a loan window outside the Cinnabon booth at Bush-Intercontinental.

Except for the Masters in Augusta, golf's majors aren't tied to a city. A major comes to a city maybe every few years or in most cases never. There's no need to ride into a city like the James Gang, rob the local bank, and high tail it out of town. Golf should be the last professional sport to stick it to fans. While the game has made strides to open its arms to lower-income youths, golf remains an elitist, extremely expensive sport for regular folk. Equipment is expensive, private courses are exclusive and country clubs are exclusionary. Public courses are less expensive but still expensive and crowded. Plus there's never been a professional sport more dangerously dominated by one person than golf. I can imagine network executives on their knees praying that Tiger Woods makes the cut and plays on weekends. Otherwise, TV ratings go straight into the toilet, you know, like whatever team Mattress Mack is betting on. (I joke because I love, and frankly a little scared.)

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