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JuJu Smith-Schuster, a Wide Receiver for the playoff-bound Steelers, is unabashedly entertaining on the field and off. DeAndre Hopkins, a WR for the Houston Texans, is having a record setting year, yet on a team that will end their season in December. With a Christmas Day game, their rituals are steeped in the gift of giving and making dreams come true for some of the NFL's biggest little fans.
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is Captain of the ship. The Dallas Cowboys have their own weapons, in brothers Jaylon + Rod Smith. Commanding a color rush mission is never an easy battle but with a globe full of fans, all eyes are on them. From air to land and sea, these players serve on the field while their military fanbase serves on a different turf where the TNF ritual provides comfort.
The Steelers and Titans reign their AFC divisions. On Thursday Night one will fall. Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier is aiming to protect the win streak. Running back DeMarco Murray is looking to color rush Tennessee into another win. With mom and wife credited as their biggest fans and integrated into pregame rituals, a victory is that much sweeter.
Super Bowl Champion Russell Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks offense is top five this season in passing and total yards/game. He's a diligent master of rituals, training the mind as intensely as the body. Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu, safety for the Arizona Cardinals, might just be Russell's fiercest opponent with similarly matched rituals. On Thursday Night the fight for playoff contention continues.
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- Premise: The stabilizing role of ritual is viewed in the industrialized society of Japan, where individualism takes a back seat to the common good. The point is illustrated in the way the Japanese raise their children, perform at work and practice Zen.