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Christmas Day in the desert

Merry Christmas from Glendale, Ariz., home to the unmistakable Jiffy Pop-like structure known as University of Phoenix Stadium, which, tonight, is home to a special Christmas Night edition of “Thursday Night Football” on NFL Network.

We arrived here in Phoenix from Pittsburgh before dawn on Christmas Eve and arrive here for our second game in as many time zones in three days … and only NOW is when the craziness begins.

As soon as we wrap tonight’s postgame show of Cowboys v. Cardinals, we’re on a plane right back to L.A. to catch a quick nap. No joke.

The Week 16 edition of “NFL GameDay Morning” starts in our Los Angeles studios at 9 a.m. Eastern, just like any week. But unlike any other week, Marshall, Mooch and I will be doing the show on what we call “short rest.” It’s the time of year to step up your game and we’re no different on NFL Network. That’s why we lift all dem scripts!

More to come here from Arizona. Hope you’re all having a Merry Christmas and holiday season.

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