What a great Wednesday. The fill is clean, the theme is fun, and any puzzle that has BRA, ORGY, and EROS in it ought to get a high mark, at least from Huygens. Although the term UNITARD is enough to tone down the excitement several levels on its own.
Football! And who isn't excited by the world's number one producer of chronic traumatic encephalopathy? Actually, I am, even if I'll admit to becoming more and more disturbed by the medical news. Because Brady, that's why.
In any case, the theme is taking standard American football phrases and giving them wacky definitions as clues. 17A: Appetizer, usually? (FIRSTDOWN) got us off to a roaring start. And actually, it might be the best of the bunch. 24A: Exile from? (KICKOFF) is only true if you're exiling from Elba, rather than to it. And 50A: Cuba or North Korea? (REDZONE) is okay. 33A: "I am not guilty," e.g.? (DEFENSIVELINE) is good, although not very funny. And 57A: Beauty queen bride, quaintly? (FAIRCATCH) is actually both good and funny, but I didn't need the "quaintly", honestly.
I liked 5D: Madre-y-padre store? (BODEGA), although I needed several letters to remember the term I used most every day when I lived in New York. I very much enjoyed "The Imitation Game", and have always been a sucker for Alan TURING's mind games. I also like 54A: How the spiritual look (INWARD). That's a nice twist.
I don't love EMOTER, ESPECIAL (that E is unnecessary nowadays), or HIREE. But just about everything else is fine with me. 1A: Engrossed (RAPT) is a standard synonym clue with a nice answer. I'll give it a B+.
Can you tell I'm hungry? It's Yom Kippur, and I only ate one meal today. Not exactly a fast, but I'm not exactly observant, so it works.