Thursday, November 22, 2007

Turkey day

Thanksgiving is a time to look back on your life and appreciate the good things. It’s a time to spend with family and friends and enjoy a good meal together. But mostly, Thanksgiving is about football.

A few years ago I had a chat with then NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, or P. Tag as I like to call him (but I do want you all to know that I spelled his name right on the first try), and I was just spitballing a few ideas at him. Sure, just writing them down would have been easier, but P. Tag and I have a unique relationship that allows us to have fun even when we’re working, so I can wad up these ideas and spit them back at him. He’ll only acknowledge the ones that stick to his glasses, so we were only able to discuss one of my ideas.

My idea was simple. Football on Thanksgiving is the best, no question. But I said to P, “Look, Detroit and Dallas are classic. I love watching those games, but at the end of the day, when that second game is over, I think to myself, man, I could do one more. How about we have a triple header on Thanksgiving?”

I had to thumb wrestle him before he O.K.ed the deal, but I had been training for that moment for over 17 months. He never saw it coming. Point is, we now have 3 football games to watch on Thanksgiving because of my spitball aim and thumb wrestling prowess. I explained to the commish that the beauty of the third game will be that we can schedule any two teams we want! That way, that third game will always be one we look forward to.

Then they released the schedule for this year. Indy VS. Atlanta for game number three today. Rodg really dropped the ball on this one. I’m obviously going to have to have a sit down with him. I need to show him I’m serious, so I’ll be bringing Ed Hochuli with me. We shouldn’t have this problem next year. I apologize to everyone that has to watch this game.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!


omar said...

Luckily, we don't get the NFL network, so I didn't have to suffer through Indy vs Atlanta. But yeah, if you could straighten R. Good out, I'd appreciate it. Though I guess in his defense, this was probably a better game before Mike Vick got himself all suspended and put in jail.

And speaking of appreciation, I wonder how many of your readers will appreciate the Ed Hochuli part. I have a few t-shirts I wear around the house sometimes that are a bit on the small side, but I can't bring myself to get rid of them. Occasionally when I'm wearing one, I'll spontaneously flex a "first down" pose, just like Ed. My wife didn't get what I was doing until I made her watch a game that Ed was officiating. The good part is that now she gets it, but the bad part is that now she knows how bad an impression it is because of how unfavorably my biceps compare to his.

cadiz12 said...

i have no idea who ed hoe-chooly is.

and i'm sorry, but there is WAY too much football on tv on thanksgiving.