Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The NFL Draft Widow

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"If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead." - Erma Bombeck.  I think this quote not only applies to football games, but to the NFL Draft as well.

Last week was the Draft and my husband (Mike) was glued to the tv.  Every now and again we would see signs of life in the form of moans, groans, and comments, but not much else. 

Each time the Dallas Cowboys were "on the clock", the air in our house would become so electrified, it positively crackled with excitement over the prospects still available.  Are they going to pick the Incredible Hulk for the offensive line, or maybe a towering defensive tackle, or even a Sherman Tank-like running back? 

The kids and I stood on either side of the television like the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders cheering for the next pick.  "Offense! Defense! Or a Running Back!  We don't care, just don't give us another hack!!" was our cheer.   And then the Cowboys would announce the player they were drafting and we'd eagerly watch my husband's face for a reaction.  Sadly, it was like being in a heavily fought football game and having the ball on the one yard line with :03 seconds left in the game.  The quarterback would drop back, find his receiver and throw a beautiful spiral right into the receiver's hands .......... only to have him drop it in the end zone and lose the game.  Everyone's faces displayed their disappointment over the loss and you could see tears rolling down the faces of some of the players and fans.  Yes, we saw the same reaction from Mike for each selection Jerry Jones made.

Unfortunately, after several disappointing picks and our inability to produce a good enough cheer to turn the draft around, or get our sports fan enthusiastic, we were benched.  We packed away our pom-poms and left Mike to handle his disappointment in peace.  I checked on him a little while later and he was still sitting in the same spot with his eyes glazed over, mumbling something incoherent about needing Jimmy Johnson ..........

by: Christie Bielss

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