Today's the day after the Superbowl but more exciting for me is that we are one day closer to the start of the Major League Baseball season. My beloved Seattle Mariners put their tickets for their Cactus League games on sale this weekend. I have not made it down to Peoria, Arizona to catch a game yet but my Dad and I did see the M's play the Cubs in an exhibition game in Las Vegas a couple of years ago.
Here's one football note though, not about yesterday's Patriots disappointment, but a game played twenty years ago this month, a game that recently aired again on the NFL Network. My friend Frank Murphy wrote this about it on his blog recently:
"The other day I flipped past and got immediately hooked in by a classic Redskins victory. My wife and son watched with me. We were just in time to see Doug Williams' first touchdown pass of Superbowl XXII. The Redskins went on to score 42 unanswered points, winning the game 42 to 10.
As Ricky Sanders caught touchdown after touchdown, I was reminded of his performance at the team's victory celebration back in D.C. This young broadcaster was there to witness Sanders catch a pass from President Ronald Reagan. My good friend Bean and I described it live on WAVA. (Editor's note: Washington D.C. radio station Frank and I worked on in the 1980s)
In the time leading up to the game, we did some anti-Bronco smack talking on the morning show. Management complained when we said "Denver Sucks" on the air so I came up with an alternative catch phrase by looking in the dictionary: "The Broncos draw liquids into their mouths by creating a partial vacuum with their lips, cheeks and tongues." A listener made us some "Denver Sucks" hats, which we ungraciously wore to the White House. I have a picture taken using some antique technology. As you can see, a flaw in this "film" makes it look like I have something coming out of my nose."
I want to include the photo Frank posted to accompany his story on his blog too. Let this serve as some of the best advice you will ever get. If you want to appear ageless, grow a beard if you can. Frank looks nearly identical today as he does in this 20 year old picture. I, however, look twelve years old here and seventy today.