Friday, December 30, 2005
Have a safe and Happy New Year!!!
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Well I am heading out of town for the holidays and I won't be back until next Friday, Dec. 30, so my ability to blog will be limited. But I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season and I am grateful that we all get to hang out and blog with each other. And I want to wish a special Christmas wish to Chairborne Stranger who is over in Iraq.
Well I have two gifts for you. The first is a surprise and won't be announced until the beginning of next year and will probably only interest sports fans. But the second gift is for everyone. I know some of you probably want to ask me a question or two so you might better understand some of my strange behavior or maybe you just want to know something about Mr. Shife but were afraid to ask. Well now is your chance. Ask me anything and I will devote myself to answering every single one. Until then, everyone be safe and enjoy the holidays.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
I have been known to champion many causes in my lifetime, and this one is the latest that really speaks to my heart. We need to help these poor ninjas, assassins and samurai regain some of their dignity and give them a reason to live. They have trained their whole lives to be agents of espionage and assassinations, and now they are kicked out on the street with no hopes of supporting their baby ninjas.
I have given this idea much thought, and I believe I have an idea that will give this segment of our population a way to make ends meet and feel like they are really contributing to society again.
I will set up a service where people can hire the ninjas, assassins or samurai to perform a fake hit on someone. For example, how many times have you thought to yourself that you were going kill somebody, but you never did because you are not insane. Well now you can sort of. One of my ninjas will pay a visit to the person who you wished was dead in a public establishment like a restaurant or mall. So this person is enjoying a fine meal, when all of the sudden a smoke bomb appears and there is a ninja. The ninja then throws a whipped cream pie in that person’s face, and then another smoke bomb appears and the ninja is gone. Along with the pie is a message that tells the person they were being a douche bag and they better start acting nicer or the ninja will be back but this time he won’t be so nice.
I think the idea is solid gold, but I would love to hear what you think.
Have a nice day and watch out for those ninjas.
Monday, December 19, 2005
- What if you met a business client for the first time and you were both wearing the same outfit?
- What if you and your significant other got each other the same exact card on your anniversary?
- What if it were socially acceptable to pee your pants?
- What if the last stoplight before I made it home actually was green once, just once?
- What if once a month we all had inflatable bumpers on our cars?
- What if they tested intelligence at work?Would anyone test positive for being stupid?
- What if I was the Last Starfighter?
- What if Peace on Earth was more than just a greeting card slogan?
- What if I was a gay porn star? Would my name be Sticky Buns or Richard Hammer?
- What if you had to tell highways they were adopted?
- What if you had the powers of a professional referee or umpire for one afternoon and you call fouls or could toss people out of your home? office?
- What if it was always Miller Time?
- What if people wore tinted shirts?
- What if we added an extra day to the week and everyone got three days off?
- What if they had Man Scouts? Would they have badges for drinking, screwing, and fighting?
- What if you could go to work naked? Would you call in sick?
- What if the old boy's club got an extreme makeover?
- What if you could do over one thing a week?
- What if Calgon could take you away?
- What if laughter is indeed the best medicine?
- What if you never read this blog?
Sunday, December 18, 2005
- I hate fantasy football. I watch games I don't care about just to see if some dude scores, and then some ass bag from ass hat university has the game of his life and catches 3 TDs. If you couldn't tell I lost in my fantasy football playoffs this weekend but I am not bitter or anything.
- I hate the lack of professionalism some announcers have during NFL games. My team is the Arizona Cardinals, they suck and it sucks for the announcers who have to cover their game but at least get their names right. And at least say something that makes sense. One talking hair-do commented that a certain player was great in college, and then he followed it up by saying he was great in high school. Well, no kidding. Usually, that is how you get a football scholarship by being great in high school, and then if you are great in college you usually make it to the NFL. Unless, I am unaware of a new trend in football where really horrible high school players are infilitrating the NFL scene.
- I might be grumpy because I am still dealing with this cold. Seriously, doctors and scientists can clone humans and animals, but they can't figure out how to cure a cold.
- I think all the uproar about saying Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays is horse shit. Gimme a break, there are so many more important things that we should focus on during the holiday season than if it is politically correct to say Merry Christmas.
- I guess I wasn't the only one not excited about "King Kong." It didn't quite make as much money as Hollywood anticipated. Boo-hoo. How about make something flippin' original that actually has a plot and is not special-effects driven?
- This just in from No Shit magazine, I was not named the Time person of the year.
- Anybody excited about the season finale of Nip/Tuck? Any guesses on who The Carver is?
- Speaking of TV, I am looking forward to the new season of 24 and The Shield.
Well, I feel better now, and I hope you have a lovely day.
Friday, December 16, 2005
1. What did you do in 2005 that you hadn't done before? I got a phone call from a real estate company looking for Bob Massaquoi and Massaquoi’s Sticky Buns. I was doing research on the web for my company and I had fill out some information to get the information I needed so I made up some stuff, and about 5 minutes later a rep from this company calls up looking for Bob and his sticky buns. It was pretty funny.More serious stuff, I celebrated my first wedding anniversary. I went to Mexico for the weekend to see a concert.I also think I went 47 weddings this past year.
2. Did anyone close to you give birth? No, a few co-workers had some babies but nobody in our immediate family squeezed out a kid.
3. Did anyone close to you die? No.
4. Did you travel? Where did you go? Best holiday memory? Mrs. Shife and I went to Mexico, Illinois, Washington and Oregon. We went to some places in Idaho as well but we live here. The best memory was probably being with my wife in Mexico again celebrating our anniversary.
5. Best thing you bought? Well there was that Vietnamese boy …. OK, let’s see, I will say my wife’s new car. Well it is new to us. She really loves it and that is reason enough right there. It is a 1996 Toyota 4-Runner in case you were wondering.
6. Where did most of your money go? That effin Vietnamese boy. I guess stuff like that is illegal in the U.S. Still kidding. Most of our money went to nowhere in particular except bills and savings.
7. What do you wish you had done more of? I wish I would be more a little more spontaneous and do some more traveling especially on the weekends.
8. What do you wish you had done less of? This would be excellent time to insert the Vietnamese boy line again, but I guess I would have to say worrying and complaining.
9. What kept you sane? The meth. Yes, most definitely the meth. But probably my wife and a beer or seven on the weekends. Oh and seeing that fat little basset every day doesn’t hurt matters either.
10. What drove you mad? The Cardinals losing the NLCS to the Astros.
11. What made you celebrate? UNC winning the NCAA basketball championship.
12. What made you sad? The ongoing war in Iraq, the ineptitude of our government when it came to hurricane relief, environmental concerns, animal rights, human rights and just the sad state of affairs we have turned the planet Earth into.
13. How was your birthday this year? Mrs. Shife and I spent my birthday in Sun Valley, and it was really nice to get out of town and just be with her.
14. What political issue stirred you the most this year? Same as last year, the war in Iraq.
15. Were you in love in 2005? Yes.
16. What would you like to have in 2006 that you didn't have this year? The University of Idaho to have a winning football record.
17. What date from 2005 will be etched in your memory and why? There a few, but most likely April 22 because that is the anniversary of someone who passed away.
18. What song will remind you of 2005? Album? Green Day’s “Holiday” and their “American Idiot” album.
19. Compared to this time last year are you happier? Yes.
20. Biggest achievement this year? Getting off my ass and writing again.
21. Biggest disappointment this year? The Cardinals losing the NLCS to the Astros.
22. What is the one thing that would have made you more satisfied? More maturity. I still need to grow up in some areas of my life.
23. Best new person you met this year? My blog friends.
24. A valuable life lesson you learnt this year? Be satisfied. The day is yours. And, the first casualty of war is the truth.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
- Cheese graters
- Rabid badgers
- Soiled diapers
- Fish sticks
- Fine Mexican food
- Halloween haikus
- Radioactive waste
- Christmas lights
- Roast beef
- Greasy, slimy gopher guts
- Weapons of mass destruction
- Ginsu knifes
- Farm animals
- Icy Hot
- Hot glue gun
- Zombie-elected overlords
As always, your feedback is welcomed and appreciated.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Just a few thoughts from the dumb, white guy.
- Happy Birthday, Pops. Today is my dad’s birthday and I just wanted to let him know that he is one cool dude. Brief history of Mr. Shife, my biological dad left me and my Mom when I was a baby, and even though that wasn’t very cool, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. My Mom met my Pops a few years later and they got married, and I was adopted. He has always treated me like his own flesh and blood and I hope I can be half the man he didn’t have to be. The song “He Didn’t Have To Be” by Brad Paisley is a fitting tribute to my Pops. I swear the song was written specifically for him. Anyway, Happy Birthday Dad, you are the best.
- I had a Yoo-Hoo for the first time ever yesterday. Not too shabby.
I had grand plans to write a funny little story about Yoo-Hoo, a few good men in my underpant’s navy, and how Mrs. Shife couldn’t handle the truth. But Mrs. Shife said it was a little too obscure so I had the trash that plan. Basically Tom Cruise’s character in “A Few Good Men” liked the Yoo-Hoo and everyone knows the line from the movie “You can’t handle the truth.” It would have been a beautiful thing but my editor said no.
- Two quotes to consider this season when you are out and about dealing with Christmas madness. (And special thanks to my friend, Swedish Nurse, for the second quote.)
“One can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who think can do nothing for them.” – I don’t know who is responsible for this gem.
“Most humans have an almost infinite capacity for takings things for granted.” – Aldous Huxley, English critic & novelist.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Well I missed you. It is good to be back and here is a virtual hug from me to you.
But let's get down to business.
I left my last job almost two years ago and occasionally I will run into someone I use to work with. I was at the grocery store when this previously mentioned phenomenon occurred. In order to protect the innocent, I will just say he is a middle-aged guy (MAG). I noticed him first and thought I would go say hello. I really didn't talk to him too much at work and I couldn't remember why this was the case but oh, how it came back to me faster than a basset hound running through Chinatown.
So I bump into him and as soon as we exchange pleasantries I was mentally punching myself in the babymaker for being such an idiot. Mr. Shife is now in the awkward zone with MAG. Every time MAG speaks I am just cringing and searching frantically for a sub on the bench because I needed to get out of this situation. I tried not to stare or act insensitive but the last time I checked there are no Oscars on my mantle.
Here is the deal, to borrow a phrase from comedian Dane Cook, there is a battle of epic proportions going on in his mouth. His incisors and molars are having a battle royale to decide who gets to be out front. It looks he chews rocks for a living. MAG's mouth looks like a homeless shelter for fucked-up dental work. I am trying to focus on anything but his mouth as he speaks to me but I can't. I am dick and all I do is stare at his piehole, and I barely open my own mouth fearing that one of his rogue wood-chopping incisors might launch a strike on my pearly whites. Did you let someone practice their jack hammering skills in your mouth? Have you heard of the this place called a dentist's office? Honestly it looks like the mother of all wars took place in his mouth and his teeth lost.
4 out 5 dentists may agree that this confession guarantees me another weekend pass in hell, but for the love of Fat Elvis, please people take care of your fucking teeth.
P.S. Thank you to everyone who tagged me. I plan on doing it this week so please just be a little more patient.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
I will leave you in good hands as Dave Barry was kind enough to share some words of wisdom with me.
16 things that it took me
over 50 years to learn
by Dave Barry
1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."
3. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
5. You should not confuse your career with your life.
6. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. (I wish I had!)
7. Never lick a steak knife.
8. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
9. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.
10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.
12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.
13. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to a waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)
14. Your friends love you anyway.
15. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.
16. Men are like fine wine ... They start out as grapes, and it's up to the women to stomp the crap out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Thank you. Please tip your waitstaff.
As most of us are freezing our asses off, I thought I would present you with an annotated thermometer that I ran across on the web the other day. Now you have another way to tell people how cold it is besides "It is really fucking cold."
60 - Californians put on sweaters (if they can find one in their wardrobe)
50 - Miami residents turn on the heat
40 - You can see your breath, Californians shiver uncontrollably, Minnesotans go swimming, Canadians work on their tan
35 - Italian cars don't start, Britney Spears kills a man with her nipples
32 - Water freezes
30 - You plan your vacation to Australia, Minnesotans put on t-shirts, politicians begin to worry about the homeless, British cars don't start
25 - Boston water freezes, Californians weep pitiably, Minnesotans eat ice cream, Canadians go swimming
20 - You can hear your breath, politicians begin to talk about the homeless, New York City water freezes, Miami residents plan vacation further south
15 - French cars don't start, you plan a vacation in Mexico, cat insists on sleeping in your bed with you, and teenagers still insist on not wearing a coat
10 - Too cold to ski, you need jumper cables to get the car going
5 - You plan your vacation in Houston, American cars don't start
0 - Alaskans put on t-shirts, too cold to skate, your balls detach and head to South America
-10 - German cars don't start, eyes freeze shut when you blink
-15 - You can cut your breath and use it to build an igloo, Arkansans stick tongue on metal objects, Miami residents cease to exist
-20 - Cat insists on sleeping in your pajamas with you, politicians actually do something about the homeless, Minnesotans shovel snow off roof, Japanese cars don't start
-25 - Too cold to think, you need jumper cables to get the driver going
-30 - You plan a two-week hot bath, the Mighty Monongahela freezes, Swedish cars don't start
-40 - Californians disappear, Minnesotans button top button, Canadians put on sweaters, your car helps you plan your trip south
-50 - Congressional hot air freezes, Alaskans close the bathroom window
-80 - Hell freezes over, polar bears move south
Monday, December 05, 2005
- Left the office Friday at about 5:30 and on my commute home I listened to the soothing sounds of Lionel Richie (Say you, say me, let us say it together, naturally) and other "cool" '80s artists on the second greatest piece of technology that I own, the iPod (TiVo is the the current techno champ in our house).
- Made it home unscathed and was greeted by the fat basset and the lovely Mrs. Shife. One of them tried to hump my leg. I will make it a mystery and let you figure out who it was.
- The great Christmas tree debate began shortly after the greetings and salutations. Mrs. Shife wants a real tree, and Mr. Shife is ready to get a fake one. I will also make this a mystery and let you figure out who won the debate. But here is a hint, I do not have any pants and my testicles were last seen in 2002 near the outskirts of Winnemucca, Nevada.
- We get a real tree and then headed to the store to get some Christmas decorations. Mrs. Shife looks for ornaments, garland and other misc. items while I look for new underwear. New underwear shopping is not as easy as it sounds. I have to get the right style, color and look. First, white panties are not an option. You have to be a brave man to wear the whites and I am not that courageous. Second, no banana hammocks, it is boxer briefs or bust. And finally I need to get the most bang for my buttocks. No need to get the suped-up undies, just get me the stuff that keeps my junk and my trunk covered.
- We make it home and the decorating begins. I am in charge of the TV room and basically all I accomplish is picking up some stuff and running the vacuum. And somehow Mr. and Mrs. Smith begins playing and I am forced to spend two hours watching this garbage. I guess I had hopes that Angelina Jolie may have a few scenes minus clothing, but it was mostly just her and Brad trying to kill people. I think this film would have benefited from a few oil wrestling scenes.
- Saturday rolls around and I start the day by getting a haircut. Mrs. Shife is babysitting her friend's kid so she is out and about all afternoon. Left to my own devices, I plant my ass on the couch and watch a steady diet of college football. Most of the games were blow outs so I popped in another movie but I ended up taking a nap.
- Quincy and I wake up, head outside and put up some Christmas lights on the house.
- Seriously, are you still reading this? Yes, this is my life and you should be extremely jealous.
- I quietly sob in the corner of my living room because reality has set in that it is no longer Hoff week on my blog.
- Mrs. Shife returns home and we hit the town for some more errands, pick up some dinner and discuss our Christmas plans.
- The Shifleys return home, have a few cocktails, and one thing leads to another.
I am sorry but that is all I can tell you. You will have to pay $12.95 to get the Premium version of this blog and the rest of the details.
- I wake up Sunday with a smile on my face for some odd reason and I am little sore. Hmmm, I wonder what I did last night and why are there bite marks on my ass?
- And the rest of the day is really lame. I hit the gym and sweat with the fat ladies from the old country, and then I planted my ass back on the coach to watch a steady diet of professional football.
I hope you had a lovely weekend as well.
Friday, December 02, 2005
WITHOUT THE HOFF
We wouldn't smell nice
P.S. Thanks for putting up with me this week and I hope you can forgive my obsession with the Hoff. I promise my blog will return to normal next week. Have a great weekend, bloggers.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Only one more day to go.
- He is a sweet dancer
- Hoff Invaders
- I am compatible with the Hoff intellectually and emotionally
- Word Search
- I can find out where the Hoff might be
- I can ask him all of life's really important questions
- He has hofficial merchandise
- He has 147 songs online
- He is a movie star
- He has been to the same rehab facility as Mary-Kate Olsen
- He may be plotting world domination
- Ice-T is going to produce his rap album. Yes, a rap album
- He can be your idol
- He is going to do Madonna
- He has a big band
- He is the International Star of the Year
- He ended the cold war
- He might be the anti-christ
- 80 million Germans can't be wrong
- I can buy his clothes
- He was in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
- Knight Rider the movie in 2006
- I can give him an O face
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
I wish I could take credit for this, but I can't (I did add a few of my own). This was written by Eric Spitznagel and Brendan Baber, and is included in their book, Planet Baywatch: The Unofficial Guide To the New World Order.
Here's a list of things people around the world are learning about Americans by watching Baywatch.
1. American men and women spend 15 percent of their days running in slow motion along the beach.
2. Americans almost drown an average of two times each hour.
3. Despite the habit of breathing water, CPR always works and no one actually dies.
4. People in the U.S. look thoughtfully at the ocean for an average of 15 seconds after being told anything of any importance.
5. Americans never worry about getting enough to eat, but fat people are unreliable and sometimes evil.
6. When swimming in California, you are more likely to be attacked by jewel thieves or taken hostage by terrorists than you are to drown.
7. Most activity that takes place off the beach occurs in montages and lasts no longer than two minutes.
8. Although Americans, especially lifeguards, complain that they are poor, they all have expensive sports cars and luxurious homes.
9. Motorboats, unlike cars, will not talk back to David Hasselhoff.
10. All American woman have giant racks.
11. You will be irresistible to women if you have luscious chest hair and a snug pair of red trunks.
12. Acting skills are not a major requirement to be a TV star.
13. Everyone has deep, dark secrets. Everyone.
14. Ex-lifeguards are very bitter and cause nothing but trouble.
15. California is full of deserted islands, undiscovered caves, and modern-day pirates.
P.S. The pride and joy of the Shifley household turns 8 today. Happy Birthday Quincy dog!!!
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
The Hoff recently got tagged, and he was kind of enough to answer
1. First name: Hernando
2. Were you named after anyone? Hernando de Soto, the Spanish explorer.
3. Do you wish on stars? How else can you explain my successful career.
4. When did you last cry? Last week when I found some gray in my chest hair
5. Do you like your handwriting? Does Pamela Anderson like rock star cock?
6. What is your favorite lunch meat? Whatever is in a hero sandwich.
7. What is your birth date? July 17th.
8. What is your most embarrassing CD? Probably my 1985 CD, "Night Rocker."
9. If you were another person, would YOU be friends with you? Does Carmen Electra like rock star cock?
10. Are you a daredevil? Have you seen me perform live on stage?
11. Favorite Magazines? Achtung or Schwing. They are huge German magazines.
12. Do looks matter? Ummm, hello, have you seen me.
13. How do you release anger? I run on the beach in my red swim trunks.
14. Where is your second home? On stage belting out tunes like "Looking for Freedom."
15. Do you trust others easily? Does Yasmine Bleeth like booger sugar? (Thanks LBseahag)
16. What was your favorite toy as a child? Silicone.
17. What class in high school do you think was totally useless? Drama.
18. Do you have a journal? Does Gena Lee Nolin have big boobs?
19. Do you use sarcasm a lot? No, I am too good looking to use sarcasm.
20. Favorite movie: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
21. What are your nicknames? The Hoff.
22. Would you bungee jump? Did Parker Stevenson actually star on Baywatch?
23. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Shoes. I don't need no stinking shoes.
24. Do you think that you are strong? Have you seen me on Baywatch?
25. What's your favorite ice cream flavor? 2 scoops of hot chocolate.
26. Shoe Size? 14.
27. What is your favorite color? Red.
28. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? I am the Hoff, I am perfect.
29. Who do you miss most? KIT.
30. Do you want everyone you send this to send it back? Did Erika Eleniak pose for Playboy?
31. What color pants are you wearing? I am the Hoff, I don't wear pants.
32. What are you listening to right now? Myself.
33. Last thing you ate? A German sausage.
34. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Wild Watermelon.
35. What is the weather like right now? I am the Hoff, it is always sunny.
36. Last person you talked to on the phone? Myself.
37. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex? Myself.
38. Do you like the person who sent this to you? No. I currently think he is a homo. We had a falling out at Thanksgiving.
39. How Are You Today? I am the Hoff, so I am great.
40. Favorite Drink? Almond smoothie.
41. Favorite Sport? Turkish wrestling.
42. Hair Color? Brown.
43. Eye Color? Brown.
44. Do you wear contacts? Does Traci Bingham have big boobs?
45. Favorite Food? German.
46. Last Movie You Watched? Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding.
47. Favorite day of the year? I am the Hoff, every day is my favorite day.
48. Scary Movies Or Happy Endings? I like the happy endings.
49. Summer Or Winter? Summer.
50. Hugs OR Kisses? Yes, please
51. What Is Your Favorite Dessert? Cheese cake.
52. Who Is Most Likely To Respond? Gary Coleman.
53. Who Is Least Likely To Respond? Mr. Shife.
54. Living Arrangements? Right now I am living in my chest hair.
55. What Books Are You Reading? Baywatch: The Early Years
56. What's On Your Mouse Pad? My chest hair.
57. What Did You Watch Last night on TV? Knight Rider in HD.
59. Rolling Stones or Beatles? The Hoff
60. What's the furthest you've been from home? I am the Hoff, I am at home wherever I may roam.
Monday, November 28, 2005
First things first, me and my buds dressed up like pirates and attacked the Hoff. We pretend stabbed him and tried to shiver his timbers, and the Hoff played along but he wanted to play a new game.
He decided he wanted to play the underwear model game. He was the only one that was really into it and it kind of scared away everyone that had come over.
Then things got really weird. He decided he wanted to play the game with puppies. The Hoff has the ability to make cute puppier appear out of thin air.
This kind of freaked out Mrs. Shife that the Hoff was posing with puppies naked in the middle of our house. I tried to calm everyone down so I gave the Hoff my leather falconer outfit and that seemed to do the trick.
We finally sat down and enjoyed our meal. After a delicious culinary experience, we all got settled in the TV room to begin the Baywatch marathon (It is a tradition in our household.) After a few hours of Baywatch madness, I commented to the Hoff that his show had the greatest eye candy that the world had ever seen. The Hoff was a little put off by my remarks, and said that the show was much more than that. It was a cleverly written social commentary on the caste system in India. I about peed myself from laughing so hard. The Hoff was not amused. He threw his sparkling cider in my face. I was now not amused, and I called him a homo. The Hoff had enough and stormed out of our home. He called Gary Coleman. And a few minutes later, Gary showed up in KIT, and the two sped away.
I just laughed the whole thing off, and just figured it was the cider talking. I expected to get an apology from the Hoff the next morning. Well I got something from him, he e-mailed me the picture below.
Well, it is on Hoff. You better watch your back buddy. And was it really necessary to bring Officer Poncharello into the equation?
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
I am thankful for a lot of things including my wife, my life, my family, etc., but I am especially thankful to the brave men and women who serve and protect this country of ours. I don't agree with why we are over there, but I support all of the men and women who are over there sacrificing their lives.
I would like to share with everyone something I wrote about an American soldier about 3 years ago. I met him only for a brief moment, but it is a moment I will never forget. His name is Pat Tillman.
It is not every day you get to meet your hero. But there he was, less than 10 feet away.
I was sharing the same Boise, Idaho air with the man who shocked the world, Pat Tillman.
Shocked the world is one of those sports clichés that gets tossed around like a Frisbee on a sunny afternoon. I think it may have started when Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in Japan. The phrase has picked up steam lately with the U.S. soccer team “shocking the world” by advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals. The results of these events were indeed shocking, but the last time I checked the world’s mental health for the most part seems to be doing OK.
But if one person really deserves to use that cliché, it is Tillman. In a story that is familiar to most of us by now, the former Arizona Cardinals defensive back turned down millions to enlist in the Army where he hopes to become a member of the Rangers, an elite military unit.
Bye-bye mini-camp, hello boot camp.
When the news first surfaced, the words Tillman and crazy collided in a few sentences across this nation of ours. A 25-year-old man in the prime of his NFL career leaving fame and fortune behind to become an army of one. In fact, if some no-name baseball player gets immortalized with the Mendoza line, then Tillman should get his own phrase. It could replace “shocked the world.” For example, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays could reel off enough wins to squeeze into the playoffs and dethrone the Yankees as American League Champions. The next day around the water cooler you might say “Hey those D-Rays really pulled a Tillman.”
We will never know Tillman’s thoughts on the matter because he won’t speak to the media about it and told the Army he wants no part of any publicity regarding his enlistment. The curious public wants to know why, but does it really matter.
Just because 999,999 out of 1,000,000 people would not do what Tillman is doing doesn’t mean it is shocking or crazy; it is just the type of guy he is.
Last year, he turned down a multi-million dollar offer from the Rams to stay with the Cardinals out of loyalty. The same Rams who have been to the Super Bowl two out of the last three years. Tillman took $512,000 to stay with Arizona. The last time the Cards did anything was in the film “Jerry Maguire.”
A lot of us don’t understand why someone would do these things?
Maybe it just about perspective. A crowded elevator smells different to a midget. Tillman just sees and does things differently than the rest of us. It is an admirable quality in a society where conforming to the latest trends is the norm. Or maybe Tillman just realizes money really isn’t everything. He might actually be an athlete that believes he is living his dream and gets paid quite well regardless if his contract doesn’t have an extra zero added on to it.
But to me, all that stuff really doesn’t matter. Who cares what his reasons are and how much money he turned down. In a world of billboard advertising run amuck, Tillman is like a web site with no pop-up ads. He is one of a kind and maybe his actions will inspire others. Tillman was never the biggest, fastest or strongest guy out there, but he made it in the NFL because he had guts, courage and determination.
Now he is just following another dream, and there is nothing wrong with that. So maybe he did shock your part of the world, but not from where I come from.
It is not every day you get to meet your hero and I am just grateful mine is Pat Tillman.
Postscript -- Pat Tillman did become an Army Ranger. He was serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan when he was killed April 22, 2004 by friendly fire. Rest in peace, Pat.