I recently received one of those mass emails that we all get. It was titled “Why athletes can’t have regular jobs.” The email contained a compilation of quotes from famous athletes that either did not make sense or were just downright idiotic.
A few are quite amusing such as the football quarterback who reportedly said, “ Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.” There’s the boxing trainer who said, “ He’s a guy who gets up at six o’clock in the morning, regardless of what time it is.” And the running back who said, “I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first.”
But these are not the one that made me actually chuckle out loud. If you know me, you know that I have a great sense of humor. However, I find few things funny enough to laugh out loud.
For example: Don’t make me sit through one of those popular TV “comedies” where the laugh track tells you when to laugh. The laugh track is needed to invoke the Consistency Trigger. (View my 7 Triggers webinar HERE). Essentially, since the shows “audience” is laughing, you must also. These shows irritate me a great deal and those with me ask that I leave the room because of my negative comments.
The quote from the email that made me chuckle was supposedly made by former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips when asked by Bob Costas why he takes his wife on all the road trips. Phillips response was, “Because she’s too ugly to kiss goodbye.” Now that is funny!
Ruth asked me what I found so funny. I laughed and said, “I now know why I take you on all my road trips.” My amusement quickly vanished when I realized that I was about to get into huge trouble.
One of my admirable traits is that I am fast on my feet. If I continued down this path, I would need to be literally fast on my feet as I exited on my way to the doghouse. I salvaged the situation by explaining why I was laughing. Then I brilliantly said, “In my case, I take you with me because you are too pretty to kiss goodbye.”
She smiled at me, shook her head and muttered something that sounded like “full sit.” I decide not to pursue the issue and delete the dangerous email.
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