A Silly Look at American Football.


McGraw-Hill's 1990s logo

McGraw-Hill’s 1990s logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, that time of year is upon us, though it is hardly Autumn in Arizona.  (It’s supposed to be in the 100’s all week, and to me, football is blizzards).

Click on the link Loretto Horrigan Leary to read my Irish raised friend’s take on American Football.

I have a funny football story, involving a Romanian man.  The year was 1981.  My Dad, Marvin Charton’s colleague Ioan Motoc was allowed out of Communist Romania to visit the evil capitalistic United States.

I was helping Dad show Ioan Manhattan.  One of our stops was in the McGraw Hill Bookstore.

These were the early days for personal computers.  Think about the new movie about Steve Jobs.  One of the computers had a program for you to act as a head football coach.  The scenario was 2nd down and 7 yards to go on the opponents 20 yard line.  The computer gave you some plays to choose from.  I decided to go for broke and called a screen pass.  Sure enough, faked out the defense and scored.

TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I whooped it ups, as though I just pulled off a come from behind Super Bowl victory.  Ioan was amused, Dad looked at me askance.

And for you my dear Loretto, this is my touchdown story for you.

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About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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One Response to A Silly Look at American Football.

  1. My head is spinning….yard lines, 2nd down 7 to go……Alien in the Bleachers sure enough!!! Thanks Mike. Some day I’ll get the gist of this “American Football” thingy!!!

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