On any given week, I receive a number of messages from people looking to promote something. Most I simply ignore because there’s no benefit for either my readers or this site. Some help keep NPC alive by becoming advertisers. Others, like Crocs or M&Ms, agree to sponsor a contest in exchange for a little publicity. You’d be surprised at the variety of companies I’ve talked with over the past 3 years.
However, Playboy is one word I never expected to see in a subject heading.
I was contacted in regards to Playboy’s 38th annual NFL Preview, which is in their October issue currently on sell online at www.playboydigital.com or at your local newsstand. They asked me to take a look at the story and share some thoughts with my readers. I was a little dubious but impressed by the fact they’ve covered the NFL for thirty-eight years. To think, when they started writing about football, it was back in the dark ages before the Brazilian bikini wax had been invented.
Besides, it’s the first time I could truthfully say I read it for the articles.
Thumbing through the story, I was pleasantly surprised by the coverage, which was a good read, equal to what you’d find in a sports magazine, except the Shannon Twins in bodypaint are a bit more pleasant to look at than Peter King. Then I got to the post-season predictions. My blood pressure began to rise while the slight taste of bile welled up in throat. I shook with anger which is almost physically impossible for a man to do when he’s in the vicinity of naked women. That’s why strip clubs are the happiest places on earth.
This is what I saw:
“AFC North Champion: Baltimore Ravens
AFC Wild Cards: Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts”
They predicted the RAVENS will win the North? The team we beat in humiliating fashion not once, not twice, but THRICE last season? I can understand picking the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl. Tommy Brady is a dreamboat who has probably impregnated several Playmates through the hypnotic power of his chin dimple so that makes sense. But the Ratbirds will beat out the Steelers? WTF?!?
I was astounded by this affront to Steeler Nation. Then I noticed the piece was written by one Rick Gosselin. A quick google search revealed Gosselin’s day job is a columnist for the Dallas Morning News. A-HA! Now it makes sense. The taste in my mouth quickly subsided as I simultaneously realized what Rick must have been tasting when he wrote the article: sour grapes.
Here’s hoping Playboy allows the Shannon twins to handle the predictions next time. I have no idea their qualifications but they’re probably unbiased and Kristina clearly has excellent choice in football teams as well as uniform numbers. By the way, I would definitely like to see the bodypainting fad catch on since we don’t have cheerleaders and the practice has been dominated by obnoxious frat-boys and 300 pound beer bellied lunatics for far far too long. Leave it up to Steeler Nation to bring sexy back.
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