Tuesday, March 21, 2006

First

It's March Madness, and I'm almost there. No, not to any of the basketball games but insane.

If there's one sport I HATE more than baseball it's basketball, especially at this time of year.

After playing for gawd-only-knows-how-many months already, starting at the beginning of the month every year the best 1,374,876 college basketball teams in the nation begin playing elimination rounds. And, every single one of them is televised.

Finally they get down to the FINAL 64 teams, then 32, then the "Sweet 16" and I'm already ready to kill Hubby and Da Kid who have by now watched every single game and now must (MUST!) watch the rest of them to see who'll eventually win the tournament.

Why not just watch the last game? Nah! They gotta watch ‘em all, and they do. Sometimes all at the same time with that multi-screen function! And because Da Kid wasn't able to watch some of the games this weekend, Hubby watched them WHILE recording them in their entirety for Da Kid so that HE can watch them.

I tell you folks, I've been hanging by a thread but received some much needed help yesterday afternoon: football.

I was in the kitchen doing something and not really paying attention to what was on the radio, so I wasn't sure what I'd just heard was what I'd really just heard: Tony Boselli had just signed a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

What?

If you're not familiar with his name, Tony Boselli was the first player selected in the 1995 football draft. He was the first player ever chosen by the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars, the Jags's first, first-round pick draft pick, and his selection was the first (and to date only) time the Jags have had a shot at choosing first in the draft.

Massively built and fast, Boselli was a rock. The foundation upon which the rest of the Jaguars's offensive line was built upon. He played every game full-out and hard. His stats earned him five trips to the Pro Bowl, and talk was that he was destined for another first: The Jaguars's first player inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.

Da Kid and I were in the stadium when the unimaginable happened: After the snap and a typical crash of massive bodies, Tony Boselli didn't get up immediately. Then, he had to be helped off the field.

Boselli's hurt? NO WAY!

That quickly changed to, "Oh shit! Boselli's hurt!!!"

The oatmeal hit the fan when the Jaguars announced the list of players it was exposing to an expansion draft, and Boselli's name was on it. Talk about A LOT of ticked off fans.

Jimmy Smith might have been (and still is) my favorite player, but Boselli's up there, too. Gone was his chance to do what I think so many hoped for that so few football players can do now-a-days: play for one team only until retirement. Boselli added another first to his already impressive record when he was drafted first by the expansion Houston Texans.

But Tony never took the field. He never even practiced with them. The injuries he'd sustained playing as a Jaguar were a lot worse than anyone apparently realized. He flunked the physical and never played football again.

Yesterday, Boselli signed a new contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The contract's duration was one day, during which Tony officially retired from the only professional football team he'd ever played for.

Boselli's next first will be his induction into the team's Ring of Honor.

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