Life’s nothing without traditions, and going to Radio City Music Hall, “disguised” as Fitzy, alongside my brother @thegeoffman to have fun with the football fans outside the NFL Draft every year is one of our favorites. When one of the greatest botched plays in football history earns the nickname “Buttfumble”, and fans respond to and cheer it, how can you have a bad time? (mild language, should you watch these kinds of videos at work…or with your kids)
Let’s be honest - most everything about mid to late-February kinda sucks. OK, the Oscars are fun. But otherwise, especially for the rabid sportsfan who is experiencing crushing football withdrawal? Yeah, this is a brutal time of year. Many men like me are suffering from a different kind of SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder. It’s FSAD: Football Seasonal Affective Disorder. Well, lucky for me, sports blog superstar, and burgeoning sportsmedia personality Matt Ufford invited me in for a chat on his SB Nation Show “Uffsides” this week. and might I say few things warm the lower depths of the manheart on a cold rainy Tuesday in late February like talking football. We also touch on the sleepless joys early fatherhood (which I am in the glorious throws of currently…no, please, thank you), the joys of Massholery and the omnipotent meme-ery of “Harlem Shake”. As enjoyable a beer-free 35 minutes as I’ve spent with another gentleman in some time. And yes, I realize how weird that sounds.
Part 2 of my “2 Videos, 1 NFL Draft” series…this is always my favorite video to make every year in my full-blown Masshole “character”, Fitzy. And it’s character that gets the quotation marks as Fitzy and I have sort of merged over the years. The lines have blurred, and not it’s truly a Dr. Stevens / Mr. Fitzy world I inhabit. I’m Joe the Narrator, Fitzy a Boston sports-obsessed Tyler Durden. Just watch the 2 draft videos and you’ll see the similarities, and the minimal difference. Anyway, great characters galore at this year’s draft, as always. Personally my favorite was the Steelers fan who did the spot-on Joe Pesci. With runner-up going to the Cool Ranch Doritos super-villain, and the Eagles fan who was there to reparazemp. You’ll see why these fanimals, and not just the chance to stand on line all day, or just talk football for afew days, then wait 4 months for them to play games that count, is why my brother and I go every year and do what we do.
Well, that and Geoffman and I are die-hahd supah-obsessed Tom Brady apologizing Pats fans who will nevah evah get enough. GO PATS!!! And please enjoy.
For the past six years (2012 included) I’ve made way to interview and engage the “fanimals” outside of Radio City Music Hall, in line waiting to gain admission to watch the NFl Draft. I attend as my Boston sports alter-ego, Fitzy (here’s a prime example of which I type). I entertain the insults and endure the verbal bombardment sent my way by fans both envious and of enmity. What should I expect? I dress head to toe as a Patriots superfan, in New York. It’s total chaos, and always a good time with unshowered grown men in the jerseys of other grown men who play games for money. This year was no exception…plus I gotta to double-dip at the Draft store, being asked to make a fan-on-the-street video for CBS Local Sports, too. Thus there was a BOGO at the “talk to half-drunken football fans starved for football, attention and a restroom” store this late April. Fitzy video coming soon. Until then do please enjoy this…and no, football can’t come soon enough.
This is my favorite Fitzy video to make every year. The fans were a little muted and/or sedate this year, and I don’t blame them. WE WANT FOOTBALL! Special thanks to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for humoring us for a quick interview (man was he do some crowd work and damage control with the fanimals).
I wanna buy these guys their next Pats game’s worth of beers. So awesome.
I am in no way, shape or football form excited to see the Patriots trade Randy Moss. He’s been huge for us, HUGE. But his crazy seems to be almost as grand as his talent. So if he’s gotta go then no way I’m gonna watch him leave without trying to squeeze some funny out of it (top-shelf last-minute late-night editing by Geoffman Stevens).