Many years ago, I turned off a Giants football game with a few seconds left and the New Yorkers safely ahead, and headed outside to play. I got to the front yard (I left through the back door), where I was greeted by my friend and next-door neighbor Neil with the news that the Giants had lost. Something about a fumble and a fellow named Herm Edwards. It wasn’t until I read the Daily News the next morning that I believed him.
Yesterday, I turned off the Texans-Rams game with about 40 seconds remaining. Later in the day, I caught the final score and nearly fell off the couch. Somewhere, Joe Pisarcik and Larry Csonka are shaking their heads.
So the lesson here is clear. If you ever catch me watching a football game, especially one involving a team you like, don’t let me stop watching until it’s really over if your team is in the lead. If not, well, you see what can happen.