After months without any competitive football to be had, fans are practically frothing at the mouth for the first week of preseason games.
Of course, that excitement really only lasts for the first few minutes. At that point, all of the starters are pulled and fans can go back to their regularly scheduled programming.
We have more or less known that the NFL’s big-time guys treat the preseason the same way, but we have never quite had confirmation. Until now, of course.
Dallas tight end Jason Witten was speaking to roughly 1,000 attendees of the 2013 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl kickoff luncheon at the Shreveport Convention Center when he gave folks some insider information regarding a preseason game and a “beautiful” hot dog.
“It was raining, and I had played most of the first half, catching a touchdown pass, and we were beating the Saints pretty good,” Witten said. “I figured I was finished at halftime, because starters usually didn’t play that much in preseason games. I walked under the stadium and saw the most beautiful hotdog you’ve ever seen. I dressed it all up with mustard, and ketchup and relish — then I was in mid-bite when coach (Bill) Parcells walked in.
“I felt about this big,” he said spreading two giant fingers. “I didn’t figure I’d play another game as a Cowboy.”
Witten, who is enetering his 11th season in Dallas as the franchise’s leading pass-catcher (806), plans on attending Parcells’ Hall of Fame enshrinement on Aug. 4.
Now we know one of the reasons why Parcells is headed to Canton in the first place: He took preseason games a lot more seriously than we do.