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    Default It's Football Season

    Below is a letter to my daughter from her husband and my response. Thought some of you may get a kick out of these.

    Son-In-Laws Letter:

    My beautiful and loving wife,

    It has been a great summer up to this point. Vacation was amazing. We have completed a lot of projects around our new house. We have enjoyed each others company. But alas, all things must come to an end and the summer is no exception. Now it is time to focus on new beginnings. Tomorrow marks the beginning of a glorious, all you can eat smorgasbord of emotions, highs, lows, sleepless nights, and celebrations that will change the dynamics of our home for the next 5 months. Yes, I am talking about the start of football season. From the moment that Ohio State takes the field tonight until the Super Bowl in February, there will be some slight changes to the way we go about our business. Because I care about the strength of our marriage and I love you as much as a man could possible love a woman, I thought I would lay the groundwork for the Fall and early Winter so that there are no surprises and we can emerge from this festival of awesomeness stronger than we were going in. The terms of this new 5 month “Bill of Rights” will be as follows:

    1. Schedule – Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays are now off the board as it relates to scheduled functions, relatives, out of town visitors, road trips, birthday parties, funerals, school functions, and other couples obligations. These events will have to be scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays but must be cleared first as these are good days to break down the offensive and defensive schemes of Ohio State’s next opponent, talk to other Buckeye and Bengals fans about last weeks game, and read internet chat boards. Ohio State addendum – OSU does not play a game on November 6th so this date is negotiable for having friends or relatives over but only if the TV can remain on in the background.
    2. The TV – The 55” TV downstairs now belongs to me. You may use it with permission (consult amendment 1). Otherwise you will be relegated to the 32” TV in the upstairs media room. You still will have HD capability, a comfortable couch, and access to HGTV, Lifetime, Oprah, Dr. Phil, and wireless internet. If the volume of the downstairs TV happens to permeate through the house and into the upstairs media room, you may close the door but no slamming.
    3. During the games – You are free to venture downstairs during the games to get food, take the dogs out, or spend time with me. If you happen to sit with me, I may use language that is unfamiliar to you such as “did you see that safety coming on the blitz?” or “why are we running a single back formation on 3rd and short?”. These are rhetorical questions that I would be asking if you were in the room or not. A response from you is not required or expected. OSU addendum – During OSU games, there will be no talking or visiting, whatsoever. It is recommended that you vacate the house for that 3 hours for all of our own good.
    4. Undesirable behavior – During this next 5 months there may be some increased and new behaviors that you may disapprove of. They include, but are not limited to, excessive cursing, nail biting, thrown pillows, couch punching, screaming, humming of the OSU fight song at random moments, trash talk, increased beer consumption, pacing around the house, coming to bed angry, clapping, and fist pumping. Let’s just conclude that these behaviors are the result of a disease and are totally out of my control. The sooner we can agree on this, the easier life will be. OSU Addendum – These behaviors will be off the charts during all OSU games. Again, I will refer to amendment 3 and recommend that you not be around during these games.
    5. Sexual Relations - Just because it is football season doesn’t mean that I am not still very attracted to you. I will still submit to all of your sexual advances. I would prefer that these advances occur during halftimes and in between games but I can work with you on this. My advances will still occur at all hours of the day and night whether I am sick, tired, angry, or drunk. OSU Addendum – This amendment is determined to be null and void during all OSU games.
    6. OSU losses – In the unlikely event that Ohio State would lose a game this year, it will be treated as if one of the dogs died. I will be in a state of depression for at least 2 weeks. We will wear all black for a period of 6 days and speak softly if we must speak at all. We will not accept visitors or phone calls. I will be grumpy and distant and will probably start fights for no reason at all. You are free to sleep in the guest room or kick me to the guest room for this 2 week period if you feel it is necessary. For the record, conducting the act listed in amendment 5 could do nothing but help the situation.
    7. Commitment to Excellence – Although I may develop some new behaviors during the next 5 months (amendment 4), I am committed to maintaining a good home environment. Therefore I will continue to do certain things that you have become used to me doing. For instance, I will continue to cook dinner, although dinner time may become more inconsistent (amendment 1). I will continue to take care of that area around the house that you do not go in but may see on the way in and out of the garage. Most people call it a yard. I will still dust and vacuum (mostly to satisfy my own OCD). I will still do the grocery shopping. In addition to these services that I will continue to provide, there are some things that I will not do as a token of my appreciation for acceptance of my other behaviors. For instance, I will not break any household items in a fit of rage. I will not wear football jerseys at home. Yes I know I am a grown man. They will be relegated to use only at a football venue (see amendment 8). Despite my increased food and beer consumption, I will not gain weight during the football season. Hair loss, on the other hand, is unavoidable but it is a pre-existing condition and therefore I may not be dropped because of it.
    8. Road Trips – I currently have 3 road trips planned this year. 2 For Ohio State and 1 for the Bengals. There is also the Bengals game here in Charlotte that I will attend. I am willing to lock these dates in stone and agree to not add any more. You are not required to attend any of these games but are certainly invited. If you do chose to attend, please be aware that there is plenty of windshield time involved and the behaviors listed in amendment 4 may be elevated and may cause embarrassment to the viewer (you). OSU Addendum – When OSU makes it to the National Championship Game, a road trip to Arizona after New Year’s Day will be permitted.
    9. What You Can Do – During these next 5 months you will have carte blanche to go to the spa for treatments, shop for clothes, road trip with your girlfriends, get massages, and get your hair cut and colored as often as you want without complaint from me about cost or frequency. We are both reasonable people and we should both get what we want during the season.
    10. Steelers-Bengals Amendment – Even though I love you dearly, I still hate your hometown’s pro football team with every fiber in my soul. I will be allowed to talk trash to you and your family without recourse. Again, this behavior is a result of a disease and is out of my control. You may return the trash talk if you feel the urge but only if you become more educated on your own team. You may not use Super Bowls from 30 years ago in an argument about the present. Any championships from the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations don’t carry any relevance today and will be inadmissible. You may however use your 2 most recent Super Bowl wins. Since we have no Super Bowl championships, I will be much more inclined to debate on the merits of our current teams which as far as I can tell, is going to be easy pickings for me. I reserve the right to use the word “rapist” when describing your quarterback and you may use the words “thugs” and “criminals” when describing members of my team.
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    My Response:

    Is your husband on any drugs (legal or illegal)? Just in case he isn't aware of it, there is a Father-In-Law Bill of Rights:


    1. I will visit my daughter any damn time I like. 1a. If you don't approve, remember, I have a gun and I know how to use it.

    2. If I am at your house and the Steelers or Penn State are being broadcast in your area, the tv will immediately be tuned to that station. If you don't approve, see section 1a of section 1.

    3. If the Steelers or Penn State happen to be playing the Bungals or OSU you will have the unfortunate pleasure of seeing the TERRIBLE TOWEL, and hearing many Pittsburgh chants during the game (as well as PSU chants). Addendum to this provision include mentioning ALL SUPERBOWL WINS! If your team had won any Super Bowl we would still be hearing about it today (even if the win were 40 years ago).

    4. During the games, said Father-In-Law, hereunto referred to as FIL, may exhibit unusually bad and abrasive behavior. Please do not take this personally as said FIL has said same disease and is not responsible for his actions during heated sporting events.

    5. There will be no sexual activity by anyone during my visit (unless I am not aware of it).

    6. If your teams lose, (I am giving you the benefit of the doubt), there will be an unholy amount of **** in your face. Especially taunting, teasing, and down right meanness. Again, it's not said FIL's fault, he has a disease. Again if you don't care for this behavior refer to part 1a of section 1.
    7. In the event FIL decides to visit said daughter and her decidedly questionable husband, I may invite my other daughter and future son in law and their 4 legged children so that we may all root on the Steelers and Penn State. Don't like it? See section 1a of section 1.

    8. It never ceases to amaze me that the Cincinnati fans hate Pittsburgh so much since we don't seem to give a rats ass about the Bungals. But, in the spirit of the season, we will do our best to show the Bungals our deepest disdain, hatred and downright nastiness (while reserving the very worst for Cleveland).

    9. Remember, it will be said son-in-laws responsibility to provide ample food and beverage for said FIL's visits. Clean sheets and towels are also a must, as well as anything else said FIL requests. Again, not in agreement? See section 1a of 1.


    In the spirit in which it was intended, have a great season.

    Notice that my bill of rights is much more direct and to the point. Apparently some people like to blow smoke up ones' ass and use flowery prose.
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    That's funny!! Can I forward?
    If it's a penny for your thoughts and you offer me your two cents, what happens to the other penny? Taxes, the democrats tax everything!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rholmes69 View Post
    That's funny!! Can I forward?
    Sure
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    My boys playin the foos ball!!!!
    In Memory of Paul "Dietrich" Stines.
    Dad: Say something nice to your cousin Shirley
    Dietrich: For a fat girl you sure don't sweat much.
    Cue sound of Head slap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bawanna45cal View Post
    My boys playin the foos ball!!!!
    You a football fan Bawanna? What team(s) do you follow?
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    Not really. I watch now and then if I can watch a whole game. Don't like to start part way thru. Theres some rabid cop fans in the office, one huge Steeler fan.
    I lost my desire even more when the Steelers played the Seahawks and brought their own refs.
    I like it just fine, just don't live and breath it.
    In Memory of Paul "Dietrich" Stines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bawanna45cal View Post
    Not really. I watch now and then if I can watch a whole game. Don't like to start part way thru. Theres some rabid cop fans in the office, one huge Steeler fan.
    I lost my desire even more when the Steelers played the Seahawks and brought their own refs.
    I like it just fine, just don't live and breath it.
    Yeah there's an unknown and rarely used rule in the NFL: If you win 4 or more Super Bowls, you can bring your own refs. Not too many other teams can qualify to use it. Now that the Steelers have 6 Super Bowl Rings, I'm sure there is another unknown rule only they can use.
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    In my younger days I would sit down in front of the TV at noon on Sunday, and get up at 7:00. [or when the last game ended] Today I watch one game each year in late Nov. or Dec. - Army v Navy. Alma Mater and all that you know. We've won the last eight!!! If it's a REALLY big Tennessee game, I might pick it up in the third quarter [no one ever won a game in the first half] or maybe not.

    Pro ball? I haven't watched a game since Staubach and Landry retired.

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    I despise football and especially, pro football. I think they are a bunch of overpaid school girls. I mean they play 16 games a season, and whine when they hurt their little finger, never mind their off field activities. Personally, even as much as I love hockey, I just don't get that wrapped up in sports. If I had a family member that came up with that kind of deal, I think I would have to put a few rounds through the tv. Sports are fine, and I encourage the young especially (it's more pure then, and there are many valuable life lessons (I also detest everyone getting a trophy just for showing up) to be had) to play them. I have never understood how or why some people get so wrapped around the axle that their world revolves around their team. enough of my rant. It's time to light the grill again.
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