So, my girlfriend was in a store getting a new cell phone. I'm not even sure I should call it a cell phone. It's an "i" something or other. It's basically a computer, camera, and about 20 other things all of which are attached to the cell phone.
Anyone else remember when phones were stuck on a wall at the house, and you had to dial phone numbers and wait for the round thing to come all the way around before dialing the next number? It made you hate phone numbers with 8 and 9 in them. But I digest (just ate breakfast).
My girlfriend had a Washington Redskins thing dangling from her old cell phone, and the guy selling it to her commented on it. He grew up in Dallas and was a fan of the Cowboys (the 'skins rivals). He told a story I thought I would share here.
He was 8-years-old, and going to see Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman at an autograph signing in some store. He had a football with him. Aikman tells this 8-year-old "I'm not going to sign that."
Now, for those that don't know...musicians often times fret (pun intended) about signing guitars. And sports stars don't care for signing footballs, baseballs, or bats. They know a lot of people get those signed merely to sell. So, if they do an autograph signing for a store, they usually just sign 8 x 10s and nothing else.
Well, this 8-year-old boy does what most kids would do in that situation -- he started balling. He cried and cried and cried, as he walked away. Aikmans manager sees this, and sensing a PR nightmare, grabs the ball from the boy and has Troy sign it (which he does).
They try to hand the football back to this kid, but he keeps crying and saying "I don't want it, I don't want it!" Of course, his dad made sure he did get it. And he said from that point forward, he never watched another Cowboys game again.
Now, talk about a celebrity not signing an autograph and losing a fan...this guy basically disowned an entire team and sport!
It baffles me that the celebrities can't explain to the kids, "I'm not signing footballs today, only pictures." A child would be just as thrilled getting a photo signed. Or, the star can ask the childs name, and personalize the football to him. The kid would like it so much more, and it wouldn't have much of a re-sale value with the name "Harold" on it.
With that being said...I'm off to watch the Pro Bowl in a few hours.
Enjoy your football Sunday.