Something to Laugh About in Washington

By Jack Limpert

The most reliable laughs in the Washington Post come on Monday mornings when columnist Norman Chad makes fun of sports, his three marriages, and himself.

Chad, who grew up in Washington and now lives in LA, co-hosts the World Series of Poker on television and writes a weekly sports column that appears in the Post and middle-American cities like Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Indianapolis

Today in the Post he makes fun of how television covers the National Football League, targeting Mike Maycock, who provides inside football commentary during the Thursday night games on the NFL Network. He says, “Mayock is the worst manifestation of a recent NFL jock trend—exemplified by Fox’s ‘Moose’ Johnston and John Lynch and CBS’s Dan Dierdorf—in which a speech is delivered after every snap. Nothing is too obvious to comment on, and in Mayock’s case, he speaks his own language.”

He goes on to describe Maycock’s inability to to shut up:  “Seriously, if someone were saying all this stuff sitting next to you in a bar while you’re trying to watch a game, you would leave the bar.

“If someone were saying all this stuff to you in your own home, you might put your home on the market.

“If Mayock were doing commentary at a cemetery, the dead would rise and ask to be cremated.”

To end the column, Chad answers questions allegedly submitted by readers, with the winner getting $1.25 from someone named Shirley. This week’s winner makes fun of the Oneida Indians and their newly found outrage over the name Redskins:

Q. When in New York City talking to the NFL, did the Oneida Indians also try to renegotiate the sale of Manhattan Island? (Bill Gayne; Richmond)

A. Pay the man, Shirley.

Thanks, Norman Chad, for brightening every Monday morning in cities that don’t have enough to smile about.

P.S. I say Chad answers questions allegedly submitted by readers because back in the 1970s we had a Washingtonian column called Answer Man which allegedly answered questions submitted by readers. The truth was we didn’t get all that many good questions. To make the Q and A column work we’d first collect interesting facts about Washington and then have a brainstorming session to create good questions that let us use those interesting facts as answers.

P.P.S. Some would argue that people in Washington always have been better at asking questions than finding answers.

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