October 10, 2006

There's a Challenge on the field.

I picked up a new “toy” over the weekend. While in Green Bay at one of the Packer memorabilia shops, they had a red coach’s “Challenge flag”. It’s the red flag that a coach throws out on the field if they disagree with a ruling of the officials. I just had to get one! It was only a couple of dollars and I figured I’d have a lot of fun with it. Sure enough, I was right!

This morning while getting ready for work, I spotted my flag and tucked it into my pocket. I just couldn’t wait to get a chance to throw it. It didn’t take long for that to happen. While talking about my weekend with some of my football loving friends at work, one of them made the comment that their winless team was going to make it to the Super Bowl. Before they were finished with their sentence that flag was flying through the air. Of course all of the football fans found this hilarious. The non-football spectators had no idea what was going on.

All day I kept whipping out the flag every time I wanted to challenge anything anyone said. Then I used it at the wrong time… the middle of a meeting. We were having a meeting going over new policies and procedures. One of my peers felt that a new procedure would hurt the department. The look on their faces when that red flag landed on the table was priceless. However, the humor was lost when I had to explain to everyone what it was. Of course the obligatory “This really isn’t the place for those kind of antics” talks followed. Eh, I explained it was meant to be fun and liven things up a little. No one was mad, and I didn’t get in any real trouble.

All I can think about is the next time I’m at a football party and I get to start flinging it around when the officials make calls I don’t like. I’m going to have way too much fun with it.

Posted by Contagion in Tales from the Work Place at October 10, 2006 05:52 PM | TrackBack

You'll put our your eye!

Posted by: Ogre at October 11, 2006 07:53 AM

I think Napster might bust me in the eye if I threw out the challenge flag...

Posted by: spurs at October 11, 2006 10:00 AM

Johnny_Oh made a bunch of the yellow flags for at the very first Bad Example get together at my place. We had sooooo much fun with that damned thing....

Posted by: Tammi at October 11, 2006 01:04 PM