I was browsing the channels yesterday and stumbled upon a commercial for NBC’s Fourth Of July Fireworks Spectacular. As a resident of Boston, I do not have much interest in staying in and watching a televised party. Wouldn’t make sense to, what with the Pops playing while barges on the Charles River launch fireworks for all of Eastern Massachusetts to see. However, my interest was immediately piqued when I saw who was hosting – the not unattractive Natalie Morales, and the New York Giants’ all time leading rusher, Tiki Barber.
“Whoa,” I actually said out loud. “Good for Tiki.”
Tiki Barber is 32 years old and, if he was still playing, would be entering the phase of his career where commentators begin using phrases like “timeless,” “elder statesman” or “lot of miles on those legs” during the pre-game shows. Every hit he sustained would give the analysts pause for a half-second longer, to see if the aging running back got gained his last yards. Retirement questions would begin to pile up, and we’d get to hear Tiki answer them every week in front of the relentless New York media.
But Tiki Barber is not still playing. Read More