It’s amazing how quickly the end-of-season stuff wraps up. It’s very last-day-of-high-school, where you want to tell your friends that you’ll miss them, sign the yearbooks, BFF, 2 cool 2 be 4gotten, all that good stuff … but you also want to get away from school and into the summer as quickly as humanly possible.
Today’s schedule went something like this: a frenzied open locker room around 9:25, during which exhausted media members tried to get as much material as possible from exhausted players, while an exhausted PR staff looked on. At 10:00, there was a full team meeting, followed by individual position group meetings. Those meetings combined lasted until 10:30 or so, and then people started throwing stuff into trash bags and leaving.
Meanwhile, guys are trying to get autographs from one another for gifts, they’re catching up on last business and making plans for upcoming roadtrips, getting gear back from one another before they vanish. Stuff like that.
Perhaps the most entertaining piece of business conducted today was Chris Cooley‘s presentation to Fred Smoot of the trophy from their fantasy league.
With Colt Brennan filming the event for posterity, Cooley grudgingly gave Smoot the trophy, which Smoot accepted with characteristic exuberance.
“This is mine,” Smoot said. “I totally deserve this, and if it weren’t for me, I wouldn’t have this.”
“Hey,” Cooley asked, “what running back did you start in the championship game?”
“Doesn’t matter. We won.”
Fortunately, the video of the entire trophy presentation, along with Cooley’s post-fantasy-season reflections, is (back) up on Cooley’s website. It’s worth watching, and it gives a pretty good sense of the atmosphere around here today.
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