It’s possible that a Thanksgiving nightcap featuring the 4-6 Redskins facing off with the 2-8 Giants at lovely FedEx Field won’t qualify as the NFL’s sexiest prime time matchup this season, although it’s hard for anything involving Ben McAdoo not to be sort of sexy.
But if you needed another reason to watch, NBC dusted off a timely hook, featuring Joe Theismann and Lawrence Taylor.
“Joe Theismann and Lawrence Taylor, together again, inviting you to watch the Giants and the Redskins on Thanksgiving night on NBC,” Theismann says, invitingly, in a promotional spot.
“Yeah, it’s been a while since we’ve been together, Joe,” Taylor says.
“Thank goodness for that,” Theismann says, to laughter, with the suggestion being that if they were together more frequently Theismann would have more broken limbs.
“You want a leg?” Taylor asks, proffering a turkey leg in Theismann’s direction.
“I’m okay, no, thank you very much,” Theismann says, although a better joke would have been for Taylor to offer Theismann the wishbone and ask, “break?”
“HAHAHA,” Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels added.
(Who is the extra place setting for? Are they in the bathroom?)
Taylor and Theismann have discussed their shared moment of fame approximately 793 times over the past 30 years, but it remains an iconic moment in the sport’s history, and evidently still of interest to younger fans. Taylor ran through it yet again last year in his new book:
I remember calling him the morning after I broke his leg. A woman answered the phone. I don’t know if she was his girlfriend or wife at the time. I hear her say, “Joe, Joe, that guy is on the phone!” When he got on the phone, he told me that I had broken both the bones in his leg. I kidded him by telling him that I didn’t do anything half-assed. I told him, “If I’m going to break them, I’m going to break them both.”
To Joe’s credit, he never blamed me for what happened. We’ve never had a problem. I’ve never had a problem with Joe. And every time we see each other, we talk. We talked before then, we still talk, and there is no animosity there. I know his son very well. Hey, I did [Theismann] a favor. He had Lloyd’s of London [insurance]. He made about $3 million.
“It’s funny,’’ Theismann told USA Today around the same time. “You win a world championship, you’re the MVP of the league (in 1983) and it’s the one thing I am remembered for.”
Meanwhile, actual seats for the Redskins-Giants games start at $8 on StubHub. Turkey leg not included.