Because the place I work is more boring than a funeral at a mime convention, I've instituted various events to fight off the tedium. Last week I introduced a football picks league, where we all pick the winners of the week's games and at the end of the season, the guy who's right most often will win a commemorative pot luck lunch in his honor.
What these fools don't know, and I'm not about to tell them, is that my mother's grandfather was 100% Greek, and as we all know Greeks are unnaturally superior sports gamblers. So this thing is basically in the bag already. I'm just letting these sad sacks have their fun for a couple months and then 'round about the first of December I'm going to bring the hammer down.
So here are my picks for this week: Houston, Cleveland, Miami, Chicago, NY Jets, Green Bay, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, San Diego, Indianapolis, New England, and the New York Football Giants.
PS: Past events I've created include the annual peer award, complete with carved Atlas statuette, and throwing items up into the skylight and getting them stuck on some support beams that run across the opening. We have ten items up there right now:
- A plastic bear
- A pad of Post-It notes
- A stress relief ball
- A toy alien from a children's meal at a fast food restaurant
- A foam hammer
- A talking stuffed bear that, when squeezed, says, "How ya doin'?"
- A Koosh ball
- A can of silly-putty-like material used to make farting noises
- A small plastic man, about the size of a Mighty Man
- An Austin Powers action figure
I've also created a game called OfficeBall, which is like soccer played with a beach ball while sitting in computer chairs, but no one will play with me for fear of management walking in mid-game and asking what we're doing.