Texans GM Writes SI Column
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Texans general manager Rick Smith branched out to writing and turned in this week’s version of Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback.
A few weeks ago, my family and I visited what I consider to be the best kid’s amusement park in the country, Legoland, in California. As our wonderful time there came to a close and we gathered our belongings to head back to our temporary quarters in Hermosa Beach, I asked my oldest son, Robert, “Are you ready to go?”
Robert responded as I think any 8-year-old would. “No, dad,” he said. “I want to go back on the rollercoaster!” I quickly informed him it was a rhetorical question and to help his mother gather the bags and stroller for his younger sister and brother. Confused, he asked what a rhetorical question was and I told him it is a question that needs no answer. He thought for a moment, shrugged his shoulders and followed my instructions.
The question I asked Robert is one I have had to answer every day this offseason, and it brings to mind the simple question every NFL fan has heard for years: Are you ready for some football? The question Hank Williams Jr. belts out before every Monday Night Football game is rhetorical too, but I’m sure an emphatic “Yes!” just entered your mind.