A welcome distraction from a Redskins loss

January 26, 2006|by ANDY MASON

My good buddy Jaden isn't your typical sports fan.

While he made sure to arrive at my house in time for the Redskins-Seahawks playoff game two Saturday afternoons ago, he fell sound asleep on the couch shortly after kickoff.

Jaden just didn't seem to have as much interest in the game as I did. Although when he woke up at halftime with the Redskins trailing, he clearly wasn't very happy because he began to cry.

I told him I thought the 'Skins could still pull out the victory, and that seemed to calm him down because he quickly fell back asleep.


Jaden didn't wake up again until midway through the Broncos-Patriots game that night. I can only guess that he was shocked to see the two-time defending Super Bowl champion Patriots losing, because he dropped a "No. 2" in his drawers and had to go clean up and get a change of clothes.

Needless to say, it was an interesting Saturday, unlike any other I had experienced.

While you might think that Jaden sounds like a rather rude guest (and I haven't even told you about his fondness for my wife's breasts), I was willing to cut him some slack. He wasn't even 2 days old.

My good buddy Jaden is also my first child. And he wasted little time teaching his old man a lesson about life and sports.

I've been a Redskins fan my whole life and have spent countless autumn Sundays parked in front of the TV, cheering on the burgundy and gold. My wife often can only shake her head as I celebrate touchdowns in our living room with dance moves she couldn't even teach me to do for our wedding, or when I loudly wish great misfortunes on the referees who blow calls.

With Jaden sleeping on my lap, however, I was a changed man. The 'Skins were playing in their biggest game in ages, and I was more interested in gently kissing my boy's puffy cheeks, absolutely mesmerized by this little human bundle we had just brought home from the hospital.

The Seahawks won, but I hardly noticed or cared.

From some of the e-mails I've received at work over the years, something tells me that I will care, perhaps more than ever, when Jaden hits the playing field some day. I'm sure I'll have a knuckle sandwich ready for the sportswriter who dares to write anything even slightly unflattering about him or fails to report his feats of greatness in the newspaper.

After all, I'm a proud dad and your typical sports fan.

Andy Mason is assistant sports editor of The Morning Herald. His column appears every other Thursday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2334, or by e-mail at

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