When Rick Cordella, V.P. and G.M. of NBCSports.com, passed along on Friday a link to a Sports Illustrated list of the NFL’s “most powerful people” in the NFL, I assumed he was punking me.
But then I saw it in print.
And it’s apparently a misprint.
This isn’t false humility. There’s no way I belong on the list. No way. (More than a few commenters surely will back me up on that point.) Indeed, my very presence on the list could call into question its overall accuracy and validity.
That said, now that I’ve seen it in print, they can’t take it back. Sure, they can emerge from their booze and/or reefer-induced stupor and remove me from the digital list, but I’ve got the proof.
In all, five folks affiliated with NBC landed on the list, each of whom genuinely deserve the recognition far more than this Internet hack: NBC Universal Sports & Olympics Chairman Dick Ebersol, Tony Dungy of Football Night in America, Peter King of Football Night in America, and Dan Patrick of Football Night in America.
Of course, this list was compiled and published before Week Six, during which Rodney Harrison of Football Night in America established loudly and clearly his influence over the game. If they were compiling the list right now, he’d have to be on it.
So I’ll yield my spot to Rodney. It’s easy to do, especially since I’ve already got a copy of the printed list mounted under bulletproof glass.