So, several SI.com staffers put their beverages where their mouths are last night and actually participated in Extra Mustard’s Thursday Night Football drinking game. In all honesty, we didn’t exactly follow all the rules, but it was still a rousing success.
On hand were Extra Mustard writers Dan Gartland, Brendan Maloy and Rohan Nadkarni, as well as SI Wire writer Jeremy Woo, NBA producer DeAntae Prince and social media editor Stephanie Haberman. We gathered at Steph’s apartment and prepared for another sloppy Thursday night game, and a potentially sloppy Thursday night.
Things started smoothly enough. Several shots of Ben Roethlisberger in street clothes on the sideline and a few commercial breaks without daily fantasy ads meant we’d eased into our drinks. But as Roethlisberger’s appearances grew more frequent and we were reminded Heath Miller is still an NFL player, our game started to go off the rails.
- Rohan confessed that he thought he was going to die when he fell in the shower the day before.
- DeAntae almost got a hernia trying to fix a picture that fell off the wall.
- Jeremy pointed out to that Joe Flacco looks like The Scarecrow from Batman Begins, and Rohan wondered how the crowd at Heinz Field would react if the halftime show were Bane.
- Rohan refused to apologize for his Dave Matthews Band fandom, but did add “I like other music, too. I downloaded Dirty Sprite 2 when it came out.
- Dan brought up rugby about a half dozen times.
- Brendan, the oldest guy in the bunch at age [redacted], revealed that he was mainly participating because “I just wanted to see if I still got it.” (He arrived at work at 6:45 a.m., and feels he has still got it).
- Jeremy invented Pierogi Cat, Pittsburgh’s answer to Pizza Rat.
- Rohan led us to an extended digression about the underappreciated career of Udonis Haslem.
- Jeremy argued that Michael Vick should not be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but 2004 Madden Michael Vick should.
After what turned out to be the most exciting edition of Thursday Night Football so far, we learned some important things about the game, to help us better serve you going forward.
For one, it is much easier to follow visual cues than audio cues, so going forward there will be more rules about them showing a blimp shot of the space needle, and less about Jim Nantz making awful jokes.
Also, there should be some competitive aspect to the game to keep readers engaged with the football game, and not talking about the best track on Dirty Sprite 2.
So stay tuned for the new and improved version of the drinking game next week, and hopefully another report from our attempts to follow our own rules.