Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game against Denver, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually got into the game. With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick providedwhat wasarguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he becamea national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cutby the Brownsand shunned by allother teams. But allRick knows is football, and heinsists that his agent, Arnie,find a team that needshim. Against enormous odds Arnie finally locates just such a team and informsRick that, miraculously, he can in fact now bea starting quarterback. Great, says Rick—for which team? The mightyPanthers of Parma, Italy. Yes, Italians do play American football, to one degree or another, and theParma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player—any former NFL player—at their helm. So Rick reluctantly agrees to play for the Panthers—at least until a better offer comes along—and heads off to Italy. Heknows nothing about Parma—noteven where it is—has never been to Europe,and doesn’t speak or understanda word of Italian. To say that Italy—the land of opera,fine wines, extremely small cars, romance,and Football Americano — holdsa few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.
Shelfari edited the description of Playing for Pizza Friday, July 31, 2009.