Sure, today’s press conference with Eric Mangini discussed football and the actual upcoming game against the Chicago Bears. But when your team is 1-6, sometimes the best takeaways revolve around Halloween and Science Fiction.
For instance, what will the Mangini kids be during their first Halloween with their father in Cleveland?
“Let’s see, we have Puss in Boots from Shrek. Yoda, that’s the one year old and Luke Skywalker, that’s Luke. Luke loves Luke Skywalker. The two oldest, they are big Star Wars fans. Jake is Han Solo and Luke is Luke Skywalker.”
But you can bet that the two oldest boys didn’t just stumble upon the George Lucas classics on their own. Surely, Luke and Jake have a third individual with whom to get their Wars on.
“I am usually either Darth Vader or the Emperor. It’s great. I have a Darth Vader mask in my office. I am sure the players are wondering what that is for.”
I’m sure most fans are wondering the same thing.
“[It’s for] when I Skype with them, I hope nobody ever walks in when that is happening.”
Yes, perhaps the one thing more embarrassing than scoring six-or-fewer points in four of seven games thus far through 2009 is getting caught wearing a Darth Vader mask on a weekday afternoon.
If anything, I give Mangini credit for discussing things like this with the media. In a season that is obviously not going the way that anyone would want, being lighthearted with the media helps ease the mood. Of course, these questions were quickly followed by ones regarding play-calling, game plan and the use of specific players like Josh Cribbs and Abe Elam.
Let’s just hope that this week’s game is at least competitive, or a few coaches on the offensive end may be looking to borrow some of their head coach’s masks.