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Old 04-24-2014   #1
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Rick Smith Tricked By Staff, Flies To New York Two Weeks Early For NFL Draft
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HOUSTON, TX-- Seldom does a plan come together so perfectly when it involves so many moving pieces. Through sheer determination, guile, and a little luck, the entire Houston Texans organization has tricked their general manager Rick Smith into thinking the 2014 NFL Draft was still going to take place on its usual late-April weekend and convinced him to fly to New York early this morning to attend it.

Sources say fits of raucous laughter could be heard throughout the Texans facility after Smith, clearly oblivious, left for the airport after stopping in to give his staff some final instructions. "He was so stern and serious," said Brian Gaine, Director of Pro Personnel in between giggles. "He was prattling on and on about remaining sharp and how important this weekend was going to be. Thank God he left when he did because I almost ruined the whole thing trying not to laugh."

"It started off innocently enough," chuckled new head coach Bill O'Brien, wiping laughter tears from his eyes. "We realized last week that he was preparing for the draft as if there still wasn't almost a month to go. He was trying to cram in as many visits and interviews as possible this week. Why else would we bring in [Johnny] Manziel and [Jadeveon] Clowney in on the same day?"

This year's draft was pushed back to May 8th due to a scheduling conflict at Radio City Music Hall, but somehow, some way, Smith did not know about it. For the last week, O'Brien has made sure that everyone inside the facility went to painstaking measures to make sure it stayed that way. That meant no televisions in the office, no NFL correspondence within sight and no direct interaction with the media. Smith's wife Tiffany was all too eager to lend a hand, explained O'Brien. "She said something about him not taking out the garbage, I don't know."

Even owner Bob McNair had a hand in it. "Yeah, when Bill [O'Brien] came up to me begging to keep this joke he had started, I was skeptical. I mean, we're running a business here and trying to win games," explained McNair, shaking his head. "But then I thought, this is the guy who drafted Sam Montgomery in the third round, and I told him, 'sign me up!'"

McNair went on to explain that he even convinced Smith that there was an error in the budget appropriations for his flight and hotel. "I told him we'd pay him back," said McNair, laughing hysterically. "And he bought it!" After several minutes of laughter, McNair made sure to clarify that his pun was intended.

Smith, who's entering his eighth year as the Texans' GM, reportedly wondered why no one was going with him. "It was almost too easy," explained O'Brien. "We held up random pieces of paper and told him our flight was leaving later today." He went on to mimic Smith by dumbly nodding his head while holding imaginary luggage, much to the delight of all the staff in the room.

"I feel a little bad, but then I remember the whole Ed Reed fiasco, and I wonder how he even has his job," pondered McNair, apparently not realizing the irony in his statement. "Maybe I'll have his credit card suspended while he's over there... that'd be a hoot, wouldn't it?"

Calls to Rick Smith, whose flight landed in New York at 11 a.m. CDT, were not immediately returned.
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They had me tricked -- and very worried about Rick Smith -- until the Sam Montgomery line.

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Ha ha ha signed Ric Smith
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'Bout time for some humor in this LOOOONG offseason. Wasn't really too difficult to discern it was BS but it was entertaining none the less.

Rep for you Doc. I needed a chuckle after today.

edit: must spread and all that...
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FIRE RICK smith PLZZZ
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Is there a reason to send Rick Smith out of town on his own?
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kinda gives further clues to Smith's mentality.
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I dunno, is this April 1st ?
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kinda gives further clues to Smith's mentality.
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They had me tricked -- and very worried about Rick Smith -- until the Sam Montgomery line.


That is the exact same line that gave it away for me. Man, that would have been really hilarious if they could have pulled off something like that for real.
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This seems to be too stupid to be true. If it was a real practical joke, it really serves poorly to any credibility Rick may have in terms of being qualified for his job. I'm calling the whole story BS. If god has any love for the Texans, it has to be.
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This seems to be too stupid to be true. If it was a real practical joke, it really serves poorly to any credibility Rick may have in terms of being qualified for his job. I'm calling the whole story BS. If god has any love for the Texans, it has to be.
agreed, but i don't think rick would take it too seriously if this where a joke after all its a good way to get to know each other better in my opinion anyway
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agreed, but i don't think rick would take it too seriously if this where a joke after all its a good way to get to know each other better in my opinion anyway
If true, (Which obviously this is a spoof) you would be OK with your GM being a dumba** ?

These kinds of fans I just don't get. I want the best and brightest working for the Texans. From the janitor on up the food chain ending with the GM.
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If true, (Which obviously this is a spoof) you would be OK with your GM being a dumba** ?

These kinds of fans I just don't get. I want the best and brightest working for the Texans. From the janitor on up the food chain ending with the GM.
this doesn't mean he's a dumba$$, he had no clue they where playing a joke on him, we all make mistakes.
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the not so funny part is that I could actually see this happening.
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Amazed at who would think this was a real story.
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Pretty good satire piece.

Is this true, though?
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Yes that part is true. Hopefully next year's draft will be back in the normal late April time slot.
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They had me tricked -- and very worried about Rick Smith -- until the Sam Montgomery line.

I clicked on the link before reading it and knew it was a spoof as soon as I saw "onion".

I can't believe anyone thinks this is real or, if it was, that Rick Smith would be OK with being made a fool of.
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