The Detritus Of Our Lives--Bob Uecker

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It's funny how my memories of football in the 80s are wed to the commercials of the time. I was thinking about Bob Uecker the other day and how me and my brothers used to go around saying, "I must be in the front roooowwww!"

Those commercials were great--I learned about Miller Lite from L.C. Greenwood, not the reverse. But more than that there was something about the inability to see them when you wanted to. Believe me, I'd never go back. But the longing, the "I hope they show that commercial again" is now gone. I guess that's a good thing. It's just that lately I've been thinking some about the whole point of pain and longing, about how it's there for a reason.

I don't have it all figured out yet. Good to see John Madden and Bob Uecker again, though. That looks like a hell of a 49ers/Redskins game.




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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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