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Christmas Day Football

December 26, 2010 by staff 

Christmas Day Football, Randy McMichael drowsiness eyes will get out of bed and walking zombie at his computer for a meeting, which replaces all involving the Cincinnati Bengals the next day.

More than 2,000 miles in Atlanta, Georgia, son of 6 years, and the tight end is about to open his Christmas presents, and McMichael, as many shippers life balance as a player and parents, does not want to miss.

Thank you to wake up early in the morning by phone, it will not.

“He’ll call me, wake me up, and then we’ll probably Skype for an hour,” said McMichael, a father of four children and regular users of video calling service online. “This is the first Christmas I was without him, so it’ll be a bit hard. I’ve always been there. Even last year, I flew to St. Louis for Christmas Day, was there for two hours, and flew. ”
McMichael and the rest of the Chargers in San Diego will briefly on Saturday before a morning flight to Cincinnati for Sunday’s game. Those who make these families early hours.

In the house of Philip Rivers, the quarterback, his wife and their five children wake early alarms.

“I’m sure we’ll be when it was still dark,” said Rivers. “… It will be nice to at least be home for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. It’s a big positive. The children are excited about it.”

Marcus McNeill left face appointment with her 2 year old son in Cincinnati. During the season, the two often see each other using a video call application on his phone called Tango.

Cornerback Quentin Jammer, a husband and father of three, is among the many players that use Skype to keep in touch with his family on the road. Outside linebacker Antwan Barnes to use the service for the first witness to his 1-year daughter for Christmas.

Technology is a consolation to an occupational hazard.

“It’s our job,” said Barnes. “That’s what we do. Of course we feel bad; we can not be there, but at the same time, so it becomes such donations. We are doing our job. But you still wish you could be there live to see her face and her expressions as she opens gifts. ”

Kicker Nate Kaeding, a husband and father of the boy’s 1-year and 2 years, the outlook from Barnes, saying the time spent with family missed part of the business “nature.”

“If there is a classification for what we do is probably” artist “,” Kaeding said. “You look around the country, there are many people during the holiday season – and I grew up do on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas and the holidays – you’re sitting around the TV after opening presents and watching a game. Whether it’s basketball or football or anything, it’s just part of tradition.

“It is unfortunate that you have to spend the holidays away from your family, but I feel privileged to go out and entertain everyone, too.”

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