On Tuesday October 1, 2013 I received what initially seemed to be an obscure Tweet on my @MattsCowboys Twitter account from Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) saying, in 140 characters of course, that I had been chosen by one of the largest television networks in the world to be their week 6 NFL Sunday Night Football on NBC Fan of the Week. You can follow this link to the SNF on NBC FOW site: http://tw.nbcsports.com/6XK
My skepticism at the good news Tweet ran deep because if you know me, you understand that I do not win anything. I’ve never won the lottery (not even a scratch-off), I’m perpetually just one box away from “BINGO!”, and I make my annual “donation” to Las Vegas rarely leaving with any winnings to show for my visit. Reality set in for me when I received an email from the NBC Sports representatives saying I had truly been recruited and was in for an amazing weekend.
Before I walk you through a guided tour of what the NFL fan’s wildest dreams weekend courtesy of NBC Sports looks like, I need to take a moment and acknowledge some fine folks. The SNF on NBC representatives are some the hardest working professionals I have ever met. Members of the Sunday Night Football team spend every week driving around the country in the awesome @SNFonNBC Bus with the wish to engage NFL fans and give them a behind the scenes view of what it is like to produce the award-winning Sunday Night Football program.
The amazing SNF on NBC Fan of the Week team is made up of bus managers and pilots Donte and Trey. The SNF FOW crew also consists of the multi-talented writer, reporter, editor, actress Lindsay McCormick (@LindsayM_Sports), the “queen bee” of the operation the fabulous manager Kay Scott (@kayscott22), and the amazing “three amigos” Ashleigh Hutchings, Emily Herring, and Scott Garfinkel. These NBC/CSE Group executives are truly wonderful souls dedicated to exhorting the greatness of the NFL, and I am forever thankful to have spent the weekend getting to know each of them.
I also want to acknowledge my fellow SNF on NBC Fans of the Week 6; Eric (@ecs26) Mike (@mykelt) and Carla (@txgirl2009) who are all passionate NFL fans possessing incredible football knowledge. They are each masters of the social universe and I covet their skills. I was humbled to be chosen to be an ambassador for Sunday Night Football with these fine people, and am now honored to call each of them my friends. Now that you have met the SNF Fans of the Week 6 main cast, I hope you will follow along my NBC Sunday Night Football Fan of the Week journey with me.