On today's Pardon My Take... DAVID BAKER! The man with the most electric knock in all of sports joined Mr. Cat and Mr. Commenter to discuss all things NFL Hall of Fame, the order of speeches, the uniqueness of this year's ceremony, and much more. The President and CEO of the Hall of Fame in Canton was also asked about a rare item that was displayed in the building recently: Roger Goodell's chair from the 2020 NFL Draft. Why was it there in the first place and how did it get there? Baker answered those questions on today's show:
Mr. Cat: So, can you walk us through what the process was of getting Roger Goodell's chair inducted into the Hall of Fame? We have a bone to pick with you. That's not a Hall of Fame worthy chair. So, did he just call you up and was like, "Hey, Dave, listen, this chair is going to the Hall of Fame. There's nothing you can do about it." Or, maybe you had more of a say than I'm letting on. Just explain to us how that process goes down.
David Baker: Let me tell you, I begged for that chair.
Mr. Cat: Oh, come on!
David Baker: All of the fans that were in that... that was the chair that was in his basement. Here's the deal, by the way, he said we could have it, but he was loaning it to us, he wasn't giving it to us, because when the season gets started, the official regular season, he wants that chair back in his basement so he can watch his games.
Mr. Cat: OK.
Mr. Commenter: I don't know, I think what really happened was Mrs. Goodell was like, "You need to get this chair out of my house. I hate this thing." Every guy's got a piece of furniture that their wife wants out of the house. And she was like, "We're sending this to the Hall of Fame, we're getting it out. You don't have a say in it, Roger."
David Baker: That may be great. Let me tell you, it's a big chair. And you guys know, you've been with me, you know how big I am, okay? This is my kind of chair. I think both of you guys could sit in this chair, OK? And matter of fact, I'd like to get that picture of both you guys sitting in Roger Goodell's chair.
Mr. Cat and Mr. Commenter say "Thanks, but no thanks, Mr. Baker" to this offer. If only Commissioner Goodell honored Dave's donation and allowed him to come over and watch Monday Night Football in that chair last season. What could have been, I guess. Anyways, it's always great to hear some great David Baker stories on PMT. You can really tell how much he respects the history of football.