On Friday I helped people kick field goals in Times Square.
You’re wondering where the football field was in Times Square? 44th and Broadway. Duh. (Okay, to be honest, it was really more like the last 20 yards and the endzone.)
Tostitos held its “Fiesta in Times Square” to support the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Foundation. They gave $100K to the charity, and pledged to give another $100K if we could get 100 people to kick a field goal.
Which they did.
I worked as a brand ambassador, or a promotions person who’s the face of the event. My job was to place the football on the kicking tee about 500 times that day (yes, we counted).
Knowing I’d be working from 8am-8pm, I decided to stock up on carbs. Thankfully, carbs are what Tostitos is good at. Over the course of the day. I ate at least 7 bags of black bean artisan chips. Vegetarian, protein, and healthy carbohydrates in a single package? What will they think of next! (Tostitos, I expect royalties on that product bump.)
Each person got two field goal kick attempts. I myself tried it out. And for never having attempted a field goal kick, I did pretty well. Meaning the ball went in the air and goal-ward.
Two representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records were there to make sure it counted. One of them wore a track suit, but the other guy wore a business suit, as if to try to convince us he had a real job. Dude, you WISH watching football all day was your real job.
Nick Lachey was there, and a few other retired quarterbacks. Oh you don’t know who Nick Lachey is? I didn’t either. He sang in that late nineties boy band 98 Degrees and used to be married to Jessica Simpson. We were told not to request pictures or autographs from him.
Wait, hold on. Nick Lachey, you think you’re enough of a celebrity to request no pictures? I gave him the benefit of the doubt and assumed that he only requested no pictures so that he could focus his time on the charity and not bring attention to himself.
Still, people waiting on the other side of the barricades wanted me to move out of the way so they could take his picture. Instead, I acted as if they wanted to get a picture of me and started posing, so some of them laughed and took my picture. (This is my sole strategy to attain stardom.) “Hey Nick,” I said when he came by. “I think they want you to get a picture with me.” He ignored me… can’t really blame him.
Note: If I’m standing in the way of your camera and any celebrity, it’s never a bad picture.
I met a few actors there. They told me to apply to Central Casting where they cast extras. Maybe that’ll be one of my 100 jobs!
Corrections since first posting: It’s Nick Lachey, not Nick Shea. Some of my followers also chided me for acting like Nick Lachey is only a moderately popular celebrity. So I’ll say that from what I can tell, Nick is a friendly person and I have no issues with him, and anything that looks like that in my post is only a result of my own ridiculousness.