Sports never fail to provide us fans with memorable moments. This past week featured – among other things – Peyton Manning divulging the true meaning behind his ‘Omaha’ call, rare moments in baseball both on and off the diamond, and a farewell that spanned multiple sports. And with that, another #ThoughtTrainThursday is underway.

Lead With Creed 

Creed Bratton channels his inner Jim Valvano in what was most definitely a heck of a day at The Office.

Manning Sheds Light on the Striving Metropolis I Call Home

After years of dodging, ducking, dipping, diving, and dodging questions about his famous pre-snap cadence, Peyton Manning recently opened up about what the ‘Omaha’ call truly meant.

“Omaha was just an indicator word…It was a trigger word that meant we had changed the play, there was low time on the clock, and that [the] ball needed to be snapped right now to kind of let my offensive linemen know that ‘Hey, we’d gone to plan-B, there’s low time on the clock.’ It’s a rhythmic three-syllable word. ‘O-ma-ha, set hut.'” 

On a promotional visit a few years ago, Manning received a key to the city. His famous play call made it on to clothes and signs around the metro area. When I was last there three weeks ago, you could still buy a shirt that read ‘Omaha! Omaha!’ at an airport kiosk. Much like the place where I have lived since the fall of 2013, the call turned out to appear somewhat unassuming, but worth exploring when given the chance.

How neat is it? Kind of neat.

Yoenis C3sp3d3s Puts On a Clinic in Philly

In a game that featured 7 Mets home runs, Yoenis Cespedes launched three dingers Tuesday night en route to a 14-4 victory over the Phillies. As if that weren’t impressive enough, Cespedes’ home runs came in his first three at-bats in just 5 innings. It was his second career three-homer game. Take a look at the highlights.

Pretty neat if you ask me.

A Ceremony 108 Years in the Making 

These past few days at Wrigley finally capped off the months-long World Series celebration. After an extended rain delay, Cubs players took turns raising nondescript National League Champion and World Series banners amongst the bleacher bums. The Cubs went on to win in walk-off fashion just after 12:30 a.m. local time. It’s almost as if some otherworldly powers (let’s call them Ron Santo & Ernie Banks) wanted Cubs fans to be able to celebrate for just a few more hours…

…Which leads us to yesterday, when the Cubs held the World Series ring ceremony. Take a gander at these bad dads.


Unfortunately, the Cubbies couldn’t get it done on the field. Still neat.

How Farewell Tours Should Be Done

I could not for the life of me think of a pun to use as a header to commemorate Tony Romo suiting up for the Dallas Mavericks the other night. After a short while, I gave up and resorted to a google search. I typed ‘Tony Romo pun’ in the search box and found something funnier than I could have ever dreamed of coming up with.


A comical, yet sobering summation of his career. Not neat at all, really.

However, the way that Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks handled Romo’s Dallas farewell was indeed pretty sweet. He even put on a bit of a show in warmups.

Many Cowboys players and personnel were in attendance as well. I’ll chalk that one up to loyalty, don’t tell me any different. Good luck convincing me that Dak Prescott, wearing a number 15 Mississippi State basketball jersey, was there for selfish reasons. I mean he was not even able to pull in any royalties for the jersey he was wearing.

The whole fiasco convinced me that I want to see more of this in sports. No more year-long retirement parties or gifts from opposing teams made public. Give me a David Ross morning skate with the Blackhawks, a Dwyane Wade pre-game punt return exhibition at Soldier Field. We shouldn’t be surprised to see retired players hold their own in practices and warmups across sports, they’re world-class athletes after all.

Let cities and franchises continue to celebrate their sports icons in any way they see fit. That would be neat.