Friday, January 30, 2004
“John Madden was in Chicago to announce a football game one weekend when he noticed a special telephone near the Bears' bench. He asked a nearby player what it was used for and was told it was a hotline to God. John asked if he could use it. The player told him, "Sure, but it will cost you $100.00." John scratched his head, then thought…I could use some help picking games. He pulled out his wallet and paid the $100.00. John's picks were perfect that week. The next week, John was in Texas when he noticed that same kind of phone on the Cowboys' bench. He asked what the telephone was for and was told "It's a hotline to God, if you want to use it, it will cost you $500.00." Recalling last weekend, John pulled out his wallet and made the call. John's picks were perfect again that week! The next weekend John was in New England at Gillette Stadium when he noticed the same kind of phone by the Patriots' bench. He asked Tom Brady, "Is that the hotline to God?" Tom said, "yes but it will cost you 50 cents". John looked incredulously at Tom and said, '"wait a second, I just paid $100.00 in Chicago and $500.00 in Texas to use the same phone to God! Why does New England only charge 50 cents"? Tom looked at John and replied, "In New England, it's a local call."