Football's new magic number is now 40. Anyone around an age as ripe as a prune is practically begging for, and succeeding at, stealing this season's spotlight.
As Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy screamed: "Come after me! I'm a man! I'm 40! I'm not a kid!"
The NFL in 1987, Vinny Testaverde's first season:
Now a rant for the ages has been followed up with a run by the aged.
Holy George Blanda!
Only it's not just the 40 somethings lighting it up. It's the near 40-somethings.
Patriots linebacker Junior Seau turns 39 in January, and he has intercepted three passes the past two weeks, more than he has had in any single season.
Packers quarterback Brett Favre turned 38 earlier this month, and all he did was become the NFL's all-time touchdown passing king.
Same old, same old.
"Are you kidding me?" Gundy shouted in his same tirade, now a legend on Youtube. "Where are we at in society today?"
Here's where we're at: A young's man game now is for the forever young. Old is new. And the truth must be acknowledged.
Forty is the new 20.