I had a thought Sunday night, and given the parlance of our times, I tweeted it.
"Over/under on "Pity the fool" jokes this week ahead of #UFC114 w/ @rampage4real & @sugarashadevans is now set at 93.5. Tweet your bets!"
(By the way, I'm new to Twitter so please follow me @LaMonica_MMA, and definitely tweet your bets.)
As I think about it here Monday morning, I need way more than 135 characters to discuss this.
UFC 114 is this Saturday, May 29. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson fights "Suga" Rashad Evans in the main event. These two accounted for what we estimate to be at least 2,500 extra pay-per-view buys based on their outrageous conference call last Tuesday.
"The A-Team" movie comes out June 11. Rampage plays B.A. Baracus, aka Mr. T's role. That's the reason this fight didn't happen last December in Memphis after the two coached on Season 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter."
Whether it's MMA writers, MMA fighters, MMA announcers or the two principals themselves, expect to hear plenty of "Pity the Fool" jokes. Few, if any, will be funny.
So, please, people. We're begging here. Don't fall into the trap. You may think it's funny when you write it or say it, but you won't be original. And there's nothing worse for a writer than to wake up the morning after and see the exact same lede in a dozen other newspapers and websites.
Let the expected advertising blitz this week and on fight night be the only "A-Team" references.
P.S. Watch the "A-Team" trailer below.