Pete Garcia, The Sports Guy
It used to be that quarterback wristbands were for those knuckleheads on the team who hadn't learned their plays by game time.
Afterall, with computers, one could condense any playbook onto a notecard-size piece of paper which would fit perfectly into the clear-plastic opening on the wristband.
Nowadays, with the emergence of the spread formation and the no-huddle, hurry-up pace of most offenses, practically everyone on any football team — from the Alice Coyotes to the Dallas Cowboys — wears these wristbands.
And executed right, the quarterback wristband system is a thing of beauty too. The way it works is that a coach on the sidelines gets the play from other coaches upstairs. He then sends the play to the quarterback on the field with hand singles. The quarterback matches those singles to a list of plays on his wristband. He then shouts out instructions to others already lined up on the field. Those guys use their wristbands — some players like receivers wear theirs on their belts sometimes — to get the play. And just like that, with only minimal communication and through all of the chaos and noise of a football game, everyone on the field is on the same page.
It's simplicity is ingenious. It's like basic math with the potential binary code. In fact, it works so well that it should be adapted for the real world. Why should football players have all of the fun?
With one of these quarterback wristbands, which you can get off the Internet for about $15, you can toss out that expensive BlackBerry. Why would you need it if all the information you need for the day — all of your appointments, important phone numbers, passwords, account numbers and notes — could all be stored on your wristband.
What time is that meeting with your boss; the one in which he wants to know why you charged $15 to the company to buy something over the Internet? A quick glance at your wristband and you know the answer.
But wait, there's more. Imagine the possibilities. What if everyone in your workplace operated under the same quarterback wristband system. From across the office, you could look over at a co-worker and form a fist with your right hand and stick your thumb and pinky out and hold that up to your right ear. Then, with your left hand, you could hold up your index finger. With the help of his or her own wristband, your co-worker would know you were signaling, "phone call, line 1."
Again, imagine the possibilities.
It can be used at home too. Simply list everyone's chores for the day and slide them into each of your family member's wristbands and just like that, there's no need to repeat yourself about this or that.
Grocery lists. No need to cary around a crumbled up piece of paper. The wristband can hold it neatly.
Go ahead and laugh. Every good idea was mocked at first. I bet it won't be long before the wristbands become more common than fanny-packs.
In the meantime, my to-do list on my quarterback wristband is reminding me of today's deadline.