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Q&A with Joe Flacco about life, love and mustaches


Apparently, blogs are hip.

I know this because the fine folks at Reebok e-mailed me earlier this week and asked if The Life of Kings would be interested in interviewing Joe Flacco, the Ravens first-round draft pick. Flacco signed an endorsement deal with Reebok before the draft, and it is the job of marketing people to reach out to hip people like me, guys who have their finger on the pulse of the cultural zeitgeist, and help them move Flacco jerseys. (Yeah capitalism!) So if you like, you can purchase yourself a Joe Flacco No. 5 Ravens jersey, or a hat, from these folks here.

Because this blog doesn't like to take things too seriously, and because you'll be able to read a big profile of Flacco in the pages of The Sun later this week, we decided to throw our best dumb questions at Joe. Anyone can ask Flacco if he's ready to arm-wrestle the starting job away from Kyle Boller and Troy Smith, but this is the only place you'll read about Flacco's love of Australian heavy metal pioneers AC/DC. Hope you enjoy.

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Joe, thanks for joining us. First off, a question of utmost importance that no one else in the media is going to have the courage to ask you this week: What is your favorite movie and why?

Flacco: I guess I'd have to say Gladiator with Russell Crowe. I really like revenge movies. I love that he comes back and gets revenge on everyone in the end.

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Any parallels to your own life? You did leave Pitt, transfer to Delaware, and then became a first-round NFL draft pick.

Flacco: I don't know about parallels to my life. I definitely have a chip on my shoulder after having transfered to Division I-AA. But I don't know that I want to get revenge on anyone.

Favorite part of the film?  

Flacco: Probably just the end, when Maximus is in the arena, taking on all his enemies. I love that part.

Could you ever envision yourself standing in the middle of M&T Bank Stadium with your arms extended and screaming "Are you not entertained?"

Flacco: (Laughing) I don't know that I could ever see myself doing that, but I can definitely see myself in the stadium, leading the team.

So, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who like you starred at a Division I-AA school, allegedly had to choose between blond bombshells Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson at one point. With all due respect to your current girlfriend, who would you have picked if faced with the same dilemma?

Flacco: Man, I don't know. That's tough. Can I pick a third option?

Sure. Why not? Unlike some, we're totally comfortable with you calling audibles this early in your career. 

Flacco: I think I'd have to trust Tom Brady in that area. He seems to know what he's doing.

Well played, Mr. Flacco. It also gives us an excuse to post a picture of the lovely Ms. Gisele Bundchen.

OK, next question: What's a song or a book that's been important to you. Please explain why.

Flacco: A song or a book? That's tough. There's definitely not a book, because I'm not too much of a reader. As for a song, I guess I'd have to go with anything AC/DC. We used to listen to a lot of AC/DC before games to get fired up. TNT, Thunderstruck, all that stuff. It really gets you pumped.

Back when you were at Pitt, coach Dave Wannstedt never really gave you the chance to beat out Tyler Palko, and now Palko is on the Saints practice squad and you were a first-round pick. Is this evidence that men with mustaches cannot be trusted? Here in Baltimore, we are still a little leery of mustachioed men ever since Rafael Palmeiro wagged his finger at Congress.

Flacco: (Laughing.) I don't know about that. I do know that you'll definitely never see me sporting a mustache. I don't foresee that at all. 

You don't see many quarterbacks go with the mustachioed look these days. What's up with that?

Flacco: I just don't think it's a pretty look.

Somewhere, the great Sam Elliot weeps.

Anyway, it seems like nostalgia is huge right now. If Reebok went retro and brought back a cleat version of the Pumps, would would wear them in a game? You could pump them up right before a drive, kind of like Dee Brown did before he won the dunk contest in 1991.

Flacco: I would definitely do it. I would be all about the Pump.

Lastly, from what we understand, you were a pretty good baseball player before you decided to focus on football. Any chance we can get you to moonlight as a pitcher for the Orioles? You could be like the Bo Jackson of Baltimore. The stadiums are, like, right next to one another. You wouldn't even need a helicopter. Really, it wouldn't be that hard. Interested?

Flacco: I wish I could. I do have some younger brothers though, and they're pretty good at baseball. Hopefully I can get the Orioles hooked up with them.

Could you? We'd really appreciate it.  

Got a question or a comment for The Life of Kings that you want answered? E-mail us at kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com, and we'll get to it in a future readers' mailbag.

Photo credits: Joe Flacco (Sun photo); Gladiator, Gisele Bundchen (AP photos); The Big Lebowski (Handout photo)

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