For about 10 minutes every morning, I sit on the couch, eat my cereal, and watch
Saved by the Bell television news. This week, I’ve mostly stuck to CNN’s American Morning, because every time I flipped to Today, it was either on commercial, or Lester Holt was on. I didn’t think anything of it, just that the usual crew was out this week.
This morning, I apparently turned the channel to Today at just the right moment, because 1) I saw that Matt Lauer was in a sling, 2) People in the crowd outside were all wearing deer antlers, and 3) They showed a clip of Brian Williams leaving a “get well” message for Matt and an animated deer suddenly hopped across the screen.
And since I didn’t have any other TV time left, I was left to simply wonder… what.the.hell? I was wondering if the people on this show had finally lost their marbles.
Now, several hours later, I just remembered to Google. And now I know what happened to Lauer!
Matt Lauer nearly collides with deer while biking
March 24, 2009
NEW YORK – A deer got the best of Matt Lauer.
The 51-year-old “Today” show host separated his shoulder while bicycling on Long Island over the weekend when he slammed on his brakes to avoid a deer and went flying.
Lauer missed Monday’s show and became the butt of good-natured jokes by his colleagues. Executives say he should be back later in the week. Meanwhile, “Today” weekend co-anchor and NBC “Nightly News” anchorman Lester Holt is filling Lauer’s slot.
Lauer, an avid bicyclist who took a practice ride at the Beijing Olympics, was wearing a helmet at the time of the Saturday mishap.
While this has been on my list of fears as a cyclist, it is also some really funny shit. Made even funnier by the fact that it happened to Matt Lauer, of all people. I actually don’t even really like him–I just think he’s kind of a tool–so I’m not sure why I even watch Today. (I don’t care for Meredith Vieira, either. I’m “meh” on Al Roker. You know what? I like Ann Curry. When I was in NYC in 2004, she was super awesome to my grandmother. So, Ann Curry? You’re the reason I watch Today.)
Anyway, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t laugh a little. You know, since he wasn’t seriously injured and all. Apparently, all of his coworkers were getting a big chuckle out of it, too.
In the spring/summer/fall, we often ride our bikes along a canal trail that goes through some pretty heavily wooded areas. And we have seen deer along the trail. There have been more than a few times when I’ve been speeding down one of the hillier portions, and I’ve thought to myself, If a deer ran out in front of me right now, I’d be in so.much.trouble.
So thanks a lot, Matt Lauer. Thanks for the laugh (and for being a good sport about all the crap you’re getting). Oh, and for helping to confirm my fears. Yikes!
AboutI'm Heather. I'm 31 and have been married to Michael for five years. Together, we have two beautiful little girls we love more than anything, and a miniature dachshund who drives us crazy. I'm a full-time working mom who has very little time for my own "stuff" these days, like home improvement, cooking/baking, cake decorating, and photography. Despite the team not making the playoffs since 1999, I'm STILL a Buffalo Bills fan, which I think speaks to my loyalty AND sense of humor. I can't wait to pick up the pace with travel again some day... you know, when we're done being ruled by tiny fists. Welcome to my blog.
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