View Full Version : Football Please help settle an argument Why is Parcells called the Tuna

Gracie Dean
09-12-2010, 08:31 PM
I say it is because of his weight

09-12-2010, 08:32 PM
Let me google that for you.

09-12-2010, 08:35 PM
They invented this one thing called search engines...

Friday, January 3, 2003

You can Tuna piano, but can you Tuna team?

By Danny Reagan
Abilene Reporter-News

First things first: that nickname.

Bill Parcells confirmed the origins at his press conference Thursday.

More than 20 years ago, when he was the linebackers coach in Boston, some of his players tried to pull a fast one over on Parcells one Thanksgiving.

Free turkey and all the trimmings at some location was the “fast one,” and Parcells supposedly responded: “Who do you think I am … Charlie the Tuna?”

That was a reference to a television commercial at the time for Starkist tuna where an animated tuna kept falling for clever ruses concealing a hook that always snagged him.

So, naturally the players — handed a nickname on a fish-shaped platter — started calling him Charlie Tuna and wearing tuna pictures on their helmets.

Over the years, the title became “The Big Tuna.” Not sure of the evolution, but it probably is a combination of girth increase and a more poetic rendering.

And in recent years, the nickname has been shortened to just “Tuna.”

Not too exciting is it? I had imagined Parcells acquired the moniker in some perilous fishing accident or during an unmentionable incident in the seedy underbelly of New York.

No matter what he is called now, Parcells just better remember who The Big Kahuna is.

09-12-2010, 08:39 PM
That's what he smells like

09-12-2010, 08:41 PM
Because hes going to leave the Dolphins to work with the Chiefs next year.

09-12-2010, 08:45 PM
Scooby Do
Where are you
We got a mystry for you now

09-12-2010, 08:46 PM
It's because he's never had any.

Gracie Dean
09-12-2010, 08:49 PM
Let me google that for you.

I just thought you football genius type guys would know right off

09-12-2010, 08:49 PM
He's actually part fish. His father had an affair with a mermaid while boating off Nova Scotia.

Kyle DeLexus
09-12-2010, 08:50 PM
He had a Tuna fish sandwich his first day of work.

09-12-2010, 08:51 PM
He got transferred to the Stamford branch, and worked at a desk next to this real annoying Cornell grad named Andy Bernard.

09-12-2010, 09:01 PM
He got transferred to the Stamford branch, and worked at a desk next to this real annoying Cornell grad named Andy Bernard.


09-12-2010, 09:05 PM
Because he's pussy that smells like fish?