Husband-head goes nationwide
RIFLE – Paul Rice is used to making weekly appearances in his wife’s newspaper column (you probably know him as husband-head).On Sunday, he’ll get a little more exposure than he thought possible.Paul and his wife, Heidi Rice, Post Independent reporter and weekly columnist, are being featured in the Dateline NBC program, “Honey You’re on Hidden Camera,” airing at 6 p.m. Sunday. The show takes a hidden-camera look at wives and their football-obsessed husbands during games.”I get a little wound up,” said Paul, of his behavior during football games. “It’s all in fun.”Last September, Dateline NBC contacted Heidi after reading one of her Fried Rice columns that mentioned husband-head and football. Heidi and a Dateline crew rigged the Rice living room with hidden cameras to catch Paul’s reaction during a Packers game.”It will be a huge embarrassment for everyone involved,” Heidi joked. “At this point, I just feel bad for my husband.”
During the Rices’ portion of the human-interest segment, Heidi and Paul are shown watching the game together. Seeming annoyed, he says “Stop it” as she asks questions.”Of course they set me up,” Paul said. “She doesn’t ask me questions like that during games. She’s usually on the phone yacking with her girlfriends.”After the taping, Paul was informed about the hidden-camera recordings when Dateline’s Josh Mankiewicz interviewed him at a Rifle hotel. Heidi tricked Paul into meeting Mankiewicz by telling him they were attending a “chamber event.””I was pretty startled,” Paul said. “They showed me a lot of the footage and there were a lot of beeps.”A preview of “Honey You’re on Hidden Camera” is on the Web at Dateline’s Web site. And a football Web site Paul is associated with has gotten a hold of the clip and posted it online.”I’m taking a lot of grief from them,” Paul said. “They’re having a field day with it.”
The program will be discussed on the Today Show between 7-10 a.m. Friday morning.”If I get punked by Matt Lauer, I’m not going to be happy,” Paul said.Some men might be frustrated with a hidden-camera exposé on their football-watching habits.But not Paul.”I take a lot of grief in her column – but that’s locally. Now it’s gone nationwide,” Paul said. “I’ve gotten used to her. I’m getting a lot of invites to tailgate parties all over the United States. She better understand when I go.”
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