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Football fans can change channel, pop open beer with one handy device - fight off zombies too


The end of the NFL lockout means that fans will soon be able to get back to the basics of enjoying games on television.

One enterprising company wasted no time offering to lend a hand. About the time NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith was confirming the players’ acceptance of the deal early Monday afternoon promotional material was going out touting a dual-purpose gadget to celebrate the return of football.

The Clicker eliminates the problem of misplaced bottle openers – provided you don’t lose track of the TV remote. Both are combined in one handy device: a universal remote that can control up to eight components with a sturdy opener built in to pop the top on your favorite beverage. It can be purchased online for $20 at

The device has been around since last football season. David Dignam, a contractor and structural engineer in Wisconsin conceived the idea for the Clicker while returning home from a Thanksgiving weekend football binge with some buddies. Dignam, from Ireland, studied civil engineering at University College Dublin, where he presumably developed an appreciation for a reliable bottle opener on game days.

The Clicker has received favorable reviews for quality and utility. It comes with 800 device codes programed for controlling TV, DVD player, cable box, DVR, satellite, CD and AMP, and also supports twin view and picture-in-picture. gave it a resounding thumbs-up, stating: “Did we also mention it’s a bottle opener and hefty enough to bash zombies in the head?”

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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