Elysha and I spent Sunday at the Patriots game, a glorious 38-24 defeat over the Cincinnati Bengals that featured a kickoff return for a touchdown and an interception returned for a touchdown. A great way to start the season.
While tailgating, we were approached by a large man with a container full of strawberries soaking in grape-flavored stoli. He shared a strawberry with my friend, Shep and his father and his cousin-in-law, but he demanded a kiss from my wife before he would agree to give her one.
She complied with a peck on the cheek.
I was feeling uncertain about her decision, especially in light of how quickly she agreed, but then the man donned his costume, and I learned that he has been featured in LIFE magazine twice as the greatest of all Patriot fans.
I recognized him immediately.
And just like that, the man possessed a lot more credibility and the peck on the cheek didn’t seem like such a big deal.