Edit: I watched most of the pre-season game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles tonight. It was aired on Fox; Daryl Johnston and Kenny Albert provided commentary. Colts 23 and Eagles 15. Final score. Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.
Before I get back to the regularly scheduled blog entry, I just have to say that Kevin Curtis amazes me still…and not just because I happen to think il est tres beau. He’s beautiful. His spirit is substantial. It’d probably leave behind footprints if one looked hard enough. Handprints. Another player that caught my intrigue: Eagles safety Quintin Mikell is very articulate. Curt Menefee interviewed him on the sidelines.
I also want to mention one of the crowd shots. In the first half of the fourth quarter, I believe, the camera juxtaposed two couples–one pair Colts fans and the other Eagles fans. The female in both couples was using a hand-held mobile device. Speaking of which, according to the commentators, Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, banned players using cell phones, Blackberries, and iPhones ninety minutes prior to a game and through the end of the game. It was implemented a couple years ago. Ninety minutes? Really? What if there’s a family emergency? Is there a designated “receptionist” that will pass along such messages?
Okay, now back to the regularly scheduled post.
What would you do if you were in public somewhere and came across an athlete that you respect and admire very much? Would you just bask in the (sur)reality of their presence? Would you say hello in as friendly and deferential manner as you could demonstrate? Would your decision to acknowledge him/her be dependent upon whether or not you and s/he were alone?
Would you go for a photo op if it seemed appropriate?
Note: The above picture is a work of creative fiction.