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Tales from the tailgate

Posted by Thursday, October 1, 2009




You just never know who to believe. I have faith in humankind and assume that most people are honest and good. On Sunday as we were leaving the game, feeling jubilant over our easy win against da Browns, we came upon a Ravens fan that appeared to have been celebrating quite a bit. He was swaying side to side down the street with a cigarette in one hand and crooked smile on his face. What really caught our attention was his miss-matched attire; baggy Ravens camo pants and a undersized Browns jersey! We couldn’t help but comment to him that his outfit was a bit confusing to us.

“Hey bud,” I said, “Not sure which team you wanted to root for? Well, it looks like your pants won!” He tilted his head, took a long deep puff on his cig and claimed “Nah man, I was just helping a little kid out! I traded him my Flacco jersey for this lousy Browns top!”

We stopped to hear the entire tale.

It seems there was a little boy, wearing a worn out Browns jersey, who was leaving the stadium with his parents, who were in full Ravens gear. The little guy’s head was down and he was quiet next to his exuberant family. Our cigarette smoking fan noticed the sad little Brown’s fan and decided to stop an offer him condolences on the tough game. The boy looked so depressed and despondent over the teams defeat that the Ravens fan felt sorry for him and offered him a jersey swap. He asked the boy if he wanted to trade his old Browns frock for the new white Flacco jersey that he was wearing. He promised that if the boy would swap, he would put on the Browns jersey and wear it proudly the rest of the night.

He gave the boy just 30 seconds to decide. After a few heavy sighs and some hurried coaxing by his parents the little Browns fan gave up his defeated teams crumpled brown and orange shirt for the purple victorious #5 jersey. The little guy’s face brightened as he donned his new winning attire and he gave the Ravens fan a high five.

The Ravens fan, wearing the old Browns jersey, smiled a big toothy grin at us, took another long puff of his cigarette and said, “I was just trying to cheer a kid up. Can you believe he actually took me up and took my jersey! So now I’m stuck with this one “, he mumbled, “Do you think I’ll be safe walking into the bars?”

Is there any truth in the fan guy’s story? We’ll never know, but I walked away believing in humankind’s desire to be compassionate and to show love for one another. Baltimore fans are awesome! If a Ravens fan can feel compassion for a Browns fan, then what else could man be capable of?

Perhaps a group of purple painted Ravens fans sending a heartfelt wish of “better luck next time” to a bunch of yellow towel waving Steelers fans?

Ah, I don’t think so, there just isn’t that much compassion and love anywhere in this universe!

Rave On!

Kosmo Krys

5 comments

  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. THIS IS A TRUE STORY I KNOW BECAUSE I'M THE GUY WEARING THE BROWNS JERSEY AND THERE'S A LITTLE BOY IN A FLACCO JERSEY WITH TWO PROUD PARENTS WHO KNOW IT TOO, MY NAME'S MICHAEL AND NOTHING THAT DAY COULD COMPARE TO THE SMILE ON THAT LITTLE BOY'S FACE IN HIS ALMOST NEW FLACCO JERSEY NOT EVEN THE RAVEN'S VICTORY

     
  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. That's my buddy Mike and he is awesome! He has a heart of gold and he'll even take the shirt off his back for someone. I love ya Mike!!!

     
  5. sadie3034 Says:
  6. I know this guy & if he told you he offered his brand new Raven's shirt up for a little boy, well, then he DID! He looks scary, but he is actually a good guy...he has a soft spot for kids! Rock on MIKE!

     
  7. Anonymous Says:
  8. Cousin Mike, That's what makes us all a proud RAVENS fan from all over the states. Proud of you and that is the neatest thing you did for that little boy and you just made another fan for the team.
    Beth

     
  9. Anonymous Says:
  10. In your story you said a white jersey and then a purple jersey but in fact it was a black flacco jersey and not just any jersey but a ON THE FIELD jersey and i was there when it all went down so it was true, and all the idiots making fun and harrassing him afterwards walking down the street should just sometimes think twice.

     

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