WALKING into the bar I noticed the bartender tap Rhodie on the wrist and gesture to the door. Rhodie sees me, gets up and hugs me. HUGS ME. I’ve been friends with this guy since 2009, and he’s never hugged me before. It’s cool because I’m a hugger. I’ll hug anybody, but I’m not used to Vietnam vets just grabbing me.
Firstly, he liked the way I wrote about him in a couple articles I sort of built around him. He actually had his daughter print them out and put them in frames. I was moved to have that kind of impact on him. Or anyone for that matter.
Secondly he loved my article where I said that Donovan McNabb was the Greatest EAGLES Quarterback of All-Time.
“It’s about time you used that bully pulpit! I seen you do it in here, and I hear that you did it other places [online]. It’s about time you just told people what was what, instead of asking people their opinions. With the McNabb thing, you just laid down the law, and from what I hear, cause I ask [his daughter] to check it sometimes, NOBODY has challenged you about it. People get that you know your shit and, now you get that you know your shit.”
Then he ordered me a Special. Not a “Virgin Special”. A Special.
“But you did leave something out. Not only did McNabb win a lot of games, he won a lot of tough games. Since the EAGLES kept having winning records they had tough schedules every year. The fans are crazy over this new coach with those 10 wins, but he got a bunch of puff ball teams to play last year. Andy Reid put down real contenders. We’re about to see if this Chip Kelly guy can do the same thing.”
Looking forward to seeing it.