Monday, November 07, 2011

Cops at the circus

Two out-of-town visitors found their way to the Pen & Pencil Club this evening, where one of the regulars warned them about the rough treatment fans of the Philadelphia Eagles football team sometimes hand out to supporters of visiting clubs.

"But I wouldn't worry about these two," the regular said, turning to us while indicating the visitors. "They're Chicago law enforcement."

Imagine my delight, then, when I read the following in the last chapter of Jim Tully's Circus Parade:
"Gorilla Haley's skull was fractured. He became insane. He later became a member of the Chicago police."
© Peter Rozovsky 2011

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10 Comments:

Blogger seana said...

Nice little bit of synchronicity there.

Apparently, things don't change much.

November 07, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

As felicitous a bit of synchronicity as a fellow is likely to run into in a given week, yes. The P&P visitors seemed like pretty nice guys, though.

I wonder if I'd have shown them the passage had I read it on the way to the club instead of on the way back.

November 07, 2011  
Blogger seana said...

Might have started a whole new fan base for Tully.

On the other hand, one them might have been coulrophobic. Probably better to leave well enough alone...

November 07, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Nah, they were nice guys. And even if I were inclined toward mischief, these guys had big shoulders. I would not have wanted to antagonize them.

On the other hand, if I'd offered a suitable preamble, perhaps they'd have got a kick out of the passage.

November 07, 2011  
Blogger The Celtic Kagemusha said...

Funnily enough, Peter, having introduced myself as a visiting fan of bitter rivals Redskins fan to three, fortunately extremely civilised, Eagles fans outside the team's then Veteran Stadium, in October 1994, I was struck by how utterly charming, reasonable and welcoming they were when they sold their tickets, at face value, to me and my brother .

Is this a record?

November 09, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

A record, or a vision akin to St. Martin sharing his cloak with the poor man, I'd say.

November 09, 2011  
Blogger The Celtic Kagemusha said...

St. Martin?
...not the 20th Century equivalent of the Saul/Paul Damascene conversion, then?

November 09, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I chose to exmphasize the charitable rather than the arguably hallucinatory aspects of the encounter, but Saul/Paul would work, too.

Actually, if anyone fell off his ass on a road in Philadelphia, the likeliest response would be, "Yo, get the ---- off the street, you -------!"

November 09, 2011  
Blogger The Celtic Kagemusha said...

I've always been surprised by the bad rap Eagles fans get: I was sitting among Eagles fans for that game and its not as if I camouflaged my allegiance.
Yet I exited the stadium without so much as one broken bone!

Is this a record???

November 09, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Issues of class may be in play. It was Section 700, high in the stadium, that had the reputation for animalistic behavor.

November 09, 2011  

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