Thursday, May 19, 2005He's Back
Well after a "long and strenuous" review of his work, the Detroit Free-Pass...Press has let Mr. Albom continue to hone his craft. And right away Albom hits 'em hard with this lede:
So I'm walking past the Palace loading dock Tuesday night, after the Pistons waxed the Pacers in Game 5 of their series, and there, standing by the bus, were Rasheed Wallace and Jermaine O'Neal, and they were talking and laughing and at one point they must have shared a joke so funny that Rasheed doubled over and shook his head in hysterics.
Now, as you know, these two do not play for the same team. An hour earlier, they had been battling on the court. They often guard each other in the blood feud known as Detroit-Indiana. They are "opponents" in every sports sense of the word.
Right away Albom comes with the thunder. Don't you love how he just randomly happened to be walking past this random loading dock on a random night and....guess what he catches out of the corner of his eye. Two guys joking..
But these aren't two normal guys. They are opponents and pro basketball players *gasp*. Welcome back Mitch, I'm sure someone missed you.
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