One fine evening a few years back I was at a game with my consigliere Steve B. Why does he earn that title? Steve's a member of my poker family, and there is no man alive who doesn't have my back like he does. He does that mostly by being mean to Josie when she
|Mi Consigliere, aka the Mayor, aka the Mighty Timekeeper|
Even though I call him mi consigliere, the rest of the table calls him The Mayor, and I gave him that nickname too, based on a previous Bruins game. As soon as we got through the turnstiles and upstairs, we saw cat after cat going right up to Steve and shaking his hand, saying hello. I'm not shitting you, it happened four times before we got dogs and drinks. And not just spectators, employees too! One of that group was an usher who snuck us into the club section and some REALLY nice seats; another was a waitress for the club section so we got all our food comped. It was pretty smooth. So as you can imagine, calling him the Mayor was an easy invention.
Anyway, on this particular night we were watching a game against the Capitals, and because we completely sucked that year we were a couple of goals back. Steve was on my left, but on my right were a couple who must have been on a first date, or were friends and just realized they were hot for each other, or something, but they were paying zero attention to the game and sucking face like they were 14. They weren't even talking on those rare occasions when they'd come up for air. They were into each other, man.
So much so in fact that the two of them, together, made the mature decision to demonstrate to each other, physically, the extent of their mutual devotion. The dude pulled his jacket off (remember THAT phrase) and placed it on his lap - and the girl reached underneath, found the dude's todger, and started giving the old feller a tug.
Seeing snapshots of this whenever the action was on the right side of the ice, I started laughing and elbowed Steve to show him what was going down next to me. His reaction was priceless - but things would get better yet.
Just around then, the Bruins scored a goal to make the game close. Everybody jumps to their feet and starts cheering, but not these two - apparently things had reached the "mmmm, don't stop" stage and priorities were priorities. But this had also blown their cover, so to speak. When the Bruins scored, the guy in the seat directly behind the two lovers - I don't remember his name but he used to call Brad Isbister "Ishkabibble" and I thought that was funny - looked at them, then looked back at me with a "what's with them?" look. I reached back behind them and gave the universal gesture of the pistoning fist to explain and he starts laughing too. He tells his friends and pretty soon a dozen people altogether are watching these two go at it without them knowing (or maybe knowing but not caring).
Then the fun began. I don't remember who started it but we all started shouting double entendres to the Bruins. Each one would make us laugh harder than the one before and soon we were all unable to control gales of laughter that made our eyes water. A few examples:
- Come on! Whack somebody!
- (after another goal was scored) Watch out Washington - we're COMING!
- GREAT JOB!
- (to a referee): You jerkoff!
I've never laughed that hard at a sporting event in my life. And the best part was the Mayor was there to share (and corroborate) every word of this story.