At the age of seven children shouldn't like or dislike someone because of the sports team he roots for. At age seven you are probably following the cool team that everyone likes. In 1989 that team was not the Los Angles Raiders, yes they were a solid team but not one of the power houses in the NFL. Being a Broncos fan seeing anyone in silver black made me angry, who would like the raiders? At recess I had a strong dislike for this kid on the other kickball team wearing the Raiders hat. For almost twenty five years, him and I have been the closest of friends. We still talk crap to each other when the Raiders and Broncos play but the Broncos are Super Bowl champions so I have bragging rights for a little while.
Growing up just a stones throw away Nick and I had sports as a common bond. I would have a paper route as a child and would make sure to save his house for last in the summer so that he and I could talk and watch old MLB All Star Game Derbies. Just a couple of middle school kids being kids, watching baseball and talking about the cute girls in our classes the school year before.
In college and a few years after (pretending like we were still in college) Nick and I would have some fun. From house parties to nights in Providence we liked to have our fun. We have both grown but those talks we had at age 9 are still present today. Yes we talk about sports way to much but as we have gotten older our lives have changed and having someone to turn to in a time of need is the best thing in life. We have different priorities and are a little more mature...not much but a little. Nick is like a brother and to see him happy and successful means a lot to me.
Although he may not admit it I know Nick will be a little worried as I'm running the Chicago Marathon. He will also be following along on the app to check my times, that means he will be texting me while I run. When I hit certain marks I expect to hear a text tone and see Nick saying something like "Did you stop to get a beer?? Why is your time so slow??" That will piss me off and get me going, it always has and always will. Mile ten will feature Mitch Hedberg on my marathon playlist. I will not go into the details but I think someone just winked at Nick!! Mile ten will be a lot of fun and will be for my bash brother!!