By Rebecca Bulnes
By Laurie Charles
By Chuck Strouse
By Lee Zimmerman
By Laurie Charles
By Falyn Freyman
By Hans Morgenstern
Now it's first and ten at the Denver 45-yard line. "Jay Fiedler passes across the middle complete to Oronde Gadsden for 29 yards."
The picturesque Fitzgerald room erupts as Miami marches closer and closer to "da house." Overzealous barflies prophesy that Wannstedt and company may be just one loss shy of a repeat of a perfect season.
Denver is leading 6-0 and offensively seems to be in pretty good control of the game, though it has so far had to settle for two field goals. Our Bob Costas recognizes that our boys have gone four and out consecutively. The offensive rhythm isn't there yet.
Finally his date's bathroom buddy comes back. While he predicts the next play, our dolled-up Kendallites ogle what they call "big men with big butts" on the big TVs. Hey, nothing wrong with the harmless objectification of men in tights. The date admits to not listening to the commentary because she doesn't know what much of it means. But to her credit she does know the players and what the point breakdowns are. That's more than Clubbed cares to learn, so her dedication is to be admired.
First and 10 at the Denver 16. The crowd looks on, steadying glasses of beer and scarfing coconut shrimp while Ricky rushes right for six yards. Now second and four yards to go at the Denver ten-yard line. Jay Fiedler snaps the ball and Williams crashes up the middle for a ten-yard touchdown run. Gatsby's goes wild.
Strangers hug, hoot, and holler. This could be the turning point of the game. This could be the beginning of a Super Bowl run. This could be the beginning of a football dynasty. It could be lots of things. But let's not get carried away.
And yes, someone did win the pool tournament. He and his buds were thrilled to get Gatsby's T-shirts and a tab. Unfortunately their personal victory is overshadowed by the erupting celebration. With eleven seconds left Olindo Mare kicks a 53-yard field goal to seal the victory and to end Clubbed's venture into suburban living. Final score 24-22. Go, Gatsby's. Go.