" Beloit," says Z.
"Who are they?"
"I don't know," says Z. "But they have cool jerseys."
"What would happen if I did this after a touchdown?" Z asks as he holds his Wilson TDY football and does a damn good Ali shuffle.
"You would be yanked out of the game on the spot by the man known as your father."
"What if I did this?"
He spins the ball like a top and draws imaginary six-shooters from imaginary holsters and fires at the thing.
"You would have to explain to your friends why your dad put you in the car, drove off, and you never played football again."
He smiles at me, comforted.
He gets the ball and rolls it like it is a single the and snaps his fingers.