he said between his legs, and I moved back some steps and took a few more
centers. Howie had taken something off them.
We did that for a
while, and I looked down to the other end of the field where the rush line was
working out. There were only three of them because Howie was the fourth, but
against whoever was trying to hold them out it looked like half a dozen too
many. The one with the clipboard was standing behind the offensive blockers
holding a piece of red cloth. The object was to see how long it took the three
in the rush line to get to the cloth.
They set up and
the one with the clipboard said, "Hike." There was this sound, as if
somebody had dropped a side of beef off a building, and they came in at the
cloth. The Clipboard, who was holding the cloth, got cut down. Slowly he
disappeared into the pile and somebody moaned, and they started fighting down
underneath there. Pretty soon one of them crawled out with a shirt in his hand,
but it wasn't red. Finally, the Clipboard crawled out. He stood up, blew his
whistle and walked off the field to the equipment box for some tape.
minutes the Clipboard, patched in white, introduced himself. He was the boss.
His name was Buffalo, but he didn't get that name because he looked like one.
He got the name because of the way he operated, the old meaning of the word. He
was a talker, and I found out later he had talked his way out of some pretty
sticky situations. For instance, there was the time he and his buddy were in
some place they weren't supposed to be and they saw this guard coming. Buffalo
told his friend to lie down and look broken. When the guard came up Buffalo
started sniffling a little and said, "My friend is dead. He fell off the
top of that building. Please get somebody."
The guard looked
down at the one and then up at the grieving face of Buffalo and ran off to
call. The two of them walked out of there free as the breeze, and that's why
they call him Buffalo.
Anyway, he came
up to me and said, "You t'row O.K."
He said, "We
can use you. We got another guy who t'rows pretty good, but we can use
I said. "If you already got somebody else?"
reasons, and because you got a few gray hairs," he said.