Pulling off his Mickey Mouse ears, Tom Jillson joins Sloan and McLendon in the bar. "It took me 20 phone calls to find a place that sold these ears," he says. "And nobody knew what color shorts Mickey wears, what color shoes. I looked through the comic books at the Illinois Central Station and the closest was Donald Duck. I tried the Tribune. No help. I called Walt Disney Productions. The guy had to look it up. Mickey Mouse is dead."
After a toast to the departed, Sloan eyes the future. "We have always said we will drive one day in any direction to meet a challenge," he says. "We could drive 1,000 miles. If another league would do the same, we could play any dice football league in America."