Duffy looked up at him.
"I used to be a dog trainer," he said. "Watch this."
He made a hoop with his arms.
"Jump!" he said.
The Bedlington offered his right paw.
"You see, Frim?" said Duffy, "the first requisite for a dog trainer is that he has to know more than the dog."
He patted the dog's head.
"And that," he said to the dog's owner, "is why I gave up dog training."
He picked up the symbolic Irish shillelagh from the floor, tucked it under his arm and sauntered out to the waiting buses. Frimodig waved to the police cars and they pulled away, sirens screaming.
The shillelagh was still tucked under Duffy's arm a couple of hours later as he stood with his bench to watch the kickoff. He wore a conservative business suit and a necktie. The Notre Dame stadium was filled to overflowing and Duffy's luck had even brought the sun out to dry a sodden field.