We are in the middle of the All-Star break and have five days off. We will practice on two of those days and have the rest off so we have a lot of free time. Bobby, as always, has a full schedule of commitments, speaking engagements and so on, and will be entertaining Jenks, Moose, Jonah and Jonah’s brother Ian, (the guys who made the Zen of Bobby V). I will be spending time with Michelle and the boys playing baseball, bowling, water park, the movies and as much as we can fit into a few days.
Last night was one of Bobby’s engagements. It is Notre Dame week here in Tokyo and the Legends Football team is here to play the Japanese All-Star team in a game at the Tokyo Dome. Last night was the reception/pregame dinner attended by many alumni and ex-players along with legendary coach Lou Holtz at the Sanno Hotel in Tokyo. This was a can’t-miss event for me because one of the ex-players in attendance was Tim Brown. For those of who may not know — if that’s possible — I am a die hard Oakland Raiders fan and Tim Brown in my favorite all-time player.
Our good friend Larry Rocca, who is friends with Bill Moran and Jim Moynihan who are Notre Dame alums and ran the event, pulled some strings and arranged so that I would be sitting next to Tim Brown and his beautiful wife.
What a night. Bobby was asked to say a few words at the opening of the evening and was great as always. As he ended his speech he said some heart warming things about your truly and that I was sitting next to my favorite Raider, Tim Brown, which was pretty cool.
I was not disappointed. Tim Brown is an awesome guy and we talked like we were old buddies. I had a lot of questions about the past and present Raiders and the reasons why we have stunk for so long. Many Al Davis questions obviously. He spoke candidly about everything. After all those years of wearing his jersey and screaming like a mad man at the television, I got to meet #81. Great night. Sorry you couldn’t be there, Keith.