A High-Five from Gheorghe

And then, the door opened. Where there is usually a silhouette and a backlight, there was total darkness. A shadow crouched and emerged from the door frame; it was something much larger than the door.

We were enjoying my friend's dad's skybox tickets for the Wizards vs. Celtics game this weekend. Neither team seemed to want to win, and nobody in the stadium seemed to care much about the contest. Everybody was glued to the TV to see the result of the Redskins game.

And then, the door opened. Where there is usually a silhouette and a backlight, there was total darkness. A shadow crouched and emerged from the door frame; it was something much larger than the door. A smile illuminated the room like a new gibbous. It was a familiar face from the Transylvanian region of Romania.

Gheorghe Muresan!

I jumped out of my chair. Whenever Gheorghe used to appear on TV during the mid-'90s, I was transfixed. A man like this makes reality into a fantasy world. He makes mortals experience the life of Lilliputians. And he has always had a sense of humor about it all (think: ESPN commercials, Snickers, agreeing to appear with Billy Crystal in a bad movie).

I told him I've been scouring eBay for the past six years for one of his jerseys. I asked him to tell the Wizards management to start selling Muresan retro Bullets jerseys. He smiled and laughed and gave me high-five.

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