Chris Webber—Yum!

As Chris takes my hand, I pull close to him, cheek to cheek, and whisper slowly into his ear, "Wow, looks like I've won the lottery."

One night after attending a local advertising awards show, my husband wanted to grab something to eat. It was after 11 p.m., I was drunk, and I had eaten hors d'oeuvres at the event. We went anyway—me with a puss on my face, sitting in one of those way too loud, trendy restaurant/bars, him eating a meal while purposely ignoring my attitude.

Toward the end of his meal, with the place nearly empty, in walked NBA basketball star Chris Webber with a few hoops-playing friends. My mood immediately perked up. "You gotta introduce me," was the only thing I kept saying, over and over without even looking in my husband's direction.

Before the NBA, before Michigan, I'd watched Chris play basketball one summer in my hometown while he was still in high school. Other crushes had come and gone, but Chris was _the_ crush.

My husband finished eating, paid the tab, and casually walked over to Chris, with me right beside him. "Chris, I'd like to introduce you to my wife," he said. My husband is tall enough to make NBA players hesitate for a moment, thinking that he might be a player, too. It always happens. That, combined with my husband's approach, caused Chris to immediately and graciously extend his hand toward mine.

As Chris takes my hand, I pull close to him, cheek to cheek, and whisper slowly into his ear, "Wow, looks like I've won the lottery."

He blushes, pauses, flashes that kilowatt smile, and says, _"What_ is your name?"

I tell him. We leave.

After two kids, the suburbs, and eight years as a stay-at-home mom, I made Chris Webber blush. And for just a moment, it felt like I'd become _his_ crush.

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