Leaving Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, the observer is somewhat concerned that a deputy sheriff is looking and walking his way.
Not good to be surveilled by law enforcement. At any level.
Maybe he’s going to walk on by. What has the observer done to attract attention anyway? Has he said or done something during the game? Was it the litter from the hamburger? Was it the switching of seats to get a better view? Was it the swearing?
Sometimes just impossible to stay out of trouble, especially for someone who looks guilty.
Just keep walking, ignore him if possible.
Not possible. He’s blocking the way. The only way out is to run and the deputy is faster.
Deputy Sheriff Mike Clark. He’s looking the observer in the eye … through those sun glasses.
“Sir, you have a minute?”
“Yes, officer. How can I help?”
“I just wanted to tell you that the Louisville football fans are the nicest people we’ve had in this stadium for a long time. Well-mannered, courteous, friendly and well-behaved.”
He’s not going to detain anyone? Relax, start breathing again.
“Thanks, officer, that means more than you’ll ever know,” the observer replies. “I’ve always believed Louisville fans are the best around.”
Melodramatic? Maybe. But the sense of relief is palpable.