Monday, October 03, 2005

Why I don't read the paper

This is from today's paper. This is the worst interview I have ever read in my life. I don't know why they printed it, and I can't imagine how low Jim Schaefer is on the totem pole in the newsroom. He has to be an intern.

A FEW MINUTES WITH ...: A Pistons fan and his faulty tattoo

October 3, 2005

In front of a poster of Pistons star Ben Wallace, Richard Hanley, 37, of Eastpointe displays the "Pistons: 2005 NBA champs" tattoo he got before the final game. The team lost, but Hanley won't change the body art.

Look in this space each Monday for conversations with people who are interesting but unheralded.

Richard Hanley, superfan, had an idea last June, just hours before the Detroit Pistons played Game 7 of the NBA finals.

Hanley, 37, of Eastpointe decided to show his love by getting a permanent tattoo on his upper right arm, boasting before the game was even played that the Pistons were 2005 world champions.

It felt so right. But it was so wrong, as he discovered later that night while the ink was still drying on his arm.

The Pistons lost, and the rest is history -- except for Hanley's colorful red, white and blue memorial to wishful thinking. Three months later, as his team readies itself for a new season and another shot at the title, Hanley still has the lofty and inaccurate proclamation on his arm.

QUESTION: Did the tattoo guy warn you ... "This thing's permanent, pal"?
ANSWER: No. I knew. And everyone said, "What are you going to do?" when they lost. ... I just said, "You know what? In my heart, they won."

Q: Yeah. OK. In your heart they won.
A: They didn't technically win, but they're still my team and I'll wear it proudly.

Q: You could have it removed with a laser, right?
A: Not me. It's staying there.

Q: The night you did it, were you introducing any foreign substances into your body?
A: No.

Q: No offense, but has anybody called you an idiot?
A: No. They know me. And if there's one thing I'm passionate about, it's the Pistons.

Q: You ever think about getting tattoo on your face, then?
A: No.

Q: That would really show you're a fan.
A: I'm sure it would.

Q: Tell me what it felt like when the clock was ticking down and you realized your tattoo was going to be inaccurate.
A: A little disappointed. When the game was over, I got in my truck and drove to my brother's house in Missouri.

Q: Did you begin drinking heavily?
A: I don't drink.

Q: All right. One more time: What were you thinking?
A: When I did it? Uh, just that, it's me; that's what I'm all about.

Q: Any plans for a Lions Super Bowl tattoo?
A: No.

Q: You're proud of it, you're sticking with it, it's staying on your body.
A: Not changing it, not adding nothing.

Q: Till you're 90 years old?
A: It'll be there.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of the funniest interviews I have ever read.
But I would not have read it had you not put it on you blog.
Once again, AT keeping me on the cutting edge.

October 05, 2005 12:49 PM  
Blogger Krunk said...

Ok so here's the thing.I read it in the paper also,except that in at least my papaer,I found a horrible typo.Who the hell is Ben Wallack?

October 06, 2005 12:03 AM  
Blogger Shifra said...

I think I need some kind of "colorful memorial to wishful thinking," any suggestions? I'm not a basketball fan.

October 06, 2005 10:49 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Perhaps a picture of your daughter's band.

October 06, 2005 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Lippy said...

Why am I not suprised that this Idiot has some connection to Missouri.

I'll bet he's either a client of mine or at the very least related to a client of mine.

October 06, 2005 12:47 PM  
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