I've been saving this for a slow day and here we are. The year is 1978. My brother ran the hardware store I was eventually to co-own and he was a fanatical Giants fan. So much so that he thought he wanted season tickets. So he wrote the Giants asking to be considered for season tickets. They wrote back saying thanks for your interest in the New York Giants. We have put you on the list. The list is 50,000 people. We will let you know when you're up.
There was no further communication between then. Twenty eight years later a letter with the Giants letterhead arrived at the hardware store. My brother had moved on to own another hardware store. The letter said you are now at the top of the list and asked if he still wanted the tickets!! I could not believe it. TWENTY EIGHT YEARS! My partner was a fanatic Giants fan also. So I called my brother and gave him the news. I said do you play or pass? He decided to pass. The fire just was not there any longer. My partner was ready to send them a note to that effect. I said - not so fast there buckaroo. You can take these if you want. He thought about it and took the tickets. If I had been a Giants fan I would now have them! They are as hard to get as Packers tickets. Giants season tickets are passed on in people's wills. Generation to generation. So now my former partner (I'm off the clock) has them and is a very popular guy in town! I have yet to get some and go to a game. He goes to two a year. Hey, you never know.
Now for the trivia. The patella tendon tear is the worst knee injury in sports. Probably the worst injury period. Thankfully it is rare. A Chicago Bear DB once suffered two patella tendon tears on one play. He never played another down. It really messes up the lubrication in the knee. Part 1A - Name the Buffalo Bill who suffered one and did not play again. BTW I saw that play. Didn't look that bad at first until they announced the injury. Part 1B - Name the ONLY person in ANY professional sport to tear a patella tendon and come back to play near his pre-injury level. He was a very good player at his position. I'm talking here a complete tear where your kneecap winds up halfway up your thigh. The quad muscles pull it up there.