It's EARLY on Sunday morning when the reporter stumbles through the door. On his way to The Manor to pick up a certain blonde for church, he'd seen the lights. And, when he enters, he find Rufus, The Man In The Hat, and Avril engaged in a lively conversation.
Man In The Hat: "I SAW him do it, gang. The Great Roberto. Catch a fly ball at the flippin' WALL and throw out a runner taggin' at third. Like a rifle shot. On a dead line. One bounce into the catcher's mitt. Out by a step and a half. Didn't take long and they STOPPED running on him all together. Greatest arm of all time. Look what the cat dragged in! Smackeroo!"
Avril(grinning): "You look like a cast member from 'Walking Dead'!"
Reporter: "I got two and a half hours sleep...and you couldn't have gotten much more. WHY are you HERE?"
Avril(smiling): "I wanted to do a little work on the next Asylum before Easter dinner at Bazz. Wiz and Rufe were up all night anyway watching a replay of the Pirates/Phillies game..."
Man In The Hat: "Did you SEE those scrappy Buccos? Battlin' Cliff Lee even and winnin' with an infield hit in the tenth!"
Reporter: "Oddly, I went home and went to BED rather than watch baseball! And, speaking of the next Asylum, why is The Lioness Club so interested in what happened with Park and Ruah last night?"
Avril(smiling): "Hey, it was a great card! There's interest all OVER the FCBA..."
Reporter: "You DO understand I'm going to a CATHOLIC Easter Sunday service, right? It's longer than 'Titanic'! And I need to stay AWAKE on less than three hours sleep or Mom is going to twist my EAR like she did when I was FIVE. Spill!"
Man In The Hat: "It's spring around here, Smackeroo. And what comes with spring. Warmer weather. Flowers. Leaves on the trees. And bugs. And what do SOME people do when they see a bug?"
Reporter: "Squash it."
Man In The Hat: "EXactly, and in the FCBA, this is what established fighters and stables tend to try to do to NEW fighters and stables. Now, don't get me wrong. It's a natural reaction. If you're a good lightweight, are you REALLY excited about the rise of Jennifer Lawrence? Of COURSE not. Because she's gonna take spots on cards that YOU might have had. And, if SHE moves up in the rankings, SOMEBODY moves down. And maybe that's YOU. She gets publicity YOU might have gotten. So, CRUSH her. Same deal with a new stable. There are only so many PPV spots to go around. If they start taking some, YOU might get fewer. So. Crush 'em like a bug."
Reporter: "Where are you going with this? And will we get there before Christmas?"
Man In The Hat: "Where we're getting is that, while it's understandable to want to crush the new girls, it's short sighted. Because the FCBA NEEDS new stars. Lawrence puts butts in seats. She gets publicity for the FCBA. She's good for the sport. And this is why I, personally, am excited about the great job Ginny is doin' with her. We NEED girls like Yustman and Freeman to get pushed. We NEED fresh blood. And THAT is why Old Wiz likes to get some exposure for new stables at Asylum..."
Reporter: "They're COMING here! The Lioness Club is COMING here! Mendes was Ruah's first fight! It makes sense..."
Avril: "Hang on, Smackeroo. Yes. They're coming here. We're hammering out details right now. And we're working on a deal to get a couple of BBU girls here, too. It's going to be the best card we've ever done. But it's not Mendes/Ruah. And that's all I'll say."
Man In The Hat: "Now, Tess should be eating breakfast in bed right now. Go on over and get her. See you at Bazz."
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