The man in this tableau is James Goodloe, which matters more for identification purposes than for storytelling. Anyway, he’s shown readying his electric football squad before a game in December. Come Jan. 24-25, he and other like-minded individuals will participate in the 14th Annual Electric Football World Championship and Convention in Detroit.
The actual AP cutline says he’s changing his players’ jerseys from home to away, but given the construction of those little guys, they can’t possibly have removable jerseys, can they? But James does have nail clippers and a pair of pliers on the table there … hmmm (and dig the foam-lined carrying case!). Like Bill Jones, whom Paul profiled in December for a Page 2 article, James has clearly undertaken some serious work here. But while Bill gets to look at all of his gumball machine helmets, James painstakingly lines up his little Chargers, so detailed and exact, and then flips the switch, sending the board into a state of chaos resembling a middle school marching band’s first practice.
Seems like a small reward for something that took so long to set up. Or perhaps the enjoyment is in the details. Hey, that sounds familiar …
Have a great Saturday, folks. — Bryan