Vicki Marie’s Sexy Summer Reading Series: Chapter 47

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THE BACHELOR CHAPTERS: A THINKING WOMAN’S ROMANCE

Chapter 47

“You’re dating a defensive back?” Steve sounded incredulous. We were in my kitchen, on a Saturday morning.

“Former defensive back, baby. The man is my age, but he looks like he could still be playing. What’s a DB do, anyway?” I’d been watching football, but hadn’t mastered the positions.

“Holy shit, girlfriend, those guys are just plain mean!

Reading The Bachelor Chapters to university students in Medellín, Colombia, 2013

Reading The Bachelor Chapters to university students in Medellín, Colombia, 2013

What I liked about football was the intense athleticism and the ferocious competition. To me it seemed like an audacious and elite sport, with players who were supremely gifted, and training that was heroically extreme. The commitment required to move the ball down the field was superman-severe, and I was thrilled to watch any well-executed play, regardless of the team.

I wanted to learn about the game and the culture, and with Lamar, I had found an insider with the expertise to field my questions. He taught me that the sport required more than physical excellence; it was a smart man’s game. A playbook contained hundreds of plays, and the strategy for each one was a script of precise execution. It proscribed the exact footfall of eleven men, while measuring the anticipated response of the opposing players. To me, it looked like chess on steroids.

“Did you play mean?” I asked.

“Got to. You find the weak spot and you pick at it.” There was shrewdness on the field that operated man-to-man, impossible to broadcast on the screen. He described the calculated progression of comments and slurs, aimed to unnerve his target, disrupt their concentration, and provoke errors from the offensive side. Nothing was off-limits in this tactical mind-fuck, and goading an opponent’s insecurity was key. Slandering a player’s girlfriend, his family, or evoking memories of game-losing errors from the past were all fair play.

“But what about sportsmanship?” It sounded unethical; I didn’t understand how it wasn’t cheating. Lamar looked at me sideways, as if I’d arrived from another planet.

“You do what you gotta do, woman. It’s the game.”

TOMORROW: Chapter 48

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 Copyright Vicki Marie Stolsen, 2014, Forever Forty-Four Publications, Publicity Rare Bird Lit, Tyson Cornell, Tyson@rarebirdlit.com, Distribution by Ingram, Available online and in bookstores in paperback, eBook, and audio format.