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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Friday, June 20, 2008

The fist bump

It turns out that Freeman Sports Editor Ron Rosner and I are terrorists. Who knew? Well, not even us — until this week.

It’s all about the “fist bump.”

As you may have heard by now, Fox News anchor E.D. Hill, in discussing Barack and Michelle Obama bumping fists on stage the night Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, referred to the act as a “terrorist fist jab,” implying the gentle tap is a secret greeting that terrorists use when the meet.

Which brings me back to October 2002.

It was a Saturday afternoon, and the Angels (who I root for) and Yankees (Ron’s favorite team) were playing Game 4 of baseball’s American League Divisional Series in Anaheim. The Angels won the game to eliminate the Yankees and advance to the American League Championship Series.

I was in the Freeman newsroom when the game ended, and Ron hadn’t gotten to work yet. He arrived about an hour later, approached my desk and extended his right fist. I had never used the “fist bump” as a greeting, but I knew what he was doing, so I extended my fist, our two fists touched, and Ron said something to the effect of “Congratulations” or “Nice win.”

I just assumed his gesture was that of a good sport. Who knew it actually was the equivalent of a secret handshake among two terrorists? Well, not us, because at no time that day did we plan an act of mass destruction, nor have we done so since.

But now that I understand we’ve had an evil bond for nearly six years, perhaps Ron and I will plot some heinous attack.

Sadly, though, nothing we come up with could be as heinous as Fox News’ continuous attack on the truth.



Blogger sherijberi said...

It's gotta be the beard or could it be the secret meetings you have in the basement?

June 20, 2008 at 4:15 PM 

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