I mailed Mr. 11 a hard copy of last week's post on his hero, Tom Brady. Why That Tom Brady FatHead Has to Go was written as a letter to him, after all; a personal copy seemed only fair.
Amster says that he read the post half a dozen times, or more. There has been a lot of head-shaking, a lot of shopping on the FatHead website for a replacement hero, and some consideration - by Mr. 11, if not his maternal unit - of repainting his entire bedroom to complement his Brady-less decor.
But, mostly, she says, there have been conversations about cheating, and honesty, and standing up for yourself. Taking responsibility for your actions, admitting when you've strayed, knowing that those who love you will respect you even if you're not perfect.... these are the conversations they were having.
No one was arguing about The Ideal Gas Law. They were talking about things much more important than soft footballs.
And that, denizens, is the silver lining in this otherwise sordid cloud.