St. Louis, MO – “Please explain me this game,” asks a 62-year-old Saleem Patel during the Super Bowl’s tense fourth quarter. “I just don’t understand how you score. Why are they always falling down?”
Patel’s questions go half ignored as everyone in the room is glued to a large flat panel tv broadcasting the last moments of a very close game.
“I mean why do they have to wear all that stuff? Don’t they get hot?”
Patel repositions himself next to his 22-year-old nephew, Rashid Khan hoping to gather any semblance of clarity around the conundrum played out in front of him.
“Bayta, what is a down?” asks the elder Patel putting his hand on his nephew’s shoulder.
“I mean I really wanted to help the guy out, but does my uncle have to pick THE WORST time to ask questions on a very complex game?!?” said a frustrated Khan, as he keeps close to the screen during a commercial break.
“At one point he asked me if you had to be black to play. I don’t know where to start.”
As the game headed into a most certain overtime, Patel could be faintly heard through the commotion, still asking questions.