Hurricane Sandy took down many houses and trees around the Northeast.
If there was one symbol still standing after the huffing and puffing of a diabolical storm, it was the New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski.
Try as it might, Gronk stood up to Sandy. In a suburb of Boston, twin billboards stood over the mighty Forest Hills area, atop the Dogwood Restaurant.
The big blow came to the billboard from Sandy and knocked half into the street. No one was injured.
In the daylight to come, the revelation was clear and unflinching. The side of the billboard that pictured the Gronk devouring a breakfast sandwich for a favored local franchise still rose high above the street near the transit station.
In London not a day earlier, Gronk had run unimpeded as the best surges of defenders tried to take him down. Nothing could move the immoveable object.
Gronk scored two touchdowns in London's Wembley Stadium, and then he scored a standup victory over Sandy in Boston. He spiked Sandy.
It takes more than a hurricane to knock over the superstar par excellence of the New England Patriots. Mouth open, ready to devour his giant meal, like some fairytale creature, the Gronk stands at the ready.
Gronk caught the gale sent by Sandy and held firm.
Already this week in London, like some deranged wooden soldier from Babes in Toyland, Gronk mechanically marched around the end zone. Now like a Greek god, he has bested the winds of Poseidon.
Hurricane Sandy gave its best shot at the tight end, and Gronk showed his patriotic spirit by not buckling under to Mother Nature.