As we watched the Boston Celtics come back after a one-point loss in Philadelphia to beat the shorts off the Sixers next night in Boston, we saw one front-row fan with his little baby boy on his lap.
The toddler was wearing a Patriots cap, cute as a button, but we wondered what kind of idiot brings a child so small and barely able to stand to a loud sports game.
We did our usual double-take like an observer in a Laurel & Hardy movie. Yes, it was Patrick Chung of the New England Patriots.
There are absolutely worse things an NFL player could be doing on his day off before the big game. Heaven knows this week has been a nightmare for death and dishonor in the NFL.
We have always loved the feisty and fun Chung. With a playoff type game coming on Monday Night Football, he is the consummate daddy.
The world needs more men like Patrick Chung. He was out on the court at half-time, his little son holding a big basketball, giving it reluctantly to Dick Bavetta, the oldest 'badass' referee still running up and down the court for two hours on a regular basis (2500 times this week).
In the past we have seen Chung at many Celtic games with fellow Patriots players. Alas, word is out. Those who go to a game with Chung often end up on the IR list or worse before long.
Chung once took a boom microphone from the Comcast television crew and snuck up on Doc Rivers as he was in a huddle with his assistant coaches. Rivers saw who it was and rolled his eyes.
Chung also is prominent in the stop bullying movement in Boston. If you're a bully, you're not on his team. And, we know he means it.