Mets honored Bill Parcells before today’s game against St. Louis with an autographed No. 13 jersey (for the year of his induction into the Hall of Fame).
I met Parcells several years ago when I was advancing a Browns-Giants game for a Cleveland paper. Parcells seemed pleasant at the press conference, even thought I introduced myself as a Cleveland writer.
An hour later I was sitting in an end zone seat talking to a Giants writer while watching practice in the Meadowlands.
There was a shrill whistle. There are always whistles at football practices so I didn’t pay it any attention.
Then I heard this voice shouting, “Cleveland, Cleveland).’’
I looked up to see Parcells at about the 40. He was walking and waving his arm while screaming, “Cleveland, Cleveland, get out of here.’’
I had just been kicked out of a Giants practice. Yet, another brush with greatness.