Since he seems to be the hot topic these days, I figured I'd share a brief recap of my evening after Saturday's game. If you had decided to head for the Capitol Lounge after the NE game, then you probably know all about the team hanging out at the bar downstairs. But if you didn't go, then you missed out on an excellent chance to talk to Gazza. Since the game was crap, my friends and I decided to further drown our sorrows at the Cap Lounge. Knowing we'd be treated to drink specials (the RFK PA system told us we would), we figured what the heck. What we didn't realize was that most of the team would be there. I took the opportunity to introduce myself to Paul as he was heading towards the bar. We had a brief conversation that included among other things the team's lack of luck in finishing, the nearsightedness of the ref, whether Cap Lounge was a "football" bar, and my trip to Sunderland to see the Black Cats play the Toon Army. A little later, after Gazza had taken up his pearch near the bar, I figured it might be worth presenting him with a "gift" - a pefectly poured pint of Newcastle Brown Ale. Gazza seemed a bit surprised by the fact that I was giving him an actual pint of Newcastle (perhaps he believed the rumors that you couldn't find a decent ale in the backwater sticks of DC). What happened next was completely unexpected. Gazza reached for his pocket and pulled out a wad of cash. My first reaction was, "you don't need to pay me for the beer," but that's not why he was reaching for his money. Gazza asked for my name and he then proceeded to autograph one his dollar bills for me, wishing me best of luck and a "cheers mate." Even if he doesn't end up with United, which I think he will, I'll always have the memory of Saturday night (and the dollar bill) to remember.