This is a beautiful story. If you ever lived in Massachusetts, and especially in the greater Boston area, this will ring so true.
People in the Boston area are hardcore.
It's Marathon Monday in Boston. As the runners make their way along the race route, a man stands on the side of the road, encouraging them with this sign that reminds them that in the third quarter of the Super Bowl, the Patriots were losing to the Falcons 28-3.
Keep going, marathoners. Don't give up. Anything is possible.
On Twitter, Addul Dremali, a biomechanical & data scientist and amateur photographer, posts a photo of the unidentified man and his sign.
About an hour later, ESPN tweets at Dremali, asking if they can use the photo on all their platforms with a credit to him.
This is where things get beautiful. With the opportunity to have his photo, name, and Twitter handle disseminated across ESPN's enormous and far reaching platforms, Dremail responds like a true and absolute Patriots fan.
This is a perfect reflection of what the people of Boston and its surrounding communities are like:
Fanatic, aggressive, perpetually angry, and so rarely self-serving.
Forgive Dremali's language. It's also authentic to the Boston area.
That is a thing of beauty. The perfect response by a man who had an opportunity to gain a little notoriety (in a culture where people will do almost anything to gain notoriety), and he decided to be a fan instead.
About 30 minutes later, Dremail is contacted via Twitter by another news agency, requesting to use the photo. Their tweet is hilarious.
One minute later, Dremali responds perfectly.