Soon the Battle will Begin
Today, I’d like you to hear about this epic experience from Marc Duke……AC
Soon the battle will begin. It is Sunday, finally, and in a few hours we will once again breathe freely.
The field of green grass, verdant, untouched, will be dug into, slammed into, knelt and laid and caromed upon. Arms and legs will flail and connect, bone crushing, muscle pounding, all over a two-pointed piece of leather.
And the field of green grass will rest at halftime, but the action will not: here, before 63,000 fans, the Oakland Raiders versus Cleveland Browns halftime show will be…our client, Alejandro Ruiz, speed and upside down painter extraordinaire!
We, Alice Collier Duke and I, Marc Duke, are here to support and guide our client, also known as Revel, to somehow form a protective shield over him so that he may paint a portrait of the great Oakland coach, Tom Flores, long since retired, but still, as mystically the spirit and soul of the Raiders as always.
This odyssey began barely ten days earlier, with a call from Alejandro telling us, his agents, that the Raiders’ event staff had called him, inquiring if he would be interested, and available, to perform his speed painting artistry at halftime on September 30, doing a painting of the coach in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
In less than one hour, the deal was made…with an almost absurd proviso: Alejandro would have only three minutes, start to finish, to paint the portrait…upside down!
Of course, we and Alejandro agreed to the condition, and the planning began: public media exposure, social media exposure, travel and logistics sequences, materials and supplies specifications. A thousand details, in less than ten days.
For Alice and I, the days are long, longer than work has dictated in recent times. We are sustained by the growing awareness that this will be a game-changer for our client, that Alejandro will be a serious consideration for many, many national performances, both in sports and entertainment venues.
We are proud of Revel. Head high, he takes our suggestions for dress and decorum. His nervousness, however, is nearly palatable, as expected. Sixty-three thousand will watch him live; many millions, potentially, nationwide on television. This is after all the NFL. Sunday afternoons belong to it.
Too, much too soon, the performance, draws to an end. The stadium gasps in unison as the canvas is turned right-side up. We smile larger than can be imagined. Alejandro Ruiz is a newborn star. And we bask in his talent’s glow.
We leave the green field, the turf now torn, the game…a spectacular overtime win for Oakland…in the history books. We are quiet, there is little to say. Alejandro’s painting has said it all. Epic.