The Bowtie Miracle

A funny thing happened on the way to a Saints-Panthers game

Updated: March 7, 2011, 4:02 PM ET
By Michael Bible | ESPN The Magazine

This short story appeared in the March 7, 2011 Fiction Issue of ESPN The Magazine.

I WAS SEEING my brother as a Taoist sage.

We were in the bathroom of a Cracker Barrel. I knew he was ancient by his swagger. A wise traveler, a carrier of light and truth. I was wearing a bow tie. It was Christmas Eve. We were on our way to see the Carolina Panthers play football and I wasn't happy about it.

"I'm going to church," I said, "to worship."

He was a ...

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