On Sunday, while Erin Andrews was on camera doing her best to act enthused about Bruno Mars' performance at the Super Bowl, a pair of strangers -- in the sense of "more strange," mostly -- made themselves known to us. One, beatific and seemingly fairly far outside his own body at the moment of his on-camera debut, had a head of crispy dreadlocks. The other, robustly bearded and expressionless and unblinking, looked directly through Fox's lens and into the soul of the nation's football fans. It was the first great videobomb of the NFL season.
There is some disagreement, even among us here at SB Nation, as to which member of this team did better work. (My colleague Justin Bopp is #TeamDreads all day) But there is no argument over what we saw on Sunday. While it may be years before we know what Startled Beardo was saying with his implacable gaze, we know it was important.
When the spell was broken with the end of Andrews' segment, it seemed reasonable to assume that the two would disappear back into their off-camera lives, and dissolve back into the greater weirdness solution that is New York City. It seemed reasonable, but that is not how it went. Because on Monday morning, during a segment on NBC's Today Show, the pair was back in inaction, doing the affectless thing they do so well behind a woman explaining (cheerfully, and in great detail) how to use expired (?) swimming pool noodles as "boot-shapers."
And now the pair is, again, at large. Somewhere in New York City, somewhere in America, and probably somewhere on your television dial, soon. They may even be over your shoulder right now. Check it. They're there, aren't they? Okay. Okay, be cool. You are probably going to be fine. Most likely.