Originally posted on Jeff Pearlman  |  Last updated 1/1/12
Every new year I am required to tell a story of hope and dreams and love and belief. The story of my most memorable new year’s eve ever. Back in the winter of 1995 I was living in Nashville, but visiting New York for the holidays. My friend Dan, who resided in Manhattan and worked for a major corporation, told me one of his co-workers was having—in his words—a “huge” party at his house. “You need passes to get in,” Dan told me. “I have passes.” Who was I to argue? I trudged into the city, and a bunch of us—Dan, Paul, Mike, Steve—met up for the big event. I can’t really explain this now, but I was actually wearing a Peyton Manning orange Tennessee jersey. All the other guys were dressed nicely, and I looked like, well, a lug. We walked to the address, which was a stone’s throw from Times Square. To get to the building, we had to show our passes to the police, who guarded the entrance with one of those long blue barricades. They let us through, and we took elevators to the penthouse.
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