Losing hurts, but losing to a man in a fedora chips away at the soul.
Jameis Winston suffered a unique brand of defeat this week after engaging in an impromptu arm-wrestling competition with an unknown man in a houndstooth hipster hat.
J. Camm of BroBible spotted the video, and while the footage doesn’t exactly provide a panorama of this challenger, he’s described on YouTube as a “5'11", 163 lb. Jewish Father.” Why his religious background matters in the context of an arm-wrestling competition is known only to the uploader.
The video is a grainy affair, showing Winston and Mr. Fedora (possibly Andre from The League) squaring off at a small table in an open lobby area. Onlookers watch as the two grasp hands and go about the burly business of attempting to pin the other man’s arm to the table.
Unfortunately for the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, he “loses” the match to this unknown quantity sporting a trendy, bucket-style hat.
One can imagine it was a difficult loss to stomach for Winston, considering he's 6’4”, 227 lbs. and can throw footballs anywhere you need them on the field.
Perhaps it was the challenger’s mind games that turned the tide against the Heisman winner.
“Oh, you’re the quarterback?” the man asked before taking him down.
That’s how you get into the head of a young superstar—don’t acknowledge the greatness. Also, it's likely that Winston’s challenger was arm-wrestling for pride.
Judging by the look of the video and its running off-camera commentary, it could be that Mr. Fedora’s son stood by filming the entire thing on a portable toaster. We might also presume he was wearing a smaller, more adorable fedora.
Either way, it was an admirable display, Jameis. Just don’t do anything to tire that arm out before Jan. 6.
I know it was you, Andre.