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My Phone Rings

"Hello," I say.

"This is The Goose," someone on the other line says.

"Uh, Nick?" I say?

"Some also know me as 'Freebird,'" the voice says.

So anyhow, my boss demanded I land an interview with Nick, and sure enough, I got it done. I asked Nicky how the day has been going.

"It's going well, it's going well," he said. "Just enjoying the day.... Fun day, fun day. Beautiful weather, getting out of the house, you know?"

Ouch. I asked what happened to our conversation the other day, when he said he would just go about his business and see what happened.

"They got to me when they tried to bunker me in, tried to not let me car out of my driveway," he said. "I was like, 'This is the real deal, these guys really want to break laws.' So I was like, alright, we're gonna step up. I've got my crew--I can't disclose their names right now because they're under cover--but we're stepping up our game."

Ouch again. I asked what the score would be, if this were a game between the stalkers and him.

"I hope I'm up big," he said. "If I had money, I'd definitely put it on me."

I asked whether the stalkers were being embarrassed.

"I wouldn't say embarrassed, I'm just really that good with my crew of men, we're just really that good," he said. "Roche told me they're the best of the best in this game, but it doesn't really seem like that. I thought they'd be a little bit better on my trail. I would have thought they'd have more eyes on me. Obviously the people they hired aren't doing a good job. Maybe they ran out of money."

I asked how many times he had left his house, and how.

"I can't really disclose that right now," he said. "Definitely been in and out."

He's already on the verge of winning his bet with Roche. If he lasts until 7, he gets tickets to the Incubus show at the 9:30 Club. I asked how long he would keep this up.

"They better get me before next Thursday, because then I'm on my flight to Jamaica for [Ben Olsen's] wedding," he said. "I have places to stay, I have my bags packed. I don't have to be anywhere for the next week, two weeks, three weeks, besides Jamaica."

I asked if he was proud of what he's accomplished thus far.

"I'm proud of the performance," he agreed. "I haven't been hit yet. Really, not even a sniff. Yeah, I'd say I'm proud of my performance. I'm still alive. I'm dry as can be actually."

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 30, 2006; 4:27 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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