LONDON -- ESPNBoston.com almost had an unexpected opening for a Patriots reporter this morning.
Driver Barry Jacobson in front of his taxi.
OK, that might be exaggerating a bit, but en route to today's game between the Patriots and Buccaneers, the taxi I was riding in with photographers Jim Davis (Boston Globe) and Stephan Savoia (Associated Press) was involved in a rather scary accident.
Another taxi ran a yield sign, crashing into the back left side of our taxi. One second earlier and the impact would have come closer to where we were sitting.
The humorous part of the story was what happened when our driver confronted the other taxi.
"He offered to buy me a drink and we'd call it even," said our driver, Barry Jacobson.
Damage to the back end of the taxi.
Only in London.
Our curiosity piqued, we asked Jacobson -- a native of New Zealand -- how a situation like that would work. He said he'd report the accident to his governor, the person who owns the cab, and the governor would take care of the insurance claim.
When the other driver's offer of a drink to call it even wasn't accepted, the other driver acknowledged liability.
The taxi was scheduled to be brought to the shop Monday to be repaired. And we had an unforgettable story to tell for years to come.
Mike Reiss first started covering the Patriots in 1997 with the team's official newspaper, Patriots Football Weekly, before moving on to the MetroWest Daily News in his hometown of Framingham. From 2005 to 2009, he covered the Patriots for The Boston Globe, while also writing on the NFL. He started his popular Patriots blog in 2004. Send any questions or comments for Mike to his mailbag. Follow him on Twitter here.
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