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“His con-trap-tion?” Fokou said. “His little machine? I’ve seen it. He looks like a Bubble Boy when he’s sleeping in it. I can’t believe he has one.”

Not only does he own one, Philistin already completely believes in its results.

Philistin’s tackle totals are almost evenly split between the first half (19) and the second half (20) this season, so the numbers don’t reflect an improvement in performance late in games. But Philistin insists there is a difference well worth the investment.

“It seems like he’s sticking to his guns on this one,” Pooler said. “From what I see, it’s helping him produce. I don’t know. Maybe it’s the aura of the tent.”