Just some thoughts:
“I’m surprised you had the nerve to come in this mornin’, after the beatin’ you all took.”
One of my favorite book’s and movies is Larry McMurtry’s, “The Last Picture Show.”
From the first time I saw the movie heard Hank Williams music open many of the scenes I was hooked. So much so that years later I made it a point to drive to Archer City, Texas, the home of McMurty, and spend much of the day there in that small community.
“I’m surprised you had the nerve to come in” is what the owner of the pool hall, Sam, said to Sonny the morning after his high school football team lost a game. Crowell ,the visiting team tromped Thalia 28 to 6 the night before.
Took me back to my high school days in Indiana. I went to a very small very rural high school, less that 80 in all four grades. In all my four years of playing on the basketball team we never had a winning record. We lost more games each years than we won. That can do things to a young boys imagine.
I can remember how I hated on a Saturday morning after a game to stop by the post office, garage or Gunn’s grocery. “Well I see you did it again last night.” Years later I would often have a similar experiences during my high school coaching days. One of the places I often hated to go during my high school coaching days was the local barber shop. In the late 1950s’ most every barber shop had a frustrated basketball coach, if not the barber himself.
“Four years of playing for Thalia had insured him to defeat, and so far as he was concerned the Quarterback Club had been foolishly optimistic.”
Quote: Sonny–guard on the team
March 13, 2020