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Harper Lee, hoops and more on gaffes

How about this one. Prior to writing To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee wrote Go Set a Watchman, but the Pulitzer Prize-winning author never followed through with trying to get her first novel published.

Now that’s about to change.

Go Set a Watchman is about a woman named Scout who returns home to visit her father Atticus. Characters sound familiar?

When Lee tried to sell her first novel, an editor suggested she re-write the story, but this time write it from Scout’s point of view. You’ve got to give that editor some kudos. Born from Lee’s re-write was To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the all-time classics.

Apparently, that first one still works as a sequel. Can’t wait to read it. Wonder if Boo Radley makes the cut.

Basketball awakening continues

Until last week, I had not attended an NBA game in over a decade. That changed when I saw the Hawks play the Nets in Atlanta last Wednesday and the Magic play the Mavericks on Saturday. Those games have helped put basketball back on my radar.

Back into hoops, I read today that Geno Auriemma reached 900 wins faster than any coach in college basketball history with a win Tuesday night. The coach of the UConn women’s team is a brilliant coach and would, no doubt, excel coaching men’s basketball as well. I’d love to see him change over to see that happen.

Funny thing. I once asked a local high school basketball coach about the difference in coaching boys and girls. He noted that he preferred coaching the girls because they didn’t carry all the baggage the boys did, they just went out and executed. I have always found that answer interesting.

Responses to sports gaffes

Doug_WilliamsGot a couple of responses to yesterday’s post about the play that killed the Seahawks’ Super Bowl chances. Has there been a worse gaffe in sports history?

Jack Greene remembered Bill Buckner letting a ground ball through his legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series noting: “And if “Billy Buck” would have just gotten down on that Mookie Wilson grounder, just a teeny, tiny bit more…”

Meanwhile, Dave Beadle remembered a play from the 1980 Bucs season when Doug Williams spiked the ball on fourth down thinking it was third down. The Bucs had a chance that day to mint a game-winning touchdown, or at least a game-tying field goal, against the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers. Instead, they handed the ball over to the Steelers, game over.

Thanks for the feedback, but I’ll still rank the Seahawks’ blunder as the No. 1 gaffe I’ve seen.

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