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TOYS AND GAMES: ABA, Pile to Be Discussed, and The Granite Bowl

Upon request, my friend Bob Graham recently recounted one of my favorite stories.

Bob grew up in Roanoke, Virginia where he played basketball, among other sports, which allowed him to compete against a big-time player who went on to play in the old ABA.

So Bob’s team is playing this guy’s in a tight game when the star player decides to call a timeout. His frustrated coach approaches him and asks why he called timeout to which he replied: “Coach, I need a drink of water.”

I felt for my friend Charlie Britton the other day. We were having an adult beverage when he told Patti and me that when he got home he had to address a “pile to be discussed.” No doubt good wife Julie had identified several items that did not fit in with their home’s decor. Having been involved in multiple discussions involving PTBD at the Chastain casa, I know that items in said pile rarely survive.

On the flight to Atlanta last week I initiated a conversation with the guy sitting next to me after noticing the headline of the newspaper he read that touted a win at the “Granite Bowl.”

Curiosity got the best of me so I asked him to explain.

Turns out the Granite Bowl is the home of the Elberton High Blue Devils in Elberton, Ga., a.k.a. “The Granite Capital of the World.” Thus, when a football stadium was built, local companies donated pieces of granite of all sizes to build the place. The stadium is now a palace that seats 20,000. Pretty big venue for a place with a population of 4,512.

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