Basketball Hero

He may as well have been wearing a superman cape over those white side-striped short shorts.  Player #30 approached the crowd behind coach’s bench to shake the hand of a red-faced gentleman in the stands cheering his home team on with the aid of Jack Daniels or Jim Beam. “Kill the bastards!” “Let ’em have it!”  The drunk man bleated.  But after the “hero handshake” the spectator was subdued and glowed not from Jim Beam, but from an extended kindness.  “30, 30, he’s our man, if he can’t do it, no one can!!”

a right hand hook —

a wholesome grin shot to the heart

never misses

(for Clete)

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