He’s the principal of Epsom Central School, this Mr. Patrick Connors, so clearly when we’re in the school during school hours and there are kids around, it’s appropriate to call him Mr. Connors. On the other hand, if I were to run into him at a restaurant in Boston, I’d probably feel safe in calling him Pat.
But there are gray areas. Like what if we’re at an Epsom junior high baseball game? Or at a school board meeting with kids in the audience? Or if he’s chaperoning a fourth-grade trip to the State House, and I see him there?
These are the things that keep me up at night.
One thing I know: His performance tonight at Epsom Central School was certainly Mister Connors-worthy.
He had sent Heather an e-mail earlier today in which he said he was hopeful of rebounding for a very healthy 1,700 made foul shots in our two-hour window, so I figured he was pretty serious. That was confirmed when he suggested we take a few practice shots and rebounds before the camera was rolling, just to get a feel for things.
Then we started for real, and after a pretty average first 15 minutes, we started flying. The shooting part was substantially improved, for whatever reason, over the night before, when Assistant Principal Brian Beaverstock’s number had been compromised by my gross inconsistency. And the rebounding, well … Mister Connors was phenomenal, and his unconventional one-handed method really had us rolling, as such:
He clearly meant business. The ball didn’t touch the ground a whole lot (That’s really the trick, I’m growing to learn.), and both times I asked if he wanted to take a break, I was greeted with what I would guess is his principal voice: “Keep going.”
Hey, I’ve been in the principal’s office before. I kept going.
And so did he. At an hour, we were at 950, and at just under two (1:59 and change) we hit 1,900. Wow. It marked just the third time in our 128 days that we’ve hit that number within two hours using just one ball, and the first time it’s been done by someone who was not in The Beautiful Heth’s and my wedding party. This Mr. Patrick Connors is not only one amazing principal at our wonderful school, but he’s one heck of a ball-getter, too.
So here we stand, a little over four months since we started and over the 18 percent mark, at 181,807 down, 818,193 to go to 1 million made foul shots.
Thanks, Pat. And thanks, Mr. Connors.
For more on Hoops For Heroes, with a goal of 1 million made foul shots and $1 million raised for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, visit www.hoopsforheroes.com or contact Dave Cummings at 603-554-7855.