The last time that fellow up there and I met under similar circumstances, it was about 5 a.m., approximately 25 degrees and we had headlights illuminating the basketball court in Twin Mountain, NH.
I can assure you, the Epsom Central School gym is far more comfortable.
That’s where Mr. Paul Sargeant and I met most recently, with Paul agreeing to a 7 p.m. shooting session even though his beloved Yankees had a playoff game scheduled to start at 8.
We were joined by WOKQ radio reporter Sam Adams, who was interested in doing a report on Hoops For Heroes for an upcoming segment. Yes, Sam Adams gets a lot of comments on his name. And because I’m a relatively secure person, I’m going to tell you about the stupidest one he’s ever gotten:
“I’m sure they’re talking about the President, not the beer, right?” the guy with the basketball said, chuckling smartly.
You are correct: There was no President Sam Adams.
Despite that revelation that I am a [fill in your own preferred synonym for “idiot” here], Sam started rolling the tape, and the three of us (accompanied by one very interested and unrelenting housefly) chatted about the project for a half-hour or so.
When we got around to the shooting, Sam did a little audio play-by-play for 50 makes (as professional as Sam is, I can assure you that particular segment will not make the final cut). There was also a five-minute shooting-while-talking piece in which I was about as articulate as a glazed donut (filed under: two things at once).
Then Sam said goodbye, and left behind were the Red Sox fan and the Yankees fan, together in spite of our obvious philosophical differences … and a little over an hour later, we had a total of 1,000 in the books.
Paul is nothing if not a gentleman, and along those lines he didn’t complain even one little bit that the ballgame was already about an hour old before he left the gymnasium … and another half-hour home to Hooksett.
That’s 965,007 down, 34,993 to go to 1 million made foul shots.
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.