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Bring on the Flood (5 of 7)
Series: The Days of Noah
When I was in high school, I played on the basketball team all through high school, I was fairly good. I played on a good team and basketball, man that was my thing. And I still remember sitting in English class, and there was a little bit of friction in a good way between football players and basketball players, because football players thought they were so tough and basketball players not as tough. You know, it's kind of like football players, ''Well, we're strong.'' And basketball players, ''Well, we're quick, and we can jump and we get better grades on tests.'' You know that kind of thing. And I remember one of the guys on the football team, Tommy Lockwood, wasn't a real big guy, but he was popping off in English class about how basketball players were wimps. And I just felt welling up within me that I needed to defend the program. And so as he walked past my desk, I had a pencil in my hand, and it was freshly sharpened, and I stabbed him in the leg with the pencil (laughter). And I probably stabbed a little harder than I should have. And he just began to go, ''Oh, my leg, my leg. Oh, Shreve.'' And I didn't know this, but it went through his pants leg and punctured his leg. It got lead in his leg. It got infected. He had to go to the doctor. And I just had the attitude, ''That'll teach you!'' Well, he told, or somebody told, my coach, Coach Pashe. Coach Pashe didn't think it was very funny. He didn't see the righteous indignation. ''Coach, I was defending the basketball program.'' He didn't see it like that at all. And Coach Pashe, he was very proud of the paddle that he had in his office. It was made in Shop Class. It was made out of green Plexiglas. And he took athletic tape and taped it all over the handle. And he called it ''The Green Hornet.'' And he would always let us know, ''You get out of line and you're going to face the Green Hornet.'' Well, when he found out I did ...
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