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Bring Me a Winner

On Sunday, the minister told an old Al McGuire, to emphasize winning. Al McGuire was a famous college basketball coach, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. He was remembered for coaching Marquette University as much as his crazy life antics.

I am not sure what it says about him but he is the only coach to be ejected in a college basketball championship game.  He did play professional basketball as well. He is remembered for once famously pleading with his Knicks’ coach for playing time, with this guarantee: “I can stop Cousy.” Cousy is still remembered as a Boston Celtic point guard, who was one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

When inserted into the lineup to guard Cousy, he used an unusual method to stop him. McGuire proceeded to foul him on his next six trips down the court.

When I heard the Minister bring up the following story about McGuire, it made me smile. A story on winning that McGuire would tell about himself:

“I went into a restaurant one night and ordered lobster, and the waiter brought me one with a claw missing. I called him over and told him about it. He told me that in the back there’s a tank they keep the lobsters in and while they’re in there, they fight and sometimes one loses a claw. I told him ‘then bring me a winner.”

For pic o’ day, I decided to go early with one of my favorites from last year’s Thanksgiving blogs. This still makes me laugh!

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