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IT WAS ONLY A GAME OF TOUCH
George V. Packard
September 18, 1967
There seemed no reason to be apprehensive. On Sundays a bunch of guys edging toward middle age got together for a little pretend football. Trouble was, it was pretend pro football. They should have hired Vince Lombardi to coach it
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September 18, 1967

It Was Only A Game Of Touch

There seemed no reason to be apprehensive. On Sundays a bunch of guys edging toward middle age got together for a little pretend football. Trouble was, it was pretend pro football. They should have hired Vince Lombardi to coach it

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"Oh," he said blankly, and I then heard him yell to somebody that I was the guy who was still calling, and then someone else came and took the phone and said, "Pass, catch or hit?"

Here I made one of those instant decisions that change the direction of your life. I said, "Pass."

"North Paterson High School field, 2 o'clock, Saturday," the voice said, and I figured I ought to say "Roger" but didn't. He hung up before I said anything.

My wife put the paper down and got that Barbara Stanwyck look on her face and said, "Well?"

"Sounds like a good bunch," I said. "Must be some college guys who want to stay in shape."

"Oh," she said.

I told her I was going out in the backyard for a while to run a few wind sprints and work on my steps. Ten minutes later I came back in and sat down.

"Well?" asked Anne.

"Take a while to round into shape," I said.

Saturday came, and I was nervous but Anne wasn't. She said something about how I'd have all day Sunday to recover and I had some sick time coming anyway, and I left for the field.

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