I took a deep
breath and said, "$150,000."
it," O'Connell said.
If I had said
$200,000, he'd have said, "You've got it." Maybe he'd have agreed if I
had said a quarter of a million.
We talked a few
more minutes, then I called Paul Richards, thanking my stars that he was a good
friend who wouldn't resent my backing out.
Paul," I said, "I just got an offer of 150 grand from Boston."
And Paul said to
me, "Oh, gosh, Hawk...."
"I made a
commitment to you," I said. "If you want me to keep it, I'll come down
there without any hard feelings."
"Hawk, I know
the shape you're in financially," Richards said. "I can't offer you
that kind of money, and it's too much for you to turn down. You go ahead and
the golf game," I said. "We'll play some other time."