I laughed. It was
funny. I turned away from the semicircle of people gathered around the boy and
tried not to laugh; put my hand over my mouth and still laughed. It was funny.
We had had budget problems all year.
They weren't our
pads. We won the game easily, our fifth shutout of the season. The boy was
paralyzed. I continued to coach for another three years before I quit. During
that time I had players in the hospital and never got around to visiting them.
Too busy planning practices. And after all, you can't worry about going down.
It's part of the game.