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IN SMALL-TIME FOOTBALL, THE MAN IN THE BOOTH RUNS A THREE-RING CIRCUS
Larry Chabot
September 16, 1985
The quarterback throws the ball deep downfield, and as I turn my head to see if it will be caught, I stare directly into the face of a cheerleader who has somehow invaded the press box. She's holding a large cardboard carton. Somewhere out there, beyond the carton and the cheerleader, a wide receiver has a gaggle of tacklers in hot pursuit.
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September 16, 1985

In Small-time Football, The Man In The Booth Runs A Three-ring Circus

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?The opposing halfback is stopped upright at the five as the halftime horn sounds. As I start to announce halftime festivities, the tackier gets up and runs off the field, and the runner trots in for a touchdown.

?It is the season opener, a beautiful fall day in the north woods. Because school isn't open yet, there is no band. A record player has been brought in.

"Will you please rise for the playing of our national anthem," I intone.

Hundreds rise to their feet, hands over hearts, facing a flagpole that unaccountably has no flag. The music crackles out. Halfway through, people begin to catch one another's eyes, and there is some scattered giggling. Something is wrong. Below the booth, a wag starts to sing loudly in tune with the music: "God save the Queen...."

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