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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports
Jeff Passan
Progress: 153/368 pages

He Ain't No Bum - Update: I've read 137 out of 142 pages.

He Ain't No Bum - O.A. Phillips, Ray Buck

Bum on the 35-5 loss to the Steelers in the 1979 AFC Championship game, during temperatures of 26 degrees and icy rain:


“’The behinder we got, the worse it got.”


“’I hated to play under those conditions but, in all fairness to the Pittsburgh Steelers, it rained on both sides of the football… But that’s part of bein’ a champion. You have to overcome the elements and do good anyhow. I have a lot of respect for them for bein’ able to do that. I don’t like to lose, but I ain’t gonna blame somebody else for it.’”


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