Football Returns!

First NFL game of the season is tonight. Football comes up from time to time in my work, going all the way back to Hard Rain, and it’s central to the plot of Reality Check, my YA novel that won an Edgar award. There’s also football in the Chet and Bernie series, in Bark To The Future, the most recent C&B, and in Heart of Barkness, and elsewhere I can’t remember at the moment. This is from Heart of Barkness:

We walked onto the field, mostly dirt with tufts of grass here and there. Coach Flowers had moved out from between the two rows of players, now stood to the side. We stopped nearby. Coach Flowers put the whistle in his mouth, sort of nudging the stogie to one side, and talked around them.

“On the whistle, potato heads. Not before, not after. All set?”

He blew the whistle, a sound I hate, but at least I’d known it was coming. The two rows charged each other, thumping together with lots of grunts and shouts, none of the shouts actual words, more like the kind of noise you hear on Animal Planet. The kids finished knocking each other around, picked themselves up, dusted themselves off.

“What the heck?” said Coach Flowers. Or something like that – he wasn’t easy to understand with the whistle and stogie in his mouth. “Call that hitting? Don’t look like hitting to me. Looked like hugging your sister.”

One of the kids said, “I’m a sister, coach.”

Coach Flowers turned to her. “Did I ask for your opinion, Taneeka?”

“Not yet, coach.”

“Take a lap.”


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3 Responses to “Football Returns!”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:45 am on September 8th, 2022

    Good day to everyone! Fall, when a man’s fancy turns to football. Our opinion about football is that this too shall pass.
    Hope everyone is surviving whatever weather is being thrown at you.

  2. B. Stover
    10:35 am on September 8th, 2022

    Way to go Taneeka.

    Good day to all.

  3. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:40 pm on September 8th, 2022

    SNEEZE!…Footbal is Back!…wheeze!…I am so happy! But I have to endure Rio’s emails about how well his Cardinals baseball team is doing….wiffle!puff!

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