(see also SALVAGED)
On New Year's Day, 1929, Georgia Tech played University of California in the Rose Bowl.
In that game a man named Roy Riegels recovered a fumble for California. Somehow, he became
confused and started running 65 yards in the wrong direction. One of his teammates, Benny
Lom, outdistanced him and downed him just before he scored for the opposing team. When
California attempted to punt, Tech blocked the kick and scored a safety which was the
ultimate margin of victory.
That strange play came in the first half, and everyone who was watching the game was
asking the same question: "What will Coach Nibbs Price do with Roy Riegels in the
second half?" The men filed off the field and went into the dressing room. They sat
down on the benches and on the floor, all but Riegels. He put his blanket around his
shoulders, sat down in a corner, put his face in his hands, and cried like a baby.
If you have played football, you know that a coach usually has a great deal to say to
his team during half time. That day Coach Price was quiet. No doubt he was trying to
decide what to do with Riegels. Then the timekeeper came in and announced that there were
three minutes before playing time. Coach Price looked at the team and said simply,
"Men the same team that played the first half will start the second." The
players got up and started out, all but Riegels. He did not budge. The coach looked back
and called to him again; still he didn't move. Coach Price went over to where Riegels sat
and said, "Roy, didn't you hear me? The same team that played the first half will
start the second." Then Roy Riegels looked up and his cheeks were wet with a strong
man's tears. "Coach," he said, "I can't do it to save my life. I've ruined
you, I've ruined the University of California, I've ruined myself. I couldn't face that
crowd in the stadium to save my life." Then Coach Price reached out and put his hand
on Riegel's shoulder and said to him: "Roy, get up and go on back; the game is only
half over." And Roy Riegels went back, and those Tech men will tell you that they
have never seen a man play football as Roy Riegels played that second half.
Haddon W. Robinson, Christian Medical Society Journal.
Police stopped a teen-age girl in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, after complaints that a car had
been seen going around her neighborhood in reverse for some time. The girl told police
that her parents had let her use the car, but she had put too much mileage on it. "I
was just trying to unwind some of it," she said.
Oops, The Book of Blunders.
Thomas A. Edison was working on a crazy contraption called a "light bulb" and
it took a whole team of men 24 straight hours to put just one together. The story goes
that when Edison was finished with one light bulb, he gave it to a young boy helper, who
nervously carried it up the stairs. Step by step he cautiously watched his hands,
obviously frightened of dropping such a priceless piece of work. You've probably guessed
what happened by now; the poor young fellow dropped the bulb at the top of the stairs. It
took the entire team of men twenty-four more hours to make another bulb. Finally, tired
and ready for a break, Edison was ready to have his bulb carried up the stairs. He gave it
to the same young boy who dropped the first one. That's true forgiveness.
James Newton, Uncommon Friends: Life with Thomas Edison, Henry
Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel and Charles Lindbergh, 1989, p.22.
A college-football coach was faced with the possibility that his star player might be
declared academically ineligible, so he pleaded with the math professor not to flunk the
kid. "Tell you what, coach," said the professor, "I'll ask him a question
in your presence. If he gets it right, I'll pass him." The athlete was called in, and
the prof asked, "What's two and two?" "Four," replied the player.
Frantically the coach cried, "Give him another chance! Give him another chance!"