By Austin Murphy
After fifteen years as a activities Illustrated author, pleading for interviews with huge males in ownership of bigger egos, Austin Murphy makes a decision to bail out. The time has come, he concludes, to fly underneath the radar of big-league activities, to whereas away a season with the Johnnies. So, he strikes his kinfolk to the center of Minnesota to chronicle a season at St. John's, a department III application that has reached unheard of luck below the unorthodox assistance of John "Gags" Gagliardi. The candy Season is an account of what occurs while a relations pulls up stakes and spends months in an odd and lovely position. it's also, now not by the way, the tale of the main really good soccer software within the state, run via a smiling sage who has forgotten extra concerning the online game than such a lot of his friends will ever understand.
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Joe for quarters. I’ve seen it happen. We don’t let this stand in the way of befriending them. We don’t 38 / THE SWEET SEASON allow their inability (advanced degrees notwithstanding) to grasp the meaning of the phrase “please empty lint filter” to erode our goodwill toward them. We’re bigger people than that. Besides, we’re lucky to be here. They are doctorate-holding, fabric-mending scholars doing serious academic work, crumbling barriers so that people of all faiths may someday be united, like in that song by John Lennon.
Everything about him seems anemic, right up until the moment he comes out of his stance. Chad is probably the most talented offensive lineman in the conference. Unfortunately, he has the work ethic of a threetoed sloth. “I guess I could be really good if I worked at it,” he speculates. The problem is, you can’t get him in the weight room without tranquilizer darts and a fork lift—or unless you tell him representatives of Brunswick are in there holding a half-price sale on bowling equipment. (Every Friday night, Chad bowls in a league for his team, Summit Excavation; he is far more passionate for that sport than for the one that got him into St.
Even though the new coach had not taken a vow of simplicity, as had the AUSTIN MURPHY / 11 Benedictines, the monks were reluctant to indulge his request for a television. None of the students, after all, were permitted so modern and potentially decadent a luxury. In that first season, Gagliardi won six of his seven conference games—including a 21-7 thumping of the Lutherans at Gustavus Adolphus—and the cochampionship of the MIAC, the first time St. John’s had tasted the title in fifteen years. Not long after, a television appeared in his room.