When August Edmun Garrido Jr. – better known as Augie – died on Thursday at age 79, the headline writers revived some familiar labels.
In the 1993-94 NBA season, as the Houston Rockets soared to the franchise’s first championship, one of the team’s slogans delivered a message to the skeptics: “Believe It.”
Someday in the future, Kim Mulkey’s phone will ring, and the voice on the other end will belong to a representative from the Basketball Hall of Fame. That person will then pass along the news that Mulkey has been waved through into the most exclusive club in hoops.
The coach motioned to the court as he explained his school’s relative lack of success there. “We do well in football, because the kids are coachable,” he said. “Then we come out here to basketball, and the same guys think they know everything.”
The balloons floated just as high as ever. The cake tasted just as sweet. (Or so I’m told. Believe it or not, I actually didn’t partake.) The Momma and Daddy tears flowed just as readily.
As a columnist, you don’t always know what messages will float out into the abyss, never to be seen or heard from again, and which ones might ignite a spark of interest — or even action.
Last year, when the Texas Rangers announced that they intended to build a new ballpark to replace Globe Life Park (aka the Ballpark at Arlington), plenty of Rangers fans asked the question, “Why?” After all, the park was hardly a dinosaur, built in 1994.