The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


April 21, 2014

A Don McCormack column: If you could go back...

What sports-related ‘wrongs’ would you correct, if...?

Over the weekend, yours truly had an opportunity to catch on of his favorite, albeit more than a bit cheesy, movies — “The Final Countdown” — which starred Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katherine Ross, James Farentino and Charles Durning.

Having always been hooked on anything with the time-travel aspect to it, the tagline of the 1980 film more than reeled me in:

“On Dec. 7, 1980, the nuclear carrier USS Nimitz disappeared in the Pacific... and reappeared Dec. 7, 1941... the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.”

Seeing the flick immediately threw me into the wayback machine, which led me to this thought:

If I could go back in time and right a single sports-related “wrong,” what would it be?

“Wrong” meaning, of course the team I wanted to prevail did not emerge victorious.

With that in mind, I came up with a list, and this involves you, Loyal Readers. I want to hear from you in regards to what your “wrongs” would be, regardless of level.

They could be your favorite professional team getting the shaft from officials or umpires, or a college squad not taking care of business, or your high school alma mater losing a heartbreaking contest or even something from back in the days of being on the sandlot.

With that in mind, here are my nominees:

A bad break

I’m 10 years old, living in Middeltown, Pa. and playing for manager Tom Stipe’s Sureheat Fuels in the spring of 1974.

We reach the major division championship series, thanks mostly to the lightning-bolt right arm of speedball artist Melvin Livering.

Just before the best-of-three championship series — played under the lights, by the way — Melvin breaks his throwing arm while messing around doing something in his backyard.

With his broken arm went a bunch of broken hearts... including mine.

We lost the title series in two games.

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