With seconds remaining before recess ended, Bernie only needed to punt the ball to preserve victory. The have – nots had never won before, and Bernie knew just the thought of defeat tarnished the pride of his high – hatted opponents.
Unfortunately, the sneakers Bernie had inherited from his brother were always too big. As he launched his foot forward, both the pigskin and his shoe were sent flying above the playground. Befuddled at the appearance of this second object, his teammates watched hopelessly as both football and footwear were returned for touchdowns.
This event proved a microcosm for Bernie’s entire life.