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Gary K. Wolf

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 1975 by Gary K. Wolf


Friday, December 31, 2010, 7:55 P.M.

Sitting on the floor next to a practice bag full of footballs, T.K. takes one last riff through his play book, making some inconsequential notations in the margins as he goes.

For what must be the hundredth time in the past hour, he pulls out and studies his Boston street map, paying particular attention to the area bordered by Cambridge and Mt. Vernon Streets on the north and south, Bowdoin and Charles to the east and west.

Coach Carrerra enters the locker room and wordlessly hands him the latest weather forecast. Not too different from the weather of the last few days, bitter and bone-chillingly cold. The temperatures will range from fourteen above zero at the start of the game to thirty degrees at the game's midpoint, to a frigid five above when the game concludes tomorrow midnight. The chance of snowfall has declined from 50 to 30 per cent, but there'll still be great quantities of it on the street left over from last week's tumultuous storm.

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