I feel like Sarah and I are kind of working different sides of the street lately. She posts probing and emotional interviews with actual professional athletes in which they reveal buried feelings from their childhoods. And I write about pizza coated with toppings and the Calvert-Woodley wine circular.
That’s right, for the first time ever, I’ll be quoting from the Calvert-Woodley 2013 Fall Wine Sale materials. Calvert-Woodley, of course, has been mentioned here before; the venerable Van Ness shop is owned and operated by the family of the Golf Channel’s Steve Sands. But never before, to my knowledge, has the store scored interviews with John Feinstein and Gary Williams in its circular.
I asked an editor if I could post those interviews here, and he said provided I find some sort of value to add. Well, I failed on that account, but I’m doing it anyhow.
I did find this, from a 2005 Eric Prisbell story about Gary Williams. Williams was talking about coaching at American when the Eagles played at Fort Myer.
“It was a pain in the neck for students to come to the games,” he said. “Back then — I’m not sure the school knew it — we would put a keg of beer on the bus as an incentive to go to the game.
There were other creative campaigns. In 1980, the school put a picture of its star, Boo Bowers, on an imitation American Express card, with a message to the effect, “Gary doesn’t leave home without Boo.”
“American Express was really good,” Williams said. “They didn’t threaten to sue us until after the season was over.”
And this, from a 2012 Feinstein appearance on the Charlie Rose Show. He was talking about Jim Valvano.
Best storyteller. And then he would, everybody would leave, because coaches can never sleep after games as you know. And Jim would, rather than look at tape, like a Bob Knight or Mike Krzyzewski he would order a pizza and wine and tell stories. Everybody would leave. Jim would stretch out on the couch in his office and he would look at me and he would say, “What am I going to be when I grow up,” because he was 37 when he won the national championship and felt like he had, quote, “done coaching” and went looking for the next thing.
But neither of those are as good as the passage in the Calvert-Woodley 2013 Fall Wine Sale Circular where Feinstein reveals he once ordered white wine at a Mexican restaurant, prompting his buddies to refer to him as “Chardonnay Boy.” Also, both men love The Palm.