Topic: "Nine Months PG" (7)
"Sir, I see from the passenger manifest that you're a doctor, in fact you're the only one aboard."
"Well, I'm a Veterinarian."
"A Vet, Ohmygod, now what?"
"What seems to be the problem?"
"There is a lady passenger in the first cabin who is nine months pregnant, and she's about to deliver that baby any minute."
"Well, I've delivered a few horses and cows in my time, so I suppose one more mammal or two can't be a whole lot different. Let's go meet the lady I'm going to know a whole lot better in a few short minutes."
"Oh thank you Dr. Frodo, do you want me to boil some water for you?"
"Why would I want you to do that?"
And so the story began in September of 1990. If the pun will be forgiven, it climaxed when the pilot offered to land the passenger in Richmond. Her response was "I am not having this baby in Virginia."
So said the basketball coach of the University of Tennessee. That's right dear reader, the basketball coach who today stands among the half-dozen greatest coaches of college basketball who, in alphabetical order, happen to be named Auriemma, Krzyzewski, Knight, Smith, Summitt and Wooden. Frodo would like to think her quixotic comment was uttered in defiance of the presence of (Eddie) Cantor, who coincidentally supposedly represents the Congressional District in which she would've delivered her son, Tyler. In truth however, the comment reflected upon her ongoing battle with her chief rival for the National Championship, Dawn Staley and her Virginia Cavaliers. It reflects the rock-hard elegance of a superior coach, and her impact upon the millions of young women whom Title IX skyrocketed to intercollegiate funding.
The 59 year-old Pat Summitt has been diagnosed with early onset dementia--aka Alzheimer's. She announced to her team, all of whom she recruited, that she would continue as their coach on the court this coming year, and for as long thereafter as is practicable. The team members announced that it was not some sort of weepy, girly thing, it was an inspirational diatribe that beat anything the actor Ronald Reagan ever said, even in his best movie.
Frodo admits a big change in attitude, personally. One more contribution by Coach Summitt to all those who have watched her, even with chagrin, and silently admired her strategy and the strength of her leadership. It will be fitting if the team she fields this coming season does find itself able to win "one more" for their Skipper. It will make us all feel a little better, and it is certainly an improvement to screams in the darkness.