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SFChronicle Has An Excerpt From Ron Fimrite's "Golden Bears"

H/T to "Wife Is A Troj" for this, but the Chron has an interesting article excerpting Fimrite's "Golden Bears" on its re-release. It was 1982, not long after the famous five-lateral, band-on-the-field, trombone-player-pummeling touchdown that won the 85th Big Game for the Cal Bears. My father, Ron Fimrite, the distinguished Sports Illustrated senior writer, had decided that the time was ripe for a re-creation of "The Play." The inspiration for the living-room re-enactment was the play-by-play recording of Cal's radio announcer Joe Starkey, whose hysterical shrieking about bands on the field and touchdowns was almost as thrilling as the game itself. We would, my dad informed his bemused guests, lateral the cardboard ball five times with Starkey's voice as our guide until we reached the end of the hallway, at which point a trombone player - me - would be bowled over. The ensuing celebration would involve a nightcap.

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