John bustled through the door of the Three Wolf Bar and Grill, shaking the snow from his parka. The floorboards there were warped and discolored under the mat, yellowed and smooth, and this continued along the wall and under the pegboard where he hung is parka by the hood to dry like the half-dozen or so others beside it. The Three Wolves was hot as always, and most of them were dry already. He stuffed his knit cap into the pocket before shuffling to his usual booth in the corner, where he ordered a dark beer and bowl of beer-cheese soup. This, to fight the cold that tends to run deep to your bones in the early part of the year. He took a small notebook from his back pocket and laid it carefully on the table, flicking it open by the ribbon that held his place. On it, he’d written four names in rough pencil.
Rose Clara Esther Lily
He still could not pick a favorite. But it might have meant something that two of the four were names of flowers. The bar was half empty. As were the patrons. His waitress was named Maggie and he’d know her since they were children. She didn’t acknowledge him when she brought his soup and his beer, but he said thank you anyway. John sipped the brown foam from the top of the glass, and then sucked the excess from his mustache. He stared at the names on the page, smiling now.
“It ended in the strangest of ways. Marquis Teague was the beneficiary of a really soft foul call on UNC, which sent him to the line up 73-72 with 21 seconds left in the game. Teague missed the front end of the one-and-one. North Carolina set up a quick post entry to Tyler Zeller, who had it stripped in the paint. The ball flew into John Henson’s hands on the baseline. With nine seconds left — probably too early, but Henson seemed to have an open look — the lanky forward shot a jumper … which was spectacularly blocked by equally lanky UK freshman forward Anthony Davis. That’s when things got really weird. Davis grabbed the ball and swallowed it up, and instead of fouling immediately — there were about five seconds left when Davis was standing immobile with the ball — the Tar Heels, seemingly shell-shocked, just left Davis alone. By the time UNC realized it had to foul, Davis had dumped the ball to Teague. The controversy didn’t end there — Teague traveled in celebration before the clock had expired. There was barely any time left, but by all rights, UNC should have had another possession.”—North Carolina-Kentucky demands rematch - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN