by Bob Allen
How about that Super Bowl Sunday night with the New England Patriots pulling out a win in overtime over the Atlanta Falcons after being behind 21-0 near the end of the first half?
According to the announcer, no team has ever pulled out a win after being behind that far in a Super Bowl. And I admit, it looked awfully grim for the patriots at that time.
But soon that score began to get more even when it became 18 to 28 and fans began to cheer. A TD soon followed and the Patriots tied it up with a 2-point conversion. I guess there were many who wanted the Patriots to make five Super Bowl wins in a row. And lets not forget their outstanding quarterback, Tom Brady, who at 39, may retire this year. He certainly didn’t want to end his illustrious career with a Super Bowl loss.
Time ran out and the game went into overtime. A Patriot chose heads for the coin toss, The Patriots got heads and they worked their way down field with steady progress until they scored a TD — winning the 51st Super Bowl game — their fifth.
There is no word, yet, about Tom Brady’s retirement, who was the star of the game and was swarmed afterward by excited fans,
If you like a different game, you got it Sunday night. It certainly is one to remember.
Betty Frankow will be missed
My son Jimmy and I attended the funeral service Thursday for Betty Johnston Frankow at Youngsville Baptist Church. Not only was Betty one of our special friends, but she was the mother of Dexter Horton who became a great friend of all my boys.
Betty was a special friend who loved animals and people for whom she always smiled broadly, opened her arms and wrapped them around you. I was lucky to be one of those friends and I miss her greatly.
When son Greg was trying to get soccer started at then-Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, he ran into several problems — one of which was finding a talented goalie. He knew of Dexter Horton’s ability and thought he had recruited him, but Dexter didn’t show up for the first practice session.
Now Greg never has been one to fool with and he couldn’t make an exception for Dexter. Besides, he knew he needed to have him for the goalie position. To be good at it, players had to have a lack of fear when that ball comes flying at them. Dexter comes from an athletic family background and had what it takes to be good at that position.
Well, Greg just got into his car and went out to Dexter’s home where he found him playing on his drums. After a few strong words were exchanged, Dexter agreed to come out to practice. It was an uphill battle to get that soccer team going, but in the end, the team won a state championship game in Raleigh.
Greg ran into threats from football coaches saying, “The first football player who resigns for soccer, will be the end of soccer.”
It was years later when I met Dexter in the Fidelity Bank parking lot on Owen Avenue in downtown Wake Forest, and he said, “Did you know it was because of Greg that I got to do what I like best — teach soccer and play my drums with a musical group?”
Oops! I missed funeral for this long-time friend
I am awfully sorry for missing the funeral service for J. W. (Jay) Weathers. I don’t know what happened, but I never saw the notice.
Jay was the epitome of a Southern gentleman and never strayed from it. His lovely wife, “Boots,” was the perfect complementary match for Jay and they usually were seen together.
When I was a 22-year-old transplanted Yankee from New Jersey and had spent four years in the National Guard at Woodbury, I resigned from that armored unit and walked into the Youngsville National Guard office where I met Bob Cheatham and Warrant Officer J. W. Weathers. Both were very receptive to me joining the unit. I will always remember each as very friendly and giving me a warm welcome.
Joke of the week
A gypsy fortune teller told a client, “You will be poor and unhappy until you are 40.”
“And what then?” asked the client expectedly.
“Nothing,” the fortune teller said, “by that time you’ll be used to it.”
—Bob Allen, publisher emeritus of The Wake Weekly, invites your comments or suggestions at 556-3059 or email@example.com.