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The risk when you care about sports

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Do you know the context of this classic “Peanuts” strip?

If you don't, you could ask my colleague over at Huckleberries Online. I'm betting he knows.

Never did buy the “Peanuts” sequence

You know how Lucy would yank the football away and Charlie Brown would go flying?

Did that make sense to you?

No, not the part about the blockhead falling for it every autumn. I'm referring to the depiction of what happens to Charlie Brown after he leg-whiffs. You know, the placekicking physics of it all.

Would he really go sailing through the air? No, of course not. He might get a hyperextended knee. But he almost certainly would remain upright as his forward progress carried him a few steps beyond Lucy.

But I guess it wouldn't have worked for Schulz to have him yell “AUGGGGHHHHH!” as he just stood there visualizing the bitter, lonely life that seemed to be Lucy's destiny.

A thought no one else had entertained

If you have read much about “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz, you know he was pretty screwed up in several ways. (Who isn't, some might add.) But he left us many gifts. And one of them is the idea that a pumpkin patch could be evaluated in terms of its sincerity.

That, my friends, is original thinking.

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