Homeless Guy Ted Williams Got a Second Chance, What About the Rest of Us?

Wayne TestoriCorrespondent IIMarch 7, 2011

Homeless Guy Ted Williams Got a Second Chance, What About the Rest of Us?

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    How many times in your life have you had one of those “if only I had a second chance” moments?  Wouldn't it be great if you could replay that wrong move or bad decision you've made? 

    Recently, everyone's favorite homeless man Ted Williams was lucky enough to get a second chance.  Hopefully, he will make the best of that opportunity.

    As for the world of sports, it's filled with countless "what if" and "if only" moments. 

    Here are five of them with suggestions on how to re-do these incidents that are forever locked in time.

The Play

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    The Moment:  During a 1982 game against the University of California, the Stanford Band rushed onto the field, subsequently interfering with the play and allowing the other team to score with only seconds on the clock.

    Second-Chance Suggestion:  Stay in the stands until the game is over, and if you must send a band member marching onto the field, this time instead of a trombone player, make it the guy holding the tuba.

Agony of Defeat

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    The Moment:  Know around the globe as the Wide World of Sports “Agony of Defeat” guy, Slovenian ski jumper Vinko Bogataj etched his name in our memory with just one jump, or should I say, attempted jump.  Unfortunately Vinko's efforts cost him a few teeth and a place in sports history.

    Second-Chance Suggestion:  After falling, Vinko should head directly towards the cameraman who captured these images, thus erasing any evidence of this agonizing moment.

Wardrobe Malfunction

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    The Incident:  CBS Network was fined $550,000 by federal regulators for Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction during the halftime show at the 2004 Super Bowl.

    Second-Chance Suggestion:  Replace pop duo of Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson with everyone’s favorite wholesome, and wardrobe-proofed singing group, Up With People.

Steve Bartman

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    The Moment:  During the eighth inning of Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series, Steve Bartman, a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, reached for a foul ball and inadvertently caused Cubs outfielder Moises Alou the opportunity to make the out.

    Second-Chance Suggestion:  Steve, become a lifetime White Sox fan.


Wide Right

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    The Moment:  In the dying seconds of Super Bowl XXV, Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field goal that would have given his team the come-from-behind win.

    Second-Chance Suggestion:  Scott, don’t miss the damn field goal!