Sports Memories of my Dad.

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My Dad was a true hero. He was the first American on Omaha Red beech 2 hours before D-Day. I wrote about that on the 70th anniversary of the invasion. He died at 95 three years ago today. There is not a single moment of the day that I don’t think about him and what he stood for. A few days ago I wrote about our pilgrimage to Cincinnati to see the Cubs play the Reds.

There is another sports related memory I would like to share.

Dad and I were playing golf and I was on the green in 2 with a 40 foot putt for a bird.

“Dad, if I make this you should buy me a sports car for my birthday.”

“Deal.” I sank the putt. A month later on my 17th birthday we went shopping for a sport car. We ended up buying a Sunbeam Tiger. Like in every other aspect of his life, he was a man of his word. That is just one more thing I miss every day about him.

Please share your sports memories of you parents here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN. I would like to see them. Thanks.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/thefirstmanonomahared.aspx. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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