"everybody loves somebody..........sometimes"
absolute gold .. thank you for posting. I laughed knowingly thinking how true.
I enjoyed the part about the senior players giving him a nickname that he didn't much like, but how his protests ensured that it stuck.
The nickname derives from his time at North. There was a movie titled A Man Called Horse starring Richard Harris, a noted film tough guy.
He reminds him of the guys, close-set, slow, and never rattled, who were play-makers on the team. (John Updike, seeing Josh Kennedy in a crystal ball)
Who wouldnt the nickname Horse?!
At a business luncheon up here in Coffs a woman asked him the origin of his nickname. I think she was an AFL noob and her table had pushed her to ask the question judging by their laughter.
John's slightly awkward response was that he was given the nickname because he ate like a horse. I don't think anyone believed that.
"No one, however smart, however well-educated, however well-experienced, is the suppository of all wisdom."