A Coach Al Story
Coach gave me $95 and told me the butcher block would cost $75 and that I should bring back the change--if any problems, call him in the Trainers Room (in old gym) and he would leave practice and talk to me. I knew the city pretty well. When I looked at the address, I knew it wasn't in the best part of town. When I arrived at this corner store, which sold meat and other small groceries, two big burly men asked if I was lost or just crazy. These men worked at the store and wore soiled aprons. I told them I was there for the butcher block for Coach Al. They just laughed and had no idea what I was referring to. When I mentioned $75, their interest peaked. They both said, "Oh, that butcher block," and pointed to a butcher block that was still being used behind the counter. They said they would sell the block for $135. I told them I would have to call Coach Al. I called the Trainers Room from a phone in the store and asked Bob (Buff) Weingart to get Coach and have him come down from the practice floor to the phone. Coach got on the phone and I told him they wanted $135 for the block. He told me to offer them $75 and two tickets to the upcoming Classic Tournament. The guy says, "$125 and no tickets." I said, "Coach, you talk to them." Coach says, "I don't have the time. Offer them $85 and two tickets." The guy says, "$115 and no tickets." Coach says to me, "Offer $95 and two tickets." The guy counters with $110 and two tickets. Coach says, "Final offer. Tell them $95 and four tickets to the Classic. Tickets will be at the Will Call Window." The two guys think about it and say, "You got yourself a butcher block." I take the dirty and smelly block as is and head for the car that I hope is still there. Moral of the story: Coach Al was never going to go above $95. How he knew they had a butcher block and that they would sell it . . . who knows.
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