My Number One Son is an athlete and sports fan. This lucky kid owns spectacular sports memorabilia. Some came as gifts, and he even caught a ball or two at baseball games. His most prized collectibles include an autographed jersey of his favorite football player, a baseball autographed by his favorite baseball player, and a pair of basketball shoes autographed by his favorite basketball star. You might say, this kid has the best collection in town! Only, the series of unfortunate events that followed the display of each of these prized items in my home leads me to believe that there is some kind of dark magic afoot. Because of big trouble, this display at my house is transformed from a wall of fame to a wall of shame?
Who are these troubled fallen heroes?
1. Giants player Plaxico Burress, who is currently serving a prison sentence for carrying an unlicensed gun that went off and wounded him at a Manhattan nightclub.
2. Yankees player Alex Rodriguez, who is now infamous in the steroid scandal.
3. The Wizards player Gilbert Arenas, who was arrested, pled guilty and is now awaiting sentencing on felony gun charges.
Since this is ‘real life’, I’ll chalk it up to coincidence, or the skyrocketing odds of a professional athlete descending into trouble. However, as a writer, who loves to spin a tale, I can’t help but to imagine scenarios where the a Sports Collectible shop is located on some sort of ancient burial ground. The ghosts look to the inventory of the store for haunting assignments, causing any athlete they haunt to become reckless and paranoid enough to resort to firearms, even shooting themselves in some instances. Or, where a teenage boy with a fantastic autographed baseball card collection stumbles upon an old book of voodoo curses in his grandfather’s basement and begins to read. Unbeknownst to him, the ingredients for assigning the curse – the reading of the hex aloud in the presence of a personal item and an authenticated signature spell disaster for the original owners of those items.
I love it when my creative juices get going. Tell me what you think of those ideas. And, I’d love to hear about strange real-life coincidences you’ve encountered.
Best to you,
Lisa Lipkind Leibow
Author of Smart Women’s Fiction
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