March Madness reaches its peak
This is the week that almost everyone becomes a basketball fan. March Madness has come to its peak with the high school state tournaments over and the colleges ready for the end-of-the-season tournaments. In thousands of offices, other places of business, college dormitories, and wherever, there will be millions of basketball fans filling out their NCAA brackets to try to guess the winners. There will be a lot of close games, a lot of upsets, and a lot of games decided by a team’s ability to shoot free throws.
I want to tell you about Ted St. Martin. Ted, who is 74, has a paved basketball court in his back yard. He wasn’t a basketball player but was an exhibitionist, because he was an accurate shooter. For thirty years he made money performing at home shows, malls, boat shows, at halftime of high school and college games, and conventions. Mr. Martin has the world’s record for consecutive free throws made without a miss according to the Guinness Book of Records. He has held the record since 1972, officially resetting his record fifteen times. The last came in 1996 when he sank 5,331 without a miss. It took him over seven hours at the free throw line.