Friday Follies: When Life Hands You Lemons . . .

you should juggle them. Obviously.


UT basketball coach Abe Lemons, who was actually funny, seems unimpressed with Rice student wit. This has to be circa late 1970s.

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8 Responses to Friday Follies: When Life Hands You Lemons . . .

  1. Melissa Crowfoot Keane (Jones '72) says:

    When asked why he wasn’t using the players on the bench, Abe said, “Look at that bench! Would YOU use those guys?” (or something to that effect). He livened up college basketball in Austin!

  2. marmer01 says:

    Wayne Graham tells the story of his cup of coffee with the Mets while Casey Stengel was their manager. Wayne overheard Stengel saying “How do they expect me to win with guys like Graham?”

  3. Galloway Hudson '60 says:

    It wasn’t just Graham. Casey also said, “Can’t anybody here play this game?”, about the 1962 Mets.

  4. Nancy Burch says:

    The photo is from “Clown Night” in 1979. See your earlier post.

  5. Lavelle Ferris says:

    was that after he referred to Autry Court and Rice basketball as a “three-ring circus” – I know that the student body ensured that Rice provided a circus when he came to town! I’m guessing this was that game…

  6. Buddy Chuoke '75 says:

    I really miss the days when Rice basketball was competitive and would play teams that attracted large crowds.

  7. Clark Herring says:

    I believe that clown night was in 1978. I have several pictures I am gign to post on the class of 1978 FAcebook page for our 40th reunion about clown night. My recollection was the Rice basketball coach was substituting 5 players at every whistle when in Austin. Abe Said something to the effect this is a curcus bring on the clowns. Abe still beat Rice but at least the fans were entertained.

  8. nburch2 says:

    After Coach Lemons made the remark, Assistant Coach Butch Estes and I (basketball SID at the time) decided to promote the UT game at Autry Court as “Clown Night” and encourage everyone to come in costume. An AP wire photo of one student juggling lemons in front of the coach made newspapers across the country.

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