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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: The Impossible Catch, the Unforgettable Drop

By Ken Horn
Oct. 24, 2010

Late in a 0-0 tie a high, deep bomb drops from the sky near the sidelines inside the Texas A&M 5-yard line. No one expected Noble Doss of the University of Texas football team to make the catch. But somehow he made an “impossible catch” that day in 1941, and that is the name that stuck. Because of that catch, Texas scored the only touchdown in a legendary 7-0 upset of A&M.

But it’s another pass the following year that Doss dwelt upon throughout his life, one he did not catch. Similar situation, similar pass, easier catch. When the ball floated down to him, Texas would have been up 14-0 against Baylor, a team the No. 1 ranked Longhorns were favored to beat. But Doss dropped it.

Baylor eked out a 7-7 tie.

“That cost us the national championship,” Doss told ABC. “We almost got there, but I didn’t make the big play.”

Doss teared up as he recounted the disappointment. The wound was somehow still fresh … 63 years after it had happened. Until his death in 2009, he remembered the drop. “Not a day goes by I don’t think about that,” he said.

Doss was an athletic standout. He served in the United States Navy in World War II and was part of the Philadelphia Eagles team that won the NFL title in 1948. He was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor and the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. His life had more than its share of distinctions.

But it was always the drop that he couldn’t forget.

Why do the drops haunt our memories, often eclipsing much of the good in our lives?

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious. ... He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. ... As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:8,10,12, NASB).

Whether a failure or a forgiven sin, God forgets our drops. We should do the same.

Ken Horn

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