So this is what happens when you hit a shot from mid-court and win a free car.
At halftime of a recent boys basketball game between Lyons and Hinsdale Central, Lyons senior Brendan Swinehart connected on a shot from midcourt after his name was pulled from a drawing that featured a free two-year lease on a Ford Explorer as a prize if the player pulled out of the bag actually hit a shot from the half-court stripe. Swinehart, a football and track and field athlete, had his name pulled after his mother entered the $2 drawing for him.
Then he stepped up, took off from midcourt and cooly sank a bank shot. No problems.
Of course, making the shot is precisely what started the drama, with Swinehart mobbed by fellow classmates and anyone affiliated with Lyons at the Friday night game.
“When I get it, I’ll probably pick up my friends and fellow (Lyons fan group) Weirdos and give them a few rides,” Swinehart told the Chicago Tribune. … “I’m still waiting for the insurance to work itself out.
“I’m still in shock. The whole crowd came down on me. I didn’t now what to think.”
Among the things running through his head? Free car. In the unique parlance of high school seniors, that’s an even more magical phrase than free burrito or free pizza.