It’s About Dreams Coming True

The Grand Slam tennis tournaments are big deals at Casa de Canterbury and this week marks the beginning of the Wimbledon grass courts championships in London, England; so Teresa and I are listening to and half-way watching the ESPN and Tennis Channel coverage of the matches from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Wimbledon is always held the last week of June and the first week of July which signifies half of the year is gone and Christmas is only 179 days away. It feels like yesterday was New Year’s Eve and the beginning of 2016, but when Wimbledon is upon us, I can’t argue with the calendar.

Last night we watched Game Two of the College World Series in Omaha because we have a South Carolina team hanging on by a thread to play for the NCAA National Championship tonight.  The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers lost the first game of the three-game title series, but in a must-win game last night, they prevailed 5 – 4 in a fairy tale finish that signed off at midnight in our time zone. The “sugar” game as we used to call the decisive contest in a tie situation, will be played tonight and we will watch if our nerves can stand it. We will tune in to see if our version of a Cinderella team can put together the pitching and hitting necessary to win one for the Gipper, or in this case, their coach Gary Gilmore who has been coaching at Coastal Carolina for twenty-one years… a coach who took over a program that practiced and played on a baseball field covered by hole-digging moles when he was hired.

Tonight his team will play under the lights at TD Ameritrade Park in one of the most storied events  in American sports to find out if they can make his – and their- dreams come true. High drama. Great story lines.

No better story lines than the one today, though, that took place an ocean and continent away in the second round play at Wimbledon.  For a young man named Marcus Willis ranked number 772 in the world, his dreams came true as he had his day in the sun (or in this case under a closed roof) when he played the living tennis legend Roger Federer.  Willis’s road to this moment wasn’t easy. He had to win three pre-qualifying , then three qualifying matches to be admitted to the tournament where he played a first-round match Monday against a much higher-ranked opponent; he won for his seventh win in a row on the grass courts.



Pinch me, I’m playing Roger Federer…

Wimbledon Matches Played:

Federer 90, Willis 01


…on Center Court at Wimbledon

Grand Slam Matches Played:

Federer 303, Willis 01


Willis’s Army – his friends who came to cheer him on


Roger easily advanced to the third round


The records will read Federer defeated the Brit Willis, 6 – 0, 6 – 3, 6 – 4; but don’t ever suggest to Marcus Willis that he was a loser today.  As ESPN commentator Chrissie Evert said with a smile in the post-game analysis, “To me, this is what sports is all about…it’s about dreams coming true.” I couldn’t agree more.

Tomorrow, June 30th., the man who taught me to love sports will have been gone for forty years. I particularly remember my high school and college years when my dad and I watched anything related to sports covered by our ABC, NBC and CBS television networks in Houston, Texas. My daddy loved sports as much as anyone I’ve ever known – he was at his happiest when he saw dreams come true in a sporting event.  I miss him to this day.

Luckily, I married a woman who shares my passion for sports and the underdogs as she shares the rest of my life for better or worse. She makes my dreams come true every day, and I feel like a winner.



About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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9 Responses to It’s About Dreams Coming True

  1. Anonymous says:

    Coastal Carolina’s appearance in the National Championship game is not getting the attention it deserves. It is a sad commentary that The State’s leading story on Sunday was that Miss Clemson won the Miss South Carolina pageant. The college world series is one of the great events of the American scene, sports at its finest and most pure.

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    • Agreed. It seems to me the lower the level (high school, college, pros, etc.) of competition in all sports the higher the integrity of the competitors…the players who love the games the most, the games “most pure.”


  2. Anonymous says:

    You ARE a winner, Sheila !!! And I’m proud to know you and Theresa !!

    Liked by 1 person

    • You are also a winner, Anne! I know you shared many years of love and laughter with C.H. who was one of the most fun-loving men I ever knew – I hope being close again to your family has brought you much joy and happiness, too.
      I am a winner for several reasons not the least of which is because I have a few readers who like to read what I like to write, and you are one of those people. It’s particularly awesome because you are also my family.
      Thank you from deep in the heart.


  3. Luanne @ TFK says:

    That is one of the wonderful part of sports–when dreams come true for both participant and spectator. I’ve probably told you this before, but my dear MIL was an insane tennis fan. She would have fit right into the Casa and out cheered everybody.

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  5. Certainly looking like being a very grand tournament!


  6. Such a surprising turn of events! Couldn’t believe Sam Querry eliminated Djokovic – he never beats anybody!! Wawrinka out – all eyes on Murray except Pretty who clings to her hopes for Roger. I fear Cilic will slam that door momentarily.
    Women playing amazing tennis this year – would love to see Serena-Venus final, but that’s unlikely. They have entertained me immensely for 20 years now – Pretty doesn’t like the Williams Sisters, which is ironic given her last name is Williams.
    Life is funny – I love the Slams!!


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