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Cole Griffith is either a noble warrior or a middle-aged hoopster who doesn't know when to quit

Updated: March 7, 2011, 6:08 PM ET
By Jess Walter | ESPN The Magazine

This short story appears in the March 7, 2011 Fiction Issue of ESPN The Magazine.

One day, future archaeologists will dig up the bones of these men, in the rubble of what was once Spokane, Wash., and conclude that here fell a fearsome band of noble warriors. To illustrate his theory, Cole Griffith offers his friends his broken self.

"Fractured wrist, separated shoulder, torn ligaments in both knees -- what else could they think I'd been?"

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