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Needham, Gant colorful as ever

Updated: July 25, 2011, 5:46 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

As I have strolled the beach this summer, I've seen people reading all types of books, from grocery store romance novels to teenage vampire epics to politically slanted Washington tell-alls. But as I settled into my beach chair, these were among the words that appeared in my chosen book's very first page:

"The explosion must have been second to only the A-bomb … five black-powder bombs shot the Chevy thirty feet in the air and folded it in half … I was going upside and backward ...

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