Several sports figures of yesteryear are mentioned in the course of the story. Fr. Fitzgibbon asks if his golfing attire makes him look like Sam Sneed. Ex-pug Jack Slade recalls a feisty nun in his Catholic school with "a right hand like Rocky Graziano." Jack also laments he "never could lick LaMotta," a reference to Jake LaMotta. See more »
[Discussing Eddie's shoplifting]
Now, Father, I know boys. But I can tell you right now that very few of them are ready to be canonized at thirteen years of age.
Father Chuck O'Malley:
I'm not disagreeing with that part of it.
We're all the sons of Adam. I know that. And at Eddie's age, it's not always such a broad jump from the apple in the Garden to a can of peaches in Shapiro's Market.
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