Howard Herman is a sports columnist at The Berkshire Eagle. The dean of full-time sportswriters in Western Mass., he has been with the Eagle since 1988, and is a member of the New England Baseball and Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mark Whipple

Former UMass coach Mark Whipple, center, watches his Minutemen play Temple back in 2015. Had UMass not lost that game on a blocked point-after kick and a field goal, the trajectory of UMass football might well be different.

One game, or even one play, can decide a team’s fate. It could also change the course of a career.

Take Greg Norman’s epic collapse in the 1996 Masters. Norman had four bogeys and five double-bogeys in the final round at Augusta, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.



Howard Herman can be reached at or 413-496-6253.