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    Big Game Football Factory Supplies Balls for High Schools

    Big Game Football Factory supplies nearly 90 percent of all college footballs and the vast majority of Texas high school footballs. They're not just your average footballs, they're custom tailored for quarterbacks and teams.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 17, 2017)

    As the playoffs get underway, high school football teams across Texas are relying on everything they can to give them a competitive edge.

    That doesn't always start with the players and coaches.  Some would argue, the equipment is just as important, especially the footballs

    "I wish you could develop a machine, where you just pull a giant lever and make them, " said Chris Calandro.  "But it's not that easy."

    Calandro started the Big Game Football Factory nearly 25 years ago.

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    A baby raccoon and puppy have formed a friendship at Siberian mini-zoo after the raccoon's mother could not cope with five cubs. The raccoon has thrived after the puppy joined its new friend.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    His idea was simple. "Talk to the quarterbacks and decide what kind of leather they like, what kind of laces they like, which shape they like," he said.

    Calandro called some of the biggest names in the sporting goods industry.

    "They all told me 'no,'" said Calandro. "One of them sort of poked fun at me a little bit, like 'get out of here Sparky, we don't do that.'"

    So Calandro did it himself. And now?

    "Darn near 90 percent of all college footballs used on the field are made right here and the vast majority of the local high schools across the state, and across the metroplex, use footballs that are made right here," Calandro said.

    He was told it would never work.

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    A 190-pound, 3-year-old male injured Mastiff is safe after rescue crews in Utah had to carry the injured dog two miles down a hiking trail.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    "I don't know where that guy is who poked fun at me, but I'm thinking about him everyday," Calandro said.

    Calandro isn't just making footballs, he's living out a dream.

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