Vincent Gatorix has been rescued from an Oriental Cult and deprogrammed, but, even after months of treatment, still resists middle-class Texas normalcy. In Texas, of course, normal means football-crazy, so his father is relieved and pleased when Vincent becomes engrossed in the vicissitudes of the so-so home pro team, but Vincent’s knowledge of the game, based on an unhappy stint as a high-school quarterback, and the discipline he learned as an athlete and as a Disciple of the Child Guru soon lead him beyond normal sports fanaticism. At the first home game he discovers the crowd can affect the game; at each following home game his knowledge and power expands until he can control the game at crucial moments. This does not go unnoticed: the Sports Announcers, the Players, the teams, the League, the Mob, the FBI, and even the morose President of the USA all seek to discover the reason that the team is unexpectedly in contention. It all comes to a shattering conclusion at the first playoff game, as Vincent’s flamboyance becomes obvious to everyone.
Well, ok there's the only way the Cubs are going to win the series, but this isn't a hook, it's an idea.
You know the drill: drop and give me XYZ.