Pat Connaughton had a simple strategy when he played Scrabble as a kid.
"He always went for the points," Connaughton's father, Len, said.
The former Notre Dame two-sport standout's approach was altered a bit when he stepped onto a basketball court, where in first and second grade he wasn't allowed to dribble or shoot with his right hand unless his intramural team was trailing with two minutes left. So he developed his left hand, and went for rebounds, too.
"It instilled (in him) that you have to do what it takes to win," Len Connaughton said.
His Little League baseball coaches simultaneously questioned his age and fell in love with his right arm...