This is the story of a man:
He was designing a booster rocket that could put people on the moon. (3)
Every day he would drink a whole pot of hot coffee. (2)
One day he knocked his best mug off the table. (3)
It already had a chip on the rim from before. (2)
But that turned into a big crack because of the drop. (3)
He looked for another cup but all he had was a glass that wasn't clean. (2)
It had a foul grape odor, like a cheap wine gone bad. (3)
The next day he got up at 10 o'clock. (2)
He opened his wallet and saw that he was down to his last buck. (3)
So he went to the bank to get some money. (2)
But when he went in, he saw a dead body on the ground. (2)
There was a robber with a gun to the teller's head. (2)
A guard tried to jump the robber, and things quickly went to hell. (2)
Lead went flying everywhere, and the man took a bullet in the arm. (2)
When it was over, his clothes were covered in blood. (2)
His arm was in a sling and his ear wouldn't stop ringing. (2)
At the police station, the getaway driver cut a deal and sang like a bird. (2)
It reduced his potentially long sentence to a slap on the wrist. (3)
Actually this story isn't really about anything.
Its entire purpose is to hide clues that point to a single word.
The numbers in parentheses are the number of clues in each line.
What is the word?
There is no trick to the puzzle, just trust your gut instinct, and you might be the first to find the answer. (3)
About 25% of the clues are related to sports.