a heck of a

a heck of a somebody/something

a surprisingly good person or thing a hell of a somebody/something It's a heck of a deal from a business standpoint. He's a great teacher, and besides that, he's a heck of a nice guy.
See also: heck, of

a heck of a something

a very difficult activity or bad thing a hell of a something We have a heck of a time putting the day's news into a half-hour program. That was a heck of a present – why would anyone think you wanted such an ugly painting?
See also: heck, of
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It's going to be a heck of a series and obviously you can't look past a pitch, you can't look past an inning.
Maybe they just picked a heck of a time to turn the pregame locker room into a Dockers commercial.