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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Happy 50th, Charles Barkley!

I had the pleasure of driving home last night from work and listening to Philadelphia's 97.5 FM sports talk.  The host featured clips from Mike Missanelli's interviews with Charles Barkley over the years, and there were some hilarious quotes.  Charles waxed eloquent on his poor supporting cast when he played in Philadelphia (among them Charles Shackleford and Armon Gilliam) his views on giving autographs while in a restaurant, and when to do so and about stopping giving money to relatives.  I wish I had a "best of" podcast that I could download and take on my next long flight, as they were that funny.

And that got me to remembering a story about Charles, Rick Mahorn and the late Manute Bol.  I won't tell the story here, but suffice it to say that this link does it some (if not total) justice (as the video "ruins" a potential surprise).

There is a broader, grander celebration planned for the "best player of all time" -- Michael Jordan, but perhaps there should be the roast to end all roasts for perhaps the most quotable and hilarious player of all time, Charles Barkley.

Happy 50th, Charles!

2 Comments:

Anonymous George C said...

My favorite Barkley line occurred at a celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe. He took a big bow before 100 or so fans gathered at the first tee, then whiffed, producing gasps from the throng. Barkley stepped back, turned to the crowd and stated matter-of-factly, "Man, this is a tough course..."

5:10 PM  
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