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TNT analyst and former 76ers star Charles Barkley threw some misguided shade at Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas for deciding to play in a playoff game while grieving the unexpected death of his 22-year-old sister.
TV cameras caught a visibly emotional Thomas crying on the sideline prior to Boston’s first-round matchup against the Chicago Bulls – a situation that Barkley said made him feel “uncomfortable” as it was unfolding Sunday night. Read more »
Cory Goldman with his son, Eli, and Charles Barkley at the City Ave. Target.
Cory Goldman was shopping at the City Avenue Target with his wife, Jen, and their 5-month-old son, Eli, when he saw someone he knew in the pharmacy department: Charles Barkley.
He didn’t want to approach the Hall of Fame basketball player, but when they ended up directly behind Barkley in the checkout line, Jen decided she wanted a photo of her son with Barkley. Sir Charles said he’d take a photo, and Cory ended up jumping into the picture, too.
“He was the nicest!” says Jen Rosenstock Goldman, a Philadelphia public school teacher when she’s not chatting up Sixers legends. “He was talking to an older woman in front of him about her grandson playing ball. He was just a normal guy buying toothpaste and Diet Coke.”
And the Goldmans weren’t the only ones to see Barkley in the City Avenue Target. A scan of social media shows that if you want to meet Charles Barkley, you might as well just camp out there. Read more »
Villanova won the national championship last night on a Kris Jenkins three-pointer at the buzzer. It was a thrilling basketball game with an incredible finish, as ’Nova hit a three just five seconds after UNC had tied the game on a three of their own.
After the game, TNT shared video of Charles Barkley reacting to the game-winning shot. It’s amazing! Let’s talk about it. Read more »
National Guard stand in front of the Ferguson Police Department Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri’s governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S.
I like Mike Missanelli. I could listen to him talk sports and pop culture for hours on end, and have. Mike is the afternoon host on 97.5 The Fanatic radio station and a fellow contributor to PhillyMag.com. But he is wrong in continuing to use the police shooting in Ferguson as an example of a pervasive racial bias in police departments across America.
Missanelli made his case on this site last week when he chastised sports commentator and Hall of Fame basketball player Charles Barkley because he “didn’t express outrage at the non-indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the confrontational shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.” And because Barkley said “the grand jury was righteous in its weighing of the evidence, and defended police officers as deterrents to even worse things that can happen in the ’hood.”
All of that is true and based in fact. Barkley is right.
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TV personalities Kenny Smith (left) and Charles Barkley watch action from their set during the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium.
What are CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, the Drudge Report, and every conservative radio talk show going to do now that Charles Barkley will no longer be a regular guest on the Mike Missanelli Show?
For the last two weeks, these news organizations have fed like piranha to a gyro spindle on Barkley’s opinions about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, thanks to a bet I made with Charles. The bet was that Barkley would come on my show the day after every 76ers loss and we would donate $200 per loss to his favorite charity. Charles was sure the Sixers were close to a win — he is very supportive of the Tanking Mission the local professional basketball team is on. I, however, felt that the losing streak could stretch out to as many as 30 games in a row, which would have meant a cool six-grand to charity.
We got two sessions in with Barkley before the Sixers stopped their losing streak at 17 games — the all-time record for losses at the start of an NBA season is held by the New Jersey Nets at 19 — but those two sessions yielded a mother lode of material, for which Barkley was either excoriated as a traitor to the black race or embraced by white America as one black dude who “gets it.”
Clearly, when Charles Barkley speaks, the entire world listens, and reacts.
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We know that reader polls are highly unscientific, but oh well: An audience poll of 94WIP listeners found that Philadelphians are more concerned with the losing ways of the Phillies and the Flyers than they are with the Sixers — who, it should be noted, stand to set an NBA record for most season-opening losses this week.
Just 7 percent of respondents said that they’re most upset with the Sixers for losing. The Phillies topped the list, with 63 percent of respondents upset with them.
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Last night, Charles Barkley co-hosted Fox 29’s Sports Sunday with Howard Eskin. It was pretty entertaining. Barkley is almost as good at making fun of and needling Howard Eskin as Howard’s son Spike is. And since he’s actually a basketball analyst and not a general sportscaster, he’s allowed to admit he’s completely ignorant of soccer and was flipping back and forth between the World Cup Final and golf. He also did this, to needle Howard on his height:
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Former Sixers great Charles Barkley plays beer pong:
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Charles Barkley went on the WIP Morning Show today and gave his assessment of the Philly sporting scene.
I was telling somebody the other night, no matter how much success the Phillies have, the Flyers, or the 76ers, Philadelphia is still, in my opinion—in my opinion, an Eagles town. I’ve always known that—I’ve been here since 1984 and this is a Philadelphia Eagles town, no matter how much success any of those other teams have had, people just love the Eagles. Sports is better when the Eagles do well.
Chuck also critiqued Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr., saying: “I can’t pay you when you’re 36, 37, 38 because you’re just a good, solid players. You’e not worth that type of money, you’re killing my salary cap. Listen, people just get older. You know what I always said about basketball, when everybody try to tell me the Knicks were gonna to be good, I said, ‘They old! Old people don’t get healthy, they die!’”
Philadelphia athletes Charles Barkley and Michael Vick have given Sports Illustrated their nominations for the magazine’s “Sportsman of the Year” award. Barkley’s pick: Tennis champ Andy Murray, of course, for reasons that may soon become apparent. “Think about it: Murray is one of the four or five best players in a 10-year period and he happens to playing against three of the best players ever. So when he finally got over the hump, I was so happy for him.” As for Vick, his pick was Olympic gold-medalist Gabby Douglas. “There’s always pressure in anything that you do, just in life in general. So to be competing in a sport you practiced all your life, sometimes that pressure seems to go away and you’re able to deal with it on a different level, so it almost becomes fun. That’s what I saw during the Olympics, when Gabby won gold medals in the individual all-around and team competitions. She was ready.” [Sports Illustrated]