Charles Barkley’s Secret Obsession: Perfectly Vacuumed Carpets

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Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks played two full seasons for the 76ers from 1988 to 1990, but in the fall of ’88 he was just a diminutive guard from UC Irvine who went undrafted and stood squarely on the roster bubble during preseason camp.

With starter Mo Cheeks hampered by a groin injury, Brooks was confident that he’d make the Sixers. But he remained unsure how long he’d stick in Philadelphia. He considered signing a six-month lease in the area at the time — that is until our pal Charles Barkley stepped in.

Brooks told the Washington Post that Sir Charles overheard his conversation with another teammate about signing the lease and invited him to be his houseguest instead.

Already an established star by that point, Barkley lived in a luxurious mansion that blew away the 23-year-old Brooks, who was surviving largely on his per-diem money. Chuck was a great roommate by all accounts — throwing Brooks $100 bills for food and allowing him drive his sports cars. The only problem was his cleaning habits were a bit … obsessive. Read more »

Charles Barkley Criticizes Celtics Player for Publicly Grieving the Death of His Sister

Photo by John Locher/AP

Photo by John Locher/AP

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 »

Want to Meet Charles Barkley? Go to the City Avenue Target

Charles Barkley in a Target

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 »

WATCH: How Charles Barkley Celebrated Villanova’s Win

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 »

In Policing Debate, Ferguson Is a Bad Example

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.

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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I Like Charles Barkley, But He’s Wrong on Ferguson

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.

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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Does Anybody Care if the Sixers Are Tanking?

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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Charles Barkley Co-Hosts Fox 29 Sports Broadcast, Talks Wrestling For Some Reason

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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Barkley: Philly Is An “Eagles Town”

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!’”

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