Barkley Beats Bavetta In Epic Race
-What if Bavetta dropped dead during the race? Barkley, too. Talk about a PR nightmare.
-Shaq, who needs to come up with better gadget shoes, likes Chuck's chances in the race.
-The fans are clearly in Bavetta's corner. We are told by TNT that Bevetta goes by the name of "Seabiscuit".
-Barkley is "The Black Rhino". Amazing.
-Barkley is wearing a gold chain. Confident-looking, and fat.
-Bavetta looks deadly serious. When he takes off his pants and reveals legs that have no business being attached to a 67-year old man, I start to worry about Chuck's chances.
-Barkley begins by cheating. He takes a couple of false starts. I think he did it on purpose. Might have thrown Bavetta's timing off. Barkley is like Arenas: Funny, outrageous, but a guy who'll do absolutely anything to win.
-When the race begins, it's clear that Barkley is going to win. And win in convincing fashion.
(Did you really think a guy who played pro ball would lose to a ref? Come on, now! Never forget that this was one of the most competitive players of his era. I'll bet he trained like a madman before the race.)
-When the outcome is no longer in doubt, Barkley starts running backwards before tumbling. Bavetta actually dives towards the finish line, Pete Rose style. Awesome! I'm just glad both of them made it out alive.
-Inexplicably, Bavetta and Barkley decide to kiss on the lips after the race. Eat your heart out, Tim Hardaway!
All in all, a hilarious, exhilarating display. And it's for a good cause ($50, 000 to the Boys And Girls Club.)
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