Simple and plain/give me the lane/I'll throw it down your throat like Barkley
"Rebel Without a Pause," Public Enemy
Tonight is the night; the start of a new NBA season. It seems like only yesterday that Kevin Garnett was screaming "ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!" at the top of his lungs in celebration of the Celtics' first championship in 21 years.
While the Celtics try to fend off the challenge of my newly energized Pistons in the East, CP3's New Orleans squad and the impressive-on-paper Houston Rockets look to put a frown on Kobe's face in the West. The NBA's next big thing, Greg Oden, finally takes the court in a delayed rookie season postponed by injury and my former student, OJ Mayo, begins his own quest for ROY honors in Memphis.
Of course, the real competition right now remains the one between Barack Obama and John McCain. With this in mind, I thought that a few words from the NBA's reigning politician, Charles Barkley, would be a most appropriate tie-in for tonight's new season.
Will Sir Charles finally decide to run for governor of his home state, Alabama? If you think that Sarah P. has bought a down home vibe to the political proceedings, just imagine Sir Charles on the stump.