Allen Iverson was once one of the NBA’s premier players. He was famous for his toughness, as a smaller player who had no fear of going inside to take on the bigger guys. He was an 11-time All-Star and won the NBA’s scoring title four different times. His nickname was The Answer, and despite all of his accomplishments on the court, he may well be known for just that—an answer that he gave in response to a reporter’s question back in 2001.
His coach at the time, Larry Brown, had made public that he wasn’t pleased with Iverson’s practice habits. With that in mind, the scribe asked Allen, “So you and Coach Brown got caught up on Saturday about practice?”
The following may be The Answer’s best answer:
If I’m hurt, I’m hurt. I mean … simple as that. It ain’t about that… I mean it’s… It’s not about that… At all. You know what I’m saying, I mean… But it’s…it’s easy … to, to talk about… It’s easy to sum it up when you’re just talking about practice. We’re sitting in here, and I’m supposed to be the franchise player, and we in here talking about practice. I mean, listen, we’re talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, we talking about practice. Not a game. Not, not … Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last. Not the game, but we’re talking about practice, man. I mean, how silly is that? … And we talking about practice. I know I supposed to be there. I know I’m supposed to lead by example… I know that… And I’m not.. I’m not shoving it aside, you know, like it don’t mean anything. I know it’s important, I do. I honestly do… But we’re talking about practice, man. What are we talking about? Practice? We’re talking about practice, man. We’re talking about practice. We’re talking about practice. We ain’t talking about the game. We’re talking about practice, man. When you come to the arena, and you see me play, you see me play, don’t you? You’ve seen me give everything I’ve got, right? But we’re talking about practice right now. We talking about pr…”
Thankfully, at that moment Iverson was interrupted before he could let us know if we were talking about a game, or practice. I’m still not clear on the issue. Kind of like what’s going on with Governor Christie and his “scandalous bridge closure.” The media has let countless scandals from the President go by the wayside without so much as a peep, but now, NOW, we have a true-blue scandal. A friend of mine said he thought it was the biggest misuse of power he had ever seen from a politician.
To quote another athlete from way back, John McEnroe,
I mean, we’re sitting in here, and Chris Christie is supposed to be the Governor of New Jersey, and we’re talking about traffic. I mean, listen, not the IRS targeting conservative groups, but traffic. Not Lois Lerner taking the 5th in front of a Congressional hearing for her part in the IRS scandal, but traffic. I know Governor Christie is supposed to lead by example by taking responsibility and firing the person who sent the emails to shut down the GW Bridge like he did… I know that… And I’m not shoving it aside, you know, like it don’t mean anything. I know it’s important, I do. I honestly do. But we’re talking about traffic, man. What are we talking about? Traffic? We’re talking about traffic, man. We’re talking about traffic. We’re talking about traffic. We ain’t talking about Benghazi, where four Americans were murdered on the anniversary of 9-11, despite numerous requests for added security. We’re talking about traffic, man. When you come to New Jersey, you know that Christie was re-elected by a huge margin as a Republican in a very blue state. You know that the media and the Left see him as a huge threat to Hillary in 2016. You’ve seen Christie give everything he’s got, right? But we’re talking about traffic right now. We talking about tr…”
To be fair, there are those on the Right who are also not fans of the Jersey Governor. If those on the Left and those on the Right hate you equally, you’re probably either doing a good job—or you’re a mime. Chris Christie is a lot of things, but being a mime isn’t one of them. In fact, he’s known for speaking his mind and not holding back (not exactly Marcel Marceau’s strength).
It’s this bombastic approach that ticks off those on both sides of the aisle. He makes friends. He makes even more enemies. That’s what happens to opinionated loudmouths. The media has been waiting for something to come up on Christie for years and now they’ve got it. A huge traffic jam that was instigated by one of his top aides.
Stop the presses! Or actually, put on the brakes!
And once this traffic update passes by, let’s get back to the news, like what happened in Benghazi. Or who’s responsible for ObamaCare’s failure. Fast and Furious, anyone? The IRS? Pick a scandal, any scandal, and then tell me…Who’s in charge here?
To quote Mr. McEnroe one last time,
Scott Johnston – NEWSslinger Contributor
A longtime television Sports Producer/Writer, Scott Johnston is turning his attention away from baseball, football, and tennis and towards his favorite other sport: politics. A husband and father of two, Scott lives just north of Boston in the very blue state of Massachusetts. He writes about things other than politics in his blog . Originally from Southern California, Scott and his family moved to the Northeast almost 10 years ago and enjoy it very much, other than the winters and the politicians, both of which he finds cold, long (-winded), and hard to take.