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Morning Mail: Charles Barkley says Kentucky could beat the Toronto Raptors

Mar 26, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT


Is it just me, or does Charles Barkley appear to have taken an enormous amount of cold medicine right before he goes on the air during the NCAA basketball tournament? I usually don;t pay attention to what he’s saying, because I’m watching to see whether he’ll fall asleep in mid-sentence.

But on Sunday I was listening as Barkley said this following Kentucky’s win over Baylor to reach the Final Four. Barkley on Kentucky:

“Nobody can beat this team. The Toronto Raptors can’t, the Bobcats maybe. But there’s nobody in this NCAA tournament that can beat this team.”

Video here.

Rather than try to decode the quote and figure out why Charles doesn’t like the Raptors (who actually have a better record than the Bobcats), let’s just say that he’s at the point in his career where he’s not even really listening to himself.

Has even Barkley wearied of Barkley? I just checked the player list for the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe, and Charles hasn’t yet accepted his customary spot there, where’s he’s been a fixture for more than a decade. I’m starting to get concerned.


What you missed while wondering if Hitler rinsed and repeated  …

  • A South African cricket player was sent to the hospital after being hit in the groin with the cricket ball during a test match with New Zealand. Please make up your own joke, using one or more of the following cricket terms: wicket, all-rounder, bang it in, dibbly dobby, breaking the wicket, no-ball, dink, popper, stump, sweep spot.

Meanwhile, in Mexico City …


Needs five backup cardinals with guitar and brass section.

  1. grizzfan - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    I love Charles but that is rediculous, there is NO WAY a college team could ever beat a pro team in either basketball or football. Every player on the Raptors or Bobcats is in the NBA, not every player on Kentucky will play in the NBA.

    • florida727 - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Maybe only because the Raptors (or Bobcats) bench would be deeper. Starting 5 v. starting 5, it might be closer than most people think. Of course, if Louisville or the OSU/Kansas winner beats Kentucky, then all this talk becomes moot. The coronation as “best team ever, or at least since…” will come to a grinding halt.

      • trbowman - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        No it wouldn’t even be close. I hate it when people make these comparisons, I’m surprised Barkley is.

        UK has a few NBA caliber players, the Raptors and Bobcats have a full roster of NBA caliber players. Wouldn’t even be close.

      • passerby23 - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:23 PM

        I echo the argument that it wouldn’t even be close. It’s funny that people forget that EVERY NBA team is chalked full of guys who were star college players or stars in their native countries. Look at the Raptors: Jeryd Bayless (star at Arizona), Ed Davis (star at North Carolina), Demar DeRozen (star at USC), Solomon Alabi (defensive force at Florida St.), and so on. It’s just a ridiculous comparison.

        Not only that, but these NBA players who were former college stars now have more experience, have gotten stronger, and are developing into their primes. Kentucky would not come within 50 points in any game in a 7-game series against the worst team in the NBA. It would take all of 5-10 minutes for Kentucky’s star players to get in foul trouble. Game over.