Jeff Pearlman

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Just so you know …

This is classic, especially coming on the heels of the Spencer Haywood toilet episode.

So, as I write this I’m sitting in a (irritatingly noisy) Starbucks alongside the Staples Center. As one of those REALLY FRIGGIN’ LOUD promotional events, Delta Airlines set up a bunch of hoops, and is hosting a free throw contest. If one sinks four of five, he/she snags tickets to tonight’s Thunder-Lakers game.

I don’t need the tickets (press pass), but I thought it’d make a cool blog post to try. Hence, I waited on a 10-minute line, alongside a construction worker just off the job and a kid in a Bulls jersey. I finally made my way to the front, signed a waiver and stepped up to the line. “Good luck!” the perky blonde in the Lakers shirt said.

I missed the first, sank the second, sank the third, missed the fourth, passed on the fifth. As I walked away, the perky blonde handed me a Lakers pin. I gave it to the kid in the Bulls jersey, who quickly handed it to someone else. I turned to leave, and the perky blonde said, “Jeff?”

I swiveled my head. “Yeah?” I said.

Was she about to compliment my shooting form?

Gave me another five shots?

Slide me into the finals?

Ask me out?

“Just so you know, your fly is wide open.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/cjasonfleshet Jason Flesher

    Haha! Thanks for the Laugh, My Friend…I am Just Glad that i am Not the Only Guy who has this same level of Luck with Perky Blondes! Enjoy the game, Man.

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Once again, Jeff Pearlman has produced an exhaustively researched, elegantly written book that re-creates one of the most colorful and memorable teams of the modern era. No basketball fan's bookshelf will be complete without it.

— Seth Davis, author of Wooden: A Coach's Life