Jeff Pearlman

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I’m spending the next couple of days at my parents’ house. Last night was digging through old pictures. Came across this one …

I’m the dork in the front row, second from the right. I actually remember that shirt, because it was Star Wars, which I loved. But I’m not here to talk about 6-year-old Jeffie.

I’m here to talk about Skip.

Skip was my counselor. The big guy in the middle. I don’t remember too much about Skip, save for his long brown hair and “Groovy, maaaaan …” genre of speak. At the time, I probably could care less. Take me to the boats, hook me up with a basketball court—I’m good. However now, as a parent, I can only imagine what that first day of drop-off was like.

Mom: “Hello, I’m Joan Pearlman. This is my husband, Stanley. And this here is Jeffrey—he’s in your group.”

Skip: “Righteous.”

Mom: “Uh, yeah, soooo, he’s allergic to penicillin …”

Skip: “Yups. Penicillin.”

Mom: “And he still wets his underwear, so he needs to …”

Skip: “Wait! Hold still …”

Mandi (screaming from aside): “Skip!”

Skip: “Mandi!”

Mandi: “Skip!”

Skip: “Mandi!”

Mandi: “I’ve got some crazy shrooms in my …”

Skip: “Mandi, I’m talking to John’s mother here …”

Mom: “Skip, his name is Jeffrey …”

Skip: “Right.”

Mom: “Skip, Jeffrey needs to be brought to the bathroom eve- …”

  • Jim

    Skip looks freakishly large

  • Bobby Fetter

    You are just stereotyping Skip because he has sort of long hair that looks out of style now but was a contemporary look for young men in the late 70s. I bet he was nothing like that at all. This is by far one of your weakest blog entries to date.

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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