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February 22, 2012

Barkley: 'I Cannot Believe How Bad the NBA is Right Now': "As an NBA fan I want to apologize to the fans. I cannot believe how bad the NBA is right now. I'm a fan first and foremost; watching the NBA right now, I'm embarrassed about the product we're putting out there right now. It's no fun for me to watch these games. I feel bad for the fans. ... They have all these built in excuses about it's the lockout. Let me tell you something: If these teams played once a week, they would still suck. You watch one of these teams, and if they rested for a week they would still suck." -- Charles Barkley earlier this month on ESPN 1000 in Chicago

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:19 PM - 30 comments

I missed this earlier, but I thought it was interesting. Barkley got a little happier later after Jeremy Lin became a lincredible linsation.

posted by rcade at 03:22 PM on February 22

after Jeremy Lin became a lincredible linsation.

Stop.

Please, stop.

posted by grum@work at 03:31 PM on February 22

linStop.

linPlease, linstop.

posted by NoMich at 03:48 PM on February 22

Happy belated birthday, Charles.

posted by beaverboard at 04:42 PM on February 22

Did he see Durant's 50-point game? With the 40 from Westbrooke and the triple-double from Ibaka? I love watching the Thunder.

posted by bperk at 04:55 PM on February 22

lingrum, is a bit lingrumpy.

posted by bperk at 05:09 PM on February 22

He needs a liniment.

posted by rcade at 07:00 PM on February 22

Maybe he should listen to some linLinkin Park.

posted by NoMich at 08:01 PM on February 22

grum, your jeremiad was lindefensible.

posted by jeremias at 08:04 PM on February 22

if grum's choice of sports teams is any lindication, we should all stop linsitigating him with these linsipid jokes

posted by kokaku at 08:17 PM on February 22

Oh lord, what did the grumster do to deserve this onslaught?

I had thought that here at this hallowed site, we would all be able to resolve our differences amakerably.

posted by beaverboard at 08:33 PM on February 22

I'm pretty sick of the puns too.

posted by insomnyuk at 09:31 PM on February 22

Lincidentally, though, I lincerely hope that the US Olinpic team does well this summer in Lindon (too much?).

posted by mikemacman at 10:41 PM on February 22

This is Harvard for me to understand.

/is that the door?

posted by owlhouse at 11:46 PM on February 22

Yeah, the adding an "L" to anything starting with "in" is just lazy. Work harder, people! I know the right situations need to arise, but here are some real deal headlines or turns of phrase that just might be coming to a newspaper or broadcast booth near you if things fall into place just right.

Headline when Lin gets his nose broken and goes full-on Rip Hamilton shield: "Mask-U-Lin"

Headline when Lin gets a 5-game suspension after getting in a massive brawl at a Vietnamese restaurant on a trip to Golden State: "Pho-Lin Angel"

Headline from exasperated travel writer returning from Turkey where ubiquitous car advertisements featuring Jeremy Lin really ruined his trip: "Istanbul was Constant Lin-Opel"

Gus Johnson's broadcast partner when describing Lin's game, and asked to repeat himself: "I said 'Cunning Lin,' Gus."

posted by holden at 12:22 AM on February 23

That is the part of The Bugle I really try to ignore. Nice work.

posted by yerfatma at 08:44 AM on February 23

中国双关语

posted by geekyguy at 09:59 AM on February 23

That's just turrible...

posted by MeatSaber at 10:16 AM on February 23

In response to the headline "When Will the Linsanity End?"

"Right Now"

-- Eddie Van HaLin

I will go back to my room now

posted by FilMcRevis at 10:43 AM on February 23

Jesus, Holden. I don't know whether to applaud, or to hate you.

posted by hincandenza at 12:15 PM on February 23

To go along with geekyguy's comment, Language Log's analysis

posted by kokaku at 12:41 PM on February 23

I think the basketball has been fine so far this year. What has really been a dissapointment has been the Shaq/Barkley studio combo. Mostly Shaq's fault.

posted by tron7 at 01:35 PM on February 23

They should never have added Shaq. Webber was far better in that role.

posted by bperk at 02:44 PM on February 23

Good thing this is an electronic medium instead of print, otherwise we'd wear out a Linotype machine with all these puns.

posted by Howard_T at 03:27 PM on February 23

Need a little liniment after stretching for that one, gramps :)

posted by yerfatma at 04:15 PM on February 23

...yet I continue to read the new posts.

On the other hand, nice try, tron

posted by tahoemoj at 06:05 PM on February 23

The never-ending frustration of not being able to come up with a good solid pun is just so depressing. I feel like a failure.

(I orlinginally wrote "depressling" but had to delete it. It was turrible.)

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:36 PM on February 23

Don't feel bad, Weedy. You lin some, you lose some.

posted by rcade at 08:04 PM on February 23

We've lost grum for gooden, haven't wie?

posted by NoMich at 08:16 PM on February 23

Don't worry about grum, he's laughing on the linside.

Sorry holden, I don't work harder.

posted by tselson at 10:55 PM on February 23

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