Carl Cook is not a typical Clipper season-ticket holder: For one thing, he's homeless.
posted by justgary to basketball at 01:29 PM - 14 comments
posted by mr_crash_davis at 01:37 PM on May 12
Is it really? I'm not getting that from my end.
posted by justgary at 01:43 PM on May 12
I wasn't asked for a reg. either. Think maybe the People's Republic of Utah is blocking the Times? I heard about this on the radio today. The incident where he got hit is one of the most dispiriting stories I've heard in a little while. This part kind of disappointed me, though: At the Sports Arena, the Clippers often gave him tickets to their sparsely attended games. That changed when they moved to Staples Center before the 1999-2000 season and fan interest grew. Cook, undeterred, said he sold his most valuable possession, a $6,400 sailboat, to help pay for season tickets. Maybe if Frankie Muniz gets word of this, he can give Billy C a call and they can help him out.
posted by Ufez Jones at 02:08 PM on May 12
The Clippers should give this guy a job. He dreams of schlepping towels, washing uniforms and hauling gear alongside Pete Serrano, the Clippers' longtime equipment manager. Or at least comp his season tickets...
posted by MW12 at 02:23 PM on May 12
"probably our most unique fan." Who the hell else is in the running?
posted by yerfatma at 02:56 PM on May 12
Who the hell else is in the running? Bill Simmons.
posted by loquax at 03:00 PM on May 12
"Think maybe the People's Republic of Utah is blocking the Times?" You know, anything's possible. On the other hand, I was at work when I posted that, and now that I'm home I can get there no problem, so maybe the IT staff at work was to blame. On the third hand (I know, too many hands), I am the IT staff at work, so I'm fairly certain it wasn't me. But yeah, now I can read the article, so yay me.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 03:39 PM on May 12
WOW... I cant believe that the guy didnt get a job by the Clippers.... he's obviously got a strong devotion to the team, and seems like a solid worker. Its realyl too bad to see people like him.
posted by redsoxrgay at 03:57 PM on May 12
Its realyl too bad to see people like him. A part of me finds this life appealing. No doubt that the guy has his bar set low but he is doing what he wants. If game worn jerseys are your dress clothes and bicycle transportation gets you to the game -- it don't get no better than that. Good luck to Carl. I hope the Clippers reward his devotion.
posted by Termite at 04:29 PM on May 12
i can't believe they won't give this guy some job. they honor their most moronic and annoying fans and give this guy the shaft (a little hyperbole there). you have your two, token, fanatic white guys doing a cheesy (that's a kind word to describe it) rap at halftime that they show on the jumbotron, but you can't let this guy run the mop over the restricted circle?
posted by ninjavshippo at 04:41 PM on May 12
The Clips should give him a job or at least a new bike! He has invested in them for this long without giving up, the least they could do is let him assist the Equip. Mgr. He said he'd do it for free! How many people out there would work for free in his situation?
posted by bkdet at 04:46 PM on May 12
Before this year, the Clippers should have paid him to attend games.
posted by mustang71 at 04:54 PM on May 12
Great story! Keep on doing what you do. F!!!what everyone else thinks.
posted by zane71 at 08:55 AM on May 13
Great story, thanks justgary. A great reminder that sports are a joy.
posted by geekyguy at 01:54 AM on May 14
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