The NBA playoffs got off to such a fun start for everyone's ... well, most people's favorite Auburn athletics legend-slash-world-famous television personality-slash-potential governor of Alabama-slash-gambling addict:
But oh my, how horribly awry things went last night. If you were watching Game 2 of Hawks-Heat, you already know that their Auburn-inspired circling raptor pregame stunt--for God's sake, they didn't even bother to change the name of the bird from "Spirit"--didn't go as smoothly as it does in Jordan-Hare:
A fuller description of the hijinks here. Naturally the TNT crew had plenty of fun with the incident in their halftime show--a cardboard hawk the crew had rigged up descended from the rafters on a string to pester Chuck--and it was all fun and games until Barkley said the Atlanta version wasn't as cool as "the Auburn hawk." Then a moment later he repeated it: "Auburn hawk."
Really, Chuck: "Auburn hawk"? Auburn hawk? AUBURN HAWK!?!?!?!? ARE YOU FACKING SERIOUS?
I've never been so disappointed in him. I'd have rather he referred to Auburn's AD as "Grand Dragon Jay Jacobs," rather he said graduating from the school was so easy a caveman could do it. At least someone on the crew had the good sense to call him out on it: the halftime closed with a still shot of an (the?) eagle with an AU logo in the corner and the words "I'm not a hawk, Chuck, I'm a War Eagle!", but the damage was done.
"Auburn hawk." I swear.