I remember taking an intro to poli sci class back in the day when students actually went to class instead of channeling streaming video of the lecture onto their dorm room iPads.
In this one lecture in particular, the professor mentioned that in Ronald Reagan’s second term as president, only 96% of Americans could tell you who the President of the United States was. That statistic always amazed me.
96% might seem like a high number but this was the man’s second term as Commander-in-Chief. Surely everyone should be able to name him by that point. With over 300 million people in this country, that’s around 12 million that would respond “Duh!” when you asked them the president’s name. These are the same people that now watch a lot of reality TV.
Well, apparently we are just as unfamiliar with LeBron James as we are our nation’s 40th president.
I’m a pretty avid sports fan (in case you hadn’t noticed). I don’t think it’s entirely inexcusable that some random game show contestant has never heard of the greatest basketball player on the planet. Just because I’m obsessed with all things sporty doesn’t mean everyone has to be. Some people have more important things to do with their lives. I just can’t imagine what they are.
On a recent Price is Right episode, we were witness to the perfect dichotomy between the sports obsessed and the sports oblivious. When stepping up to spin that magical wheel, host Drew Carey, who is amazingly still employed, asks one contestant if there is anybody he’d like to say hello to. The man sends his regards to his wife, friends, family… and LeBron James. Hopefully, this guy doesn’t have any kids he failed to mention in the shout-out.
Carey goes on for another minute or two, cracking jokes that aren’t in any way funny, when a woman steps up to spin the wheel. Carey asks her the same question he asked the previous gentleman, if there’s anybody she’d like to say hello to. She sends her love to her family in the audience and her friends back home. Carey, who ran out of jokes about twenty years ago, asks her if she also wants to say hello to LeBron.
She responds with a “who?”
Now either this poor, pony-tailed lady has never heard of LeBron, which is clearly possible even though Carey had just spent the last two minutes talking about him, or she got caught up in the moment, which is also perfectly possible.
While LeBron might not have the marketability of Michael Jordan, he’s still the most recognizable face in the NBA this side of Cliff Paul, who Mother of SportsChump actually thought was Chris Paul’s brother the first time she saw that commercial. Sorry, Mom.
I’m not sure what’s more disturbing. The fact that this woman has never heard of LeBron James, the fact that Drew Carey still thinks he’s funny or that a grown man found it reasonable to say include LeBron James among the list of people he says hello to from a game show.
Either way, it’s clear that all three need a free subscription to SportsChump: the female contestant to be schooled on all things Lebron , the male contestant to make sure he’s got his priorities in check and Drew Carey to rediscover his long lost sense of humor.
Not letting my mom anywhere near “Don” Stockton…
I believe some day , LBJ might be able to walk on water and actually turn it to wine . Can he turn five loaves , two fishes and be able feed thousands ? Because that’s what is being asked of him now, as the Cavaliers seek their first NBA title . Whether or not they can past the Bulls is a question still being asked at this juncture .
Check out the latest ode and let me know what you think .
Your thoughts also on the NFL , MLB , NBA ,NHL and NASCAR being paid by the federal government (Defense Department) to honor military servicemen and women at their sporting events . All of this being done on the taxpayers’ dime ? I was under when it came to patriotism and it being shown it was done of one’s own volition and not the government paying a sport’s hierarchy to give those in attendance that homely feeling of having pride in the country . Is this really the best the country can do when it comes to the political leadership let alone the idiots who preside over these federal agencies ?
Hey! I know that lady! Who’s Drew Carey and LeBron James?
Are you telling me your momma has a thing for Mormons?
Yeah, like you wouldn’t like having Stockton for a step-dad. Heck, you already have the Jazz gear.
LeBron looked pretty good tonight against the Bulls, Al.
And the Bulls looked absolutely horrible.
More on that later.
I always knew you were popular with the ladies.
I’ll tell you one thing. The City of Chicago sure as hell knows who LeBron is. They’re having nightmares about him right at this very moment.
We’re talking “Don” here? Have you seen this guy?!
At best he’s a background character from Reno 911. At worst….he’s staying away from my mom!!
Who ever knew Stockton had a pornographic alter ego?
Reminds me of Greg Kinnear playing Bob Crane.
Gives all new meaning to the word “ass-ist” if you know what I mean.
Boy, this conversation sure went downhill.
Well it’s true, no?