These Games Are All About Gilbert
Gilbert Arenas may not have made the Olympic basketball team--instead, he chose to create extravagant grudges against the team's officials--but no matter: this city will not be deprived of Agent Zero as the Games approach. As reported by the thoroughly excellent
Canvas on Backboard Rocky's Summer Olympics Blog, Gilbert is among the athlete artists featured in Adidas's "Sport in Art" exhibit that's touring China and has currently alighted in Beijing.
The artists include Allyson Felix, Tyson Gay, David Beckham, Lionel Messi and the Hibachi. Not exactly Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare, but whatever. And someone else figure out how to make the joke about Gilbert's reluctance to pass the ball and Pointillism.
(Please also read Gilbert's latest blog, in which he responds to the nasty folks who posted those swimming pool pictures. Honestly, I do feel bad that he was put out. Luckily, he recovered from this invasion of his personal life to reveal that he's gonna have eels, stingrays, puffer fish, illegal bullhead sharks ("the No. 1 killing shark in America") a 10,000 gallon shark tank, and, from the sound of it, 53 other tanks.
He also discusses the American electoral system at great length, deciding that "you have this thing called the delegate, then you got the super delegate and then you got the hidden delegate that nobody knows about. If you've never heard of the hidden delegate, that's like when you're buying a car and they say the taxes on the car are 20 percent, and then when you look at your statement, they charge you an extra three, that's the same thing." It's a fairly remarkable piece of work, all in all.)
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