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The clown prince of basketball Meadowlark Lemon died at the spry age of 83.

Lemon had a long career of making basketball be actually entertaining with the Harlem Globetrotters.  

Being the son of the man who invented lemons (Clarence J. Lemon), Meadowlark had plenty of free time to practice basketball.

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Having an octopus for a mother may have given Meadowlark an unfair advantage. 

But instead of going for the pros (because normal basketball sucks), he applied to join the Harlem Globetrotters in 1952.  His interview was mainly him spinning a basketball on one finger for ten minutes.

Lemon was known for the gag where he douse a ref with a bucket of water, then he goes to douse the audience with a similar bucket.  But this bucket doesn’t have water.  It’s filled with…. wait for it… confetti!  Now that’s comedy!

But Lemon’s true fame comes from the Hanna and Barbera Saturday morning cartoon “Harlem Globetrotters.” The series worked to a formula where the team travels somewhere and typically get involved in a local conflict that leads to one of the Globetrotters proposing a basketball game to settle the issue.

Man, if I had a nickel for every time I settled a local conflict with a basketball game… I’d have exactly the same amount of money that I have now.

He also appeared in a “Don’t squeeze the Charmin” ad where Mr. Whipple is way too familiar with Meadowlark’s toilet paper preference:

This hit goes to: Tailgating with Jesus!  Yes, he keeps getting these little, teenie, weenie hits… but, you know, good for him.

Nancy Reagan, somehow, still continues to live.

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Lee Kwang-Soo (Giraffe): 70- (Daniel Fleetwood – 70)

Jami: 60 – (Scott Weiland  -60)

Tailgating w/ Jesus: 40 (Dolph Schayes – 20, Meadowlark Lemon – 20)

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