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Friday, November 21, 2014

Bob Knight Roasted by Colleagues

The last time a roast involved ESPN personalities, Dana Jacobson wound up being suspended for dropping Jesus f-bombs. Good thing Bob Knight’s roast went a lot smoother, at least from what we can tell.

Knight was roasted on Saturday evening at The Venue. Apparently 2,500 people were in attendance for the roast which was done by people in-person and over video. Al Hamnik of NWI Times has some of the best lines of the night for us.

From Cardinals manager Tony La Russa: “We went from about 30 player ejections a year up to 70 using Bob’s technique.”

My two favorites came from former Michigan State head coach Jud Heathcote: “Bob and I would meet for a beer after the game — and then the bartender would ask him to leave so they could start happy hour. If I had a terminal illness and just two weeks to live, I would like to spend that two weeks with Bob because two weeks with Bob would seem like a lifetime.”

I’m sure there’s video of the event somewhere and I’m guessing it was pretty strong. The good thing about Knight is that he’s mellowed over the years. I mean who would have ever pictured him appearing in a Guitar Hero commercial 20 years ago?


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