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Charles Barkley appears in drag for new Weight Watchers commercial (Photo)

No, this is not a photo from Charles Barkley‘s failed audition for “To Wong Foo.” This is a shot from Barkley’s newest Weight Watchers TV spot, which will begin airing April 8.

We’ve already seen Barkley play Alicia Keys on “Saturday Night Live,” but this new foray into cross-dressing is on a completely different level. Wearing heels, a black cocktail dress, a wig, earrings, gaudy jewelry, and — not to mention — “chest padding,” Barkley will continue promote the message that Weight Watchers isn’t just for women.

Back in January, Barkley had to clarify himself after he was caught saying his endorsement with the weight-loss program was a “scam.” Weight Watchers wasn’t upset about the remark, so it’s unlikely that this is some sort of punishment. This is probably just the company’s way of mixing up its message, because Barkley talking about meatballs has become so played out.

Can’t wait to see wait to see the treatment this gets on “Inside the NBA” on Thursday.

H/T Complex via Los That Sports Blog

Charles Barkley: Kentucky could beat Raptors, maybe the Bobcats

Charles Barkley isn’t exactly a college basketball expert, but he’s trying to play one on TV. Sir Charles has been providing studio analysis after games on the CBS/TNT/TruTV network throughout March Madness. After Kentucky beat Baylor 82-70 to win the South Region and advance to the Final Four Sunday, Barkley called them the best team in the country.

“Nobody can beat this team,” Barkley said on CBS. “The Toronto Raptors can’t, the Bobcats maybe. But there’s nobody in this NCAA tournament that can beat this team.”

Chuck may have been exaggerating to prove his point. Why would he choose Toronto when four teams, including Charlotte, have a worse record? I doubt he really believes this team could beat one full of pros, but hey, Charles says a lot of crazy things on air, and that’s why people love him, or love to hate him.

H/T Sports Grid via Off the Bench
Photo Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Jim Boeheim: Charles Barkley is an idiot

When the 2012 NCAA tournament comes to a close, many of us will remember it as the year of the lane violation. You can go an entire season without seeing a single call for a lane violation on a free throw, yet we saw it during a round of 64 game and a round of 32 game already this year. Both times, the call may have affected the outcome of the game. Jim Boeheim’s squad was the beneficiary of the first lane violation that was called, and Charles Barkley — along with many other people — was critical of the official who called it. As expected, Boeheim doesn’t think very highly of Barkley’s opinion.

“Charles is an idiot,” Boeheim said during an interview with 1260 The Score in Syracuse. “You have to call calls. If they’re there, you have to call them. If a foul occurs or whatever happens, you have to call it. It’s as simple as that. If referees start doing that, we’ll have a chaotic situation. They have to make the calls that are there. If it’s a little touch foul away from the ball, a good referee won’t call that.”

Boeheim certainly isn’t the first person to insult Barkley and Sir Charles does say some completely idiotic things, but I tend to agree with him on this one. It’s easy for Boeheim to say that call has to be made when it may have saved his team from historic embarrassment, but if it has to be made then why is it never made the countless other times it happens?

As LB mentioned in an earlier post, any official that makes this call should be calling all the carries, travels, and blatant fouls that they let go constantly. Boeheim says it’s good if they don’t call a “touch foul,” but what’s the difference between a “touch foul” and a borderline violation that always happens and is never called? In both instances the call was the right one but didn’t have to be made.

Charles Barkley finally couldn’t handle the ‘Hardcore Pawn’ Ads (Video)

What took you so long, Chuck? As you know, truTV has been hosting much of the NCAA tournament action this year for a second year straight. Charles Barkley has also returned as an analyst. As you may or may not know, there is a show on truTV that is called “Hardcore Pawn.” Much like the show “Pawn Stars” on the History Channel, we understand the play on words. On Sunday night, the hilarity of the show’s title finally became too much for Barkley to handle, as he told his fellow broadcasters that he knows what he’s watching tonight after the ad came across the screen. He then corrected himself and said, “Oh sorry, wrong spelling.”

“I saw four letters and got excited for a second,” he continued as his colleagues cracked up laughing. At least they thought it was funny.

Thanks to Awful Announcing for the video

Charles Barkley thinks Baylor has some ugly uniforms

It seems as if nobody is a fan of Baylor’s neon yellow uniforms, except for maybe adidas, which is getting plenty of notoriety from them. The Baylor uniforms were unveiled earlier in March along with the creative tournament threads of Cincinnati and Louisville. Kansas coach Bill Self already shared his negative thoughts about the human highlighter sticks, and now Charles Barkley has.

“Those are some ugly uniforms,” Barkley said during a CBS/Turner Sports break in the Bears’ opening-round NCAA Tournament win over South Dakota State. “If you’re going to wear those ugly uniforms, you’ve got to play well.”

Baylor was able to silence Self by beating Kansas in the Big 12 tournament, but like Barkley says, they have to continue playing well to back them up. They’ll have to — their ugly colors aren’t doing anything to help them with recruits. But if there’s one consolation for Baylor in this criticism from Barkley, it’s that at least he didn’t call the players ugly.

Photo Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Dwight Howard does Charles Barkley impression, would do Shaq but he needs captions (Video)

Dwight Howard is used to fielding questions from reporters about leaving the Magic via trade or free agency. When reporters in Chicago asked him for an impression of Charles Barkley, he happily obliged. They then asked for an impression of Shaq, but Dwight came back with the perfect retort “I don’t have captions.” Ahh, the glorious feud between Shaq and Dwight Howard continues.

Thanks to the Orlando Sentinel via Mentality Magazine

Charles Barkley: Whoever ratted Gregg Williams out for bounties is a ‘punk’

As is the case with any other major sports scandal, the opinions about Bountygate are rolling in at a rapid pace in the wake of the news breaking on Friday. Some are outraged while others consider bounties on opponents to be a part of the game. Not surprisingly, Charles Barkley is a member of the latter group. Not only that, but Barkley is outraged that someone would even come forward and rat out Gregg Williams.

“You have to be a punk to snitch that out,” Barkley said Monday on the Dan Patrick Show, according to Pro Football Talk. “That’s like giving a reporter an anonymous quote. That makes you a punk, if you do anonymous, but also, you don’t bring that out x amount of years later. I mean you don’t compete in it if you don’t want to be in it. But I’ve seen at least three or four well-known NFL players say all teams have bounties. So I’m glad they came to Gregg Williams’ defense. Because I’m pretty sure all teams have that.

“In the heat of an NFL game, when guys are trying to make tackles, you’re always trying to hit the guy as hard as possible. I think you always want to knock the best players out of the game. I want to get Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady out of the game. That’s better for my team. Do I want to hurt them? No, but I want to hit them hard. That’s better for my team.”

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