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Barkley on Tiger, Kim

October 20, 2009

A dearth of letters today, but an interesting interview with Sir Charles Barkley on ESPN Radio Dallas in which Barkley, who entertained us with his efforts to learn from Tiger Woods' coach, Hank Haney, advises Dallas quarterback Tony Romo on what he might learn from Tiger.


Barkley was asked what Romo should be asking Tiger "about being the best." On the way to answering that question, he addressed the Anthony Kim/Robert Allenby controversy as well:


I think to be really, really good that has to be your #1 priority. That foremost above everything. It is funny you talk about Tiger. I have become friends with Anthony Kim and I was talking to him the other day trying to tell him: Let this B.S. with Robert Allenby go. Nothing good is going to happen if you all are going back-and-forth. The one thing that I will say about Tiger is that when we go out, he can drink. He drinks but he never drinks when he has got a tournament. So I think you distinguish those two. If we are just going to Vegas to screw around or we are just going around, he might have a couple of beers or something. If he has got a tournament, he does not drink. I am just relaying the Anthony Kim story. Maybe Tony can learn that ok that there is certain things that I got to do when I play and everything else has got to be 2nd. You can have fun when you are off: Ok, I got a tournament this week. Tiger won't even do caffeine the week of a tournament. He thought that it screwed up his putting stroke. You know how sometimes caffeine has got you jittery? I mean just simple stuff like that.


Q: What about sex?

A: I sure hope that nobody stops that. I hope nobody stops that.

A wise man, that Barkley, no matter what his golf swing looks like.

--Bob Carney