Bill Walton is a national treasure, this we know. And it’s not because he was one of the greatest college basketball players ever. He is. Nor is it because he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was. And it’s also not because he’s one of the most astute basketball analysts on television today. He’s not.
It’s because, ever since he began broadcasting basketball games, the audience has truly never known what words might be coming out of his mouth next.
So was it really a suprise when during Wednesday night’s Gonzaga vs. Washington broadcast that Walton would somehow work in a reference to former Idaho senator Larry Craig?
As you may or may not recall, Craig was arrested in 2007 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after allegedly soliciting a male undercover police officer for sexual activity in a men’s restroom.
During his interview following the arrest, Craig told police he merely has a “wide stance” and was just picking up a piece of paper from the floor.
Fast forward 11 years, and, yep, there was Walton referencing Craig when discussing a foul call with play-by-play announcer Dave Pasch.
Via Awful Announcing…
Pasch: “By the way, just to clarify, the reason they called the foul on Dickerson, as Nowell gets the basket, was, they said, an excessive wide base. They said the base was too wide outside the shoulders, so that’s why they called it on Dickerson, because you can’t get around that.”
Walton: “Well, since we’re right next to Idaho, wasn’t it Larry Craig who had the wide stance?”
Walton: “Beautiful pass!”
Pasch: “Jesper with the entry pass, and Norvell!”
Amazing. Also, very well-played by Pasch to just pretend Walton didn’t say anything.
Check out these other A+ Walton-esque moments that happened during Wednesday’s broadcast.
Never change, Bill. Never change.