I’m not sure how Skip Bayless is still relevant, or really why he ever was. As a journalist he is the worst of us, existing only to cause controversy — the kid on the amusement park ride who insists on standing up and rocking the cage while it’s at its highest point in the air.
Such people are best ignored — you render them inconsequential by refusing to acknowledge that they exist (and ESPN’s First Take is destroying FS1’s Undisputed in the ratings). But I suppose I might feel differently if Skip were talking about me on television. That’s something I’ve never had the misfortune to experience.
Charles Barkley has. He and Bayless are old enemies. And that’s why this entertaining exchange took place on the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday:
Near the end of the interview, in the midst of a rambling declaration about his love of the radio show, Barkley stopped himself mid-sentence to say, “You know what we should do for ratings? If I get a disease and I’m gonna die, how about you get Skip Bayless in here and I’ll kill him live on national television?”
“I like it, like pay-per-view,” Patrick said, playing the role of straight man to perfection.
“No, no, no,” Barkley butted back in, “just get him in here. Only when I know I’m going to die. … Cause I just want to get Skip Bayless in a room one time and beat him like a dog.”
Without missing a beat, Patrick chimed in, “OK, so you’d kill him.”
“Yes. Only if I knew I was gonna die,” Sir Charles finished up. “Not if I’m gonna live, cause I don’t wanna go to prison. Cause like [Rick] Mahorn say, ‘They would love you in prison.’”
So many people would watch that. And love it. But the big news here i that Barkley dreams of actually killing Bayless. I have no doubt he’d do it if he thought he could get away with it.