Pacifist Bill Walton Grabs Glock During Broadcast
Okay, so the title was a little misleading. Former UCLA great and current TV eccentric Bill Walton was on hand in Berkeley for the Bears game against #11 Oregon. Usually Walton is a little distracted during games, but tonight, a combination of an unexpected Cal blowout and anniversary of his life-saving surgery sent Walton to the Twilight Zone. Cal was ahead by 20 most of the night, so Walton waxed rhapsodically about the Grateful Dead, Mark Twain, and the instrument of the ages, the glockenspiel.
Bill Walton saying Bill Walton things talking about bears climbing trees, weather, end playing the glockenspiel
— Tony Simms (@R33S33) February 6, 2016
How many people had to look up glockenspiel in the dictionary for the correct spelling after Bill Walton played it?
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) February 12, 2016
Why yes, I did spell that correctly without looking it up. Walton referred to the instrument as "The Chimes of Freedom," and then gave the audience a recital, borrowing Cal's glockenspiel and its player, Isaac Lee, making both stars:
Then he argued with Lee about whether his hat was a beaver or a bear (bear was the correct answer). And of course, the internet totally lost its shit:
BILL WALTON IS PLAYING A GLOCKENSPIEL ON A LIVE BROADCAST AT A CAL GAME THIS IS NOT A DRILL pic.twitter.com/oF1SY50g9Q
— Adam Kadourhe (@AdamKadourhe) February 12, 2016
If you're watching the #DemDebate, you are missing out on Bill Walton doing the Oregon-Cal game and playing the glockenspiel. I'm serious.
— Frank Washkuch (@Washkuch) February 12, 2016
In 3 minutes watching the Cal game, I've heard Bill Walton request a glockenspiel, quote Twain and ask: "How can you believe in anything?"
— Lev Facher (@levfacher) February 12, 2016
Recognize the song Bill Walton is playing? You do? Then please don't drive, as you are high (and may be color commentator for a Pac-12 game in the near future).
David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated, and hates himself for loving Bill Walton.
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