Saturday, March 9, 2013
Me and Bill Walton...
So the other night, BWalt was going off about how the Stanford team should be drawing inspiration from "the greatest road win of all time -- Van Cliburn"
Of course, I was the only person in the room who had any idea what Walton was talking about. I drew from my vast well of trivia and explained that Van Cliburn won the 1958 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Russia (our arch nemesis at the time) against all odds -- a Texan winning this competition in the heartland of the Commies.
Van was given a ticker tape parade in NYC upon his return to the States and was a superstar in America as well as in Russia.
Only Bill Walton would make this connection. Which is why you have to love the guy.