"Last year, between Games 3 and 4 of the Lakers-Bulls playoff series, Marv Albert and I went to a Laker practice at Inglewood High School, which isn't in the best neighborhood in the world. After practice Marv goes to get the car, and I tell him I'll meet him out front. So I'm sitting on a bus bench, waiting for Marv, and a hobo comes along and sits at the other end of the bench. It's 80 degrees, but he's got four layers of clothes, and his Dodger cap is black with grime. I'm staring straight ahead.
"The guy suddenly says, 'So, Bob, do you think the Lakers have a chance?' I tell him, 'Sure, depends on how well they keep Jordan in check, but yeah, they have a chance.' There's a pause. Then he says, 'So, Bob, do you live in New York?' And I tell him, 'No, I do a lot of work in New York, but actually I live in St. Louis.'
"And then he says, ' St. Louis, huh. I understand they're opening a Lord & Taylor in the new Galleria there.' "
Pull up a bus bench, America.