October 14, 2011
Magic Johnson and Dick Cavett share a bond too few people in this business of show can really understand — the knowledge of just how heavy a burden it is to man the desk of a late-night talk show. This is why they are best friends, as was evidenced by their easy, playful interaction on the red carpet before the Broadway premiere of "The Mountaintop" in Manhattan on Thursday night.
It's basically an Isiah-Thomas-and-Hannah-Storm-type of situation, only one of these people interviewed John Lennon and Yoko Ono and the other gave an unforgettable turn as "Servant" in a Michael Jackson video. I always forget which one did which.
Best caption wins the right to call Larry Bird and inform him that he must kill Dick Cavett, lest he be replaced in our collective memory. Good luck.
Winner, IndeedProceed: When asked to do his Captain Kirk impression, Gregg Popovich immediately ran a very respectable four-minute mile, so as to have the appropriate necessary natural breathless pauses between words, and underarm pit stains, authenticating the impression with the method acting techniques he was taught by Marlon Brando in 1976. Why do that, you ask? Why didn't he just do the same hackneyed Shatner impression everyone keeps in their back pocket for a rainy day?
Because he's Gregg Popovich, That's [EXPLETIVE] why.
Runner-up, Al: It's a trick photo. If you stare at the sweat stains on Gregg's shirt long enough you will start to see a sailboat.
Second runner-up, Russell S: Gregg Popovich's T-shirt: the original inspiration for the Rorschach test.