Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Happy 420, potheads!

Hecklers at NBA games are decidedly uncreative and boring. "Hey, Walton, you suck!"

That's the typical heckle I heard during my seven years of writing and reporting about the NBA. It's rare that the heckler makes an impression on fans, not to mention an impression on a player. But it happened once with Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony at a Clipper game.

Anthony was shooting free throws in the first quarter of a game when a heckler yelled, "Hey, Carmelo, look at the clock! It's 4:20. I bet you like that!"

Anthony gazed at the clock and then laughed uncontrollably. Several teammates laughed, too. The heckler countered, "See. I knew it, 420! That's right, man, 420!"

Apparently, 420 is all about marijuana, and if you say "420" to potheads, hipsters or pop culture aficionados, they will know the reference. And, hey, today is April 20, so happy 420 to you!The origin of the 420 reference most likely originated with a group of San Rafael, Calif., teens who met every day after school at 4:20 p.m. to blaze in 1971. Really? Wow. Those were some mighty potheads.

I do not use marijuana and have no pro-weed statement to make. That does not mean I am anti-weed. If I had to choose, I guess I am pro-weed, but, really, it is more of a non-issue to me. Weed usage, to me, is more of a social issue than a political one. I'm in my 30s, and am I really hanging out with people who think weed is important? Egads!

Anyway, I ran across an extremely funny "The Price Is Right" clip in which an obvious stoner repeatedly bids "420" on the items up for bid. The clip makes me laugh every time I watch it, and, of course, when he diverts from his "420" bid strategy and goes "1,420," he would have won if he went "420."

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