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Skip the facts

Gazette staff April 18th, 2012

You know that “Pbbtththhhhh” noise a balloon makes when it suddenly runs out of air?

Brad Gregg

Well, it could be heard all over the blogosphere last week when self-billed “obscure local social blog” The Lost Ogle uncovered evidence that ESPN commentator and OKC native Skip Bayless had, at best, exaggerated certain facts about his high school basketball career. At worst, said comments could be described as, um, untruths from a windbag.

TLO’s reportage April 9 sourced scans from the 1969 and 1970 Northwest Classen High School yearbooks that recorded Bayless — who said he started for his high school team that lost in the state finals, and that he got crossways with the coach because he shot too much from the point guard position — scoring 21 points in 15 games during his senior campaign.

The post was picked up by sports blogs and even prompted Bayless’ ESPN First Take sparring partner Jalen Rose to call out Bayless’ modest points-per-game average. While Bayless did briefly own up to the number, he has yet to publicly address the issue at length.

“In all honesty, the story fell in our laps,” said TLO snark-in-chief, Patrick. “We were forwarded the information by a source in local media who didn’t feel comfortable releasing it. I knew the story would generate some national interest, but had no clue it would go viral in the way it did.”

As for Chicken-Fried News, we’re disinclined to help ol’ Skipper out in this case, as Thunder superstar Kevin Durant said that Bayless “doesn’t know a thing about basketball,” to reporters earlier this month.

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