The electron microscope of the media has been firmly fixed on Lapo Elkann, heir to the Fiat car company fortune, since Tuesday night when Elkann tipped the basketball away from the Toronto Raptors’ Jose Calderon. The tip prevented Calderon from keeping the ball in-bounds and thwarted Toronto’s defence of its lead against Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers. Kobe went on to make a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the win, despite being double-teamed. On a slightly unrelated note, Kobe Bryant is so amazing that Aston Martin is making a USD$550 limited edition shoe in collaboration with the all-star.
But wait, who is that to the right of Calderon? And why does he hate Canada’s only NBA team, and the whole country by association?
The man to the right of Calderon is none other than Charlie Day, who plays the illiterate, paint-huffing, glue-huffing, stalker, song-writer Charlie Kelly on FX television’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (or IASIP, for short). Seeing as how IASIP is currently my favourite show on television (well, DVD) bar none, it was personally hurtful to see Charlie applauding the fortuitous break for the Lakers, who were outplayed for the majority of the game by the Raptors. Why can’t the man who invented “kitten mittons” show a little more compassion for Canada?
Or maybe, just maybe, that isn’t Charlie Day at all. I mean, since when does Charlie have his whole left forearm tattooed?