by Joel Saltzman
Anyone who knows Corky is well aware that he has been a rabid, die heart Laker fan since his days of working and paling around with Jerry West. Unfortunately, the only way to see Laker games in his Mainland Mexico paradise though, is to subscribe to the NBA Laker Subscription package. He retreats upstairs with his laptop and headphones every time they play.
Last October while visiting them, I was aware that the biggest game of the season would be Christmas day when the Laker's played the reigning champs and bitter rivals, the Golden State Warriors. A friend had given me a Golden State Warrior Michael Thompson jersey as a gag as I also hate that team with a passion. I snuck that GS jersey down to Raquel and asked her to hide it until game day and then put it on to see how Corky reacted to seeing her in it.
As some mutual friends of ours, The Turners, are big Golden State fans and live up that way, I was hoping Corky would blame them which he did until Raquel confessed (multiple times no less) that I was behind this caper. Had the Lakers not ended up upsetting the Warriors and winning huge by 25 points, my surfboards were destined to get run over by Corky's car and who knows what else lay in my future.
Still, even after that amazing victory, I was not out of the woods yet. I had to wait 3 months for him to cool off enough to publish this video which is totally priceless. Raquel waited for the game to start, walks in, and Corky stares in stunned disbelief, wanting to "gouge his eyes out" after seeing Raquel in uniform. Priceless!