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Bill Russell mistaken for Morgan Freeman

Post by steve3344 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:57 pm

George Stephanopoulos - hoops junkie that he is - thought Bill Russell was Morgan Freeman at today's inaguration:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS
Wait, That Guy's NOT
Morgan Freeman?


George Stephanopoulos is clearly not a basketball fan ... 'cause if he was, he might've known the old white-bearded African American man hangin' out at the Presidential Inauguration was NBA icon Bill Russell ... and not Morgan Freeman.

George was providing the play-by-play for ABC this morning ... when he started pointing out some of the famous people in the D.C. crowd ... and mixed up one legendary black guy for another.

George was quickly corrected by someone on the production -- and he apologized for the gaffe.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day everyone.


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Re: Bill Russell mistaken for Morgan Freeman

Post by sam on Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:29 pm

That's priceless, Steve.

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Re: Bill Russell mistaken for Morgan Freeman

Post by steve3344 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:21 pm

If you click on the link and scroll down, you can see Russ with his Celtics cap on.

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Re: Bill Russell mistaken for Morgan Freeman

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:24 pm

Great pickup Steve. He really was impressed that he identified "Morgan Freeman"!!

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Re: Bill Russell mistaken for Morgan Freeman

Post by worcester on Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:13 pm

Watching Alicia Keys perform at the Inaugural ball tonight surely takes any sting out of a Romney loss. Would anyone prefer to see the Osmonds instead?

P.S. My new avatar is of my daughter-in-law and grandson, a mother and child reunion.


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Re: Bill Russell mistaken for Morgan Freeman

Post by mulcogiseng on Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:55 pm

msnbc picked up on him right away and spoke of him almost in awe

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Re: Bill Russell mistaken for Morgan Freeman

Post by bobheckler on Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:24 pm

Not much of a movie buff either apparently.

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Re: Bill Russell mistaken for Morgan Freeman

Post by sam on Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:19 am

Worcester,

What a great looking pair. You are deservedly proud.

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Post by worcester on Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:24 am

This picture was taken just five weeks after she gave birth to their second son, and my third grandson, another cutie. All rabid Celtics fans.

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Re: Bill Russell mistaken for Morgan Freeman

Post by rickdavisakaspike on Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:27 am


It's little known or remarked upon, but Bill Russell was standing tall on the Washington Mall when MLK Jr gave his immortal 'I Have a Dream' speech. He was one of the courageous people who marched with Martin in Alabama to gain the civil rights that ultimately led to the election of President Obama. He's an American giant who never gets the credit he has earned. It's good to see he's recovered from his health issues. Something tells me there was a lot of loud cackling yesterday in the capitol.


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Re: Bill Russell mistaken for Morgan Freeman

Post by worcester on Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:21 am

Bill took some awful abuse as a Celtic from some racist Bostonians. Once his home was broken into and robbed, and the thieves left a deposit of human excrement in his bed. He handled the episode with the dignity and grace that typifies his way of being in life.

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Re: Bill Russell mistaken for Morgan Freeman

Post by NYCelt on Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:14 pm

W -

What a great pic of your grandson and daughter-in-law. Congats on the recent birth of your third grandson as well!

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Post by worcester on Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:31 pm

Thanks NY Celt. I'm hoping to come to Boston for the March 7 (?) party and then will head up to Portland to visit the little tykes.

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Post by bobheckler on Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:43 pm

rickdavisakaspike wrote:
It's little known or remarked upon, but Bill Russell was standing tall on the Washington Mall when MLK Jr gave his immortal 'I Have a Dream' speech. He was one of the courageous people who marched with Martin in Alabama to gain the civil rights that ultimately led to the election of President Obama. He's an American giant who never gets the credit he has earned. It's good to see he's recovered from his health issues. Something tells me there was a lot of loud cackling yesterday in the capitol.



Rick,

What is even less known is that MLK and his inner circle wanted Bill Russell to be standing prominently, right behind MLK, when he gave that speech to add some celebrity to it. He demurred, wanting the moment to be about MLK and the speech and knew that if he was standing in the front, as tall and as famous as he is, he would have been a distraction. So, he stood to the rear.

A truly great man. Both.

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Re: Bill Russell mistaken for Morgan Freeman

Post by worcester on Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:50 pm

Truly.

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