Paul McCartney: Screwed by life

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Painting of Paul McCartney by Eric Dee

Didn’t want the bloody thing anyway

MIKE GERBER • Paul McCartney was at last night’s Nets-76ers game, and came this close to nabbing a t-shirt from one of those slingshots.

So the next time you think, “Geez, some people have all the luck,” remember, not all of it. Some people become world-famous billionaire geniuses, and others get a free t-shirt.

PS—The shirt reads: “I sat near Paul McCartney and all I got was…”
PPS—THINK OF THE ODDS! First, you have to go to the game, and Paul has to go to the game. Then, out of all the combinations of 20,000 seats, you both have to sit very close. Then, he has to miss the t-shirt, and you have to catch it. It’s mind-boggling.
PPPS—Imagining Yoko in the same situation makes me giggle for some reason.

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  1. Nancy Carr Nancy Carr wrote:

    This clip makes me smile. Also, I would pay good money to see Yoko in an “I Sat Near Paul McCartney” t-shirt.

  2. Avatar Drew wrote:

    He’s so adorably disappointed, too, about not getting that damn shirt. Ha! The T-shirt cannon turns all of us into children again, doesn’t it? Anyone else notice that the woman standing up behind Paul is his daughter Mary?That’s her husband seated behind Paul and next to Paul’s texting wife is a teenaged boy standing up in the video and making a grab for the T-shirt. I think that’s one of Paul’s grandsons. So the whole family went to the game which probably explains why they were sitting in the nosebleed seats so that they could all sit together. Aw. 🙂

  3. Avatar Annie McNeil wrote:

    Some people become world-famous billionaire geniuses, and others get a free t-shirt.

    LOL. Heh, I love Paul’s “I am at a sporting event” fists and face. 😀

  4. Avatar J.R. Clark wrote:

    Paul and George were the most “sporty” Beatles. Paul even dragged John to the 1966 FA Cup Final at Wembley when Everton played Liverpool FC.

  5. Avatar Mark Leffler wrote:

    This is a charming and hilarious post and I love that you documented it with the video. I love how disappointed he is to miss out on the free t-shirt. Thanks for sharing this, Michael.

  6. Avatar hologram sam wrote:

    Here’s a beautifully terse letter written by Paul to A. Klein, esq., informing him that no one will be allowed to add to or subtract from any of his recordings ever again:
    c.c. to Phil Spector and John Eastman

  7. Were I sitting next to Yoko during the T-shirt cannonade, I would have taken the opportunity of “reaching for a t-shirt” to elbow her lights out. Fucking ruined western civilization, just as it was getting good.

  8. Avatar Sandy wrote:

    I cant find a vid of it but, last night I think Paul went to the Nets game and got the shirt!

    Here is a story about it and his visit to SNL

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