Paul McCartney: Screwed by life

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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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12 Comments

  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:
    http://tsutpen.blogspot.com/2014/01/and-then-it-was-ephemera-105.html
    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

    http://www.examiner.com/article/paul-mccartney-new-york-snl-brooklyn-nets-game

  9. Avatar Henry wrote:

    Regarding the Beatles and sports…I do remember hearing about John going to that Rams game in 74 (and having it explained to him by Ronald Reagan who he sat with) John would later join Cosell in the booth. He did seem legitimately interested in trying to understand American football

    I have been told by my old great uncle who worked for Shea Stadium that John did attend a Jets game there in the late 70s (his presence was not acknowledged by the press or on the scoreboard or anything) but supposedly he wanted to experience football again and perhaps get a nostalgic trip back to Shea where the historic 65 (and mostly forgotten 66) shows happened. My great uncle did acknowledge he was a bit upset Joe Namath wasn’t playing (so he at least knew who he was)

  10. Avatar Michelle wrote:

    That is cool, Henry. I remember seeing a clip of John at that game in ’74 with Reagan. Also, it was on Monday Night Football that many Americans heard about the tragedy of John’s murder. You can see the clip on Youtube with Howard Cosell interrupting the play-by-play to announce it, disbelief and shock in his voice. It’s hard to listen to, as is any footage from that night.

    • @Michelle, my martial arts teacher tells a story about walking down CPW that night, passing the Dakota at around 10:45. After he was about two blocks further south, he heard/saw two NYPD squad cars tear-assing up the street. When he got home he realized that must’ve been cops going to pick up John and, in Joe’s words, “If I’d only been a little slower that night, I could’ve stopped it.” (Joe is a legendary karate person and was head of security for a very famous religious figure during the 70s. That’s why he could walk down CPW late at night and not worry.)
      .
      The whole world paused that next morning. It was like Princess Di times 1000.

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