bill walton

Thursday is an excellent day for all college basketball fans who also support the legalization of marijuana, shirtless old men, and volcanoes.

This week, the Pac-12 Networks announced an extension for Bill Walton that will keep his non-sequiturs on air for at least the near future.

Walton, who will turn 65 next month, has been calling games for the Pac-12 Networks, as well as ESPN, since 2012,  becoming both beloved and derided for his zany approach to calling games.

Walton, of course, is a Basketball Hall of Famer and one of the best players in college history. He is also an unrepentant hippie who often prefers to discuss anything but the basketball game in front of him. Here is a digression about volcanoes in Indonesia:

Here is more volcano talk:

Here is something or other about magic dirt from Temecula:

Here is some growling:

Here is Walton dumping popcorn on his broadcast partner’s head:

Here is Walton trying to name the best player in the NBA and veering into a response about the Western economy.

We could certainly go on, but you probably get the point.

Anyway, the Pac-12 Networks have some pretty substantial problems, but by continuing to employ Bill Walton, they are making the sports media world a better, trippier place.

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