December 2002: Charles Oakley insults Canadians
It kills me to include this in the Dubious Moments List. Charles Oakley is not only the greatest Raptor ever, but he is also a great friend and contributor to The Flagrancy. But since so many of you sensitive double-double-drinking Canadians got your flannel panties in a twist over this episode, I need to mention it here. And it fucking kills me.
Once Charles Oakley left the Raptors, he joined his BFF Michael Jordan on the Washington Wizards. After the Wizards defeated the Raptors during a game at the ACC, Oak was upset that Toronto fans did not give the newly un-retired Jordan a standing ovation*. He explained to reporters: “You know, that’s how they are in Canada…they don’t know polo from lolo.”
Now, at first blush this may seem like direct shot at the level of intelligence of Canadian basketball fans. I can assure you, it is not; most Canadians do not know polo from lolo.
From personal experience, I can tell you that whenever I spend time with Canadians and our conversation inevitably turns to 13th century Asia, someone always confuses polo with lolo. So allow The Flagrancy to set the record straight: polo is the common name for Marco Polo—the explorer who traveled through Asia from 1271 to 1295. A lolo, on the other hand, is an Asian who lives in the mountainous region of southwestern China.
Pretty confusing, eh hoser?
* The game that Raptor fans did not award Michael Jordan with a richly-deserved standing ovation, the NBA legend scored 2 points on 1-9 shooting.