Charles Barkley talking hockey? Charles Barkley talking hockey – and at Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, no less.Sir Charles joined NBC’s Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones on Wednesday to discuss the first period of Blues vs. Bruins, which ended with the Blues ahead 2-0. Barkley couldn’t recall the name of St. Louis rookie goalie Jordan Binnington, but he knew “the goalie stole the show” in the first 20 minutes as Binnington withstood Boston’s constant pressure. MORE: Every previous Game 7 in Final history, ranked”Thanks, Gary Bettman, for the tickets. Love ya, brother,” Barkley said.A lot of Twitter was befuddled by seeing Barkley (and his fashion choice) on their screens, but some of it was complimentary, too:Who dressed Barkley????— Scott Zolak (@scottzolak) June 13, 2019did charles barkley just call sidney crosby “cindy crawford”— BIN RACCOON (@russbengtson) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley dressed up like he going to a parent teacher conference pic.twitter.com/j9iFQFhsv3— link (@1nolink) June 13, 2019why does charles barkley look like the head pharmacist at a best buy pic.twitter.com/NTgzmQ4jqD— hot take jake (@jakeguidry) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley does not listen to Philadelphia sports talk radio, I guess pic.twitter.com/EvhQVIr2Xd— Dan McQuade (@dhm) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley looks like he doesn’t wanna pay for a baggage fee so he’s just gonna wear everything on the plane. pic.twitter.com/DkAGTD4yRH— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley is a better hockey analyst than most of NBC’s regular guys.— Dave (@baltimoredavey) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley killing it as usual during NBC’s #StanleyCupFinal intermission: ‘I always root for the team that never won a championship — because I’m on that list.’ Sir Charles rooting for @StLouisBlues. Pals with Blues coach and ex-Flyer Craig Berube from their days in Philly— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) June 13, 2019 One hockey name Barkley does know: Sidney Crosby. Chuck put Crosby in the same sentence as NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard when asked to make a hockey comparison to the Klaw.If @kawhileonard was a hockey player, who would he be?Charles Barkley immediately had a response: Sidney Crosby. pic.twitter.com/XFaEB6j22v— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) June 13, 2019Barkley said before the game he was on vacation, but a friend in a high place hooked him up with the visit to TD Garden in Boston.
JOCKEY QUOTESABEL CEDILLO, WOUND TIGHT, WINNER: “This horse is very strong on the lead. There was no pace, so he was tough on the lead. He never got tired. We came back in front of the grandstand and he still wanted to run.”TRAINER QUOTESGERARDO MORALES, ASSISTANT TO BOB HESS JR., WOUND TIGHT, WINNER: “The race set up perfect. The horse likes to run on the front end. I was a little concerned about going a mile and an eighth, that it was too far for him, but he definitely got the job done. I’m really happy with him. When I saw the fractions I said, ‘We have a big chance,’ and when they turned for home I knew it was all over.”MATT NELSON OWNER/BREEDER, WOUND TIGHT, WINNER: “I thought it was going to be a little bit closer than that. It’s a long process and a win makes it all worthwhile.“Bob (Hess, Jr.) must have given Abel some great advice because he rode him excellent.“It is beautiful here at Santa Anita, I grew up a few streets north from the track and this has been a fantastic place to watch races.“Bob controls all the shots so well let him make the call on where we go next.”NOTES: Hess was in Florida. Morales, 58, has been with Hess 35 years. Matt Nelson is the winning owner/breeder.