June 21, 2005, - 6:03 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
I’m not saying Barbara Barlow is your typical homeless person, but . . . . What do you think of homeless people, like Barlow, who want your pity, but have plenty of time, money, and energy to devote to millionaire basketball players for teams owned by billionaires? In advance of tonight’s Spurs-Pistons NBA Finals game, Detroit Free Press sports columnist Nicholas J. Cotsonika’s column on Barlow is not only interesting, it’s a light must-read.
Homeless Barlow, of San Antonio, has slept in a dumpster and a box next to the highway, but she burns money on pricey Manu Ginobili jerseys, Spurs t-shirts, her large basketball card collection, and a radio (spends all day listening to Paul Harvey and sports radio). And she is an autograph hound, who regularly trolls around the away team’s hotel for their signatures–not too mention her scouting of David Robinson’s wedding. And while she won’t pay for herself to live anywhere, Barlow regularly pays for storage of her NBA memorabilia. Why is she homeless? “I’m lazy,” Barlow says. Doesn’t sound lazy to me–when it comes to basketball. She, like some other homeless, needs to get her priorities straight.
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