Wilt Chamberlain: The Originator of Modern Day Swagger

Swagger - How one presents him or herself to the world. Swagger is shown from how the person handles a situation. It can also be shown in the person's walk. (source – Urban Dictionary)

Nowadays it seems as if swagger is everything. In hip hop, it has become the un-official fifth element. You've got rappers like Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Baby's baby who are adored by mindless youngsters based on the perception of their swagger. In basketball, players like Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade have all been described as having swagger on the court. When it comes to hoops though, I believe the originator of modern day swagger is one Wilton Norman Chamberlain.

Wilt's swagger was impeccable and set the standard for modern day swagger. Besides being the original most dominant player ever, Wilt was quite simply a man among boys. I could go on and on about his on the court exploits, but you already know what it is with that. Wilt had many crazy stats and records but one number stands out from all the rest – 20,000. That's right…Wilt the Stilt bagged 20,000 birds in his lifetime.

Now that number is mind numbing just when you think about it, but when you really analyze all the circumstances behind 20K then there is no choice but to tip your fitted cap to the Big Dipper.

Wilt was chasin' skirt at a rate that has been unmatched and this record will stand longer than his 100 point game record. This was at a time when athletes weren't making the type of paper that they make now, groupies hadn't yet evolved to their current manifestation, and Myspace hadn’t been invented yet. 20,000, yo!

Check it out; if we take Wilt’s 20,000 belt notches and adjust for inflation, we’ll see that Wilt really would have smashed and dashed out on 160,270 skip skap scallywags, hussies, trollops, and other assorted loose women in today’s terms!* Astounding!

On top of all of this, Wilt was a NUPE. Achievement in every field of human endeavor, indeed.

All of these factors combined prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt that Wilt Chamberlain not only originated modern day swagger, but he may have had the most swagger of all time. It truly would have been interesting to see how Wilt would have matched up against Superhead…I’m sure a tape of that exists somewhere.

We salute you, Wilt.

*Based on a completely random formula that I made up using information from the most accurate source for information on the planet – Wikipedia and an inflation calcualor.

Posted byEnigmatik at 4:19 PM  


khal said... November 20, 2007 at 4:38 PM  

They didn't call him Wilt The Stilt for nothing [II].

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