Posted by Bridgette and Miri. By request, an exploration of the wonders of Barry Obama, Punahou Basketball Star.
The mystery? What was his number? Where are the yearbooks? Why don’t we see newspaper articles from those days, touting the wonders of Barry’s jumpshot? Why isn’t John Kamana, a starter for four years, in all these photos, too? (h/t 57th State)
Below, allegedly a photo of Barry with his basketball team in 1977. Click to enlarge:
Junior varsity? Was there more than one team? Below, allegedly a photo of Barry with his basketball team in 1978:
Varsity A basketball. Was this a promotion? My, what long arms some of those guys have. Below, allegedly a photo of Barry with his basketball team in 1979:
So that’s the “state basketball champion” team. Compliments of Huffington Post. “Provided by The Oahuan”. VIA WHOM? Below are close ups of Barry from 1977:
Bridgette changed the color so you could see how the heads are attached to the bodies. They suffer from giraffe neck syndrome. Obama has attached arms that are supposedly holding another basketball. Two guys holding the game ball?
[Miri says, that doesn’t look like a basketball! WTH is it?]
Below is a closeup of Obama from the 1978 team photo, followed by another photo from the same yearbook, that is supposed to show Barry with classmates. Quite chummy with coach here:
Strange how his nose looks different from photo to photo. And his smile. One closed lips. Another open lips. Twins? Below is a close up of Barry Obama from the 1979 team photo:
Both of the above have the open-lipped smiles. Below are photos of Barry’s star teammate, John Kamana:
Good looking dude! What number belonged to John Kamana, 25 or 26?
Update 12/19/2011: Thanks to snarky comments on another blog whose commenters lurk (or skulk), I correct my “duh” moment: Kamana was 26 in football. Basketball number was apparently 25, but shared with others?
This is what comes from throwing together a post too quickly because, hey! It’s Christmas time. So h/t to lurkers. It might behoove you all to lay off the ridicule (last refuge of those who have no facts). If you can explain anomalies, please do so here. We’re not ashamed to admit when we’re wrong or to ask for enlightenment on such things as junior varsity versus varsity. We weren’t all “blessed” enough to go to expensive college prep schools for ELITES or to schools that glorify jocks.
Update 12/21/2011: Some photos of the 1980 Punahou team, courtesy of 57th State, who asks if anyone has seen anything like this before and why there isn’t a similar booklet for the 1979 winning team: