When he was young, George Hill had a horse. He explains this in the above video, which was filmed as a part of the Indianapolis Star‘s “Holding Court Live” program. And one day, a crazy incident occurred with his horse.
“First hand, this is my story about my horse,” says Hill. “I had a horse, his name was Ropey … Don’t make fun of my horse’s name. It was Ropey. I don’t know why. I had a rope in my hand.”
I, for one, would never make fun of a horse’s name, but I am interested in where Hill often rode his horse.
“I would ride my horse up and down 34th Street, from Emerson up to Washington Park,” he says, “because that’s where I played basketball in the summer all the time … I would tie my horse up to the poles out there, play basketball, get back on my horse, shoot back up Emerson.”
The spoiler is in the headline, but the rest of the story is too good to type out here. Hill tells it best in his own words, so just watch the video. But Dan Devine of Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie did relay one interesting fact about the segment.
Also, in case you weren’t counting, I was. George Hill said the word “horse” 37 times in less than five minutes. I’m not sure whether that’s a record or not, but it sure feels impressive, and sets what I imagine is a pretty high bar for the next NBA player to clear when he tells his horse story in front of cameras at a bar, which I suspect will be happening any minute now.
There is a certain segment of vocal Pacers’ fans who wish Hill would produce more on the court. Well, this video may not change any of that, but I think it’s pretty clear that he is leading the league in horse mentions per 48 minutes.
You’re not gonna get that from Chris Paul.
(Artist’s dramatization, not an actual photograph of George Hill riding Ropey)