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Cal Gets Emo, Performs Magic

At the risk of being blasphemous, I wasn’t a big fan of Cal’s induction speech yesterday. It was just a little too preachy for my taste. I could’ve gone for a little more about his career, and a little less about the importance of helping kids develop. I don’t care about kids, I care about Cal.

Because I am human and have half a heart, I did enjoy the bit about his family, probably because the Iron Man’s armor cracked a little and he showed some real emotion (although he maintained his composure a bit better than this lunatic). He also pulls off a super cool cheesy rose transfer maneuver.

This is the only video I could find of said portion of the speech, although the bit about his father is cut off (and I apologize for the 20-second ad at the beginning):


Former Managing Editor at UPROXX; former Senior Editor at @SBNation; former ska-zine editor, fan of bad sports teams and good beer.

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  1. Jamie Mottram

    July 31, 2007 at 8:11 AM

    See, the thing is that now helping kids IS his career, you know I’m sayin’?

    What I can’t believe is that 75,000 were there to hear that. That’s some serious devotion.

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