Monday, March 17, 2014

Basketball Coach's Grandson Imitates Him During Games

Phil Martelli is the head coach of the St. Joseph's University men's basketball team. He's a dapper fellow, with a dark blue suit and a handkerchief tucked into his jacket pocket. On the sidelines, he's quite animated, as many basketball coaches are: jumping up and down, pointing, yelling at players and officials, pacing back and forth, using a whiteboard to diagram plays.

But who's that little kid on the left of the image above? That Phil Martelli's grandson. And he likes to imitate grandpa during games. So the 4-year-old kid shows up wearing his own suit, with a tie that nearly reaches the floor, and his own kerchief-in-the-pocket. He, too, jumps up and down during games, paces the floor, and even whips out his own whiteboard in imitation of his grandfather.

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The tyke is named Philip, after his grandpa. And because St. Joseph's is the champion of the Atlantic-10 Conference, they are going to the NCAA basketball tournament. Expect little Philip to get lots of screen time during St. Joe's games.

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