Playing Cribbage with Andre the Giant
was a remarkable man in so many ways. Its difficult
to describe exactly how big this man was, especially when
there are taller men in the NBA today. But Andre was a
give you an idea, I could place his PINKY RING down to
the second joint on my RING and LITTLE fingers!
wear a size 11 shoe, but I get BOTH FEET into one of Andres
night in Oregon I had a chance to see just how strong
love to play a card game called Cribbage. Its a
card game that uses a board with 121 holes per player
in it to keep score. I had learned to play in the Navy,
so every time Andre came to a territory where I was wrestling
he would look me up to play a few games in the dressing
this particular night everything was going my way. Not
only had I won every game, but I had just "skunked"
the Giant in the last game. I could tell it was starting
to get to the big man so I decided that I would see if
I couldnt lose the next game to appease him.
I said, Andre was an excellent Cribbage player so I had
to be careful not to be too obvious about losing or matters
could have gotten worse. But as luck would have it, I
couldnt lose. No matter what cards I discarded,
I drew the cards to make my hand the best it could possible
good as my luck was, Andres was just the opposite.
No matter how he played, he couldnt catch a break.
the end of the last game, instead of losing I had actually
"double skunked" Andre the Giant, which meant
that he had scored less than 60 by the time I completed
the 121 point course.
Andre slammed his fist down on the bench where we had
been playing sending the board flying. He grabbed the
deck of cards (since Cribbage is played with 12 cards
at a time there were 40 in the pile) and with no effort
at all ripped the deck in half and flung them on the ground.
play later Boss," the big man growled as he rose
and stormed away.
my mind, I dodged a big bullet that night.
Dusek is a second-generation wrestler from one of
the most famous wrestling families ever. He had a solid
career as a wrestler and later managed several wrestlers
to major titles. He also spent time as a broadcaster,
promoter and matchmaker. His first memories of the wrestling
business are selling programs for his father when he was
4 years old.
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