"Who should I call?" he asks Tuesday night. "Spurrier or Bob Stoops?"
Flair checks his phone's address book and realizes he doesn't have a number for Spurrier. So he calls Jamie Speronis, South Carolina's director of football operations, and he also calls Stoops, the football coach at Oklahoma.
How do you know Stoops?
"I met him when he was Spurrier's defensive coordinator at Florida," says Flair.
Flair leaves messages for Speronis and Stoops. "This is Natch," he says. "I'm here with Tom Sorensen. Give me a call."
It is concievable that Stoops has no idea who I am, I tell Flair. Likely, even. Speronis, too.
Flair calls Charles Barkley, gets his voicemail and hands the phone to me. Barkley's voice is unmistakable, but the recording is a surprise. It is devoid of humor. It's goes something like, "This is Charles, sorry I can't take your call, please leave a message."
Flair went to the premiere of "The Wrestler" and hung out with Mickey Rourke. Do you have a number for him?
Before Flair can answer, the phone rings. It's Speronis. Flair talks briefly and hands the phone to me. Nice guy, Speronis. I believe that he believes the Gamecocks will have a fine season.
I hand the phone back to Flair and ask him again about Rourke. Again the phone rings.
"Hi, Bob," Flair says, then hands the phone to me.
It's Stoops. He's upbeat and in the mood to talk. So we do. I hand the phone back to the Nature Boy.
"Forget Rourke," I tell him. "What about Joe Namath?"
I met Namath a few years ago at a hotel gym before the Super Bowl in Detroit. My older kid was in the gym with me and he wasn't excited about Namath, whom Flair knows. He was excited because Jenna Jameson, the, ah, actress, had signed her name on the gym sign-up sheet. Don't know what's wrong with that kid, not being mesmerized by Namath.
Do you have a number for Namath?
"I have one for Jenna Jameson, too," Flair says.