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Are you over the NBA slam dunk yet? I cannot believe that anybody is still impressed by this. I mean, these guys are huge. There’s a lot of huge people in the world. This league has selected the very best athletes of the very huge. Hugesketball. And we’re impressed that they put it in something high? Slllaaaamm Dunk! I’m not trying to take anything away from the NBA (it wouldn’t be fair, what with all those soccer players out there… and leagues that begin in “W”), but this sport seems to have an odd quality. It seems to be the only sport you can beat. In a way, you can beat the game like when you had that cheat code for Super Contra (left-right-left-right-a-b-b-a, was it?)
There’s is no physical way to overcome a golf course. Nobody gets to begin the hole a lick closer than the next person. Sports like hockey, football and soccer are played against other players, on a surface with the goal on the ground. But in basketball, we could literally see the day where some monster has arms that go above the rim, and he stands there and sets the thing in the peach basket (note: that guy looks like a Hobbit beside Yao). Scouts who judge a players potential seem to use a sliding scale of size and talent. For every inch you drop below seven feet, you need to be a half point better on the talent scale to make the NBA. A 7 footer needs a talent rating of about 4/10 to make it. If you’re 6’11″, you better be at least a 4.5. You say you’re 6′ 10″? We’ll take you as a 5, sure. You could completely phase out the need for talent if you were tall enough. I think it’s possible. At least the guys trying to stop Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (6-foot-4 and 267 pounds) can grow with him. That poor lil orange circle, however, cannot.
Basketball is a wonderful sport. A ton of fun. Out on the playground, and in the gym, there is a huge basketball following, including myself. But for the elite of the elite, the most monstrous of the monsters, the game has become silly. I’m starting a campaign to raise awareness for all you NBA players out there. You looked ridiculous when you celebrated that dunk just there. There was nobody in your way and you’re 6’6″ with long arms and a 40 inch vertical. Celebrating needs to have some correlation to the difficulty of the play (listen up, NFL safety’s. As Bill Simmons pointed out, if the guy you’re covering drops it, you don’t get to face the camera and wave the “nu-uh” finger) You did well for your team, you can celebrate, don’t get me wrong. But did you really just flex? Growl? You’re the best -insert player name here-. You’re the f@#$ing best. (That was Kevin Stevens, and one of the classiest men in hockey, Bryan Trottier assaulting Brian Bellows. Ha…now that’s classy.)
We would love to dunk. We dunk on our nephew’s Fisher-Price hoop. We dunk on the lowered hoop that neighborhood kid’s family owns. We dunk our garbage.I like to see some dunks mixed in to my NBA game. And I don’t want the rims at 12 feet (is 10.5 out of the question?) I just want youuu tocalmtheFdown. Proof that a slam (ps, is there a sporting term more lame than “slam dunk”?) anyways, proof that a slam dunk is as easy as convincing someone that “PC” has lost the war of advertising versus the Mac (Bill Gates is Justin Long’s bitch), is that we have a contest to see who can do the most stuff in the air before the dunk. Human beings have a max hang time of like, a second, and this task is so mundane that these guys have time to spin, switch their ball hand and switch the pocket they carry their ridiculous roll of money in. The term itself has become synonymous with not difficult. “Is that guy going to use our company for the job?” “For sure… It’s a slam dunk”. As in “there’s no chance of it not happening”. A kicker going for an extra point in football is more likely to miss than the guy going for a dunk. And during the Steelers game, I tried to bet a buck during live betting that the kicker would convert, and my return was 3 cents. And to this, Sportscenter devotes 6 spots out of every top 10. “Ohhh!! That one’ll be on a poster! I wonder if he’ll sign it for himhahaha” HAHAHA! Ha.
(SHE DUNKED IT!) ((I LOVE that the female commentator chips in about 2/3 of the way through and goes “BOOM!”))