February 27, 2003

Bizarre tales that defy explanation: The Washington Times looks at unsolved sports mysteries, like Steve Nash's hair, seven seasons of the "magically unfunny" Arli$$, and why they're called strikes if you miss.

posted by kirkaracha to general at 09:48 PM - 8 comments

Good find! My favorite would be the unexplained belief that Jason Sehorn is somehow a good football player. With the looks and the bod, I can understand his popularity, but as for football accomplishments he's been toasted more often than Wonder Bread. The only unexplained mysteries I can think of are why Jon "Contract" Konkac got the salary he got from the Hawks and why players that everybody in the world knows suck ass still get drafted # 1 (I'm looking at you Michael Oliwakande, Joe Smith and Shawn Bradley)

posted by vito90 at 10:12 PM on February 27, 2003

"It's Steve's way of saying that although he is an NBA All-Star, there is more to him than his stats on the court," Mavericks owner Mark Cuban once told reporters. "His hair says it all." What the hell are you talking about, Cuban? I'm not trying to defend Nash's hair or anything, but that just didn't make any sense at all. Or is it just me?

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:41 PM on February 27, 2003

I agree, great find. I've actually been wondering about the Steelers' helmets for a few years and can now sleep easier. My one last football helmet-related question is what the two stickers on the back of all NFL helmets are. Warning labels? Anyone have any guesses?

posted by ttrendel at 12:06 AM on February 28, 2003

Arli$$ is occasionally very funny. The sports-related show whose appeal is completely lost on me was Sports Night. An incredibly lame and preachy show in which none of the characters, actors, writers, or producers cared at all about sports.

posted by rcade at 07:29 AM on February 28, 2003

Rcade, you guys get cable in bizarro-world? Arli$$ is god-awful, and the guy who plays the main character deserves to be beaten with a 2"x4" by anyone who subscribes to HBO. Mr. Show - now that was funny. And I've heard a similar complaint from others about Sports Night. It wasn't about sports at all, that's true, but it was a well-written and very entertaining show. That's only my opinion, though. But the Arli$$ thing is a fact.

posted by Samsonov14 at 11:42 AM on February 28, 2003

I watched 5 minutes of an Arli$$ and didn't feel one way or the other about it. Now Curb Your Enthusiasm, on the other hand, just mystifies me. I'm told that as a Seinfeld fan I should love it, and I respect that it's improv, but it just makes me cringe... so awkward, I've never made it more than 5 minutes in... ending the tangent... I haven't yet read the article but I have always been sad for Sehorn, it seems that ever since he met Angie he went downhill. Before his kickoff return debacle, he WAS a great corner. Not anymore though, and it sucks to watch. His post-injury workout regimen motivated me to hit the gym hard for the first time without burning out after 2 weeks... I labeled him my favorite player, and ever since, he has sucked.

posted by Bernreuther at 04:09 PM on February 28, 2003

I really enjoyed Arli$$ ( I don't have cable anymore, though )

posted by djacobs at 08:31 PM on February 28, 2003

I like Arli$$ too, but Mr. Show is/was better.

posted by Bag Man at 09:07 PM on March 01, 2003

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