February 07, 2004

Well, Since You Asked...: is a blog by Tolu Thomas of his sports commentary. Some good entries recently, like Sports' Guilty Pleasures: Injured NBA players who wear gaudy suits while sitting on the bench; Rickey Henderson; When the "halo rule" is violated on a punt return; Gymnasts and ice skaters who fall during their routines.

posted by msacheson to general at 11:12 AM - 8 comments

I do not know, but Bill Walton's exaggerations is definitely not a guilty pleasure in my book. Neat commentary though.

posted by jasonspaceman at 12:42 PM on February 07, 2004

Any halftime event involving dogs. Indeed.

posted by 86 at 02:37 PM on February 07, 2004

What is "the halo rule?"

posted by alex_reno at 05:27 PM on February 07, 2004

Tearing down the goal posts is definitely a guilty pleasure. I loved my one shot at it :) I'd add that sports rivalries are the perfect breeding ground for schadenfreude(sp?)- perhaps the most primal guilty pleasure.

posted by tieguy at 05:29 PM on February 07, 2004

jasonspaceman: I must strongly disagree on Bill Walton's exaggerations. Definitely a guilty pleasure of mine, particularly the way he exaggerates in threes: "The skill...the passion...the determination to win at all costs. Mark Madsen has all those characteristics and much more."

posted by Scott Carefoot at 06:30 PM on February 07, 2004

The halo rule is the rule that says the player who is set to catch a punt has a three (?) yard space around him which cannot be intruded on by a player from the other team. The point is to disallow tacklers from standing in the face of a punt-catcher before he catches the punt. God, that was an awful explanation. You're entitled to still be confused.

posted by msacheson at 06:55 PM on February 07, 2004

Scott, to me, Bill is trying to be the Vin Scully of basketball broadcasting.

posted by jasonspaceman at 07:52 PM on February 07, 2004

Oh, ok, I get it, I'd just never heard it called that. Re dogs, I remember vividly an Eskimos game I saw with a friend at Commonwealth Stadium about 1987. The half time show had some dogs herding some sheep around the track, as some sort of demonstration of New Zealand sheepherding prowess. Eventually the sheep started attacking the dogs, and then the marching band blew up in a puff of smoke. We were thinking it was drugs that made us see this, until we realized we hadn't had any. Very strange. Apropos of nothing, I saw the Grey Cup a couple of days ago. The 630 CHED guys were on location at my local watering hole, and had it along for no particular reason. Eh. It wasn't that thrilling.

posted by alex_reno at 12:15 AM on February 08, 2004

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