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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Dunkin'

I don't get the hype about dunking in basketball.

This may be one of those ineffable "guy" things one hears so much about, like the allure of Craftsman power tools or any film starring Charles Bronson.

Nancy Liberman was interviewed on NPR today, saying that when she spoke to Pat Summit, the famous Lady Vols coach, of course (and a Victoria woman-crush candidate, by the way), the latter was completely non-plussed by the fuss made over Candace Parker's dunk last night.

She mentioned that Pat even said that a regular NBA game on ESPN was cut into, just to show the highlight of that record-setting double dunk.

Well, I too am completely underwhelmed by the art and importance given to dunking.

Dunking seems to be, for men, some kind of cross between a facewash, beating another guy at stop-light drag racing, and a particularly nasty "Yo Mama...!" comeback.



What's the big deal? So you got dunked on. Yawn.

Wake me up when Harry Met Sally comes on.

7 Comments:

  • The Gators made it to the Sweet 16!!!
    Yeah baby!!!!!!

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Tue Mar 21, 09:29:00 am GMT-5  

  • Getting dunked on means being "posterized!" In a highly competitive sport, any display of prowess gets you an advantage...

    By Blogger Ron, at Tue Mar 21, 11:13:00 am GMT-5  

  • It's a big deal because most of us can only dunk with a step ladder. :)

    All of us can throw a baseball, catch a football or kick a soccer ball but with dunking you either can or you can't. It's one of those lines that divides real athletes from the rest of us.

    By Blogger Renato, at Tue Mar 21, 12:13:00 pm GMT-5  

  • The Gators made it to the Sweet 16!!!
    Yeah baby!!!!!!


    Booo!!!!!

    Both Canes teams are in the NIT, so there!!

    *g*

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Mar 22, 01:09:00 am GMT-5  

  • Getting dunked on means being "posterized!"

    Erm...posterised?

    Is that like Farrah Fawcett's nipple shot in her Charlie's Angel's poster? ;)

    In a highly competitive sport, any display of prowess gets you an advantage...

    This is true. Less starting positions, more competition.

    But I just don't see how the dunk, which is worth 2 points, is considered a better, or more athletic option than a 3-point shooter like my little white chocolate -- Jason Williams.

    He can rock my rim anyday!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Mar 22, 01:12:00 am GMT-5  

  • It's a big deal because most of us can only dunk with a step ladder. :)

    I know you and everyone is right, Renato.

    But...

    All of us can throw a baseball, catch a football or kick a soccer ball but with dunking you either can or you can't. It's one of those lines that divides real athletes from the rest of us.

    ...real athletes?

    Come on, Mary Lou Retton is as tall as my hipbone, but she was a stellar athlete!

    To me, a dunk, no matter how special for most people, just means some tall dude can stand up straight and shove a ball down a hoop.

    Big deal!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Mar 22, 01:14:00 am GMT-5  

  • Come on, Mary Lou Retton is as tall as my hipbone, but she was a stellar athlete!

    Sure, but she probably had a 40 inch vertical!

    By Blogger Renato, at Wed Mar 22, 12:33:00 pm GMT-5  

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