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“Charity Stripe” and Other Chick-isms


I have a feeling that this won’t be the last time I use “Trivia Crack” for a blog post.

I was playing and I came across this question: “What in the NBA rule book is known as the charity stripe?”

There is no such term in the NBA rule book. Charity stripe is a slang term for free throw line coined by one Francis Dayle “Chick” Hearn, the late and great Los Angeles Lakers announcer. He also is responsible for the following:

Air ball: A shot that misses everything.

Air-mail special: A strongly blocked shot, often sent high into the stands.

Bloooows the layup: Misses a very easy layup.

He did the bunny hop in the pea patch: He was called for traveling.

He got caught with his hand in the cookie jar: A reach-in foul.

They couldn’t beat the Sisters of Mercy: The team looks really inept on the court.

They couldn’t throw a pea into the ocean: The team is shooting poorly.

Dribble-drive: A player drives the basket while dribbling.

A frozen rope: A shot with a flat trajectory.

Garbage time: The remainder of the game after a team has taken a big lead and both teams put in all their subs.

Heart-brrrreak: A shot that appears to be going in but misses.

He’s in the popcorn machine: A defensive player got faked into the air by an offensive player’s pump fake.

Matador defense: A poor defense that allows the opponent to drive uncontested to the basket.

The mustard’s off the hot dog: A player attempts a flashy play that ends up in a turnover or a missed shot.

Nervous time: The final moments of a game when the score is close.

No harm, no foul: A non-call by an official when contact has occurred. Sometime, he added no blood, no ambulance.

Slam dunk: Yep, Hearn invented the phrase.

This game’s in the refrigerator, the door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard, and the Jell-O’s jigglin’: The Lakers are going to win.

Ticky-tack: A foul called when very little contact has been made.

Triple-double: A player gets 10 or more (i.e. double digits) in any three statistical categories, including points, rebounds, assists, steals or blocked shots.

Yo-yo-ing up and down: A player dribbles in one place as if he were playing with a yo-yo on a string.

Chick Hearn died Aug. 5, 2002. I miss him.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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March 11, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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