Name That (Unofficial) Sports Catchphrase
Alright, buckos and buckettes, which one of you knows the most useless sports information?
I ask because this is the variety of knowledge that separates the Belichicks from the Kiffins in "Name That (Unofficial) Sports Catchphrase"—a competition of wits where the fan who knows the most random and goofy sports phrases wins.
You won't find these catchphrases chiseled in stone above the commissioner's mantle, but each was coined by an athlete or sports figure and is now repeated at random by fans in bars, living rooms and stadiums around the world.
I'll give a tiny hint with each catchphrase and trust you all to resist the temptation to Google. Sound good?
All right, let's start with some softballs.
A Simple Truth
What loud-mouthed, trash-talking former NBA player loved yelling "Ball don't lie!" when his opponents missed free throws after a dubious foul call?
Yup, it's 'Sheed, whose free-throw taunts earned him technicals and continue to be repeated long after his retirement.
It Puts the Ice on Its Skin
Which veteran NFL wide receiver said, "Ice up, son!" after his opponent left the game with a groin injury?
Indeed, it was Steve Smith who told Aqib Talib to go cool that groin off after the Panthers came in and handled business against the Patriots in 2013.
Demanding the Nastiness
Who once looked up at his team and demanded, "I want some nasty!"?
You had to know it was Pop.
The Spurs head coach dropped this gem back in 2012, when the Spurs came out flat against the Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
As for the white walker picture, we recently pointed out that Popovich spends his nights wandering the forest in a blue-eyed stupor.
A Sublimessinal Message
What dizzyingly verbose soccer commentary man once said, "Sublime? Sublimessi!"
Who else could it be?
Ray Hudson, soccer's king of nonsensical ejaculation and word-craftery, loves nothing more in this life than celebrating a Lionel Messi goal with a minute-long sermon praising the Argentine's prowess. The former footballer created this term after Messi scored against Racing de Santander in 2012.
In Search of a Plumber
What NBA shooting guard/crazy person once posed the question, "You trying to get the pipe?"
J.R. Smith just wanted to know if you were looking to go halfsies on a water tobacco smoking apparatus, girl.
The Grand Salami
Which former MLB sportscaster once famously screamed, "Get out the rye bread and mustard, grandma. It is grand salami time!"
Late Seattle Mariners sportscaster Dave Niehaus bellowed this phrase some 150-plus times over the course of his lengthy broadcasting career and only after a Mariners' grand slam. It even inspired a sandwich.
Yep, Niehaus made the wall, and he'll never have his taken down due to bad behavior.
The Most Delicious Kind of Chicken
Which former NBA big man repeatedly refers to favorable matchups in the post as "barbecue chicken"?
If you've been watching your Inside the NBA this season (and you should be), you'll have heard Shaquille O'Neal drop this line as he openly slavers over Marcin Gortat-on-little guy matchups.
O'Neal first coined the phrase in 2009 when he told reporters, "I'm the only player who looks at each and every center in the league and says 'That's barbecue chicken down there.'"
Show Me the Onions
What famous basketball analyst and former college coach coined the phrase "Onions!"?
Yep, curmudgeonly Bill Raftery screamed "Onions!" after watching Nets shooting guard Kevin Edwards bury a big three-pointer against Miami back in the day.
The meaning of "onions" is disputed, but Raftery's old broadcast buddy Ian Eagle claims Raftery meant Edwards was demonstrating the prodigious nature of his stones.
Dropping the Dagger
Which NBA color commentary man was the first to shout "Dagger!" after a win-sealing shot.
Nope. Not Gus Johnson.
Washington Wizards Steve Buckhantz is credited with being the first to use the word "dagger" to describe a shot that effectively ended one team's chance of winning the game.
"I just know in my mind I had this visual of the player just sort of driving a stake into the heart of the opposition," Buckhantz told The Washington Post. "This was finality, this was the final shot, the game winner, the play that ended the game, that did the other team in."
The Real-Life Rod Tidwell
What former NFL player inspired Cuba Gooding Jr.'s "Show me the money!" line from Jerry Maguire?
Cameron Crowe, the writer-director of Jerry Maguire, says he stole "Show me the money" from former Arizona Cardinals safety Tim McDonald, who dropped it on his way to an owners meeting after entering free agency.
"[McDonald] was actually at an owners' meeting to be paraded through the lobby to get his price up, because he was a free agent," Crowe told the Toronto Sun in 1996. "He said, 'I've got a wife and I've got kids and I've been beaten up for five years here in Phoenix and now I'm a free agent. Show me the money."
Sounds like they stole a bit more from McDonald than just a line.
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