Thursday 17 February 2011

Deflated Balls

Notice the dude in the suit, who is obviously a basketball player, not being terribly impressed by this flying female doing a double dunk.

A Houston Rockets Power Dancer rises for a double dunk during the interval entertainment in an NBA game against the Denver Nuggets. Pic from Getty Images.

If her balls were properly inflated, firm and bouncy, then perhaps he would be suitably impressed?


  1. During breaks at hockey games, middle-aged men wearing jumpsuits that say CLOROX BLEACH come out to shovel off debris from the ice. Then someone drives a big ice-smoothing vehicle over it.
    I wonder why the NBA gets higher ratings!

  2. Thank you Joyce. Don’t you enjoy looking at the men? Lol.

    In the few NHL games I have attended, the only interval entertainment I’ve experienced for fans are the T-shirt shootings. Young guys (probably students) riding on the back of the ice-smoothing vehicle and using air-bazookas to pound tightly-packed T-shirts at the crowds. Other than that, I guess the icy surface and cool air are too chilly for scantily-clad eye candy to strut their stuff!

  3. The men are extremely heavily padded. Hockey players are actually in very good shape, but you wouldn't be able to tell. They also don't have alot of teeth.

    As a native of Canada, I'm an old-school hockey purist. I don't care about the "entertainment" (or lack thereof), promotional All-Star games, or the blasting heavy metal. In my day (insert Grandpa Simpson voice here) all we had was a dinky electric organ that played the same song over and over.

    Then again, I also understand why the traditional game is hard to market to what the NHL calls "casual fans."

  4. I have no idea where you saw T-shirt shooting, but I'm going to make a stab that it wasn't in my native Montreal? People take their hockey pretty seriously there.

  5. It is refreshing to learn about your "passion" for hockey, especially for such a male-dominated and male-focused sport. I also note that you are a journalist; a good one at that. Therefore, I have often wondered why there are not as many female sports writers (and commentators, etc) out there than there typically should. I'm sure you would make a great hockey writer/commentator ... which is the kind of initiative that would also help to market the NHL to a wider audience. The same is true, in general, for other sports (e.g. American football, baseball, rugby, soccer, cricket, etc). Where are the female writers and commentators?

    The T-shirt shooting was in Dallas, home to the Stars. But I understand T-shirt shooting is probably more common in basketball games? And happens mostly in the States?

  6. When I was in college in Montreal, I vowed to write one article for each section of the school paper -- news, features, entertainment, op/ed and sports.
    And I never managed sports. I'm just no good at it. Hockey fans in Canada are rabid. (And, you're right, pretty macho). They can list all the stats, trades, etc, and discuss the minutae of technique, etc. I can't do that. I just understand the bare-bones basics and like watching the game.
    I mean, I did then. There's no hockey to watch here.

  7. A good point Joyce, sports writing is typically very specific. But considering the lay hockey audience over here I am sure your style of sports writing would be a hit. There's nothing wrong in you helping to make hockey sound interesting for the "rest of us".

    In a way, you already do that when you blog about hockey-related matters from time to time. You make it sound interesting.