Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Scallenge

From CBS Boston:
Sick of hearing that the average Joe could beat him out on the hardwood, Brian Scalabrine was on a mission.

And given the results of last week’s “Scallenge,” it was mission accomplished for the “White Mamba.”

Scalabrine, who retired over the summer after a very serviceable 11-year NBA career, took on four of Boston’s best ballers in 98.5 The Sports Hub’s 1-on-1 “Scallenge,” put on by morning hosts Toucher & Rich. [...]

Scalabrine — who spent the last few seasons of his career seen as the “human victory cigar” — easily defeated all four of his opponents, throwing down monstrous jams and sinking smooth jumpers as he beat them all by a combined score of 44-6.

Reminds me of that time BloodRayne director (and former amateur boxer) Uwe Boll invited his harshest critics to vent their frustrations upon him in a series of boxing matches, and then pulled no punches, pummeling the five nerds foolish enough to take him up on the challenge. Also reminds me of a dream I once had, wherein former NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning challenged me to a one-on-one and promptly thrashed me 11-1.

As for this Scalabrine guy, I haven't regularly followed the NBA in years, but I definitely took notice every time I saw him come in for the Boston Celtics. For the most part, he seemed to be used only as a situational defensive substitution brought in for single possessions during the closing seconds of games. As the lone white guy (and extremely so) on a team once known for having most of the league's best white players, and often as the only white guy on either team, he kind of stuck out. And, although clearly someone must have thought highly of the redhead's ability to do whatever the hell he was supposed to do, seeing as how they were bringing this benchwarmer in cold at a pretty critical moment, I always remained skeptical, based on nothing more than his physical appearance, that this goofy-looking ginger really belonged in the NBA. Well, I guess he showed me too.

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