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Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue May 12 01:35:06 UTC 2015


That took place Saturday, May 9.  Tonight Pierce tried a shot with 3 seconds left that would have tied the next game in the series and given Washington a 3-1 series lead but he must have forgotten to call "game" and the shot was off.  Perhaps the line will have less staying power now, but I think it's still a nice candidate for QOTY (especially if Washington wins the series).  

LH



> Begin forwarded message:
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> From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> Subject: on the subject of sports lingo...
> Date: May 11, 2015 at 8:58:55 PM EDT
> To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
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> Beyond Bill (Simmons) and Brady, a QOTY candidate.  
> 
> Asked whether he called "bank" on his game-winning (bank) shot that won the playoff game, Paul ("The Truth") Pierce replied (twice) "I called 'Game'". 
> You can watch both the shot and the birth of the QOTY candidate here:  http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12856032
> 
> 
> (The "calling 'bank'" reference is a mock allusion--not uncommon in professional basketball commentary--to a world in which the player making the bank shot in question wasn't trying to score for his team in the actual game but just making it difficult for his opponent in a one-on-one game of H-O-R-S-E.
> See http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=789339&start=30 for an explanation.)
> 
> LH

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