Will’s Entry: OH! The Braggs are back in Town

12 Feb

Okay, my topic for the day has little to do with the Braggs but I should note that yesterday I picked HD, Brit, and Baylee from the airport.  I’m not sure how long each of them are staying but it will be a BUSY house.  I can’t believe how much louder things get with just one more kid stirring the pot, if you know what I mean.  They are all so excited to be together and playing.  Hopefully the screaming will decrease on its own and Kristin won’t go crazy . . .

As for my main subject, it’s a mix between “Who Am I” and $1,000,000-idea except it wouldn’t make any money. 

I’ve always thought there had to be a better way to distract players during free throws.  Anyone knows that random waving and screaming are generally dismissed as “background noise”.  I’ve even read articles stating such.  (http://www.slate.com/id/2111939/)  I’ve considered the ideas of leaning and this and that but thought the ideas were too nerdy, though I liked this one:

(Some people don’t need help missing free throws . . .)

An idea that would surely test the rules comes from David Whitney, the scientist who published the visual-motion study in Nature. Whitney suggests that it would be easy to create an improved version of the thunder stick that becomes more noticeable when waved in one direction. One such device might work by hanging LEDs inside a hollow tube with holes in it. When swung to the right, the LEDs would be visible through the holes, creating spots of light that would vanish when the stick went back to the left. As hundreds of fans shook the sticks wildly, the shooter would see something that looked like a flurry of snow drifting in one direction.

That seemed a bit unfair but I came up with my own idea.  Imagine getting fouled, stepping up to the line and . . . . THE CROWD IS IMITATING YOU.  Everything!  They’re standing up, flexing their knees, taking pretend basketball bounces, wiping their sweat, etc.  Every little thing you do, they do!  You can’t tell me that it wouldn’t make you a little self-conscious about your actions and that you wouldn’t be thinking about it.  And as any basketball player will tell you, it’s a momentary lack of concentration that leads to missed free throws.  And the crowd would LOVE it and get a kick out of it.  So what do you think?

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6 Responses to “Will’s Entry: OH! The Braggs are back in Town”

  1. Mickie February 12, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    O’Neal… thats funny. You should have picked a video of that one guy shooting free throws… you know that one guy that shoots like Barkely swings a golf club?

    Anyways I’m thinking that would be hard to organize but would be really effective!

  2. hgundred February 12, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    Oh man, when I took free throws I did some funny stuff. I am pretty positive you would have distracted me if you imitated me. I love a full house…never a dull moment. 😉

  3. kay February 12, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    I want to see them imitate Carl Malone, wasn’t he on the line for, like, ever? I think a few people would definitely shorten their free throw routine.

    And I do have to say…I’m just glad Baylee can even “scream” now with the rest of them.

  4. Troy February 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    I think this would work. We would do something similar during girls high school basketball games. The students would chant, dribble, dribble, pass, dribble, pass, shot! We would do it both during the actual game and on the free throw line. Though I’m not sure NBA stars are as self-concious as high school girls…

  5. Jensa February 12, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    If your plan doesn’t work, I think every team needs one of these:

    http://thatfan.com/2010/02/10/say-hello-to-shirtless-bill-the-crazy-utah-state-basketball-fan/

  6. Chrissie February 13, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    too funny!

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