It’s officially basketball season, but first a nod to the difficult transitions that take place from one season to the next. The troglodytic Mudlarks must be reprogrammed to different sets of skills, which takes time and often leads to scores of injuries in the case of the grid-iron to hardwood switchover. You would think that the round ball (and the subversively sexy fishnet outerwear) would signal the shift, but mouth breathers like Harvey* and Ottewill need to be reminded of the general idea of the sport they are currently playing. This is called coaching and it involves yelling and the proper use of a whistle. No, Gil, you put it in your mouth.
“Coach? We’re over here. You’re talking to a whistle.”
As Gil goes back to his office to find the owners manual for his whistle, the scrimmage continues and it’s The Lord of the Flies time and Bobby Ottewill goes up…and brings the pain. It’s these fishnets! He hates these fishnets! His father probably used to dress up in fishnet hose and stage his own production of Bus Stop at family gatherings. It’s the simplest explanation for Bobby’s violent outbursts.
Neal Rubin has once again honored a member of the sports writing fraternity by naming a character Scott Fowler as a nod to the national award-winning sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer. You’ve made it Scott, like Rick Bozich and some other people that escape memory (and you got to be a sharp-shooting forward instead of a chubby student journalist. Bonus!)
*Stephan Harvey is shown unmarked again, so it would seem that the tattoos the kids got at Ransom Hale’s Tattoo and Legitimately Fake Bootleg DVD Emporium last season were temporary. (But the memories are forever!)