We've just completed another NCAA tournament with CBS' Bill Raftery, whose distinctive phrasing makes him a less annoying Dick Vitale. A recent piece in The New York Times reports that Raftery hasn't limited his jargon to basketball broadcasts.
One of his three daughters, Kelli, recalled that he would show his disapproval of their boyfriends by saying: "Come on, he has no onions."
And when the kids would be playing basketball in the backyard, he would tell them to get their feet under them before shooting by saying they needed to "get your puppies set."
One of Raftery's famous exclamations, "Send it in, Jerome!" for a forceful dunk, sprang from a backboard-shattering slam by former Pittsburgh player Jerome Lane. Raftery's CBS partner, Verne Lundquist, said Lane approached Raftery before a game this season and "With a big smile, he said, 'Thanks for making me famous.' "
Raftery said it's only laziness on his part that's kept him from trying to market himself based on his famous calls - such as endorsing Hershey's Kisses for his use of "the kiss" for a bank shot.
Instead of saying someone was faked out of his jock, Raftery says "lingerie." So let Mr. Flip suggest Raftery as the newest pitchman for Victoria's Secret.
Now, that would take onions.
The Real Shaq on Twitter has more than 450,000 followers. And why not? He is, as his profile states, quite "quotatious."
* "Its freezn n portland, schwlbbbbb schlwbbbb dats da lip shiver sound"
* "Attention all twitterers I'm a tweet at halftime and not get fined like vill a new wave a whteva his name is"
* "got a couple of movies dis summer no more rappin last time I rapped I ened up on youtube lol"
Maybe if Mr. Flip used Twitter, he could get a few words in when Mrs. Flip is talking.
(Tips of the Flip to SI.com.)
On the couch
The Wonderlic test apparently isn't enough. NFL teams want to know more - at least that seems to be the case when it comes to potential top draft pick Matthew Stafford.
The San Francisco 49ers could have scratched the Georgia quarterback from their list because he didn't want to open up about his parents' divorce.
49ers coach Mike Singletary told San Francisco radio station KNBR: "If you're going to look at drafting a guy in the first round, and you're going to pay him millions of dollars, and asking him about a divorce about his parents, if that's going to be an issue, uhhh, then you know what, maybe he doesn't belong here."
At the NFL combine, Stafford told the Detroit Free Press, a psychologist told him Stafford had "unfinished business" about his parents' split, which occurred when he was in high school. Stafford said no, then asked how much the shrink was being paid.
If Stafford gets drafted early enough, he could afford several psychologists to tell him how well-adjusted he is.
(Tip of the Flip to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.)
Compiled from news service and Web reports by Mr. Flip, who doesn't care about having his head shrunk but would like to see someone about having his waist done.