November 17, 2008

Thick Skins and Bouncy Centers

As professional jugglers and politicians know, it takes a thick skin to survive the public spotlight. (Hey, there’s not much need for “private spotlights,” is there?) In 2007, Senator Jim Inhofe (of Oklahoma) spoke to a receptive audience on this topic:
“I have been called—my kids are all aware of this—dumb, crazy man, science abuser, Holocaust denier, villain of the month, hate-filled, warmonger, Neanderthal, Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun. And I can just tell you that I wear some of those titles proudly.”
While I’m not sure which one of those titles the senator could happily don, Inhofe provides a role model of toughness that NBA players should take to heart. Take the oft-injured Baron Davis, for example. After incidental contact with Utah’s Mehmet Okur, Davis goes down like he was sniped by an assassin’s bullet.

More embarrassing is the celebratory chest bump that Sasha Vujacic of the Lakers (we hates ‘em!) tried to engage in… it’s like a physics experiment gone bad. In addition to having hollow bones, Vujacic apparently has a bouncy center.

Ooh! Looky!

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