As I write this post, I am 40 weeks pregnant. Well, my wife is. Though my mood swings and expanding waistline may cause some to question who’s carrying the baby. We recently had what was to be our final checkup. Upon entering the hospital, fear overwhelmed me. I was convinced my wife was going to give birth right then. Location wise, we were in a great place, but I wasn’t ready. Her bag wasn’t packed, I was hungry, and heck, childbirth is scary. I wanted to call a timeout, though one was not available.
Let’s segue to another fellow who wanted a timeout when one was unavailable- Chris Webber. A member of the “Fab Five,” considered college basketball’s “greatest class ever recruited”. In 1993, expectations were high for the Michigan Wolverines. They had earned a trip to their second straight NCAA championship game and were the favorites, despite an embarrassing defeat the year prior to Duke.
With 19 seconds left, Webber rebounded the ball. What happened next has been called “the worst moment in march madness history.”
The Wolverines ended up losing the game.
Webber went on to have a successful 15-year NBA career, but the timeout still haunts him.
Update : No baby yet, and I still want a timeout.
“In all the years of major league baseball, no one, it seems, had ever dropped his drawers on the field. Not Wally Moon. Not Blue Moon Odom. Not even Heinie Manush. Lyons was the first.”
– E.M. Swift
I had this recurring dream. I would wake up, brush my teeth, wash my armpits, you know– the usual morning routine. Suddenly, I felt I was running late. I ran out the door and wound up at school. Upon my arrival, I realized I had forgotten one important thing…pants.
Meet Steve Lyons- a mediocre journeyman major league baseball player, whose peculiar habits and outbursts earned him one of the all-time-great nicknames, “psycho“.
Lyons lays a bunt down the first base side, and hustles down the line. He dives head first into the bag, Lyons’ signature move, and beats the throw. Now, dirt has a way of finding its way into some uncomfortable places. In an attempt to evacuate the loose earth from his pants, loosens his belt and subsequently drops his pants with reckless disregard for the thousands in attendance.
This gaffe earned him the new moniker of “Moon Man“.
“It’s nice to be remembered for something.”
– Steve Lyons