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(Yahoo)   Career NBA bench-warmer, Brian Scalabrine, plays 1 on 1 against series of crap-talking neighborhood hoop heroes with predicable results. Still can't jump   ( sports.yahoo.com) divider line
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2013-01-23 10:34:56 AM  
I, for one, am SHOCKED that street ballers aren't as good as they think they are.
 
2013-01-23 11:50:07 AM  

twobux: I, for one, am SHOCKED that street ballers aren't as good as they think they are.


I think it's less an issue of amateurs overestimating their abilities than that of most people underestimating what it takes to make it to the NBA, even as a career sixth seventh eighth man.
 
2013-01-23 11:50:42 AM  
Is it just me or does anyone else get distracted by unrelated links in the middle of the article...next thing I know I've read half of six articles.
 
2013-01-23 11:51:00 AM  
No shiat. He played in the NBA. Even the worst players in the NBA are better than just about all of the street ballers.
 
2013-01-23 11:52:24 AM  
bbbbut Kentucky could have beat the wizards last year!!!
 
2013-01-23 11:52:54 AM  

ongbok: No shiat. He played in the NBA. Even the worst players in the NBA are better than just about all of the street ballers.


Nuh uh! Ever watch And 1? Those guys got mad skillz. The NBAers are just too scared to keep it real.
 
2013-01-23 11:56:12 AM  
He should get a team of NBA retirees together to play the Globetrotters. I'd like to see that.
 
2013-01-23 12:02:05 PM  
That's some good funny. Probably didn't even sweat.
 
2013-01-23 12:03:44 PM  

Krymson Tyde: He should get a team of NBA retirees together to play the Globetrotters. I'd like to see that.


NBA retirees, all the way. The Globetrotters went up against Michigan State a little while back, and lost.

Regarding the article: I think it's the television lens - you just don't realize how large/athletic major league players are when they're standing next to other professionals who are the same size.
 
2013-01-23 12:07:00 PM  

hp6sa: Krymson Tyde: He should get a team of NBA retirees together to play the Globetrotters. I'd like to see that.

NBA retirees, all the way. The Globetrotters went up against Michigan State a little while back, and lost.

Regarding the article: I think it's the television lens - you just don't realize how large/athletic major league players are when they're standing next to other professionals who are the same size.


Different sport but a friend of mine was in a restaurant in London when he saw a rugby player called Lawrence Dallaglio; he said that he had never not only seen someone that big but had never even imagined just what 6' 4" and 18st looks like when it belongs to someone who plays in a contact sport.

We all like to think that we are 'nearly' good enough but when you see someone who actually is you have to realise that it is the difference between black and white and not just shades of grey. Pro sportsmen are just on a different level, if not, they would never have been able to get there in the first place.
 
2013-01-23 12:09:42 PM  
That is the second most boring video I have ever seen. But that's because I'm 6' and think basketball sucks, especially since they did away with the carry, walking and double dribble rules.
 
2013-01-23 12:16:44 PM  

The Bestest: ongbok: No shiat. He played in the NBA. Even the worst players in the NBA are better than just about all of the street ballers.

Nuh uh! Ever watch And 1? Those guys got mad skillz. The NBAers are just too scared to keep it real.


Most street ballers would get called for travel violations up and down a real court.
 
2013-01-23 12:16:48 PM  
We used to do this thing called "Challenge Basketball" at a church I used to go to.. We had Clint Richardson, David Thompson and Dr.J come in to help teach and play with the attendees. Even in their 40 and 50's with lots of gray hair, they could kick everyone's asses without raising a sweat.
 
2013-01-23 12:22:44 PM  
The worst NBA player is much much better than the best YMCA baller. The best WNBA player is much much worse than the best male YMCA baller.
 
2013-01-23 12:27:18 PM  
We used to have a tournament in my home town that was half court 3 on 3 basketball. They would tape off the courts on the streets downtown and it was a really large event, people from all over would come in to play and watch. They had divisions from 1st graders to 50 year old men. Well, Kevin Martin of the Oklahoma City Thunder is from my town and he used to play in it with a couple of his friends. They would play on the highest skill division and just mop the floor with people. It was great to watch, especially since you wouldnt expect an NBA starter to risk injury playing basketball in his home town.
 
2013-01-23 12:43:19 PM  

H31N0US: That is the second most boring video I have ever seen. But that's because I'm 6' and think basketball sucks, especially since they did away with the carry, walking and double dribble rules.


i watched 10 minutes. thats 10 more than ive watched since i was 13 and played my 1 season of basketball

i would like to watch the worst wnba player play the best y player. (the pro would win that too, larrydan43, you dumbass
 
2013-01-23 12:46:59 PM  
So he isn't Overrated like a certain Chinaman?
 
2013-01-23 12:50:15 PM  

jackiepaper: bbbbut Kentucky could have beat the wizards last year!!!


This actually doesn't disprove that, seeing as most street ballers don't even play D1. Skip to my Lou is the exception, went to Fresno State, and played in the NBA for several years
 
2013-01-23 12:51:11 PM  
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/don't do it like that White Mamba
 
2013-01-23 12:51:44 PM  

Teaser: The Bestest: ongbok: No shiat. He played in the NBA. Even the worst players in the NBA are better than just about all of the street ballers.

Nuh uh! Ever watch And 1? Those guys got mad skillz. The NBAers are just too scared to keep it real.

Most street ballers would get called for travel violations up and down a real court.


And 1 is difficult for me to watch. I think the players are incredibly creative and athletic and would most definitely school me, but it would mostly happen because I wouldn't know how to defend against carry-crossovers, traveling, double-dibbling, and a whole host of violations. It looks pretty and they do fool a lot of players, but you have to remember how they are doing it.

I was a pretty good defender in my HS organized days, but I do struggle in pick-up/streetball games where I am defending a crossover in a position where I can steal it, but they carry the ball horizontally across their body and drop it on the other side of my arm. In organized ball that is a carry, in street ball it is "look at the white guy get crossed."

/don't get me started on the "I foul because I can't defend-strategy" or my personal favorite "I am going to pick up my dribble at the three point line, plow forward with my head, throw up a prayer and yell foul if it doesn't go in."

//yes, I am that player that moves without the ball and sets screens in pickup games, only to see streetballers have no idea how to use the screen.
 
2013-01-23 12:55:29 PM  
You mean streetballers don't play defense?

NOOOOOOOOOOO
 
2013-01-23 12:58:39 PM  
So I play pick up ball at my local rec center a few times a week. This past summer a new guy shows up. He used to be a power forward for the Oregon Ducks back in early 2000. I was stoked because I'm a huge Ducks fan. So I'm on a fast break going up for an easy lay-up. The only person close to me is this guy, and he's at the top of the key while I'm just about to let the ball go for an easy two. No way he's getting to me, right? All of a sudden this big had comes flying right over me and pins the ball against the backboard. I just turned and did a Wayne's World "I'm not worthy". He was a great guy and we had a lot of laughs. He actually held back for the most part, but once in a while he would do something awesome like a put-back dunk off a rebound. I think it was more for our entertainment than for his.
 
2013-01-23 01:01:02 PM  
If there's any given standard as to how good you have to be to make a NBA roster, this is it. Scal may have been a career benchwarmer but he's still better than you. And me. And the sweaty shirtless guy who shoots a lot in your rec league. And Joe Schmo who rode the pine at 'Cuse.
 
2013-01-23 01:02:09 PM  
BLANCHED MAMBA
 
2013-01-23 01:04:58 PM  

Hyjamon: Teaser: The Bestest: ongbok: No shiat. He played in the NBA. Even the worst players in the NBA are better than just about all of the street ballers.

Nuh uh! Ever watch And 1? Those guys got mad skillz. The NBAers are just too scared to keep it real.

Most street ballers would get called for travel violations up and down a real court.

And 1 is difficult for me to watch. I think the players are incredibly creative and athletic and would most definitely school me, but it would mostly happen because I wouldn't know how to defend against carry-crossovers, traveling, double-dibbling, and a whole host of violations. It looks pretty and they do fool a lot of players, but you have to remember how they are doing it.

I was a pretty good defender in my HS organized days, but I do struggle in pick-up/streetball games where I am defending a crossover in a position where I can steal it, but they carry the ball horizontally across their body and drop it on the other side of my arm. In organized ball that is a carry, in street ball it is "look at the white guy get crossed."

/don't get me started on the "I foul because I can't defend-strategy" or my personal favorite "I am going to pick up my dribble at the three point line, plow forward with my head, throw up a prayer and yell foul if it doesn't go in."

//yes, I am that player that moves without the ball and sets screens in pickup games, only to see streetballers have no idea how to use the screen.


Not basketball, but...

I used to play in a city flag football league. My third year, a team signed up compromised primarily of practice squad members for the local NFL team and guys that almost-but-not-quite made the practice squad. They wiped the floor with every team out there, no problem, even though it was 'only' flag football. In fact, they made it look very, very easy.  In addition to having speed, size, strength, reflexes, etc. they also had a level of knowledge, understanding, and prediction that even the best of us (I definitely played high school ball, and a few guys on our team played college ball) couldn't hope to match. 

Professionals literally  arein another league from the rest of us. And just because your dumb ass hasn't actually confronted that reality doesn't mean it's not true. And this can be hilariously true with 'open challenge' MMA fights.
 
2013-01-23 01:20:00 PM  

whistleridge: Hyjamon: Teaser: The Bestest: ongbok: No shiat. He played in the NBA. Even the worst players in the NBA are better than just about all of the street ballers.

Not basketball, but...

I used to play in a city flag football league. My third year, a team signed up compromised primarily of practice squad members for the local NFL team and guys that almost-but-not-quite made the practice squad. They wiped the floor with every team out there, no problem, even though it was 'only' flag football. In fact, they made it look very, very easy.  In addition to having speed, size, strength, reflexes, etc. they also had a level of knowledge, understanding, and prediction that even the best of us (I definitely played high school ball, and a few guys on our team played college ball) couldn't hope to match.

Professionals literally arein another league from the rest of us. And just because your dumb ass hasn't actually confronted that reality doesn't mean it's not true. And this can be hilariously true with 'open challenge' MMA fights.


This. I was at a summer camp that had Christian Laettner show up to talk to us. Before the talk while we were all piling into the gym, he was just shooting around from all over the court. He was making about half of his shots and some of the people around me started to laugh and state how bad he was. None of them realized he was shooting 50% LEFT HANDED (he is right handed for those might not know to hate him from his Duke days). Most players would love to shoot 50% from the field with their dominant hand and he is doing it with his off-hand.

There was also some practice footage from an NBA practice where two players were having a three-point contest and they were both like 23,24 out of 25 shots. And they weren't known as "shooters".

Professional players are seriously good and good at a lot of little things. The know how to pick up on little reads to get a half-second jump start on where to stand or what to do next. They know how to hip check you just right to have you jump away from the ball going up for a rebound. Most casual fans just see LeBron James make the shot, they don't see what he did to get open and create space to get the shot off. I blame sportscenter for most of this. I used to love to watch Reggie Miller set his defender up for a screen, pop around it and nail a shot.
 
2013-01-23 01:25:03 PM  
Once heard a coach tell a bunch of HS players that pro's are literally one million times better than you. Not figuratively, but literally. They practice 100's of shots/passes/drills a day...everyday...for years.

200 free throws a day x 365 days x 4 years in college x 4 years in the league = 1,168,000 free throws for example.
 
2013-01-23 01:28:44 PM  

Hyjamon: There was also some practice footage from an NBA practice where two players were having a three-point contest and they were both like 23,24 out of 25 shots. And they weren't known as "shooters".


Ray Allen and Delonte West doing pretty well.
 
2013-01-23 01:28:57 PM  
I like Scal's radio spots with Toucher & Rich and he definitely comes across as a good guy and a good sport.

I didn't watch the whole video yet but the first minute tells you all you need know.
 
2013-01-23 01:30:40 PM  

Hyjamon: Teaser: The Bestest: ongbok: No shiat. He played in the NBA. Even the worst players in the NBA are better than just about all of the street ballers.

Nuh uh! Ever watch And 1? Those guys got mad skillz. The NBAers are just too scared to keep it real.

Most street ballers would get called for travel violations up and down a real court.

And 1 is difficult for me to watch. I think the players are incredibly creative and athletic and would most definitely school me, but it would mostly happen because I wouldn't know how to defend against carry-crossovers, traveling, double-dibbling, and a whole host of violations. It looks pretty and they do fool a lot of players, but you have to remember how they are doing it.

I was a pretty good defender in my HS organized days, but I do struggle in pick-up/streetball games where I am defending a crossover in a position where I can steal it, but they carry the ball horizontally across their body and drop it on the other side of my arm. In organized ball that is a carry, in street ball it is "look at the white guy get crossed."

/don't get me started on the "I foul because I can't defend-strategy" or my personal favorite "I am going to pick up my dribble at the three point line, plow forward with my head, throw up a prayer and yell foul if it doesn't go in."

//yes, I am that player that moves without the ball and sets screens in pickup games, only to see streetballers have no idea how to use the screen.


I was a below average high school player, I sort of sucked. But because of that I focused on defense, rebounding, passing, and setting screens. We ran the classic motion offense. I wouldn't shoot unless I was wide open under the basket. When I join pickup games at the gym, it's pretty much a waste of time for me to run down to the offensive end, as no one knows how to use a screen and everyone pretty much jacks up 35 footers first chance they get. I only touch the ball on rebounds.

The worst part is when they eventually hit one, because then it gives them an even bigger license to fire away. They like to view themselves as "streak shooters".

/And don't get me started on their gear.

RAIN DANCE
 
2013-01-23 01:35:43 PM  
H31n0us: "...basketball sucks, especially since they did away with the carry, walking and double dribble rules."

Yes.

I played HS b-ball (with no distinction) back before the NBA (and colleges) loosened up on all that stuff. Even in the first 5 seconds of the video, it bugged me to be reminded that "guarding" the opponent before he even takes a step can include having a hand on his shoulder.

Regarding my own profession, I get tired of what the amateurs post on YouTube as evidence of their "accomplishment"--yet I still salute the mega-gods of my business, with acumen/skills/artistry I can only dream of. The better you are at something, the more you appreciate the abilities of those who are the very *best* at it.
 
2013-01-23 01:49:04 PM  
Videos like this always make me laugh.

Professional athletes, even the fringe ones, are so much better at their sport than the average person that it is laughable for people to think they can ever hope to compete. Whether it is bowling or golf or pool or basketball or football, these people get paid hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars to play the game. Their entire life is devoted to mastering that craft. Spending three days a week at the YMCA for a few hours playing rec ball is nothing. It was cool that they had a college player in the video just to see the difference between college and the pros, too.

Besides the simple act of, for example, shooting a basketball...those guys also have superior athletic talents in all aspects compared to the average person including reflexes, instincts, eye-hand coordination, speed, quickness, and stamina.

My "sport" of choice is golf. And, as an amateur golfer, I am decent. I get to practice a few times a week and I shoot in the mid-70s consistently. Even when comparing myself to some local guys that I know (who play on mini-tours or overseas), the difference is striking in all aspects of the game. I can't even imagine how embarrassed I would be trying to go toe-to-toe against a true professional.
 
2013-01-23 02:29:14 PM  

TheLopper: When I join pickup games at the gym, it's pretty much a waste of time for me to run down to the offensive end, as no one knows how to use a screen and everyone pretty much jacks up 35 footers first chance they get. I only touch the ball on rebounds.


The place I play at has specific nights for 30 and over. That's the only time I'll play, for exactly the reasons you mentioned. Kids nowadays don't now how to play basketball. You give 'em the ball and you'll never get it back. Everyone of them thinks they are LeBron or Jordan and can do it all by themselves.
 
2013-01-23 02:34:53 PM  
Hell, we had a kid in our 3-on-3 office league that played at Dunbar High School, and he smoked everybody else in the league. Some of the guys had played at the Y or in other rec leagues, but even this dude was on a wholly different level. Fortunately, he held back most of the time. Most of the time.
 
2013-01-23 02:44:25 PM  

Pincy: Kids nowadays don't now how to play basketball


Hasn't this almost always been true? When has the team of older, less athletic guys not wiped the floor with the young guns because they do all the little things right?

My personal favorite is when I set a back-screen for someone on the perimeter, and they just sit there and do nothing.
 
2013-01-23 03:06:10 PM  
was the obvious tag on vacation? this is the biggest no shiat story of well ever.
 
2013-01-23 03:10:32 PM  

Pincy: The place I play at has specific nights for 30 and over. That's the only time I'll play, for exactly the reasons you mentioned. Kids nowadays don't now how to play basketball. You give 'em the ball and you'll never get it back. Everyone of them thinks they are LeBron or Jordan and can do it all by themselves.


Disagree, though there are certainly a fair share of them. Then again, I play pickup at a college, and it's clear who played in HS and who didn't. (though I didn't - I didn't really get into basketball until my 20s - I've certainly picked up a fair share of things while playing with them and by watching the sport on TV)

Worse than the people who can't play defense so they foul are the people that can't accept that they're not very good, so they call fouls on terrible shots that they forced themselves into.

/never call fouls
 
2013-01-23 03:10:48 PM  

whistleridge: Professionals literally arein another league from the rest of us. And just because your dumb ass hasn't actually confronted that reality doesn't mean it's not true. And this can be hilariously true with 'open challenge' MMA fights.


But one of the most important hooks for casual sports fans is the mythical idea that they could hang with their heroes if they gave it enough effort.  So is it any wonder they despise a league where the average player is 6'7, 220 pounds, black, and can hit their head on a metal cylinder that the average person can't touch with their fingertips?
 
2013-01-23 03:11:32 PM  

jackiepaper: bbbbut Kentucky could have beat the wizards last year!!!


granted pretty much all of the kentucky players were future nba players that hadn't been drafted yet. that's a little different than some schmuck down at the y thinking he could ball with an nba player. i would still take the wizards, but it would have been a much better game than the beatings scalabrine dropped on those four guys.
 
2013-01-23 03:30:52 PM  

gtfan92: Pincy: Kids nowadays don't now how to play basketball

Hasn't this almost always been true? When has the team of older, less athletic guys not wiped the floor with the young guns because they do all the little things right?

My personal favorite is when I set a back-screen for someone on the perimeter, and they just sit there and do nothing.


better yet, they tell you to go away because you are "crowding them".

though it is sweet when you find a few players that DO know how to run basic offensive tactics and they realize how to utilize a "role" player. I used to play at the college I teach at, it takes a few weeks before the smart players realize what I can do (I am old, out of shape and not first pick). but once they realize I can get them open with screens, clear out of an area to give them a driving lane and can pass very well, those players will always pick me up and we usually don't get knocked off easily.

funniest part is when I am defending the 18 yr old 6'4" guy on the other team that can score at will on me, his teammates never realize or capitalize on the horrible mismatch. Sadly, he also just stands in one place making it easy to guard him.

there are 10 players and one ball. 90% of the time you will not have the ball; learn to play without it.

/can't wait to coach my son's teams
 
2013-01-23 03:30:53 PM  
I was in the Army with a few guys who played various forms of semi-pro sports (a couple of D-1 and D-2 football players and a semi-pro soccer player). Playing flag football with the college players and watching men that big make those moves up close is unreal. Our XO played O-line for Army. He ran a 12 minute 2 mile. It's not fair that a man that large could be that fast. The soccer player would just run and you couldn't tire him out. He would just go faster or longer than everyone else, I never saw him winded. Without training and having never run one he bet me a steak dinner he could run a marathon in less than 4 hours. He did the Austin marathon on a whim in 3:30. For the steak dinner he ate a wedge salad, a porterhouse for two and before he'd even finished the porterhouse, he ordered a filet. That bet cost me $200 worth of steak. The funniest thing about it is the guy is maybe 5'6. And none of those guys were even good enough to go pro. I can't imagine thinking I could be a benchwarmer on a pro team at anything.
 
2013-01-23 03:41:04 PM  
I played varsity ball in HS and was pretty good, I can generally hang with any pickup games I come into. Also, I went to a big time basketball college played intramurals occasionally and benchwarmers from the team would come out and just completely DESTROY people. There is such a huge disconnect between the talent of NBA players and college players and knowing how good these benchwarmers were I can only imagine how good some of the worst NBA players are.
 
2013-01-23 03:48:04 PM  
I once had a friend (he posts here under "JOHN MCENROE MY CHILDHOOD NEMESIS") convince me that we should go to an open tryout for the Cleveland AFL team. At the time, I was in my first year of college, not playing football. In fact, we had both only ever played football for our High School's freshman team, before deciding theatre was more our style. I didn't really want to go, and I especially didn't want to front the $70 for it, but the man is persuasive.

So I got to see up-close just how wide of a difference there is. Because there were legitimate professional athletes competing here. We did the 40 yard dash, and a guy running a 4.4 40 looks entirely different than... me. I ran I think a 5.8. It was bad. I had never done weight training before, so I couldn't do any reps on the 250 pound bench press. My long jump was about half of the pros long-jump. I think the crowning moment came when I was placed in an O-lineman footwork drill, and overheard the coach say "do we have anything here?" followed by a solemn nod of "no". They seemed as confused as to why I was there as I was.

My buddy, though, thought this was hilarious and would finish his drills by striking Heisman poses and yelling "making plays". He had pretty much everyone he spoke with smiling and laughing. I guess it's a good story if nothing else.

/We didn't make the team
 
2013-01-23 04:13:48 PM  
On a related note, I just watched "Paper Lion" on Netflix last week. I think the book is better than the movie.
 
2013-01-23 04:50:14 PM  

Hyjamon: Professional players are seriously good and good at a lot of little things. The know how to pick up on little reads to get a half-second jump start on where to stand or what to do next. They know how to hip check you just right to have you jump away from the ball going up for a rebound. Most casual fans just see LeBron James make the shot, they don't see what he did to get open and create space to get the shot off. I blame sportscenter for most of this. I used to love to watch Reggie Miller set his defender up for a screen, pop around it and nail a shot.


Dennis Rodman used to watch hours tape of both his team and his opponents to figure out where the ball was most likely to go on a miss, then be in the right place to get the ball on every shot. That's crazy to me.
 
2013-01-23 05:38:27 PM  

spideyknix: I played varsity ball in HS and was pretty good, I can generally hang with any pickup games I come into. Also, I went to a big time basketball college played intramurals occasionally and benchwarmers from the team would come out and just completely DESTROY people. There is such a huge disconnect between the talent of NBA players and college players and knowing how good these benchwarmers were I can only imagine how good some of the worst NBA players are.


When I used to play pick-up ball a few years back, there was a guy who occasionally played with us who had played a couple years of JUCO and then a year as a benchwarmer on a big time D1 team. As soon as he crossed half court, he was within his shooting range. No exaggeration. If you didn't guard him 35 farking feet from the basket, he would drain it.
 
2013-01-23 06:24:21 PM  

Swoop1809: We used to have a tournament in my home town that was half court 3 on 3 basketball. They would tape off the courts on the streets downtown and it was a really large event, people from all over would come in to play and watch. They had divisions from 1st graders to 50 year old men. Well, Kevin Martin of the Oklahoma City Thunder is from my town and he used to play in it with a couple of his friends. They would play on the highest skill division and just mop the floor with people. It was great to watch, especially since you wouldnt expect an NBA starter to risk injury playing basketball in his home town.


I'm not from the town he's from, but was this the Gus Macker? In my hometown in IL we used to have the same thing every summer called the Gus Macker, my dad and I played in it for a few years. We had a few players from the area that made it to the pros briefly or eventually (Shaun Livingston, Frank Williams, a few others) and there were huge crowds during their games. A very different feel than any other basketball I've seen but amazing atmosphere.
 
2013-01-23 06:38:30 PM  
Mother farker, I submitted this story a couple days ago and it wasn't good enough.

/bitter
 
2013-01-23 06:43:29 PM  
OK, I'm over it. What I found funny was how much trash Fred Toucher was talking about how they surely would be able to beat Scal if it was three of them against one of him. They even considered giving him their fat paid-intern.
 
2013-01-23 06:53:44 PM  
We had the 2x world pool (English 8Ball) champion come to Australia from England on a promotional tour. Luckily our humble town outside a major city was selected to host him for an evening. He did the usual muck around trick shots, few funny stories, auction off some of his stuff for our association, then a few were selected to challenge him to a frame.

He very quickly picked who could play and who couldn't before they even got to the table. He stuffed around with you, until he thought you were about to run out on him, then he'd switch on. When that happened, it was over. He'd pot anything, from anywhere. It was incredible to watch.

Our association has some very good amateur players, as in, state squad good. We've taken it to past national reps. But this...this...was truly something to behold. Yes, it's not physical like Scala or footy, but it's a learned skill and when the pro decided to flip the switch you just went into "holy farkballs" mode.
 
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