|Slang City Mail|
|February 19, 2004|
Slang of the
Week: diaper dandy (noun phrase)
Vitale doesn’t just use that expression – he invented it. After working for many years as a coach, he got a job announcing college basketball games for ESPN in 1979. The king of colorful sports language, Vitale has created many terms that are now well-known to B-ball (basketball) fans.
For example, he calls large players human space ships, for obvious reasons. An unpredictable player is called a Dow-Joneser in Vitale-speak, because his performance goes up and down, like the stock market. A good jumper is a Skywalker (like Luke Skywalker in Star Wars) and an impressive slam dunk is a dipsy-doo dunk-a-roo.
He also has many complimentary and insulting names for the teams themselves. A team with great players in every position is an All-Rolls Royce Team. The All Avis Team is the team that tries harder, like the slogan of the Avis rental car company.
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