Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Okay. Fine. We'll Start The Debate.

Let's do semantics, just for a sec.

From dictionary.com.

–verb (used with object)

1.to dip (a doughnut, cake, etc.) into coffee, milk, or the like, before eating.
2.to submerge in a liquid: She dunked the curtains in the dye.
3.Basketball. to attempt to thrust (a ball) through the basket using a dunk shot.

Okay, I'll play along. Let's look up "dunk shot."

dunk shot
–noun Basketball. a shot in which a player near the basket jumps with the ball and attempts to thrust it through the basket with one hand or both hands held above the rim.

American Heritage Dictionary - Cite This Source - Share This dunk shot
n. Basketball
A shot made by jumping and slamming the ball down through the basket. Also called stuff shot.

WordNet - Cite This Source - Share This
dunk shot

a basketball shot in which the basketball is propelled downward into the basket [syn: dunk]

Okay. So that's three sources. Do a quick search in the above text for "hangs on rim." Try "touches rims." What? Not there?

Now, those are technical definitions. But if you were to ask me to define "dunk" I'd probably say something like "a monster jam." Or "the entire offensive repertoire of Samuel Dalembert." But I'd definitely say, "throwing the ball down through the hoop."

So why do I keep getting emails and comments from folks telling me this isn't a dunk?

Well, he's above the rim. See exhibit A.

Did he get close enough to grab the rim? No. Did he throw it down? Yes. Was it a ridiculous display of athletic ability from a guy that is, in two words, friggin' huge? Absolutely.

So anyone that thinks this isn't a dunk? Drop the kryptonite.

Okay, that was lame. But seriously. It was a dunk. It was awesome. Let's move on.

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