Sunday, July 23, 2017

Scaramucci: I've seen Trump throw a dead spiral through a tire.

First, love the name.

If a novelist used the name for a character in a fiction about a Trump administration member you'd think it a bit too contrived.

Speaking about Trump on Friday
He’s the most competitive person I’ve ever met, I have seen this guy throw a dead spiral through a tire. I’ve seen him at Madison Square Garden with a topcoat on, he’s standing in the key, he’s hitting foul shots and swishing them. He sinks three-foot putts. I don’t see this guy as a guy that’s ever under siege. This is a very, very competitive person.
Come on, help a brother out. "Dead spiral" has me stumped.

It's a football thing. Isn't it? Okay, I bet $10.00 it's a football thing. Because of "spiral." What other sport has that?

I also don't know what "swishing" means. I assume it relates to baseball. Because "foul shot" relates to baseball. Doesn't it? Maybe golf.

It looks like Scaramucci is  talking about Trump being competitive in football, baseball and golf. But that takes two assumptions.

You know, for a communications director you'd think he could speak in such a way that isn't so coded in sports lingo. If I'm understanding this right, it's taken a long time to get it.

Oh! Through the "hole" in the center of a tire. Not through the rubber of a tire like a bullet or a nail. Okay, now it makes more sense. "Dead" must mean like "dead on."

Sports people sure do speak weirdly. No wonder I never know what they're talking about.

No link. This is all over the place. Search "dead spiral" and all the results are to this Scaramucci statement. Apparently the phrase is unique.

4 comments:

Chip Ahoy said...

I have no idea what a "key" is either, as relating to Madison Square Garden. And internet is not helpful.

For me, this is the most confusing paragraph I encountered all week. And apparently each sentence makes perfect sense. It's like a bizarre coded message.

This is what Brooks was talking about. It's an example of how elites use words and phrases, in this case, ordinary words from the same language, arranged differently and imbued with different meanings for the purpose of separating themselves from and alienating other classes. I makes me feel left out. Because I am left out. It took me forever to decode it. Meanwhile the meeting broke up and everyone departed and I'm left standing there puzzling over what I just heard. <-- I'm kidding, almost.

Lem said...

Reminds me of a James Bond villain named Scaramanga. He had an extra nipple.

edutcher said...

Old Sabatini novel ("Captain Blood", etc), "Scaramouche", similar to "The Scarlet Pumpernickel".

I have seen this guy throw a dead spiral through a tire.
he’s hitting foul shots and swishing them.


dead spiral - football thrown like a bullet from a rifle

swish - nothin' but net

key - usually painted area beneath the basket; for the NBA it is 16 feet (4.9 m) wide, primarily used to prevent players from staying beneath the basket of the opponents' team for long periods (maximum three seconds).

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

Yeah, well maybe this Scaramucci guy has seen Trump throw a dead spiral and all that, but I've heard of this guy who has seen things we all wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. That sort of thing.