It's always kind of fun when worlds collide in the professional sports world, when we get crossover of a sports personality commenting on or participating in some way in another professional sport. It's like Reese's peanut butter cups -- "Hey, you dipped your NBA into my NFL!!"..."No, you spilled your NFL all over my NBA!!"
Then everybody tastes it and is like "Damn, that's good."
Well, we had one of those moments recently on my radio show on 1560 Yahoo! Sports Radio. Back in early November, former Rockets head coach and current ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy joined me and John Granato to talk some NBA hoops. At one point in the conversation, Granato asked Van Gundy (a frequent Texans game attendee) for a prediction on the Bears-Texans game that Sunday night.
After predicting that the Texans would find a way to win the game in Chicago, Van Gundy went into a fit of gushing admiration for Texans special team havoc machine Bryan Braman. If you care to listen to the podcast, fast forward toward the end. Here is a brief transcript:
"My favorite player in all of sports right now is Bryan Braman. I LOVE BRAMAN. I want a Braman jersey. I don't wear jerseys to the game, but I would wear a Braman jersey. Watching Braman run down to try and bust up the wedge on a kickoff is the highlight of every game for me."
Well, fast forward to last week. We had it all set up. A loyal listener of ours (Julian Ramos) had a Braman jersey made for Coach Van Gundy (go figure, you can't get a Braman in the Texans store, you have to have it custom made), he brought the jersey up to the studio, and our show booker arranged for Van Gundy and Braman to both be there to do an hour of radio together and have a shirt presentation ceremony along the lines of the medal ceremony at the end of Star Wars, Episode IV" (with Braman playing the role of Princess Leia, I suppose).
Well, we got the jersey, we got Van Gundy, but unfortunately Braman no showed the gig (a real shock given the appearance fee of zero dollars that he was getting paid to show up at our studio). Not to judge a book by its cover, but if I had to put all the Texans players in a lineup and you and I were asked to pick the one that would "no show" an unpaid 8:00 a.m. sports talk radio appearance, I'd pick Braman and then give you the next ten picks.
Van Gundy, ever the good sport, played the role of the jilted high school girlfriend perfectly and accepted his jersey with a giddy smile nonetheless (see pic above).
Now, fast forward again to Sunday afternoon. Texans leading the Colts 13-3, Colts punting the ball back to the Texans from deep in their own territory with under two minutes to go in the half. And then, BRAMAN HAPPENED....
A huge game changing play, that ultimately wound up being a big part of the 12 point difference in the end as the Texans beat the Colts 29-17. Naturally, after Braman's huge play, the main thing the Twitterverse wanted to know -- how jacked up was Jeff Van Gundy?
Here is the reaction from my timeline alone:
(NOTE: Notice the first four tweets to hit my timeline on this topic all implied that Van Gundy achieved some sort of orgasm the moment that Braman crossed the goal line. Like nasty tweets implying he needed lotion or a towel or a mop to clean up.)
@seancablinasian Jeff Van Gundy just came in his dockers
— THE Fake Jon Weeks (@46longsnap) December 16, 2012
— Not Santa (@Icegelski81) December 16, 2012
@seancablinasian Jeff Van Gundy has a mess to clean up
— Greg D (@Evilmechanic) December 16, 2012
— StephenSmith (@ScrubNumberOne) December 16, 2012
— Brien West (@brienwest) December 16, 2012
— Greg in Copperfield (@Gmzb2000) December 16, 2012
@seancablinasian Jeff Van Gundy is rockin that Jersey right now!
— Jamie Spencer (@bigjamiet) December 16, 2012
— Roland Silva (@ropimpin) December 16, 2012
— Julian Ramos (@Julian__Ramos) December 16, 2012
— Billy Nguyen (@bill6393) December 16, 2012
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