Jul 3, 2012, 3:40 PM EST
The offseason is a time when athletes can take a big break from making millions of dollars to show their fans that they really are just regular guys with regular idiosyncrasies and regular baseball swings, just like you and me.
Take Dirk Nowitzki for example: his three-point shooting stroke is one of the most incredible things in today’s world of sports. You see the big lug sneaking around behind the arc, waiting for the moment precise moment when his defender sags off for some help defense. BOOM! The moment! He throws his gigantic arm up in the air, signaling to his teammates that he’s ready to end this whole offense thing and just drop the bomb already. The pass comes in and all of a sudden it’s in his grasp. Dirk cocks his shot around the waistband, takes a tiiiiiiiny little jump and all of a sudden there’s a basketball flying high through the air, as if it were 50 feet above the rim. He’s standing there, arm in the air, praying to the hoop lords that he’s struck gold once again. The ball craters out of the sky, Dirk’s viciously backpedalling, and all of a sudden, BLAM! The basketball has whipped through net and the crowd’s going crazy. Three points.
That’s nothing like his baseball swing, of course. That looks more like a third grader trying to swat at flies with a toothpick. Pro athletes; when they’re not playing their sport, they’re just as ungainly and awkward as the rest of us. Refreshing to know.
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