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Old 09-06-2007, 04:13 AM   #1
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Default "The refrigerator door is closed, the lights are out..."

the eggs are coolin', the butters getting hard and the jello is jiggling"

How many times did Chick Hearn proclaim that a game was over and end up being wrong about it? I know it's happened at least once or twice. I got to watch Chick call games for about 18 years...how many of you older folks here can remember any games where he closed the fridge and the Lakers ended up losing?

I also remember a few instances where he closed the fridge in the FIRST HALF...Stu would always advise him "don't do it, don't do it!"

I found some sites with Chick-Isms...man, this really brings back memories...NOBODY could call a game like Chick.. this might not be that funny to people who didn't get to hear Chick all the time, but here are a few that just bring back memories! This stuff is just hillarious to me cuz I can still remember him calling it over the years... There is a ton of great stuff about the history of the Lakers franchise and Chick Hearn has to be close to the top of that list.

"He sent that one back Air-mail Special!"-This reminds me of Micheal Cooper coming from behind to block a layup when somebody had thought they had a breakaway

"He did the bunny hop in the pea patch"

"You could call it with Braille"

"He got caught with his hand in the cookie jar"

"They couldn't beat the Sisters of Mercy"-This reminds me of the Lakers whupping on sorry teams like the Clippers, lol

"They couldn't throw a pea into the ocean"

"He threw up a frozen rope

"In and Out, HEART BRRREAK!"

"He has two chances, slim and none"

"If that goes in, I'm walking home"

"Leapin' Lena"-These were Jeff Hornacek type shots

"There are lots of referees in the building, only three getting paid"

"The mustard's off the hot dog"-This one was used a ton of course, but it reminds me of a young Vlade trying to act like he was a guard, which was pretty often

"94-by-50 hunk of wood"

"No harm, no foul, no blood, no ambulance"

"Marge could have made that shot"-LOL...I loved it when he would mention his wife during the telecasts...

rip chicky!
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:14 AM   #2
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Hes a legend. R.I.P.
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:18 AM   #3
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Hes a legend. R.I.P.

do you recall any of the times he put a game in the fridge and the Lakers ended up losing? curious to know...it has happened though. theres gotta be a site with the info.
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:24 AM   #4
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didnt he create the terms "air ball" and "slam dunk"?

He was amazing. I loved hearing him call games
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:33 AM   #5
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didnt he create the terms "air ball" and "slam dunk"?

He was amazing. I loved hearing him call games

yeah, he is the first one to use the term Slam dunk and Air ball..among many other things...i wonder what they called those things before he named them???

I wonder if he trademarked any of his sayings...if Paris Hilton can get paid anytime someone says "that's hot" and Micheal Buffers collects money anytime someone uses the term "lets get ready to rumble"...chick woulda had a ton of trademarked sayings.
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:36 AM   #6
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I remember he being wrong once, sometime in the Sedale Threatt and Cedric Ceballo Era not sure what year but it's around that time, too bad he is not around to called all the kobe great game lately.... RIP
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:37 PM   #7
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Even though I'm a Clippers fan, and having been listening to Ralph Lawler (who's really damn good in own right) all these years, I've always loved Chick Hearn. He always called it the way he saw it, and genuinely loved the game (and the Lakers). Lakers broadcasts have gotten progressively worse over the years, and are the complete opposite of the standard he set for so many years. Now, outside of Kevin Calabro in Seattle, Marv Albert, a few others, NBA broadcast teams (at least on the local level) all have the same generic, boring homer announcers.

I was at the old Forum on the night in January 1998 when the Lakers celebrated Chick broadcasting his 3,00th consecutive game. James Worthy and Stu Lantz (Chick's long-time partner) hosted a halftime ceremony, where they presented him with a "570" jersey (570 being the Lakers flagship radio station) and congrats from many of his fans.

Another note here...during Jerry Tarkanian's hey-day at UNLV, Chick also did their basketball games on television for many years.

http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/Chick...-50564-59.html
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:54 PM   #8
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interesting side note, chick hearn interviewed for the dodgers play by play job and lost it to another newcomer, a guy named vin scully...lol
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:02 PM   #9
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Here's some more Chickisms...

"He put him in the popcorn machine" (going for a pump fake)
"King Kong on a ladder couldn't have caught that pass"
"Coop-a-loop" (Lob pass to Coop)
"Swing left, shoot right" (for Kareem's skyhook)
"Bouncin' the ball like a yo-yo on a end of a string"


Chick Hearns was the best!
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:26 PM   #10
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Ralph Lawler is definitely one of the best announcers alive right now, but Chick Hearn was the best of all time without arguement. Lawler always reminded me of Chick, though. He's been with the Clippers for about 20-25 years, he has a huge streak going when it comes to games called without an absence. Unlike Chick, though, Lawler has been the announcer for the CLIPPERS!!! of all teams. Chick hearn was definitely the most dedicated announcers who ever lived, but Lawler isn't too far behind chick in terms of dedication.

And I will go as far as to say that Lawler is the best announcer in the NBA today.
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Old 09-06-2007, 05:16 PM   #11
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Ralph Lawler is definitely one of the best announcers alive right now, but Chick Hearn was the best of all time without arguement. Lawler always reminded me of Chick, though. He's been with the Clippers for about 20-25 years, he has a huge streak going when it comes to games called without an absence. Unlike Chick, though, Lawler has been the announcer for the CLIPPERS!!! of all teams. Chick hearn was definitely the most dedicated announcers who ever lived, but Lawler isn't too far behind chick in terms of dedication.

And I will go as far as to say that Lawler is the best announcer in the NBA today.

My all-time favorite radio broadcast was a Raptors/Clips game back in 2000 (I think). It was a crazy game with numerous buzzer beaters, and eventually it went into double OT. By the end of the game Lawler's voice had gone completely hoarse from all the BINGO's he had been screaming.
I realized two things that evening: 1) this guy is maybe THE most enthusiastic announcer in the game, and 2) no two Ralph Lawler BINGO's are exactly the same. Too bad he doesn't do simulcasts anymore.
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Old 09-06-2007, 05:45 PM   #12
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Chick Hearn > Marv Albert > Johnny Most > bag of turd > Ralph Lawler
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Old 09-06-2007, 05:56 PM   #13
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Chick-isms
Chick left this world in August 2002. I heard the news while on vacation at Lake Tahoe, and it first made me very sad on that day. Then I remembered all the games I was fortunate enough to hear him call, and I was happy for all the memories.

In my opinion, Chick Hearn is the greatest pro basketball announcer ever, and he was voted California's sports-caster of the year in February 1995. He had a streak of calling 3,338 consecutive Lakers games, between Nov. 21, 1965 and December 16, 2001. His 3000th consecutive game was Jan 19, 1998.

Here is a biography from the LA Times

In the '50s he was the local sportscaster in Peoria, Illinois, and was the voice of Bradley University and the Peoria Caterpillars. Born Francis Dayle Hearn, the Aurora, Ill., native began his Lakers broadcasting career in 1961.

He has invented many descriptive phrases, called Chick-isms. Also, Chick was the first to describe the distance of a shot in feet. Here is a list and definition for many of them.
Tribute Sites

* Golden Throat from Big Ben
* Remembering Chick from LA Times
* News from Yahoo
* News from Lakers site
* Chick Hearn R.I.P. from Salon
* News from CNN/SI
* News from CBS
* A Legend Is Silenced by Robert Alt at Ashbrook Center
* Silence of the Legend from Eating Out With Chris
* ChickHearn.com from Raydog
* Chick Hearn's grave from Seeing-Stars
* Chick Hearn from American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame
* Tribute from Vic & Darlene
* Chick Hearn from Sports Announcers Past & Present
* Chick Hearn from TV Tome
* In Loving Memory from Laker Jim
* Chick Hearn from Ruthless
* My Best Friend by Bill Walton at NBA.com
* Photo Gallery from NBA.com
* Tribute from Gary Vitti
* Chick Hearn from Surfita
* Chick Hearn from Wikipedia
* All About Chick Hearn from Global Search
* I wanted to be like Chick by Gary North
* Chick Hearn from RajuAbju
* Chick Hearn from EzBoard
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Game Descriptions

* Air ball
A shot that misses everything.

* Air mail special <object data="sound/FlySwat-AirMail.m3u" A shot that is fly-swatted right back at the shooter.

* Attacking 47 feet (of this 94x50 hunk of wood)
The front-court, the offensive zone.

* Baby hook (or Jr Jr Skyhook)
Magic's hook shot.

* Bob and Weave
Elgin Baylor moving.

* Boo birds
Fans who boo their own team when they play badly.

* (Call it with) Braille <object data="sound/Braille.m3u" An easy call for an official, e.g. a blatant foul.

* Building a House
When a player tosses up a series of "bricks" during the course of a game.

* Bunny hop (in the pea patch) <object data="sound/BunnyHop.m3u" Traveling, (in the lane).

* Camping in the lane
A player who spends a lot of time in the lane without getting called for a three-second violation.

* Can't throw a pea in the ocean <object
This team is shooting horribly.

* Can't throw a pie in an oven
Somebody made a bad pass.

* Caught with his hand in the cookie jar
Reaching in, got called for a foul.

* Charity Stripe
Free-throw line.

* Chicken Stew (Chick & Stu)
Used whenever somebody else is eating well as in "down in the clubhouse they're eating Mrs. Johnson's home cooking... up here we've got Chicken Stew"

* (He's) colder than a delicatessen turkey. <object A player or team is shooting really badly.

* Combing their hair
When the team isn't hustling, they are standing around under the basket combing their hair

* Coop-a-loop
Alley-oop to Michael Cooper.

* Corkscrew
A shot where a player spins while going up to take the shot.

* Cosmetic Call
Also called a Makeup call, a questionable call by the referee to even out a previous questionable call that went the other way.

* (He) Could shower in a rifle barrel.
Used to describe a player who's real thin.

* (He) Couldn't guard his suitcase at the train station.
A player is really doing a poor job defending another player.

* (Got em') covered like a rug on your floor
Really close, tight defense.

* (It'll) Count if it goes... it goes! (it doesn't go) <object A player is fouled in the act of shooting... and makes the shot. A player gets off the shot before time expires.

* Daylight in the pivot
Meaning there can be no hand checking inside the free throw lane.

* Defense on vacation
Very bad defense, as if they weren't even there.

* Didn't draw iron
A shot which misses the rim, but hits the backboard.

* Dime Store Score <object data="sound/Dime-Store.m3u" 10 to 5.

* Don Nelson Shot
The shot hits the heel of the rim, bounces straight up and then goes in. Don Nelson beat the Lakers in 1969 at the end of game 7 this way.

* Does he travel?-no Does he pump fake and score ?-Yes
When a shooter appears to travel during a pump fake move to scoring a basket.

* Don't Hurt No More
When the trainer is attending to a hurt player, he sprays some "Don't Hurt No More" on the area to deaden the pain.

* Dribble Drive <object data="sound/DribbleDrive.m3u" Drive to the basket while dribbling.

* Elevator
A player goes up high to take a shot. The call is like West drives left,stops, fakes, has Frazier on the elevator... Frazier off at three, West off at five........ score it!

* Faked the floperoo
An attempt by a defender to draw a charging foul, usually one which is disdained by the refs.

* Fallaway bank
Named after a shot Wilt used to shoot early in his career.

* Finger roll
A shot where the ball rolls off the shooter's fingers.

* Fly-swatted <object data="sound/Fly-Swat.m3u" A shot blocked with a lot of force and authority.

* Football Score
A score commonly found in football, 14-7, 21-14, etc.

* Four Point Switch
One team misses an easy layup, and the other team rebounds and scores quickly.

* Frozen rope <object data="sound/FrozenRopeHeartbreak.m3u" A shot with a very flat trajectory.

* Garbage play
A player picks up a loose ball that luckily is close by and has an easy shot.

* Garbage time
The remainder of the game, after it's in the refrigerator.

* Give & go
Give the ball to a team-mate & cut to the basket.

* (The) good lord and four disciples couldn't beat the Lakers tonight.
The Lakers are playing unbelievibly well.

* (Cazzie's) goin' to the bank again!
For Cazzie Russell, who had a great bank-shot.

* Going to the southern goal to our right.
* Going left to right across your radio dial.
Chick is telling you the direction the team is bringing the ball into the attacking 47 feet of this 94x50 hunk of wood.

* (He) got off on the 20th floor, but the ball got off on the 10th floor
when someone goes up for a slam on the fly and loses the ball.

* Hands it off like a T-formation quarterback
Just like it says, one player hands the ball to the other.

* Hanging out to dry
(prefaced by "so and so left him") When someone fakes a defender out of his shoes. Not quite as severe as in the popcorn machine.

* Hangs in the air
Used to describe hanging shots by Elgin Baylor, Michael Jordan, Dr. J., etc.

* Hard had and lunch pail
Used to described a hard-working player.

* (In & out,) Heart-brrrreak! <object A shot that appears to go in, but rattles off the rim & misses.

* He could be defender of the year - if everyone else dies.
A terrible defensive player.

* He has two choices, slim and none (and Slim just left town).
The player has no chance of success with this play.

* He's human after all.
When a player is on a streak and finally misses.

* He picked his man up at the bus station.
Someone was playing really tight defense on his assigned man.

* He's not a happy camper.
A bad call was made and a player got upset.

* He shot that from way out yonder.
A real long 3-point shot attempt.

* He thought he made it and so did I.
When someone shoots a good looking shot, but it misses.

* High arch
A very arching shot, the opposite of a frozen rope.

* High School Hideout
A player who is cherry-picking (waiting around mid-court for a break-away).

* Hippity-hop dribble
Dribbling the ball, while running with a hip-hop step.

* (The mustard's off the) Hot-dog <object A player attempts an unnecessarily showy, flashy play which ends up in a turnover or is otherwise unsuccessful.

* If he hit his wife that hard, she wouldn't even call the police.
See ticky-tack

* If that comes down it's a "T".
When a player slams the ball on the ground after a call he didn't like.

* If that goes in, I'm walking home.
Similar to a prayer, when the opponent shoots a shot that is a prayer, a streak, or some amazing shot. (Usually on the road)

* If there's really 18,000 here tonight, a lot of them are dressed like seats.
When the attendance is announced, but a lot of the fans have stayed home.

* If you are just tuning in, I am not a jockey.
Coming back to TV after a commercial break, he would be standing next to a tall player he would interview.

* Jr Jr Skyhook <object data="sound/JrJrSkyhook.m3u" Magic's hook shot. Most famous shot was in 1987 finals vs Boston.

* Jumped so high, his head came down wet <object A player jumped really high, like into the clouds.

* Kamakaze steal
When a player over-commits trying to intercept a pass, and gets burned. Or goes down the smokestack.

* Keys on the piano keyboard
When the score is tied at 88, the number of keys on a piano.

* (He) Kicked him in the wallet...and he's got a thick wallet!
Kicked him in the rear, and he's well-paid.

* King Kong on a ladder
When the pass or shot is very high and out of reach.

* Leaping leana
A leaping shot in the lane, falling toward the basket.

* (They're )like refried beans on the stove--they're always hot.
This team is on a roll.

* Lots of referees in the building (, only 3 getting paid.)
The fans in the crowd are booing a call that they disagree with. They are acting as if they are the refs.

* Matador defense
Poor defense in which the lane opens up for a driving player like a matador pulling his cape out of the way of a charging bull.

* (Like a) Motorcycle in a motordrome (velodrome)
When the ball spins around the rim several times before going in or rimming out.

* My grandmother could guard him, and she can't go to her left
someone who wasn't playing good defense

* My grandmother could have made that shot
A real easy shot that was missed, similar to can't throw a pea in the ocean.

* Nailed to the floor
A player drives past a defender who does not move at all.

* Nervous time <object data="sound/NervousTime.m3u" When the game's in the pressure cooker.

* Next time he should bring his luggage
When an obvious traveling violation is called and then argued by the violator.

* 94x50 hunk of wood
The dimensions of a basketball court.

* No harm, no foul (, no blood, no ambulance)
A non-call by an official when significant contact has occurred.

* No-look pass <object data="sound/No-Look.m3u" A pass made to another player without looking at him.

* Not Phi-beta-kappa
Not a smart play.

* Number two stall in the barn <object Second to the innermost slot along the key during a free-throw.

* On him like a postage stamp
Very close tight defense.

* Picked his pocket
A steal so quick the victim didn't even see it happen.

* Picks the garbage (and put it in the trashcan)
A player picks up a loose ball that luckily is close by and has an easy shot.
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* Popcorn machine <object data="sound/PopcornMachine.m3u" 1. When a player is faked out badly, he's put in the popcorn machine, which is so far off the court and out of the play. A defender jumps to block a faked shot, he gets faked so far out of the play, (the popcorn machine in the lobby) leaving the resulting shot wide open. There was actually a popcorn machine near the goal posts in the Sports Arena, hence the reference.
2. A defender who is so faked out he's bouncing up and down trying to block the shot, like a kernel popping in a popcorn machine.


* (In the) Pressure cooker
A situation when the game is in the balance; e.g. a player at the free throw line, his team down, 30 seconds left, etc....

* Put the baby to bed <object data="sound/PutBabyToBed.m3u" A soft lay-up.

* (The game's in the) Refrigerator <object (the door's closed, the light's out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard, and the jello's jiggling)
The game is out of reach. (Sometimes says The game's in the Admiral.)

* Sends it back air-mail special.
A shot blocked with a great deal of intensity.

* Sets...fires...gets!!
An outside shot with plenty of time to set up.

* (he's) shaking off the salt and butter
He really got faked into the popcorn machine.

* (The Lakers') shooting leaves a lot to be desired.
See can't throw a pea in the ocean.

* Shot is straight as a string but didn't get it
Kind of like a frozen rope that missed.

* shot a prayer, but it wasn't answered (even on Sunday).
A very low-percentage shot that missed.

* ...since Hector was a pup
A very long time ago, such as The Lakers haven't had the lead since Hector was a pup.

* ...since they got off the bus
A very long time ago, such as The Lakers haven't been this close since they got off the bus.

* (they couldn't beat) the Sisters of Mercy
The Lakers are playing terribly.

* (He) skies to get it
A player who leaps very high to grab a rebound or loose ball.

* Sky Hook <object data="sound/Sky-Hook.m3u" Kareem's shot from so high, no one could block it.

* Slaaaaaam Dunk!!! <object data="sound/SlamDunk.m3u" A dunk with authority, also Chick was the first to use the phrase "slam dunk".

* Smelling like butter and salt
When a player gets really faked into the popcorn machine.

* (He's) So slow, I saw him on an escalator yesterday and a step passed him.
Just like it says, he's real slow.

* (The Lakers are) spending too much time refereeing.
The players are complaining too much about calls that didn't go their way.

* (He has) Spalding (or the Commissioner's name) tatooed on his forehead!
somebody just recieved a serious, inyourface, shot rejection.

* (The Lakers are) standing!
The players are standing around, irritating Chick greatly. (Rumor has it that Chick had to be positioned away from the players bench as this bothered the players and coaches).

* (It's) Strong muscle time
You had to bang away in the low post to score.

* Stutter Step
Coined after a move patented by Archie Clark, a Laker in the late '60's.

* Swing left, shoot right <object data="sound/SwingLeft.m3u" Picture Kareem's skyhook motion.

* Tattoo Dribble
Dribbling the ball in the same spot, as to tattoo the floor.

* Taken Magic's wand away
Magic was playing so bad that the opponent had taken his wand away.

* Telegraphs a pass
The recipient of a "telegraphed" pass is so obvious, that the defender knows which way to reach to block it. It's as if a telegraph message was sent to the recipient in advance so that he would know that it was coming. The defender picks up on this and can then block the pass.

* threw a hot dog pass and the mustard came off and is all over the floor.
A fancy play that went wrong.

* threw it to the heavens and the gods kissed it.
made a tough basket

* Throws up a brick
When a player tosses up a particularly errant shot.

* Throws up a prayer ... (it's answered!!!)
A wild shot that will need a miracle to score... (it goes in!!)

* That ball was so deep in the hole I could read the commissioners name from here
When a shot goes way in before bouncing out of the basket.

* That'll get it done
(could be a Stu'ism but they both use it)
When a player's statistics as in FT% are acceptable.

* They're so hot, they could put in Rin Tin Tin and he'd make a basket!
When a team is really shooting well.

* They win the tip, that means they get the ball to start the fourth quarter!
Chick always says this to start the game because whoever wins the tip gets possesion to start the 4th. The other team gets it to start the 2nd & 3rd.

* They've got enough turnovers to open a bakery!
The team had turnover after turnover after turnover.

* This is your World Champion Lakers' basketball network!
Chick's station ID when the Lakers were the world champs.

* Ticky-tack
A foul called when very little contact has been made.

* Tightrope act
Saving a ball from going out-of-bounds with delicate balance.

* Toilet ringer
the ball rolls around the rim, and then goes in (or out).

* Took him to the third floor and left him at the mezzanine.
The offensive player pump faked the defender,(who leaps to block the shot) and the player with the ball either goes up while the defender is coming down and/or draws the foul and hits the shot. The offensive player has embarrassed the defender who overplays for the block. Similar to the popcorn machine.

* too much squeezin' the grape
Refers to drunk fans, who had too much wine (or whatever).

* Triple-double
A player gets double figures in three statistical categories, usually points, rebounds, and assists. Also could be steals or blocked shots, but these are rarer.

* Twenty-foot layup
Jamaal Wilkes' shot from the base-line, as automatic as a layup.

* The 24-second clock has been put to beddie-bye
This occurs at the end of a quarter when the game clock has less time remaining on it than the 24-second clock; i.e. the only clock which is important on the current play is the game clock.

* The turnovers are coming like grapes: in bunches.
Lots of turnovers are happening.

* They go to their bread and butter man, who also delivers ice.
A reliable player makes a clutch shot, under pressure.

* Using the rim as an ally
A reverse lay-up using the rim as an obstacle against the defender.

* (He's) Very even-tempered. Always mad.
Used to describe a player who's always mad about something.

* (on his) Wallet
Butt, rear end, ass, ... (whatever)

* We're high above the western sideline here in Chick's Nest at the Fabulous Forum, the House that Jack built."
This is where he broadcast games at the Forum.

* Where's his luggage
The player is traveling and it's not called.

* Words-eye view
Chick's description of their commentary.

* (He's) Working on his Wrigleys
He's chewing gum.

* (He's) Wound up like a toy on Christmas morning
He's playing with enthusiasm.

* (back & forth like a) Windshield wiper
Moving on a pivot foot just like...(you know)

* You gotta know your horses when you go to the track
Know your opponent.

* Yo-yoing up and down
Dribbling the ball, like it is a yo-yo on a string.

Player Nicknames
Note: not all of these were invented by Chick, but he made the name more well-known.

* Big Game James
James Worthy (who came through in big playoff games)

* Blue-collar Kurt
Kurt Rambis

* Buck
Earvin "Magic" Johnson

* Big Fella
* Cap
Kareem Abdul Jabbar (7'2") - the Captain

* Clark Kent
Kurt Rambis (Remember his thick black framed safety glasses.)

* The Eagle
Kermit Washington

* Elg
Elgin Baylor

* Fall Back Baby
Dick Barnett (had a great fall-away shot)

* Foxy
Rick Fox

* Garbage man
Cedric Ceballos

* Golden Wheels
Jay Carty, clumsy backup center to Wilt for a couple of years.

* "Happy" Hairston
Harold Hairston (I don't know if Chick made this one up)

* The Hawk
Connie Hawkins

* Hot Rod
Rod Hundley

* Instant Point
Flynn Robinson, 6th Man during Lakers 33-game win-streak in early 70's because of his ability to score immediately after being put in game.

* Mr. Clutch
Jerry West (great in clutch situations)

* Nick the Quick, Nick at Night, Nicky V, Nick van Excellent,
Nick van Excitement, The Cat, Nicky the Kid
Nick Van Exel

* Pig
Anthony Miller (got at Michigan St. due to his weight problem)

* Pops
Frank Selvy

* Secretary of Defense
Michael Cooper (great defender)

* Steady Eddie
Eddie Jones

* Stormin' Norman Nixon
Norm Nixon

* The Stilt
Wilt Chamberlain (not sure if Chick invented this one)

* Stumpy
Gail Goodrich (who was one of the shortest Lakers).

* The Thief
Sedale Threatt (great at stealing the ball)

* Thief of Bagdad
Eddie Jordan (his quick hands earned him a lot of steals).

* Zeke from Cabin Creek
Jerry West (who's from Cabin Creek, West Virginia)
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