544: Pep Talk

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Pep Talk
Listen! They said a team of chess players coached by someone with no understanding of basketball would never be competitive in the NBA! Well, it turns out they're pretty perceptive.
Title text: Listen! They said a team of chess players coached by someone with no understanding of basketball would never be competitive in the NBA! Well, it turns out they're pretty perceptive.

[edit] Explanation

Another comic where Randall takes a less than serious look at sports.

The halftime pep talk of a basketball game is commonly used by coaches to inspire his team to come back from a seemingly insurmountable deficit, and to make strategic changes that will help them do so. Unfortunately, the basketball coach Cueball has absolutely no fundamental understanding of the sport, and has pulled his team (off Cueball-like players) into the locker room while the game is still in progress, enabling the other team to score at will.

He could have tried to get a time-out, but still he would not have been allowed to take his team down to the locker room.

The title text parodies a common plot of, especially US, sports movies in which an inexperienced team (and sometimes coach) still manage to win a title after a highly motivational pep talk (see for instance Hoosiers). In this case the players are not even just poor basketball players but rather chess players and the coach know nothing of the sport, the opposite of what is usually the case in said movies. And, of-course, in this case those pessimistic about their chances were proved right.

In 1392: Dominant Players Randall compares basketball with chess.

[edit] Transcript

[Coach-Cueball stands at the end of a double row of benches in the players locker room. He speaks to his team of five Cueball-like players, two are sitting with towels on the left bench, one stands behind them, and two are sitting on the right bench, one of them resting his head on his hands.]
Coach-Cueball: Okay, team. We're sixteen points down. If we want to come back from this—
Offscreen: Woo!! Score!!!
Coach-Cueball: Okay, now we're eighteen points down. ...Listen—I'm starting to think we should only take these breaks at halftime.


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Discussion

There is a community portal discussion of what to call Cueball and what to do in case with more than one Cueball. I have added this comic to the new Category:Multiple Cueballs. Since there is only one Cueball that "talks" it is obvious to keep him listed as Cueball. Just made a note that the other guys also looks like Cueball. --Kynde (talk) 14:43, 15 March 2015 (UTC)
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