Posts Tagged ‘slam dunk’

Net Gains: The Year of the Dunk

June 23, 2015

The Wall Street Journal, SaturdaySunday, May 23-24, 2015

Net Gains: Year of the Dunk, by Asher Price

Review by Matthew Hutson

“One of the funny things about sports is that, despite their having clearly demarcated rules, we still care about style.  It’s not enough to win or lose: it matters how you do it.  This is why we teach kids sportsmanship.  It’s also why Air Jordans don’t have Michael Jordan’s career statistics branded on the back; they have a silhouette of the man flying through the air, legs spayed wide.

The dunk is one of the flashiest acts in sports, a dominant exploit with visceral impact–it exudes primal power that resonates with the most sedentary of desk jockeys.  And so when Asher Price, an environmental reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, sets out to perform the feat in Year of the Dunk, there’s no need for him to explain himself.  Who wouldn’t want to be like Mike?”

And Asher Price does try; in the book he discusses physiology and psychology in his attempt, but the reviewer leaves us guessing: “What you will learn from watching Mr. Price recruit a menagerie of supporters, however, is that no matter your natural ability, when you set your sights high, people will step in to lift you.”

For more information about the idiom, slam dunk, please go to http://www.sportsidioms.com and search for it to get the definition and usage.

 

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Legal Experts Had Expected The A.I.G. Case To Be A Long Shot

June 17, 2015

New York Times, Tuesday, June 16, 2015

DEALBOOK: Surprise Ruling Finds Bailout Shorted A.I.G.

by Andrew Ross Sorkin

A Decision That Could End All Rescues

“For year’s, critics of the bailout during the financial crisis argued that the rescue efforts weren’t harsh enough.  The chief executives of failing institutions should have lost their jobs.  Shareholders should have suffered more pain.  Taxpayers should have received substantial compensation for the risk they took.

All that did come to pass in one case: the bailout of the American International Group (A.I.G.), the large insurer and symbol of the crisis.  Yet on Monday, the judge in Washington decided that the government’s actions were too severe and the rescue illegal.

When the Federal Reserve propped up the A.I.G. in September 2008, unlike its approach with most of the big banks, it threw out the company’s chief executive and took control of 79.9 percent of the company, nearly wiping out many of its shareholders.  Taxpayers got all of their money back, and then come, receiving a profit of more than $20 billion.

But in a stunning ruling, Judge Thomas C. Wheeler of the United States Court of Federal Claims said on Monday that those terms were too “draconian.” In other words, he suggested taxpayers should have offered A.I.G. a more generous deal…

The judge largely sided with Mr. Greenberg, confounding many legal experts who considered the (his) case a long shot, or difficult to win.

According to the N.Y. Times article, A.I.G. Boss Wins Suit But Loses the War, of this  date 6/16/2015, the U.S. Government’s defense was a “slam dunk.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A.I.G. Boss Wins Suit But Loses The War

June 16, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A.I.G. Boss Wins Suit But Loses The War, by Aaron M. Kessler

Washington–“When Maurice R. Greenburg, the former chief executive of the American International Group, brought a class-action lawsuit against the government in 2011, contending that the Federal Reserve overstepped its bounds when it bailed out his company at the height of the financial crisis, the  reaction was mainly befuddlement and outright ridicule…

But as the bench trial unfolded over nearly two months, Mr. Greenberg’s legal team, led by the prominent litigator David Boes, kept chipping away at witness after witness in pursuit of its own thesis: that the Fed had acted beyond its legal authority.  By the time the trial concluded, many legal experts had moved the case from a slam-dunk for the government to too close to call…

Mr. Greenberg’s legal team had been outspoken about the case being less about the financial crisis, and A.I.G. in particular, than it was about the limits of (federal) executive power.”

We in the U.S. are now in the NBA (National Basketball Association) final playoffs between the California Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland (Ohio) Cavaliers. Slam dunk is an idiom for a definitive, dramatic two points for the player’s team.  In this article, it means a sure thing.  For more information about slam-dunk go to http://www.sportsidioms.com and click on search idiom for “slam-dunk.”

The title, “A.I.G. Wins Suit But Loses the War” is based on a common idiomatic phrase: won the battle, but lost the war.

 

Royal Sport to National One? It’s No Slam Dunk

October 18, 2013

New York Times, Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Royal Sport to National One?  It’s No Slam Dunk, by Gardiner Harris

“Thimphu, Bhutan–With just seconds left in the game, the queen of Bhutan went to the hole like a hungry snow leopard pouncing on a mountain goat, taking two dribbles and three long strides before putting up a royal layup…

Yes, your majesty!

Basketball may be a street game in the United States, but it is the game of kings and queens in Bhutan,” which may be one of the problems for the South Korean coach who “has been hired to cobble together a national team that many hope will someday be able to challenge its neighbors for bragging rights in South Asia and beyond.”

Bhutan has a problem with its height: few are taller than six feet, and the queen and her husband and brothers-in-law, all avid basketball players are 5’5″ and not much taller.  Also, the royal players are of such “an exalted” status that it’s uncomfortable for other players to check them.  As for slam dunks, “Paljor Dorji, an impish 70-year-old says he doesn’t think the backboards “are strong enough for a lot of slam dunking.”

However, with royal connection and enthusiasm for basketball, Bhutan is ready for basketball challenges.

To see a definition of “slam dunk” go to http://www.sportsidioms.com.

Slam Dunk Fashion

March 18, 2013

WSJ MAGAZINE April 2013

MVP STYLE: CARMELO ANTHONY

SLAM DUNK

Fashion is another way Carmelo Anthony is scoring this season.

“It didn’t take long for Carmelo Anthony-who, in his third season with the New York Knicks, is stirring hopes of breaking the team’s four-decade championship drought–to get comfortable in front of photographer Terry Richardson’s lens..he is becoming more and more attuned to matters of style, attending fashion shows and advocating for out-of-the-box designers like Simon Spurr and Rag & Bone.” 

Carmelo is scoring slam dunks with the New York Knicks, a basketball team, and with the fashion industry.

A Slam Dunk Case

March 18, 2013

The Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, March 16-17, 2013

REVIEW: LET THEM EAT, by Ron Rosenbaum

“Listening to the doctors on cable TV, you might think that it’s better to cook up a batch of meth than cook with butter.  But eating basic, earthy, fatty foods isn’t just a supreme experience of the senses–it can actually be good for you.

…sensory satiety is our friend.  Voila!  The foods that best hit that sweet spot and ‘overwhelm the brain’ with pleasure are high-quality fatty foods.  They discourage us from overeating.  A modest serving of short ribs or Peking duck will be both deeply pleasurable and self-limiting.  As the brain swoons into insensate delight, you won’t have to gorge a still-craving cortex with mediocre sensations.  ‘Sensory-specific satiety’ makes a slam-dunk case (it’s science!) for eating reasonable servings of superbly satisfying fatty foods.”

It’s baseball season:  Two slam dunks in one issue of The Wall Street Journal and perhaps more.  A slam dunk is an easy shot in basketball as well as “sensory specific satiety” in pleasurable foods.  There are slam dunks in fashion:  See the next post.

A Slam Dunk Contest

August 3, 2012

The New York Times, Monday, July 30, 2012

Sports Monday

A Slam Dunk Contest: An Opening Statement Punctuated by Dunks, by Greg Bishop

“After a slow start, the United States men’s basketball team punctuated a rout of France in its tournament opener with dunk after dunk.”  The score was 98-71.

Today, Friday, August 3rd, the U.S. team beat Nigeria 156-72.

A slam dunk in basketball is when a player jumps above the basket and “dunks” it in the basket.  As a metaphor, slam dunk, refers to something easy.

Game Changers: Health Laws, NFL Rules, and Pros vs. Student Athletes

July 12, 2012

The Wall Street Journal likes using “Game Changers” as headlines.  This makes sense as metaphors highlight concepts in articles making content easier for readers.

Health-Care Law’s Game-Changing Tax:  Laura Saunders

June 29, 2012:  “WSJ’s Laura Saunders digs deep inside the affordable health-care law affirmed by The Supreme Court this week and reveals a little-known tax that many call a game-changer.”  Long term capital gains will change from 15% to 18.8%.

Game Changer: NFL Scrambles to Fill Seats, by Kevin Clark

“Professional football, America’s most popular and profitable sport, is preparing to tackle a glaring weakness: Stadiums are increasingly empty.  The idea is that bolstering cell reception and adding wireless will enable fans to re-create the living room in their stadium seats. Fans can receive highlights and replays of the game on the field, or other games across the country. Pete Ward, chief operating officer of the Colts, said this year that the team will unleash a new app for on-demand highlights for fans at the game. ‘Your smartphone is your replay screen in our stadium,.’  Mr. Ward said.

 Game-Changers: Average Joes Take On Former Pros

When Top-Tier Athletes Play Around, Competition Heightens; ‘He Crushed It, By Stu Woo and Justin Scheck

“STANFORD, Calif.—Yesol Huh walked into a gym here for an intramural-basketball game last year, eager to help her team notch its first victory.

Then she spotted the opposing center. Ex-NBA player Mark Madsen, left, who played briefly in a rec league, was recently hired as an assistant coach for the Stanford men’s basketball team.

He was 6-foot-9 and warmed up by violently dunking the ball in the Stanford University court. ‘We’re never winning this game,’ Ms. Huh recalls thinking.

Her prediction was a slam-dunk: The center was Mark Madsen, a former player in the National Basketball Association. Mr. Madsen ‘had such good rebounding instincts, we eventually gave up and let him have every one,’ says Travis Johnson, one of Ms. Huh’s teammates. Their side lost by 30 points.”

Game Changer: NFL Scrambles to Fill Seats, by Kevin Clark

“Professional football, America’s most popular and profitable sport, is preparing to tackle a glaring weakness: Stadiums are increasingly empty.  The idea is that bolstering cell reception and adding wireless will enable fans to re-create the living room in their stadium seats. Fans can receive highlights and replays of the game on the field, or other games across the country. Pete Ward, chief operating officer of the Colts, said this year that the team will unleash a new app for on-demand highlights for fans at the game. ‘Your smartphone is your replay screen in our stadium,.’  Mr. Ward said.

Slam dunk is a basketball term.  Go to http://www.sportsidioms to see the definition.  Scroll down to “s”.

How about playing the game?  You the reader can add game idioms used as headlines or within the media, for example: gaming the system, game on, etc. 

Sandusky Trial: “McQueary Was a Slam Dunk”

June 15, 2012

The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, June 13, 2012

U.S. NEWS

Tears and Anger at Sandusky Trial, by Kris Maher and John W. Miller

Bellefonte, Pa.—“Two prosecution witnesses in the Jerry Sandusky trial Tuesday gave detailed accounts of the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach’s alleged sexual encounters with boys…”

Mike McQueary, a Penn State assistant football coach was one of the witnesses.  He described a scene in one of the university’s showers he had seen in February of 2001 in which Mr. Sandusky “had sex with a minor, a boy.”   

“Wes Oliver, a professor at Widener Law School in Harrisburg who watched the trial, said it was another strong day for the prosecution.  ‘McQueary was a slam dunk,’  he said.”

Sports idioms often occur, not only because the metaphor is a good way to make a point, but because of the publicity and viewing of that particular sport in the media, in this case basketball.  The NBA (National Basketball Association) playoffs have begun.  A “slam dunk”  is an easy shot.

Basketball Term: Slam Dunk Used For Fundraising

December 20, 2011

“Slam Dunk” is a basketball term for an easy score or basket.  I was just asked on the internet to contribute to a 2012 convention to nominate a presidential candidate for the election later in the year.  If I contributed, along with many other basketball fans, the convention would be “a success”, a slam dunk of a success.

 The person asking for the contribution was a basketball star.

Jean Henry