Word on the Street

Prattle Tales (prat’-l talz) noun. The coaching/playing anecdotes and miscellaneous personal information (usually inane) shared by play-by-play announcers and color commentators during the “dead spots” of a live telecast, particularly if the game is lopsided or boring.

Usage example:Jeff Van Gundy’s a pretty good broadcaster, but he sure spends a lot of time on his prattle tales.”

Word history: The term was coined on the Quixotica blog, a self-described compendium of mondern invented slang. Upon discovering it, I was immediately reminded of our good friends Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, who like to talk about themselves, their personal/professional relationship and other insipid factoids regarding their days as coach and player almost as much as (or perhaps more than) they like to talk about, you know, the game they’re broadcasting. Take the following example (via Awful Announcing) in which JVG discusses bowling, childhood obesity, knife fighting and Sasha Vujacic’s workout regimen. And it’s not like this was some meaningless mid-season game between the Hawks and Grizzlies; it was Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Analysis or discussion of Van Gundy’s meatloaf recipe? Could be either or.

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Labels: Sasha Vujacic / Mark Jackson / Jeff Van Gundy (JVG) / Atlanta Hawks / Memphis Grizzlies / NBA Finals / NBA / Word on the Street

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