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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sanchezed at the Barclays Center Last Night

I went to see the Brooklyn Nets take on the Miami Heat last night at the Barclays Center.  At halftime, the game was tied, and the Nets even led 55-53 in the third quarter before the bottom fell out.  The Nets were then outscored 32-8 over the next 8:49.  The run began normally enough with a  DWade basket, but turned into an avalanche when the Nets committed four turnovers in five possessions, and failed to score on the fifth, while the Heat scored on all five of their corresponding possessions, and the lead blew up from 5 to 16 points in just over 2 minutes. To describe how a professional team could be so thoroughly outclassed in a nationally televised game, I can think of only one word:


Here is my dictionary entry for "Sanchez":

v. i. 1. To commit several successive turnovers that the opposing team converts into quick scores, transforming a competitive game into an embarrassing blowout in an astonishingly short period of time;  2.  To perform extremely far below the level of proficiency associated with a professional athlete in a nationally televised game.  

n.  A sudden collapse by a team in a nationally televised professional sporting event which causes them to lose in a blowout.

Origin of the term:  The term dates to Thanksgiving Day 2012, when the New York Jets, led by Mark Sanchez,  playing on national television, fumbled three times in four touches over a span of 52 seconds, and their opponent, the New England Patriots, converted each one into a touchdown.  The most infamous of the three consecutive fumbles occurred when Sanchez ran headfirst into the backside of one of his teammates, fell to the ground and lost control of the ball, which the Patriots picked up and ran in for a touchdown - and the word was born.

Use it in a sentence: 

1.   As a verb:

Last night, the Brooklyn Nets Sanchezed in the third quarter, when they committed four turnovers in five possessions that the Miami Heat converted into baskets, turning a 5-point game into a 16-point blowout in just over two minutes.

2.  As a noun:

The following game action from the Brooklyn Nets' loss against the Miami Heat last night is an example of a classic Sanchez:

NETS: Evans Turnover: Out of Bounds

HEAT: Wade Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Made
[MIA 64-57]

NETS: Williams Turnover: Offensive Charge

HEAT: Chalmers Floating Jump shot: Made
[MIA 66-57]

NETS: Johnson Turnover : Bad Pass

HEAT: James Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made 
[MIA 68-57]

NETS; Johnson Jump Shot: Missed
HEAT: Haslem Rebound

HEAT: James 3pt Shot: Made
[MIA 71-57]

NETS:  Johnson Turnover : Bad Pass

HEAT:  Bosh Jump Shot: Made
[MIA 73-57]

Sanchez FAQ:

Can a Sanchez occur in scholastic sports?
No.  A Sanchez only occurs at a professional level and must involve players who are being paid millions of dollars performing abysmally.

Can a visiting team Sanchez in an away game?
Yes, but the purest form of Sanchezing is to achieve a complete melt down in front of one's fans, as the Jets did against the Patriots on Thanksgiving and the Nets did in the third quarter of their game against the Heat.

If the other team fails to take advantage of a series of turnovers, is that Sanchezing?
No. That is just boring.  Sanchezing require that dire consequences promptly follow incompetence.  For example, when the Nets committed four turnovers In five possessions and the Heat scored each time, that is Sanchezing.  But, when the Nets committed another trio of consecutive turnovers in a 32 second span toward the end of the quarter, but the Heat did not convert each turnover into a basket, that is not Sanchezing.  They were too tired to Sanchez the Nets further at that point of the game.