Genius is not reserved for the highest levels of anything, and it is not excluded from the NBA D-League, or its telecasts.
What began as a way to infuse a little bit of fun into the broadcasts of the Texas Legends has morphed into a viral hit.
Local radio morning host R.J. Choppy of 105.3 The Fan has been the broadcast voice of the Legends for the past five years, yet only in this last year or so has he been receiving some credit and fame in a role that seldom hits DLeague announcers. The man receives an A for creativity and execution.
For about one year, Choppy has used themes to celebrate a handful of select plays during a Legends home telecast. For instance, he has used wrestler catch phrases, popular lines from viral videos, cereal slogans, lines from Seinfeld, etc. to punctuate an emphatic dunk, a block et all.
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“I usually try to get in five or seven in each game,” he said. “Next to my spotting chart, I have a sheet with the lines I have to get in, and I cross them off as I do them.”
The bit began last season during a telecast when he used “Mom’s spaghetti!” after a dunk as a tribute to the Eminen song.
“The line was actually was from when (former CBS 11 sports anchor) Babe Laufenberg did it (on the morning radio show on 105.3 The Fan),” Choppy said. “I did it, and The Big Lead picked it up and I just kept doing it.”
The Legends have been in complete support of Choppy’s efforts to have fun with this, which he uses as highlights every week on his morning show with co-host Shan Shaiff.
Since Choppy has created this mini-monster, he has to come up with timely themes for each telecast (click here for the Legends’ schedule). If you have any suggestions for Choppy’s next line of phrases, Tweet him @RJChoppy.
Most recently, he used lines delivered from Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, which included the “I’m just here so I won’t get fined”.
Choppy really wants to use lines from the classic sports movie “Caddyshack”, which everyone on the planet has not only seen but can recite, so this needs to happen posthaste.
Mac Engel, 817-390-7760