Six years ago, a Slate magazine writer named Daniel Engber--who just so happens to hold a master's in neuroscience--reached out to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and proposed an idea. Instead of that whole distraction-by-Thunderstix thing that fans try to get into the heads of free throw shooters, they should act as one mass, moving in unison and confusing the brain instead of just blasting noise at it. Cuban's answer: "I love using science to gain an advantage."
Over the course of the next few weeks, Mavericks opponents shot an average of eight percent under their usual free throw percentage. And just like that, a new science was born.
The group distraction method is now accepted as the best way to throw off a free throw shooter. But it's certainly not the most entertaining. That title goes to the fat, shirtless, bizarre individuals who attempt to rattle foul shooters. Those are the people we're here to celebrate.
Utah State's Shirtless Bill isn't the founder of foul-shot distraction. But he just might be the man who perfected it. Think of him like Jimi Hendrix. Just with man-boobs.
This guy isn't quite Shirtless Bill, but like Henry Van Dyke said: "Use what talents you possess--the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Sing loud, sing proud, Mr. Bro Breasts.
This is the only member of the Duke athletics community over the past 10 years to wear this little clothing and somehow not end up in the F*** Thesis.
Who knew Eva was a Hornets fan?
Keep this one handy for next time you feel like having a burger.
We, rightfully, expect more from our Ivy Leaguers. To design Facebook (Harvard). Or invent the Frisbee (Yale). Or, at the very least, to stand behind the hoop at a women's basketball game and do more than just shake their pretentious paunches.
Like, as this Dartmouth grad did, read Dr. Seuss books. Loudly. For an entire game.
Danny Ainge had the reputation of troublemaker during his time in the NBA. But, over the years, it looked like time had sanded down Ainge’s edge a little. Then he came out with this little move.
Take note, Cavs brass: If you're gonna throw in the towel, at least get creative with it.
Granted, Free Throw Guys isn't a very good nickname, but when you've got Fox doing pieces about you, you know you've made it.
The ultimate free throw distraction? A towel girl who looks like this.