With Sam Cassell's musty corpse decomposing at the end of the Boston Celtics' bench, other NBA players have tried -- and failed, pretty miserably -- to carry on Sam-I-Am's tradition of performing The Big Balls Dance after hitting a clutch shot. Most notably, Kobe Bryant and Andre Iguodala (and Mamba did it twice). In all three cases, the opposing team came back and hit a clutchier shot to win the game. Busted.

Discussion of these hilarious failures uncovered what was, to me, a rather startling fact: Cassell may have pioneered use of The Big Balls Dance in the NBA, but he didn't invent it. No, indeed, the inventor of the BBD was first performed in 1994 by fictional baseball player Pedro Cerrano in Major League II. Many thanks to Wild Yams for discovering this and providing the following video. Also thanks to Bateman's Legal Counsel for pointing out that Pedro didn't actually invent the dance. Said BLC: "I think it was a signature move of a teammate who used it to motivate Pedro when he was slumping. I think he was...Asian. I mean, he was talking in some weird language; I think it was...Asian." The teammates name was Tanaka. Watch it:

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16 Comments:
Anonymous GShock said...
His name in the Major League series was Tanaka!

Blogger Wild Yams said...
Finally the truth can be heard. It's been a long time coming, but it's high time that Major League II, at long last gets the recognition for being the genius work of art that it is.

The only question now is, did Sam-I-Am, Mamba or A.I. ever see this hugely important film, or is it just a case of great minds thinking alike?

Blogger OneManRevolution said...
Hey what ever happened to the Word of the Day Dictionary project? I was eagerly waiting its completion.

Anonymous AK Dave said...
"Hey Pedro, howya doin?"

"SHUT UP!!"

LOLs- Nicely done, Yams.

Anonymous Master Phu said...
The best part is that's Dennis Haysbert. Yes Pedro Cerrano is 24's David Palmer/The Allstate guy.

Anonymous Bateman's Legal Counsel said...
Basketbawful: Where the origin of the big balls dance happens.

Blogger Samuel said...
actually, Cerano was the first to do it as a show off dance. Tanaka was mocking him and put his hands down to show Cerano's lack of "marbles." Finally gets to Cerano and after he hits a homerun he unveils the dance.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
lol awesome...extra points for the cable guy reference

Blogger Basketbawful said...
GShock -- Ack. I'll update.

Wild Yams -- I'm willing to bet that they got it from MLII in one form or another. Even if it was second or third hand. I'm sure of it.

OneManRevolution -- Erk. My bad. I'll get back on that.

Anonymous DumbGenius said...
Wow. I watched this video with no speakers (busted) and im still LOL. straight awesome!

I agree with Master Phu, are you telling me Dennis Haysbert/David Palmer - Jack Bauer's president, started the big balls dance?? WOW

Blogger Motherfricker said...
Haha. Kobe is the man. Sam cassell is not btw.

Blogger flyE said...
I maintain that the WNBA should pick this up -- same motion, but above the waist. The "big tits" taunt.

Blogger Darien said...
Maybe a clutch shot followed by the big balls dance followed by the game-winner by the other team should just be labelled "Ball-Busting".

Blogger anf said...
Nice find by Wild Yams!

Your reliable Asian source (that is, err.. me) is going to tell you that the actor is actually quite famous in Japan in the 1990s. His name is Ishibashi Takaaki, he's one of member of a group "Tunnels".

More details of Mr. Original Big Balls Dance - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takaaki_Ishibashi

- anf

Anonymous grover said...
1994 - Major League comes out with Big Balls Dance.

1994 - Houston Rockets win NBA championship with Sam Cassell as starting point guard!

Anonymous Praisebecrom said...
These days Mr. Big Balls is part of a comedy music group called Yazima Beauty Salon.
They're basically three Japanese men in black face pretending to be The Supremes.
He's the one with the afro in this vid- http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x73ie3_nihon-no-mikata-nevada-kara-kimashi_music

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