Kobe refers to the Octagon
Some NBA games do end up like full contact events. Raja Bell (Suns) was suspended one game for his flagrant foul on Kobe Bryant. What's notable is that Kobe made a simple reference to "the octagon" in his post game interview. You can find it on the ESPN page: http://espn.go.com Look at the videos on the right side of the page and hit the one titled "Raja Bell Suspended 1 Game..."
[Kobe, talking about hard contact like elbows]:
"...it's part of the game, but it's something that belongs in the octagon. You wanna train and hop in the octagon, you can train and hop in the octagon..."
[Cutaway to a later Raja Bell interview, who responds]
"we don't need an octagon, there's plenty of space and opportunity right out here..."
Those plain and simple references to the octagon were made with no other context. The players just assume that people know it means UFC full contact fighting. I know most of us would make that association right away, but it's interesting that these NBA players use the phrase and assume the larger audience will also know what they mean. Perhaps with the next UFC happening at the Staples Center, more people in the LA area understand the reference.
Anyhow, no profound point to be made here. Just pointing out how mma lingo is seeping into the pubic discourse as mma continues to grow in the states.
Outbroadcasting...okay the superbowl play-offs its competition was not, but still.
Originally Posted by UFC Website
With this kind of coverage, MMA (at least MMA in the UFC) will only become more and more well known
EDIT : I hope Kobe's *whine* phrase catches on- "Hey man it's not the fucking octogon...*sob*"
Then I can say to people "Don't be such a ninja..." more often.
Last edited by BoardHitBack; 5/04/2006 2:56pm at .
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I like my Te like I like my tea- from Fujian province and without any bullshit in it. Oh, and green. And scented with jasmine blossoms...
Originally Posted by A Better American Than You
in Napoleon Dynamite, Rex says "this is the style I developed after 2 seasons of fighting in the octagon"
you would think right then that the guy is refering to the UFC, or some Ultimate fighting type of thing...
When I hear Octagon I always think of Chuck Norris defeating red leather clad Ninja's
Once again proving chuck was a head of his time by about 13 years.