You'd think the national sports press had never seen bats before.
The Washington Post
and Sports Illustrated
all spilled more ink over the flying critters that delayed the Spurs' Thursday matchup with the Brooklyn Nets than the game itself.
In case you didn't catch the reports, here's the deal: A few bats swooped into the AT&T Center during the first quarter, resulting in a three-minute delay. No biggie, right? We're used to 'em around here. They hang out by the thousands beneath our underpasses. Sometimes, when feeling rowdy, they even find their way into the rafters of an H-E-B or Sam's Club.
Fortunately, the media saw humor in it, though. The Post
flexed its pun muscle — albeit weakly — by saying the event made for a "really batty" end to an already crazy day in the NBA. (C- for effort there, folks.) Meanwhile, ESPN pined for the days when Manu Ginobili once smacked a bat out of the air
during a 2009 game.
correctly pointed out that one of the game highlights came when fans chanted "Ma-nu! Ma-nu!” in apparent homage to the departed Ginobili's exterminating skills. ("It's just a mouse with wings," he explained to the media at the time.)
For our money, though, the real fun was watching the range of player reactions. While Spur Pau Gasol nonchalantly rolled up his towel to swat away the bats, the Nets' D'Angelo Russell turned tail for the locker room as if one might turn into Dracula amid a puff of smoke.
Oh, and in case you're more interested in the game than the AT&T Center's wildlife adventure, the Spurs edged past the Nets, 117-114.
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