Here at T3I we not only bring you up date* happenings in the world of sports, we provide you with the analysis that takes you beyond the highlights. So, much like how Ron Jaworski breaks down coaches' tape and tells you that the Packers opened up the middle of the field by sending the outside guys on 9 routes and flexing the TE in motion while using misdirection play action and having Aaron Rodgers do a half-waggle, the Idiots will be breaking down the hottest videos in the world of sports.
Today we look at the Texas Ranger fan doing the worm after catching a home run off the bat of Nelson Cruz:
- At the :07 second mark you'll see how the fan makes it happen - preparation. Note that he's already out of his seat and standing in the grassy area behind the fence while the ball is in the air. You're not going to do the worm after catching a ball if you're not in position to catch it. Remember, people don't plan to fail, they fail to plan.
- You'll also notice he brought a glove to the game. If you're over the age of 12, this is poor form, but we'll let it slide this time.
- At the :10 mark, he catches it and immediately drops into the worm. This is obviously planned -- so you have to wonder how long he'd been waiting to pull this off. If I had to guess, I'd say his whole life -- a life spent watching pro wrestling and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.
- After Cruz gets done rounding the bases, we get to a detailed breakdown of the worm. At about the :35 second mark, the camera focuses on the replay and you'll see, this guy has excellent form. The real key to getting the worm started successfully is keeping the shoulders back, which allows for an arched torso and strong forward momentum.
- From there you'll notice the other key feature as it relates to worm form - he really works at getting his ass up in the air, which allows for nice follow-up worm action.
- Lastly, you'll notice he keeps it brief. 3.5 good worms and he's out. Of course, he really ran out of stamina, so he might want to do some P90X and build that core strength just a touch if he's going to engage in an long distance worming. He's clearly a sprinter at this stage in his worm career.
So there you have it folks, overall this was a fine, fine effort. The fan loses points for bringing his glove and running out of juice quickly, but the planning and overally execution were outstanding. If you are going to do the worm at a stadium, you need to have great form and be prepared. This guy was.
* for the purposes of this post, "up to date" is defined as random crap twice a week