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Raftery has way with words
CBS analyst's colorful sayings have become big part of his identity

by Mel Bracht Modified: March 21, 2008 at 7:13 am •  Published: March 21, 2008
He explained a few of his trademark sayings:

"Mantoman” — "I'd identify the defense and say it real fast.”

"Send it in” — Started as "Send it in, Jerome” after Pitt star Jerome Lane shattered a backboard with a dunk in 1988. "Now, it's ‘Send it in, big fella.' Now even the guards can dunk, so I even have, ‘Send it in, little fella.'”

"Onions” — "Having guts or being tough-minded” as in making a big shot or a free throw. "It could have been another vegetable, but that one came to mind.”

"With a kiss!” — "Nice soft touch” by a shooter.

"With a dagger!” — "Having coached when you're down three and you needed a stop and a kid would put it in and you'd go ‘Oh!' That's in putting you away.”

"With a blow by” — Players showing great speed

"Nylon” or "nothing but nylon” — Great shooting. "Oklahoma fans hope there's a lot of nylon Friday night.”

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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Bill Raftery CBS basketball analyst is known for his colorful sayings. He'll be the analyst for OU's game tonight.

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