To celebrate National Chicken Wing Day (July 29), Andrew Wiggins teamed up with Buffalo Wild Wings to play three different fans in a game of H-O-R-S-E. No big deal, right? An NBA player facing off against unsuspecting fans in any sort of basketball-related contest should result in a thorough slaughter, shouldn’t it?
Usually, yes. But there was a catch this time around: Wiggins could only use half of his body. And we mean only half of his body. Not only did he need to shoot using his non-dominant left hand, he attempted his shots on one leg, while wearing goggles that obscured vision in one eye. That’s serious stuff.
The results, quite predictably, weren’t pretty:
Yes, Wiggins went 0-for-3 in games of H-O-R-S-E. Against fans. All of whom, apparently, didn’t know what was about to go down, meaning they weren’t preparing for this day, this moment, over the course of six months or something.
What does this all mean?
For starters, it shows that Wiggins is a friend of the chicken-wing family. Would he really put himself in public humiliation’s way if he didn’t dig Buffalo Wild Wings’ family of sauces and seasonings? Of course not. So here’s hoping BWW did the right thing and is now serving Wiggins free wings (and mozzarella sticks) (and fried pickles) (and beer-battered onion rings) (and popcorn shrimp) for life.
Mostly, though, this video just proves, once again, that Wiggins will never be great, and that the LeBron James comparisons before he entered the league were unwarranted. The Minnesota Timberwolves might as well trade him to the Sacramento Kings for Rudy Gay, or at least for someone who can actually win some pickup games of H-O-R-S-E.
(Writer’s note: This video proves absolutely none of that.)
Okay, snark time’s over. If you really want to see how difficult it is to play H-O-R-S-E with Wiggins’ restrictions, get yourself a pair of sunglasses, cover one side with duct tape and start challenging kids at your neighborhood playground/gym/whatever.
Just be sure you aren’t wearing the duct-taped sunglasses, or hopping on one foot, while extending the challenge. That might (read: will most definitely) scare some people off.