And you thought Bill Walton was strange.
During ESPNU’s broadcast of Ohio State vs. Towson last night, announcer Mark Adams had a segment that got really weird.
The website Awful Announcing tweeted a portion of the segment, writing that the broadcaster was “giving Bill Walton a run for weirdest dude calling college basketball games for ESPN.”
Holding a fake snake, Adams told play-by-play colleague Mike Corey with a few minutes left in the first half: “They become sexually active, Mike, at about 5 years old, and as a matter of fact right now is at the end of their mating season. You’ve got to think that 7 the snake is probably pretty happy right now that mating season is basically close to being over.”
Mark Adams giving Bill Walton a run for weirdest dude calling college basketball games for ESPN pic.twitter.com/mtFhY2PP4x
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) December 9, 2021
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Adams was merely elaborating on Buckeyes center Zed Key’s pet ball python named 7, which was mentioned during the ESPNU broadcast, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
Never thought I'd write "ball pythons" in a basketball headline, but here we are. Why were ESPN's announcers talking about them during the #Buckeyes game last night? Here's the backstory on Zed Key and what was discussed during the win against Towson:https://t.co/JI8CZqTPLo
— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) December 9, 2021
The sportscaster went all in, preparing a fun lecture about the snakes.
“Ball pythons are really interesting,” he said, per the Dispatch. “They’re a constrictor. These little snakes, they can wrap around you and they squeeze the life out of you. So if you’re a rat in say Central Africa, good luck against the ball python. It’s probably not going to work out very well.”
Pretty interesting stuff.