. A seriously tough dude.Usage example: Man, Charles Oakley was a real hombre back in the day.Word history:
This term has been popping up in an increasing number of NBA telecasts over the course of the season, but I finally decided to make it an official Word of the Day on Friday when 1.
Bill Simmons specifically mentioned it in his NBA mailbag
Hubie Brown said "There are a bunch of tough hombres out there tonight" during the Spurs/Jazz game.
Here's how The Sports Guys described it: "I like the word 'hombre' as an NBA word that means the opposite of wuss. If you're an hombre, that means you're not allowing anyone to push you around; you'll stand up for your teammates when they get knocked into the basket support; you play bigger than your size; and you have the balls to take and make big shots in big moments."
The only part of that description I disagree with is the "you play bigger than your size" part. I mean, I would classify Oakley as an hombre, and he was a pretty big dude. Still, I think "hombre" is the new best term for NBA tough guys.Update:
I received the following fan-freaking-tastic Photoshop from Basketbawful reader Stephen, who said: "I'm personally looking forward to the day when we can use other spanish words to describe players, like, 'Kobe is such a puta!' or, 'They're going to have to stop playing like a bunch of coños out there if they stand a chance in the 2nd half.'" So am I, Stephen. So am I.
Labels: Bill Simmons, Hubie Brown, Word of the Day