In the New York Times, Mike Tanier shares some tidbits on this topic. For example, in 1990, Duke basketball player Bobby Hurley called a timeout during the NCAA basketball tournament and then ran to the restroom. He must have had to REALLY go to do that!
|By Mark Selders|
I would give a gold star to Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. In 2006, Paterno had to leave the field TWICE during a game against Ohio State. But he ran off with his head up and a sense of purpose, so fans assumed he had a call from the White House or something.
Afterwards, Paterno said:
“I got off the field and did a couple of things, and then I got back on the field.”
Now THAT’S a real man!
In 2005, Manny Ramirez (then of the Boston Red Sox) was in the outfield when he felt Nature call . . . LOUDLY. So he set his cap and glove down on the grass and ducked behind the Fenway Field wall known as the Green Monster to bust a grumpy.
Of course, Ramirez didn’t do this while the ball was in play. He waited until there was a meeting on the mound between the pitcher, a coach, and the catcher.
I like that idea. You go to the bathroom and take care of a couple of things, and when you come out, someone yells, “Play ball!”