I've been thinking about Jeff Hornacek a lot lately.  Wow...that's kind of a weird thing to say. 

For those of you who aren't a basketball trivia geek or Steven Malk, let me explain who Jeff Hornacek is. 

Note:  Jeff Hornacek is the guy who isn't Gary Payton. 

He's that guy.  Doesn't quite look like an athlete does he?  I mean, if it weren't for the uniform and the upper thigh showcasing cut of his shorts, I would probably guess that this dude was a kindergarten teacher or a Mormon preacher or something, but Hornacek was a super good basketball player for the Sixers and Jazz back in the nineties. 

How good? 

Like twenty points a game good. 

Like good enough to get traded for Charles Barkley (well, it wasn't straight up Barkely for Hornacek, but still pretty impressive). 

Like good enough to get his own tasty mix tape. 

A couple of thoughts after watching the video: 

1.  I'm pretty sure I can jump higher than Jeff Hornacek. 
2.  If Jeff Hornacek showed up at an over 40's YMCA men's league and had a mustache or a perm or something to disguise himself, I'm pretty sure he would be the last guy picked. 
3.  That one hand tear drop he shoots over Shaq was insane. 
4.  I don't think there has ever been a more incongruous music to player pairing in basketball mix tape history. 

And while we're on the subject of old Utah Jazz basketball players, here's a video of Greg Ostertag getting dunked on.  Repeatedly.  Enjoy. 

Ahh...Greg Ostertag getting dunked on.  That never gets old. 

Oh, and I found some really cool paintings of athletes over at this guy's website.  Here's his depiction of Jeff Hornacek. 

Goddamn that's majestic...and sexually challenging.  I'm feeling a lot of things right now. 

11/25/2008 01:43:50 am

I don't think of Hornicek as often as I should. Obviously it's time to rethink my priorities.

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