FanDuel - WFBC

December 02, 2003

Yao-za!:
Last week's New Yorker had an EXCELLENT article on Yao. Here's an online interview with the author of said article, here's a swing song about Yao, a whole buncha Yao multimedia and a Cranberries cover about Moochie Norris just for giggles.

posted by forksclovetofu to basketball at 11:39 PM - 9 comments

...aaaaand that's it for me for a few weeks. The Move to Sarasota from New York commences tomorrow morning with the moving van pulling up out front and the computer being boxed and carted to it's new home. See ya'll in a few weeks when I get the internet hooked up in the new house.

posted by forksclovetofu at 11:44 PM on December 02

Great article forks......good luck with the move.

posted by smithers at 08:09 AM on December 03

Yeah, forks, good post, good luck with the move.

posted by vito90 at 09:45 AM on December 03

That was a very interesting article (the interview with the author). I got to experience Yao-mania for the first time a couple of weeks ago when the Rockets came to town. There was a huge Asian contingency at the game. I'm not sure if there were a lot of people that made the trip up from Houston or if Yao attracts that everywhere he goes, but it was impressive. They were pretty nice fans too.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:33 AM on December 03

Great article. Toronto has a huge Asian community, so we get Yao highlights and updates regularly - they love him. He seems like a geniunely funny guy, too.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 11:19 AM on December 03

Forks - you're fast becoming my favorite poster - enjoy the weather.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 11:20 AM on December 03

Sarasota had the largest water bugs I ever did see, including the one crawling on my chest one morning while I was there visiting my great aunt!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:24 PM on December 03

From the main article:

Besides an apology for its unauthorized use of Yao's image for commercial purposes, the Coke subsidiary announced it had halted the production and marketing of its commemorative bottles bearing the image. Yao in return agreed to withdraw the suit, in which he had accused Coke of image rights infringement and sought a public apology from the beverage giant plus a symbolic compensation of one yuan, or about 12 US cents.
This guy has got good lawyers.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:54 PM on December 03

From the full article in the New Yorker, which isn't online:

If a player shoots an air ball, the fans shout "yangwei"; in the Sichuan dialect, it means "impotent." To encourage the home team, they chant "xiongqi" ("erection").
If you can get your hands on last week's issue, I recommend it as a good read.

posted by dimmykarras at 11:10 PM on December 03

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