Brain Game: Aw, Shoot!


A wife decided to join her husband watching the last couple minutes of a pro basketball game on TV. He was surprised that she joined him, but when the game was over, she bragged that she now knew "all about basketball." "Okay, how many players on a team?" he asked. "Five on each side," she replied. "And how many points for a free throw?" "One. Duh." "And how many timeouts does each team have per half?" "Twenty-two," she said. "Anybody knows that." What made her mistakenly think that each team had so many time-outs?

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Answer: In an NBA game, each team is awarded six regular time-outs that last 100 seconds each, and two quicker "20-second" timeouts. While watching the end of the game, she heard the announcer say that one team had no time outs left because they had "just called their 20-second time out." She mistook this to mean that team had called "its 22nd time out."