We couldn’t pass this story up from a couple weeks ago.  The media is calling it a “brain fart.” We simply call it a forgetful moment for a dominant Conceptual.  The NBA’s Eric Bledsoe (#9 FCAR) “broke one of basketball’s most simple rules,” writes one journalist. “Early in the fourth quarter, the referee handed Bledsoe the ball out of bounds and Bledsoe decided to put it in play by… simply dribbling it up the court?”

For those unfamiliar with a basketball law book, one is supposed to pass the ball in-bounds after receiving it from the ref. Bledsoe has been in the league for 10 years, and knows this rule quite well. “Wait a minute, did you just see what Eric Bledsoe just did?” an astonished commentator asked. “He dribbled the basketball—wait, wait, wait. I’m sorry, that’s a Shaqtin’.” Play-by-play man Mark Jones actually missed what Bledsoe did. “Let’s take a look at exactly what they did here,” Jones said. Then he looked at the replay, chuckled, and asked, “Was he playing on the blacktop?”

Athletes make mistakes, but #9 FCARs can be more prone to commit “brain fart” mistakes, like this one, in part because “here and now reality” isn’t their strongest function (as is the dominant Empirical – Do you remember #9 Chris Webber’s infamous 1993 timeout in the NCAA championship basketball game?).  Instead, they often find themselves lost in thought, or rather, lost in their Conceptual feelings. While we may not know exactly why Bledsoe forgot to pass the ball inbounds, we have a pretty educated guess.  He is fortunate it didn’t cost the Bucks the game, as they went on to beat the Clippers 129–124.

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