During the first weekend of the NCAA tournament last week, one of the more entertaining moments involved Wisconsin sophomore forward Nigel Hayes and it had nothing to do with his play on the court. Fascinated by the work done by the NCAA’s stenographers, Hayes looked to the test the accuracy of their transcriptions by tossing out some words that aren’t used all to often in daily conversation.
The stenographers proved that they were up to the challenge. Prior to the a press conference along with teammates Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky, Hayes was asked by the moderator if he wanted to test this weekend’s stenographers in Los Angeles. He did, saying the word “syzygy” just before the Badgers took questions from the assembled media.
And then Hayes softly stated an observation (a complimentary one, at that) about one of the stenographers. Based upon the video above, Hayes was surprised by the fact that his comment could be heard by all in the room. That mic in front of you is live, Nigel. All in good fun.
And in case you’re curious, syzygy is a noun defined as “the nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies (as the sun, moon, and earth during a solar or lunar eclipse) in a gravitational system” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary website.
Video credit: ACC Digital Network