Notes scribbled during CBS television’s paid programming marathon, could make a Tolstoy tome.
Strip away the mind-numbing stops, and we can still recognize the Big Dance.
1. Televised basketball’s timeout rule: one at the first dead ball after four minute intervals beyond 16 minutes, then the 12-minute mark, then eight- and four-minute marks each half.
Add a coach’s strategy to call a timeout just before each TV stop, and add that the first 30-second team timeout of the second half is expanded to a television time-out.