But what angered me most was Brent Musburger's use of the two worst linguistic devices that basketball commentators frequently employ.
Basketball Rule Violation 169.04: Improper use of the word "blow." "Boy, I don't think Horton has scored since he got a blow on the bench a few minutes ago." Perhaps you're not aware of it Brent, but the word "blow" has several different connotations that are very different from the "get some rest" use you stated. And all of them are negative. Please don't use the word "blow" when referring to somebody "sitting/resting on the bench." And especially don't use it in the same sentence as "score."
Basketball Rule Violation 929.11: Improper use of the phrase "reach-around." "He got caught for that reach-around on his own end." Ugh. Once again, "reach around" means something different than what you think. You may say "reaching violation." Nothing wrong there. Or use the phrase "reach in." No problems. But "reach-around?" No. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Anybody under the age of 30 immediately laughs when you say this.