We’re down to the final four! Loyola, Michigan, Villanova and Kansas will play this coming weekend to determine which two of those teams will play for the national NCAA College Basketball Championship. Just like in 811, damage prevention is key to winning these games. The tournament so far has been exciting and entertaining, and these four basketball power houses should make for a snappy finish.
You don’t get to the Final Four by being a mediocre team. You have to know basketball forwards and backwards – just like in excavation you have to know 811 forwards and backwards.
As a public service, Texas811 is happy to present you with some basic basketball terms and their 811 meanings.
Airball: A shot at the basket that misses everything and doesn’t touch the rim, backboard or net. For 811, this means you did a great excavation by calling 811 first and getting underground utilities located so you didn’t touch anything when digging.
Alley-Oop: When one player jumps and catches a pass from another player and simultaneously dunks the ball or shoots it in before landing. For 811, this means a successful handoff between the underground utility locator and the excavator on a project.
Backboard: The rectangular piece of wood or fiberglass the rim is attached to. The target to shoot for to hit a basket. For 811, this means the flags or marker paint on the ground. Stay 18 inches away from those utility markings when you begin a hand dig, and you’ll never foul out.
Free Throw: A free shot given to a player after a foul or a technical foul. The player shoots from the 15-foot free throw line while the rest of the players line up along the outside of the key. Sorry, no free throws are given in the 811 world. If you hit underground utilities because you didn’t call before you dig, you don’t get another shot at it.
Rebound: When a player from either team retrieves the ball and gains possession after a missed shot. Sorry, no rebounds in the 811 world. Once the ball gets knocked out of the court, game is over.
Travel: A penalty, which results in a turnover, where an offensive player moves his or her pivot foot illegally or takes three steps without dribbling the ball. For 811, this means you didn’t respect the marks or flags, and decided to dig in another location not marked.
And moving from basketball to golf – our 21st Annual Texas811 Damage Prevention Golf Tournament is April 20, 2018 at Indian Creek Golf Club starting at 8:00am – and the game won’t be the same unless you help us tee it up.
The proceeds of the Damage Prevention Golf Tournament will be used to promote damage prevention and increase public outreach.
For more detailed information please visit www.texas811.org/golf.
Until next week, safe digging!