WFNY: The Austin Carr Drinking Game

We’ve had a few inquiries regarding any sort of “official” Austin Carr drinking game.  To be honest, we think as long as you have a good time enjoying the one-liners of our favorite homer color commentator, then everyone is a winner.  However, we felt that it would be poignant to point out any of the “Carrisms” deserve the most attention when you’re enjoying a Cavaliers game with your beverage of choice.

ESPN Radio’s Kenny Roda took the time a few weeks ago to outline the main moments of consumption.  Feel free to take a look at his “rules” if you would like – just scroll down to the Jan. 19th entry.  And while we think it is a great start, we also feel that there are plenty of missed opportunities to make the most out of any Cavaliers contest.

Sure, you have the main Carrisms that should undoubtedly cost you one “drink.”

– “Throwing the Hammer Down”
– “L-Train”
– “Deep in the [Building of Choice]”

You can step it up a notch by consuming two “drinks” during these token quotes:

– “Get that weak stuff outta here!”
– “Johnny on the spot”
– “Young man” (Bonus drink for “Further more, young man”)
– Any combination of two Carrisms from above

Things start to heat up a bit once AC really gets going.  We think three “drinks” are appropriate for the following:

– Any unsupported statistic (er go “Feeding the ball to the big man at the top of the elbow provides points 90 percent of the time”)
– Any time AC starts a comment with “Consequently, Fred…”

And finally, feel free to finish anything you have currently in your hand any time FSN decides to throw it to AC for any sort of advertisement.  If you’re really up for a challenge, you can add any Fred McLeod reference like “rubber rim” and any reference to a street located outside of the arena.  Bonus if it’s Carnegie or Ontario!

So, there you have it, folks.  WFNY recommends that you play any game involving AC or Fred in the confines of your own home as to avoid the need for transportation.  If with friends, please ensure that the man or woman behind the wheel is taking the night off from Messrs. Carr and McLeod.  They’ll definitely get their monies worth during the next game.

And as always, Go Cavs!

(special thanks to MWSF for getting the ball rolling)

  • Boomhauer

    You can’t forget “Getting the bird”. That’s at least two drinks.

  • DP

    I was going to say the same thing, Boom.

    Any pump/head/up fake resulting in “gets himself a bird” during the replay/discussion merits some kind of consumption.

  • Swig

    “Best tip drill man in the league”

    If you used Kenny’s plan you would be dead before the first quarter was over.

  • ““Best tip drill man in the league”

    That definitely falls under the unsupported statistics. He once called LeBron and Andy the “best pick and roll tandem in the league” as well…

  • Rini

    “Get down and get that floor burn” could cost you a couple drinks too. Although it took me 3 times to figure out what he was saying because it usually comes out as jumbled as Madden clearing his throat and trying to speak at the same time.

  • From the Fred category, he has started using “Lebron BEAT HIM LIKE A DRUM on that drive” with frequency.

    “Beat him like a drum” needs to be there.

  • Rini

    Oh and I forgot Fred using the “that was just dirty” call when someone takes it strong to the hole.

  • Patrick J

    “Anytime you can (insert accomplishment and circumstance)…that is a beautiful thing.”

    Also need to establish consumption parameters for the following Carrisms:
    -Anyime he says the Cavs offense is getting stagnant. Bonus if he uses the word stagnant multiple times in one possession or commentary.
    -Anytime he makes “establishing Z early” a key to the game.
    -Anytime he makes “take care of the ball” a key to the game.

    As for Fred McCleod:
    -Anytime he qualifies an opposing player’s score with a casual “walked/used the off-arm but got away with it”.\
    -Anytime he credits another Cavalier’s play to LeBron (this happens most often with Ben Wallace).

  • Harv 21

    Fred: “Ball don’t lie!” [this year’s favorite, after opponent misses free throw following questionable call]
    : “Heat check” [last year’s favorite, anytime LeBron misses 30 foot jumper with hand in face].

    Austin: “Took his time and squared his shoulders” [after any made jumper]

  • Harv 21

    You know, I think the posts above covered everything. How about this for A.C. Drinking Game 2.0: You must do your own play-by-play calling a game but using ONLY those phrases listed so far. If you say anything else, from tip off to horn … drink!

  • bridgecrosser

    Like Dale Doback, I am going to head back to the Beat Labratory for the 2.0 version. Worldwide Prestige Forever.

    What day was the Rhoda interview?

  • Swig

    @Harv 21,
    Why limit this to basketball games? Call the next Indians game using only these phrases. Try to pick up a girl at the bar. Hold a phone conversation with your mom.

    The possibilities are endless.

  • Harv 21

    @Swig: I like it.
    For cleanliness sake, just edited out a bunch of usable bar pick-up lines, but a failed one could be excused with Fred’s “heat check!,” followed by a AC dirty old man “Heh, heh, heh.”

  • bridgecrosser

    Joe Tait’s Drinking Game is jealous. He says no more Digornio pizza references until he gets his own game.

  • @bridgecrosser: I’ll kiss you on the lips, Kenny Rogers

  • Nick D.

    Some of my new favorite Austinisms are: ‘Go get, throw it down and kill it with a stick’, also I’ve noticed an increase of both, ‘Skip to my Lou’ and ‘Tip toes through the daisies’.

    As for Fred I gotta go with some classics: ‘A Filthy And One’ and ‘A shot he normally/always makes… but not this time’ also ‘ARE YOU KIDDIN’ ME’ which they’ve since turned into a post game highlight segment.

    My personal favorite though is from the other night in Golden State (after Lebron’s game winner) from Fred: “Good night Oakland, we will let ourselves out!”

    Also did anybody catch that little verbal jaunt Austin went on during the Jazz game about Big Ben setting that pick in Deron Williams mastoid, and how the mastoid runs from your ear through your shoulders down to your lower back?

  • MaimLarry

    I live in Indiana, and I must say, one of things I miss most about Cleveland is sitting down and listening to AC call a Cavs’ game. Memories…

  • whipjacka


  • I think you are neglecting to mention Austin’s tendency to mispronounce the names or confuse the names of players. I learned from Austin that we have two Cavs player named Delonte Jones and Boobie West in one broadcast.

    Two drinks if he screws up the name of an opposing player

    Chug your beer if he screws up the name of a Cavs player

    Finish the keg if he screws up Lebron James’ name.

  • For those of you who missed any games and want to make up the drinking, has highlights of each game including austin and fred’s best calls of the night

  • adam rosen

    this is so awesome i cant wait to share this with all my friends. AC is worth every penny of my cable bill every month!!!

    i think euclid is a street referenced by fred quite often. he thinks he is sooo cleveland when he does it too, but i still miss reghi.

  • jiri welsch

    a drink every time austin yells “WILD THING DOIN’ HIS THING”

  • Goulet!

    Can we add any of AC’s references to being hungry to the one drink section?
    “he he he, love that digiorno pizza”

  • whipjacka

    Fred: that was a lunch pale dunk.

  • Nice to see Kenny Roda trying to take credit for something I wrote over a month ago.

  •  Haha, no way – you’d be passed out way before the end if you did that!  You’ve got to use rare phrases for that kind of rule.

  • Deesh

    You should finish your drink every time you hear about how an opponent scoring was “too easy”.