Portland Trail Blazers fans Morgan and Grace were called down to the court to play a game of tic-tac-toe during a break in Thursday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets. The rules were exactly the same as regular tic-tac-toe, only the contestants had to make a layup before marking their spot. In other words, it’s basically the same simple game that keeps a 5-year-old entertained for approximately 28 seconds: Get three X’s or O’s in a row and you win.
One of them eventually won the game but, in the end, we all won.
This video has everything: “Yakety Sax,” an increasingly exasperated announcer and two people who showed exactly zero mastery of either tic-tac-toe rules or tic-tac-toe strategy. A “30 for 30” should be made about this video.
If there is any solace for befuddled, doomed Morgan and Grace, it’s that they are not the first people to be tripped up by in-game tic-tac-toe. In 2015 — during the Western Conference finals, no less — two Houston Rockets fans suffered a similar fate.
And at least Morgan and Grace did not sully their performances with ill-advised woofing, as this fan did when he tried to outrun the legendary Freeze at an Atlanta Braves game last year.
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