And the first inductee is . . . our pal George “Butternuts” Duran, one of Rhea’s longtime behind-the-counter warriors. In case you were wondering, he gets his nickname from the basketball court where he is quite the beast and will taunt you by yelling “Butternuts” every time he busts a shot in your eye, reminding everyone that his stroke is smooth as butter. Yes, sometimes basketball sounds dirty.
Another notable catchphrase of his destined to be lost in the annals of folklore is “WAMU!” This is uttered anytime he hits a bankshot off the backboard into the hoop, because even though we’d usually be playing on the weekend, the bank is still open (zing!). Curiously, when WAMU got absorbed by Chase back during the financial crisis, the new name didn’t quite stick, so we just kept kept yelling “WAMU” anytime an inappropriate bankshot found its way into the hoop. Of course, there are now newer, younger players who came through after the bank went under and consequently have no idea what we are talking about.
But that’s how folkore works, right? RIP Alan Dundes.