March 06, 2007

Michael Jones — fighter, vocabulary teacher

It's not everyday that nunchucks come up in conversation, but hearing a nunchucks-related joke the other day reminded me of when I first heard the word:

I was eight years old and reading about Michael Jones, a wide receiver for the Wisconsin Badgers, who was arrested for beating someone up with nunchucks. That year, I had cheered Jones from the stands when he returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Northwestern.

I don't really remember the dinner conversation, but I'm pretty sure it began by me asking, "Dad, what are nunchucks?"