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4th Jun '17 2:07:37 PM JBK405
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* In ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', Michael pits his staff against the warehouse workers in a game of basketball, under the assumption that by having a black man on his team, Stanley, it's a shoe-in. We then see a brief segment of Stanley tossing a ball of paper, completely missing. Kevin, the lazy fat man, on the other hand, does the same thing, and makes it. It's a bit of foreshadowing, as later on Stanley sucks at the real game, and Kevin shoots hoop after hoop once the game is done, never missing a shot.

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* In ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', Michael pits his staff against the warehouse workers in a game of basketball, under the assumption that by having a black man on his team, Stanley, team (Stanley) it's a shoe-in. We then see a brief segment of Stanley tossing a ball of paper, completely missing. Kevin, the lazy fat man, on the other hand, does the same thing, and makes it. It's a bit of foreshadowing, as later on Stanley sucks at the real game, and Kevin shoots hoop after hoop once the game is done, never missing a shot. This was all performed in real-life, as Kevin's actor is a skilled basketball player and sunk ''seventeen shots in a row'' (The camera does not record all of them, as they had no idea he would actually make so many).
30th May '17 6:53:00 PM nombretomado
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* Interesting take on this in ''TheWestWing'' episode "Faith Based Initiative." A basketball is left on C.J. Cregg's desk as a joke in response to recent internet reports about the skills she had as a high school basketball player (really these are an attempt to call into question her sexuality). C.J. easily sinks the actual basketball into the trash can while sitting behind her desk.

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* Interesting take on this in ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode "Faith Based Initiative." A basketball is left on C.J. Cregg's desk as a joke in response to recent internet reports about the skills she had as a high school basketball player (really these are an attempt to call into question her sexuality). C.J. easily sinks the actual basketball into the trash can while sitting behind her desk.
3rd May '17 12:34:25 PM TheCuza
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->'''Karen:''' That bathroom is disgusting. When's the last time you cleaned up in there?\\
'''Brent:''' I think you might have used the men's.\\
'''Karen:''' Don't guys know how to aim?\\
'''Wanda:''' Ugh, gross. I don't wanna hear that.\\
'''Karen:''' No, I mean it. There were crumpled up paper towels all around the trash. Guys can't aim!
-->-- ''Series/CornerGas'', "[[Recap/CornerGasS1E05Grad68 Grad '68]]"



* On ''Series/CornerGas'', Karen mistakenly uses the men's bathroom and complains that "guys can't aim". Wanda assumes she's referring to men aiming their pee and is grossed out, at which point Karen elaborates that there were crumpled up paper towels littering the entire area around the trash can.



* ''Machinima/FreemansMind 2'': When Gordon encounters the infamous [[Videogame/HalfLife2 "Pick up that can!"]] Combine officer, he mistakes his attempt at denigration for a request to demonstrate his skills at this. And he promptly takes the can and dunks it into the wastebasket from the other side of the hallway on the first try.
-->'''Freeman:''' I got my degree under the tutelage of Dr. Pepper!

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* ''Machinima/FreemansMind 2'': When Gordon encounters the infamous [[Videogame/HalfLife2 "Pick up that can!"]] Combine Civil Protection officer, he mistakes his the officer's attempt at denigration for a request to demonstrate his skills at this. And "famous" can-throwing skills, and he promptly takes the can and dunks sinks it into the wastebasket trash can from the other side of the hallway a good ten feet or so on the first try.
-->'''Freeman:''' You know how many sodas I drank in college? Seriously, I'm the master. ''[stops walking and looks around]'' Hey, was that on camera? No... ''[resumes walking]'' I could have made that shot ''blindfolded''. I'm not even joking. I've thrown ''thousands'' of soda cans. I got my degree under the tutelage of Dr. Pepper!Pepper.
27th Apr '17 8:27:33 PM MisterVercetti
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->''"I got my degree under the tutelage of Dr. Pepper!"''
-->--'''Gordon Freeman''', ''[[Machinima/FreemansMind Freeman's Mind]]''


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-->'''Freeman:''' I got my degree under the tutelage of Dr. Pepper!
13th Apr '17 11:52:50 AM Cannox
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->''"I got my degree under the tutelage of Dr. Pepper!"''
-->--'''Gordon Freeman''', ''[[Machinima/FreemansMind Freeman's Mind]]''
5th Apr '17 7:51:58 AM Lopiny
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* ''Machinima/FreemansMind 2'': When Gordon encounters the infamous [[Videogame/HalfLife2 "Pick up that can!"]] Combine officer, he mistakes his attempt at denigration for a request to demonstrate his skills at this. And he promptly takes the can and dunks it into the wastebasket from the other side of the hallway on the first try.
18th Mar '17 1:57:54 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheOffice'', Michael pits his staff against the warehouse workers in a game of basketball, under the assumption that by having a black man on his team, Stanley, it's a shoe-in. We then see a brief segment of Stanley tossing a ball of paper, completely missing. Kevin, the lazy fat man, on the other hand, does the same thing, and makes it. It's a bit of foreshadowing, as later on Stanley sucks at the real game, and Kevin shoots hoop after hoop once the game is done, never missing a shot.

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* In ''TheOffice'', ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', Michael pits his staff against the warehouse workers in a game of basketball, under the assumption that by having a black man on his team, Stanley, it's a shoe-in. We then see a brief segment of Stanley tossing a ball of paper, completely missing. Kevin, the lazy fat man, on the other hand, does the same thing, and makes it. It's a bit of foreshadowing, as later on Stanley sucks at the real game, and Kevin shoots hoop after hoop once the game is done, never missing a shot.



* Spoofed in ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide''. The episode "Elections" has Ned trying to get himself out of the running for Class President. His last attempt to do is to attempt a food fight...by tossing his trash into the recycling. Seth, the sport guy, thinks that Ned thought of a "cool way to recycle" and [[SpringtimeForHitler convinces everyone to toss their recyclables like Ned did.]]

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* Spoofed in ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide''.''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide''. The episode "Elections" has Ned trying to get himself out of the running for Class President. His last attempt to do is to attempt a food fight...by tossing his trash into the recycling. Seth, the sport guy, thinks that Ned thought of a "cool way to recycle" and [[SpringtimeForHitler convinces everyone to toss their recyclables like Ned did.]]
12th Mar '17 1:46:26 PM nombretomado
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* The very first episode of ''{{Moonlighting}}''.

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* %%* The very first episode of ''{{Moonlighting}}''.''Series/{{Moonlighting}}''.
9th Oct '16 5:40:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', when Sulley points out a flaw in Mike's plan to get rid of Boo, Mike crumples up the paper he was writing on and tosses it into a wastebasket overflowing with flawed plans.
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* The film ''TheCuttingEdge'' has the ice-skating male lead do this while negotiating with the female figure skater's father over being hired on as her partner after the father misses three times.

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* The film ''TheCuttingEdge'' ''Film/TheCuttingEdge'' has the ice-skating male lead do this while negotiating with the female figure skater's father over being hired on as her partner after the father misses three times.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', when Sulley points out a flaw in Mike's plan to get rid of Boo, Mike crumples up the paper he was writing on and tosses it into a wastebasket overflowing with flawed plans.
9th Oct '16 5:39:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Hank Hill]] once tried this with a wrapper from a slice of cheese; he missed, and when he went to retrieve it, his kitchen floor collapsed (thanks to [[ConspiracyTheorist Dale]] deciding to [[ItMakesSenseInContext dig a "secret tunnel" between their houses]]).

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* [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Hank Hill]] Hill once tried this with a wrapper from a slice of cheese; he missed, and when he went to retrieve it, his kitchen floor collapsed (thanks to [[ConspiracyTheorist Dale]] deciding to [[ItMakesSenseInContext dig a "secret tunnel" between their houses]]).
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