Minnesota Timberwolves PG Ricky Rubio tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee back in March, causing the onslaught of out-of-nowhere T-Wolves viral videos to slow to a crawl. The good news today is twofold — Rubio is targeting a December return from injury, and he’s already started working on those viral videos.
His first effort: playing the classic vertical board game Connect Four with basketballs on the Spanish talk show “El Hormiguero,” aka “The Anthill”. It’s the most fun a basketball player can have with a board game without organizing a living Guess Who? “Do you wear stupid glasses with no lenses?” “Yes.” “YOU’RE DWYANE!”
Important information about the weird puppets you’re seeing, courtesy of Ball Don’t Lie:
(Those puppets you see bopping in front of Rubio at the start of the video above are ants who live in the anthill. Their names are Trancas and Barrancas, apparently taken from the Spanish expression for “in fits and starts,” and now I want them on every American talk show.)
Hell, I’d watch an entire year of daytime TV just to see Steve Harvey get upset about them.
Anyway, this looks like a hell of a lot of fun and Rubio’s shot looks solid. He should spend September through October just showing up on different talk shows and game shows to beat the hosts at basketball-themed, giant-sized board games. He could destroy ‘The Price Is Right’ with that shot. Maybe beat Ellen at a game of Massive Hungry Hungry Hippos.
Bonus: Here are a few old Connect Four commercials, because why not?
Here’s the one you want to see if you’re my age.
Here’s the one you want to see if you’re slightly older.