The half-time crowd is mostly somewhere else — getting hot dogs or headed for the restrooms. The cheerleaders, at least, have been lined up for him, and the on-site news lady doesn’t mean to sound insulting when she asks about his moment in the sun, all those years ago. The old man mumbles an answer but the microphone misses the last part of it as she turns to face the camera. Then the cheerleaders begin shaking their pompoms and hooting louder as the man turns to the basket, dribbles once, and gives the ball a one-armed hurl.
It falls short by a good ten feet. There’s a few stray claps from the bleachers, but the cheerleaders keep hooting, as if they don’t realize he missed it. The old man is about to walk away when another ball is handed to him from off camera. He dribbles, thinks, dribbles again, and misses. The cheerleaders don’t know what to do with themselves now. One of them smirks. The news lady seems to have nothing prepared for this contingency, however inevitable it may now seem.
So she faces the camera and prepares us for the cut to commercial. She promises some cute shots of a gorilla that has been given a pet kitten. Meanwhile, in the background, we see the old man accept another ball from off camera, another demonstration of his dumb luck, which clearly ran out years ago.