ESPN CBB analyst delivers bizarre lesson in python mating season during broadcast

By , Audacy Sports

Let's get one thing out of the way: context could be everything, here. If I had access to the minute before this viral clip begins, it might make a whole lot of sense and there would be nothing to write about, nothing to raise an eyebrow at, nothing to drop your jaw over.

But based on the evidence that we have, which is a 24-second clip from fan-favorite Twitter account and media platform Awful Announcing... yeah, this is all pretty bizarre.

Podcast Episode
You Better You Bet
OVERNIGHTS: CBB Bets for 12/9
Listen Now
Now Playing
Now Playing

Mark Adams has been a men's college basketball analyst at ESPN for over 20 years, so he's no stranger to the broadcast. He's also a former head coach, with stints at Central Connecticut State University, Western Oregon University and Rocky Mountain College, so he has a wealth of experience to bring to the table, even if those aren't the biggest names in the game.

Naturally, then, he was discussing very important matters during the Towson-Ohio State battle on Wednesday night... regarding ball pythons, when they become sexually active and their mating seasons. Yes, really.

Again, context might be everything here and this may very well have been a perfectly logical, appropriate thing to say... but I tend to think that this wasn't the case. After all, on the leaderboard of "sentences you hear during a college basketball broadcast," I have to think that "If you're a rat in, say, Central Africa, good luck against a ball python" is pretty low on the list.

Also, according to VetFolio®, male ball pythons "usually become sexually active when they are 16 to 18 months of age," while females become sexually mature at about two-and-a-half years of age. So if Adams is going to interrupt a college basketball broadcast — during a pretty closely contested game, I might add — to inform us about the age at which ball pythons become sexually active, he might want to do his research and get that fact right.

But I digress. And as for Awful Announcing's opinion that Adams is giving Bill Walton a real run for his money atop the throne of weird announcers... well, I need a little bit more before I can truly consider it a competition.

LISTEN on the Audacy App
Sign Up and Follow Audacy Sports
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram