I Think the Brady Folks are Losing It

I’m wondering if the Brady folks are on some new campaign to try to court old people or something, first, channeling Tipper Gore, railing against the music industry, and now complaining about those damned commercials on Television. Perhaps Paul will start a lecture series on how you can make sure those damned kids stay off your lawn without chasing them off by menacing them with a gun (Preferred Brady alternative, a cane, a cane). It’s OK, Paul, we all get old sometime, and it does sure beat the alternative. For the record, here’s what has Bradys panties in a bunch:

The advertisement sort of references a gun chamber!

In the ad, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant give us their best “I’m tough” look and the ad reads “Prepare For Combat.” On Kobe Bryant’s side of the advertisement, Bryant says “I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, I don’t leave anything in the chamber.”

The “chamber” comment references the area of a gun where bullets are stored prior to release.

Next up on the Brady agenda… attacking firearms metaphors. Let’s think of a few that will clearly upset them:

  • Hit the nail on the head.
  • Go off half cocked.
  • Like shooting fish in a barrel.
  • He’s a real straight shooter.
  • Shooting the breeze?
  • Shooting the messenger!

Hot damn, the American vernacular is just full of shooting metaphors. Clearly the Brady Campaign has a lot of important work ahead of them on this matter.

16 thoughts on “I Think the Brady Folks are Losing It”

  1. …”the whole nine yards”, “on a hair trigger”, “silver bullet”…

  2. Long shot, lock stock and barrel, quick on the draw, flash in the pan, the miss the mark…

  3. I would disagree a little on this. Obviously, you would think the Brady nutters would have better things to do. Yet, the fact that the NBA is full of gang-bangers, maybe the references to guns need to be shut down. What a rotten image the NBA, as well as the NFL, has now because of all the stupid people who get paid millions because of a talent they have, yet have no common sense outside the field of play.

    Here’s another you can add to the list: “I got my sights on you!”

  4. Blogassault,

    While I agree there are too many thugs in sports, I don’t think anyone outside of the Brady Campaign offices would see this ad and say “Kobe’s got a gun!” To most people, it’s just an expression, the equivalent of saying “I give 110%” It has nothing to do with guns in the American vernacular, even if that’s where the phrase originated. This is just an example of the Bradys being so thoroughly vanquished, they have nothing to do save complain about metaphors. And it makes me laugh.

  5. “Give ’em both barrels”
    “Shot in the dark”
    “Shooting blanks”
    “Shoot from the hip”
    “Scattershot (approach)”
    “Number one with a bullet”
    “Riding shotgun”
    “Fire away” (or, “Fire when ready”)
    “Something to shoot for”


  6. I read somewhere that the term actually originates from pioneer days when marksmen would take turns shooting at nails. You had to hit the nail square on the head to drive them in. I forget where I read this.

  7. Bullseye!
    Keep your powder dry.
    Kentucky windage.
    Under pressure.
    Give it the gun.
    Stick to your guns.
    Under the gun.
    Set your sights on (object).

    And, of course, sun of a gun.

    /Philbert, I thought “the whole nine yards” was in relation to kilts?

  8. I am surprised no one mentioned this yet so I’ll “take a shot at it”.

    Basketball is already filled with such metaphores. Such as one of the pastime’s nicknames. Some people call the game itself “shootin’ hoops”.

    The act of throwing is “shooting”.
    Someone knocking the ball out of the air has “blocked the shot”.

  9. @ Dixie, “the whole nine yards” refers to the entire belt of ammunition for the machine guns on (I believe) a P-51 Mustang fighter, used extensively in WWII. The ammo belt (or belts? multiple machine guns) was about 27 feet long. I wonder if the Brady Bunch ever gave anybody ‘the whole nine yards, and if they are now ashamed of it.

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