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Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes Challenges NCAA Stenographer with "Cattywampus"

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Reporters and bloggers, don’t forget to tip your stenographers.

The NCAA Tournament is full of under-the-radar folks who don’t get the attention they deserve. Among those are the stenographers hired to transcribe every word from every player and every coach in daily press conferences at every site.

It’s a thankless job, and one not many players or fans will ever notice. Good on Wisconsin for making sure these folks get their due, and good on the Badgers for finding a creative way to do it.

Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes tested the press conference stenographers during the Badgers’ interview session during their practice day before tomorrow’s round of 32 game. 

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Via ASAPSports, here’s the transcript:

Q. Nigel, obviously if you look just statistically, you've taken quite a leap in the 3-point shooting, to whatever, and in other areas. Can you describe just the steps you took to kind of, you know, raise those parts of your game?

NIGEL HAYES: Hello, it works now. Before I answer that question, I would like to say a few words, cattywampus, onomatopoeia and antidisestablishmentarianism. (Laughs). Now, back to your question. It was just a lot of hard work, teammates giving me great confidence, and when you play with players that are very unselfish like the two next to me who also give you that confidence and involve the team, it's a lot easier to get things done.

Q. Why did you start off saying those things and then I have to followup.

NIGEL HAYES: Well, the wonderful young lady over there, I think her job title is a stenographer, yes, okay. And she does an amazing job of typing words, sometimes if words are not in her dictionary, maybe if I say soliloquy right now, she may have to work a little bit harder to type that word, or quandary, zephyr, Xylophone, things like that, that make her job really interesting.