As we know, NBA players talk trash to each other on the court. It’s natural; many of us did that on the playground as well.
Charlie Villanueva made some news this week when he accused Kevin Garnett of calling him a “cancer patient”. The media was up in arms, because it’s obvious you can’t say that since it has the word “cancer” in it.
Garnett defended himself with:
My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in fact ‘You are cancerous to your team and our league.’
If Garnett doesn’t deserve scorn for such a transparent lie, he should be mocked for how mind-bogglingly weaksauce that “insult” is. (As a point of comparison, my trash talk consists of “Your improper arm extension impacts the accuracy of your free throws.”)
If any of you want to adapt this for your chess games (say if you’re playing a kid who stubbornly continues a dead-drawn endgame), try the following taunt to throw your opponents off their game: “You are cancerous to our club and the USCF.” That’ll show ’em. Of course, FIDE, FICS, etc. can be substituted for the USCF as needed.