A wife decided to join her husbandÂ watching theÂ last couple minutesÂ of a pro basketball game on TV. He was surprised that she joined him, but when the game was over, she bragged that she now knew "all about basketball."
"Okay, how many players on a team?" he asked.
"Five on each side," she replied.
"And how many pointsÂ for a free throw?"
"And how many timeouts does each team have per half?"
"Twenty-two," she said. "Anybody knows that."
What made her mistakenly thinkÂ that each teamÂ had so many time-outs?
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Answer: In an NBA game, eachÂ teamÂ is awardedÂ six regular time-outs that last 100 seconds each, and two quicker "20-second" timeouts. While watching the end of the game, she heard the announcer say that one team had no time outs left because they had "just called their 20-second time out."Â She mistook this to mean that team had called "its 22nd time out."