A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 22, 2013
“The bank is open for [player name]” (basketball bank shot catchphrase)

A basketball “bank shot” is one that hits the backboard before its trip to the basket. “The bank is open for [basketball player name]” means that a player has just scored on a bank shot. ‘The bank is open for Chism” was cited in print in 2008.

“The bank is open” has been one of the catchphrases of basketball announcer Tim Brando, although it’s not known if he came up with it first.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary
bank shot noun
Definition of BANK SHOT
1:  a shot in billiards and pool in which a player banks the cue ball or the object ball
2:  a shot in basketball played to rebound from the backboard into the basket

Wikipedia: Tim Brando
Tim Brando (born February 27, 1956) is a radio host and CBS Sports studio host and play-by-play announcer.

Hawk Heaven (Atlanta, GA)—Brandoisms
Tim Brando-isms

You know him, you love him.. he’s Tim Brando.. one half of the Hawks broadcasting team on WATL 36 and SportSouth. If you have even watched one telecast.. you know of the silver toungued expressions of Mr Brando. Thats why we are here.. to document them for all of posterity.
I cant leave out a bank shot for 2 from Steve Smith....
“ The bank is open for Smitty from the city!! “

CBS College Sports—Posting Up
January 09, 2008
The Bank Is Open For Chism
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Wayne Chism’s banked three-pointer from the top of the key has given No. 8 Tennessee a 32-27 lead over No. 16 Ole Miss with 5:47 remaining in the first half.

SpursTalk.com Forums
11-27-2009, 08:54 PM
Ariza came to play. Battier has set a few pretty good screens.
But the Bank is open for Timmy!

RealGM Basketball
Post by chitownrulez on Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:17 pm
The bank is open for Scal!

03-05-2012, 10:50 PM
C School Play-In Games
I think the highlight of this game had to be the announcer, who kept making comments like “The bank is open for business!” when a guy would make a bank shot, and he said that traveling calls were “Amtrak violations” and that kind of thing. Cheesy and kind of funny all at once.

Eddie Radosevich
Chandler Parsons dials up the bank shot after 6 p.m. The bank is open for the out of towner. An ultimate playoff dagger.
6:44 PM - 24 Apr 13

Posted by Barry Popik
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