Category Archives: sports
Ball Security Issues
By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities Twice today, during two different football games, I heard an announcer say about a player who fumbles often: “He has ball-security issues.” Twice! If you … Continue reading
Opening Night of Football and Football Cliches!
By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever The NFL season opens tomorrow with a special Thursday edition of Sunday night football on NBC. Or, is it a special Thursday edition of Monday night football on ESPN? … Continue reading
League Slams Players for Foul Language–Circa 1898
By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever For those of you who believe that poorly behaving athletes is a modern problem, check out this yahoo.com blog: Late 19th century ball players sure used creative vulgarities. The blog highlights … Continue reading
Super Ad Sunday–Greatest Advertising Scam in History
By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever The commercials during the Super Bowl have seemingly become so important that perhaps we should call the day Super Ad Sunday, but I don’t understand the one-day obsession with … Continue reading
Come On, Newspaper!
We all make typos, but come on, New Orleans Times-Picayune! (For more, see the Yahoo Sports blog)
Trite Trophy Winner 2010: At The End of The Day
Gene Collier, a sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, has awarded the “Trite Trophy” to a deserving sports cliche for the past 27 years. In the column, he mocks commonly used sports phrases and mixed cliches in what has … Continue reading
Interview: A New Definition, Thanks to Randy Moss
By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever I love it when professional athletes talk. If it’s not a humorous mixture of mangled cliches and mixed metaphors, then it’s some outlandish, self-centered statement that only a media … Continue reading
Even Bing Crosby Believed in Sports Jinxes
By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities One of the funny things that sports fans do is believe that they can influence the game by attending it, watching it, … Continue reading
Thoughtful Sports Figure?
We usually give examples of poor communication in the blog, but I recently heard a quote from an unusually candid and thoughtful sports figure. Since sports personalities usually answer in nothing but cliches, I thought the exception was worth noting. … Continue reading
Baseball’s What Not to Say
I apologize to all of the people I know who will read this and think I’m singling them out because they will most likely make some version of the statement during the next 24 hours. I’m not, and that’s part … Continue reading