Okay then, the big Spring Cleaning evolution is over for now, so here's my "get back in the saddle" blog: something that bothers the crapple out of yours truly, because I am a fan of many sports.
The general subject is sports blather, which I believe is grossly overdone. Don't believe me? How much blather goes into all the hype for the Super Bowl? You can't count the hours on all the sportz networks and neither could I.
That gripe is too general to be effective though, so I'm going to concentrate on the over-use and/or mis-use of certain specific terms in sports. Feel free to contribute your own. Here are a few of mine and their usual mis-uses:
- "Hat-Trick". I've been a fan of ice hockey in bygone times, don't follow it now (didn't miss having it during the just-concluded strike), but I played hockey of the pickup variety as a yute in DeeCee, when winters in those dark ages of the Fifties almost always resulted in the Reflecting Pool freezing over and the Park Service letting the yutes play ice hockey when the ice got to 2" thick. The term "Hat-trick" then meant you scored a goal in each of the three periods of a regulation game. The term has since morphed to mean three goals scored in a game. The abuse comes when the term, "Hat Trick" is used for anything besides ice hockey. Yesterday, I heard it used to describe a Portland Timbers soccer player who scored three (soccer) goals...NONONONONONONO. This is blather-creep of the worst kind. The term applies to ice hockey, and ice hockey alone.
- Next up is the term "Home Run". This is a baseball term, but I've heard it in football to describe a long running play, and car racing to refer to a driver with a good lead finishing first uncontested. NONONONONONONO, it's a BASEBALL term only, you worthless blatherers.
- There are auto-racing terms such as "Put the hammer down" used to describe intense play in almost any game. We're almost immune to those gaffes by now. Do YOU know where "Put the hammer down" originated in auto racing? Answer in comments if you are a REAL sports smartie.