From My View For May 24
You know, there are catch phrases in about anything you do. This week at church, Minister Ed Melott talked about many catch phrases in the Bible and they made me think of a few in sports I would like to share, and I hope you have some of your own you would like to share too.
“Don’t let the door kick you in the back on your way out!” You can use that in many ways, in different sports, but the one I will share is when a player gives a coach the lip, and the coach responds with that phrase.
Another one is, “Sounds like a broken record.” You can usually hear that about a player that continues to say over-and-over why he or she did something bad on the field or on the court. Also, the phrase of “You’re nursing a grudge,” goes hand-in-hand with a parent that tells others that a coach is nursing a grudge because “I said this,” or “My kid did that,” and they will use that action to keep their child from gaining playing time.
Here is a good one you hear all the time: “You need an attitude adjustment.” You can fill in the spaces here.
“Hotter than a firecracker,” is used when a player gets multiple hits in a game, or fires in back-to-back three-point baskets.
I use this a lot when I speak about a lot of stuff and can be also said about my writing as well, and it’s not what I say or write, its what I meant to say or write.
“It’s a great day to be a West Virginia Mountaineer where ever you may be!” It’s mostly used when the Mountaineers win a game.
Here is one of my favorites in hockey from the Penguins announcer Mike Lange: “Scratch my back with a hack-saw blade.” It’s used to use as a dagger when they score quite a few goals, along with “Put a nail in the coffin.”
Here is a good one I that I didn’t remember, but was brought to my attention – a quote by Bob Prince, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ long-time announcer; he said when they needed a double play, “We need a hoover.”
Another favorite of his was “Chicken on the hill with Wil in Willie Stargell,” when needing a home-run; that is also called We need a tater.”
Here is one of a newer player when talking about an older player. “He is only a shadow of ???.”
In horse racing, the phrase “Riders Up!” means for the jockeys to get on their horses and prepare for the race, and “Around the stretch they come!” when the horses come around the back-stretch.
And to end this on my note and wait for your comments, let’s use “Raise the Jolly Roger!” meaning when the Pirates win a game, (And they need to win a lot more).
And the great New York Yankee great Yogi Berra, “It’s not over till its over,” and “Elvis has just left the building,” when the Penguins had the game won late in the third period. (And we need some now).
“To finish, “When the Fat Lady Sings,” when talking about the ending of a game, and now this column.