Friday, January 7, 2011

Idiotic Announcer Terminology, Part V

For the start of the playoffs, we are presenting the following series of terms that football announcers use that need to be revised or completely eliminated, for various reasons. These are football commentator clichés that are annoying or overused, at least in our opinion. You are, of course, free to disagree, or add your own annoying commentator clichés.

Part I -- Part II -- Part III -- Part IV

“Football” as an adjective or noun – okay, let’s clarify of what we are speaking: this is when announcers and commentators throw around the word football (pardon the pun) constantly. I’ll give an example – “In order to win this football game, the Indianapolis Colts are going to have to protect the football and run the football. When they beat the Tennessee Titans, they will show they are the superior football team.”

Okay...deep breath.  When you are on a show like, say, ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown – we know you are talking about the sport of football. I seriously doubt anyone thinks the Colts and Titans are playing tennis, volleyball, or golf against each other. And we know the Colts are a “football” team. No one seriously thinks they are a baseball or hockey team. Also, it’s okay to just say “ball”. Again, we know you are discussing football; it just opens you up to ridicule to say “football” over and over again. What, did we think they had to protect the basketball or, maybe it was the hockey puck.  After all, in order to win the cricket game, the Indianapolis Colts are going to have to protect the polo ball and run the volleyball.  When they beat the Tennessee Titans, they will show they are the superior bowling team.  Is this an overreaction? Nah.

Thanks for reading this series.  Enjoy the games this weekend.  --J.L.

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