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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Football Moves and Golf Shots

Today I have issue with some sports terminology. Whilst watching Bama make a charitable contribution by handing the game to Arkansas last weekend one play stuck in my mind. It was when a receiver (could have been a back) ran 10 yards downfield, turned around, caught the ball with two feet down, and fell on his back at which time the ball came loose. Ever since I was a young'en the rule was always having 1 foot down while in possession of the football constitutes a catch. Period. Last year they threw in this little extra tid bit - the player must have possession AND demonstrate a "football move". Why? What was wrong with the 1 foot deal? And what exactly is a football move? I recall Troy Palamalu (Steelers) last year during the Colts playoff game dive for an interception: he dove, caught the ball clean, tucked it in his gut, rolled on his back, put one foot down solidly on the grass, started to stand, and when he planted his left foot to fully rise his knee knocked the ball out of his hand and he fumbled it - recovered b y another Steeler. Yet the officials claim it was an incomplete pass because there was no "Football Move". What the FUCK? In my Bama game example the guy clearly caught the ball and only lost it when he made contact with the ground. What kind of football move do they need to see when your falling full speed onto your back? And what if he caught the ball clean then did a river dance, or 5 jumping jacks? Is that possession or not because it wasn't officially a "football move"? And to make matters worse If the play happens at the sideline then only 1 foot will do, but if it's in "the middle of the field" then they must make a "football move".

This next one makes me cringe every time I hear it - "golf shot". I rarely watch golf on television but every now and then I'll catch a little bit of a hyped up tournament or the Masters or something. Then the inevitable happens...... Tiger woods takes a 5 iron from his bag, gauges his distance, takes a practice swing, then strikes the ball beautifully towards the flag. The announcer says "That's a great golf shot". Well, what other kind of shot could it be? Was it a basketball shot? Perhaps a 9 ball in the corner pocket shot? Why must we add words to an already self explanatory phrase? "That's a great shot" would suffice. But watch on television and you'll hear this after just about every golf shot. This is crossing over to most sports nowadays - you'll hear "that was a good football play" and "basketball shot" too. Absurdity!


Blogger mugwump said...

This is a great blog entry.

Hey, yeah, I remember talking about that Troy fellow last season. The one that reminds me of Kirk Hammett. Maybe I'll watch some pro football, too.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Dr. Metal said...

I was watching the Rated-R Superstar stomp someone's guts out the other day on WWE Raw. The announcers said:

"What a great wrestling maneuver that was."

4:34 AM  

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