OT: Most Annoying Modern Day Media Cliches, Trite Phrases Etc.

Submitted by twohooks on May 8th, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Last week I was grinding my hands at a stop light listing to SportsRadio (pick one) and the "clown with the Mike" stated. "I really don't like Wings chances winning 4 of 5." upon the Wings return for game three. Seven Game series are so limited on their analysis, so whether or not the Wings can make it or not is yet to be seen. Through 12 months of sports I cant get through the sporting calendar without hearing "Tackling In Space" or "Walk Off Homer."

Whether it is "Boo Ya" or whatever I would like your input on what terms and phrases need to be eliminated for the goodness of all sporting mankind.

Love the Blog, I'll Hang Up and Listen



May 8th, 2011 at 11:40 PM ^

So does when the hockey announcer in between the benches says something obvious like right after a goal saying that they are really excited about scoring.


May 8th, 2011 at 11:45 PM ^

Whenever announcers say, "if you're X you have to Y."  As in, "If you're Rich Rodriguez you have to find a way to motivate your team."  "If you're Obi Ezeh you have to make that tackle."  "If you're Michigan you have to get a stop here."  I want to throw a brick at the head of everyone who says it because there's a zero percent chance that anyone listening to you is who you suggest they could be.  Just fucking say "Obi Ezeh should have made that tackle."  The only time this is acceptable is if they say, "If you're a Michigan fan..."  Otherwise STFU with that.

Also whenever they call an end-around a reverse, and a reverse a double-reverse.  Get the terminology right.


May 9th, 2011 at 12:08 AM ^

"If you're Rich Rodriguez you have to have your offense on the field to score points. If Michigan wants to win this game they have to score some points. And now that the defense is coming on the field, if you're the Michigan defense, you have to get a stop here. If I'm Rich Rodriguez I'm over there making that very clear to my defensive unit right now."

Hardware Sushi

May 8th, 2011 at 11:50 PM ^

"It is what it is."

It doesn't help the situation and is usually used by stupid people instead of actually solving any problem. I want to throat punch people when they say it to me.


May 8th, 2011 at 11:51 PM ^

.... I hate Practice-gate, Tat-gate, or any other "gate" that trivializes one of the most notorious episodes in American political history by comparing it to a bunch of college kids getting tattoos for free seems awfully shallow-minded.

R Kelly

May 9th, 2011 at 12:01 AM ^

Sometimes I get the feeling this board will eventually evolve to the point where everyone on it hates every individual thing about sports so much that they all just decide they hate sports in general and can't remember why they came here in the first place.  


But, I do hate all the "grittyness," "toughness" cliches when they are uncalled for...which is of course whenever they are being used to describe a player/coach on the opposite team.


May 9th, 2011 at 12:13 AM ^

This is just something that bothers me about the media's post game interviews or Q and A.  "So how does it feel to lose this game?"  Well it feels shitty you F-in moron.  


May 9th, 2011 at 12:14 AM ^

"this guy is just a football player"; "if you're x, you have to MAKE PLAYS"; "in the game of x ..."; "this is a guy who loves the game of x..."; "head football coach Nick Saban".


May 9th, 2011 at 12:23 AM ^

Physicality is easily my most hated. Something along the lines of "I love this guys physicality" really kills me.. Do you like that he is physical in a contact sport is is it actually something else?


May 9th, 2011 at 12:39 AM ^

Some of these are borrowed:
He's got athleticism.
This is a bad time for a penalty (or fumble, interception or error)
Ohio State Scores


May 9th, 2011 at 12:57 AM ^

1.  "Left it all out on the field."

2.  "Giving 110%"

3.  "So-and-so is coming out of the game for a blow"

4.  "Smotrycz with the reach-around"

5.  "No love lost between these two teams." 


May 9th, 2011 at 1:45 AM ^

"He can flat out play" or "he can flat out coach" are meaningless statements. If you want to argue that a guy's a good player or coach, then say specifically what he does well.

M Fanfare

May 9th, 2011 at 1:58 AM ^

I can't stand when analysts put "a" or "an" in front of a player's name when talking about that specific person. "This team could really use a Blaine Gabbert!" "They went out and got a Nick Fairley!" Saying that doesn't make anyone sound smarter and NFL analysts, particularly the Draft analysts, are notorious for doing this.