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The Sports Cliché List was assembled from a detailed survey of numerous player and coach interviews, pre-game, post-game, and halftime analyses, sports radio commentaries, television sportscasts, and printed sports reports. Determining just what qualifies as a sports cliché is difficult. Is an expression primarily a sports cliché or a mainstream cliché? Is something cliché in one context and not in another? For example, "he hit a home run" is the spin heard after every televised political debate, but an unembellished description of an event at a ballpark. For the purpose of this website, we define a sports cliché as an expression that has been used in and around sports with sufficient frequency over a protracted period such that it is "tired" at best and meaningless at worst. In that respect, we contend that nothing of any importance has ever been said in a halftime analysis. The "break in the action" is, however, chock-full of mundane clichés tossed around by expensively dressed ex-players and coaches. Unless you enjoy documenting sports clichés as we do, we suggest this as a good time to hit the refrigerator or the bathroom.
The list gives only one possible representation of a cliché. There are countless permutations (for example, replacing he with she or John Elway with Dan Marino); we have omitted the permutations and trust that the core of the cliché will be obvious to the reader. Sport-specific clichés are separated where appropriate. The various categories indicate where a certain cliché is most commonly used – they do of course, pop up all the time. We have not included announcer-specific clichés such as Bill Raftery’s "With the kiss!", Marv Albert’s "Yes – and it counts!", or the myriad of Dick Vitalisms. If and when these permeate the cliché arsenal of the at-large sports community, they’ll go into the list.
The collection on this site represents an ongoing project. Do you have a sports cliché suggestion or comment? Contact us by clicking here.
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