10. “He’s a gun-slinger”
First of all, no he’s not. This term is used for an erratic quarterback that has a propensity for throwing interceptions but still manages to win games. Billy the Kid was a gun-slinger, Butch Cassidy was a gun-slinger, not Brett Favre. There needs to be a new term for these guys though. The “gun-slinger” term is overused by every sportscaster when they don’t really have anything intelligent to say about a quarterback.
9. “Tremendous Upside”
I want to stab myself in the eye with a rusty spoon every time I hear this about a prospect or recruit. People use this phrase when they have no idea what a certain athlete will do with his/her career so they cover their ass with “he/she has tremendous upside.” That way, if the athlete in question doesn’t live up to his ‘potential’ the Miss Cleo’s of sports can fall back on the “he had upside but didn’t work hard enough” angle.
8. “They gave 110%”
Just by the simple laws of mathmatics no one can give more than 100%. This phrase has bothered me since I was a kid. Maybe they gave 100% and everyone else gave 99%. Maybe one team was just better than the other team. If you say this in front of me be prepared to be punched in the face.
7. “We’re taking it one game at a time”
Of course you are! I would actually like for a coach or player to come out and say that they are taking it 6 or 7 games at a time. How would the media react to that? I really do believe that players and coaches sometimes don’t give the teams they are playing enough credit or overlook certain teams but when they prepare or play the game they aren’t typically thinking of games four or five weeks away.
6. “No one gave us a chance”
Actually, I’m pretty sure that your fans gave you a chance. This phrase used to be justified. Now, it’s overused and has lost it’s meaning. I think it’s funny when athletes that are in the championship game of their sport use this phrase. Dude, you made it to the final game in your sport…I’m pretty sure some people gave you a chance to win. I hate that players, coaches and teams use this as motivation. How about just motivating yourself to play well and win.
5. “This is a must-win game”
So, the other games just don’t matter? I never understood this phrase. Every game should be a must-win game. You should want to get on the field every game with the intent to win. Who plays to lose? I do understand that if you win this game then you make it into the playoffs or you win your division but every game is a must win if the ultimate goal is to win a championship.
4. “God was on our side” or “God gave us the strength to win”
Listen, I’m all good with thanking God for things but I’m pretty sure that he doesn’t give a shit about your game. What I would like to hear, just once, is an athlete come out into the post game press conference and say ‘yeah, we should’ve won that game but God hates our team…he always makes us lose.’ I would love to hear that. I’m not trying to argue religion in here but when teams win it’s all about God helping them through the game but when they lose it’s all about how they didn’t play well enough. It’s got to be the same both ways.
3. “They’re sending a message”
No, they’re playing a game and they won. Sports announcers try so hard to create a reason for things that happen on the field. They try so hard to sound smart that they come up with phrases like these. When players get onto the field I don’t think that they are consciously trying to send a message. They are playing the game. They are doing everything they can to win and that’s it.
2. “They wanted it more”
This is another phrase that needs to go. Any athlete playing any sport wants to win. Outside of pee wee sports there isn’t any team or player that wants to win that game more than any other player on the field. In any competition you have people on either side that want to win. When the time runs out there was just one team that played better than the other team. It’s like chess…one player doesn’t want to win more than the other. The winner just found a weakness in their opponent and won. That’s it. Once again, this is sports announcers trying to sound smart and making the game more profound than it needs to be.
1. “He’s a winner” or “He just wins”
This is a phrase that is commonly used to describe players that don’t really have the most talent but for some reason their team keeps winning. See Tim Tebow or Vince Young. The biggest reason I hate this phrase is because it discredits every other player on the field. When the Broncos were winning last year and Tebow couldn’t complete a pass but their running game, defense and special teams were outstanding everyone said that Tebow was “just a winner.” Same with Vince Young in his first couple of years in the NFL. The fact that the defense held the other team to 10 points and the running game got them within field goal distance and the kicker won the game has no baring on the win. When you use this phrase you are basically saying that the rest of the team could go home and that player could win on his own. The only time this phrase should be used is in tennis, golf or any other individual sport. If an announcer uses this phrase in a team sport he/she should be fired on the spot.