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When Does "Today's Game" Start?

John Turnbull

Posted on February 4, 2019 15:41

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A look at the lacklustre imagination of sportscasters

I don't know about you, but I'm so sick of hearing every color commentator's diatribe start with, "In today's game..."

Sure, I get they're attributing this phrase to the current speed and size of the players, but when was "yesterday's game"? At what point will "today's game" become "tomorrow's game"? Do we really need to hear "in today's game" for every conceivable stat?

Before this catch phrase it was the deplorable "on/off the snide". Hockey announcers are really overusing the phrase "activate the D" as well. C'mon people! Imagination is more than a word found between ignorant and irrelevant. Get out those thesauruses.

Sportscasters tend to glom onto a catch phrase and overuse it to the point where one wants to hunt down the originator of the phrase, put him or her naked into a barrel full of broken glass and roll it down the side of a mountain. This overuse of cliched phrases is nothing new, but it is more noticeable now. Maybe that's because there are so many sports shows and not enough sports to fill them, maybe it's because the closest these sports pundits will ever get to "hip" is the hip replacement they'll soon need from sitting on their fat butts all day.

Whatever the reason, I sure miss Howard Cosell. Perhaps he made my point for me best when he said, “What's right isn't always popular. What's popular isn't always right.”  This is John Turnbull telling it like it is.

John Turnbull

Posted on February 4, 2019 15:41

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