Last Updated: April 3, 2009 2:50 PM
Brian Hancock Hockey Life
Having spent a few years "on air" during Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL I am really starting to notice the over-used clichés during televised games (and at the rink) lately. I had my share, but I don't think it was ever this bad.
Every interview, it seems, is answered with "you know ...". Just once I'd like the announcer to answer back "actually I don't know, that's why I'm asking you".
Here goes my list of overused, overblown, ridiculous clichés.
- "We gave it 110% tonight." Really? Is that possible?
- "They have to find a way to get the puck in the net." No kidding. Isn't that why we play the game?
- "You don't want to give up a soft goal here." So when is a good time to give up a soft goal?
- "They're buzzing around the net." Is this bee season? I guess the Sarnia Sting could say they did this but everyone else?
- "They're peppering the goalie." and salting the coach?
- "The goalposts are a goalies best friends." Maybe he needs to get out more. Social issues?
- "That was a goal scorers goal." Just by the fact it went in I think that qualifies him.
- "We've got lots of pushing and shoving." Why can't there be pushing by itself? Is shoving automatic if there's pushing?
- "The two teams skated to a 3-3 tie." How come nobody ever "skates" to a 4-3 win? Players only "skate" in ties?
- "They're putting on a clinic tonight." Good hockey play results in increased health care?
- "We're tickled to death." What a way to go ... count me in!
- "That play really electrified the crowd." Really? I paid good money and I'm sitting in an electric chair?
- "The coach is on the hot seat." Good for him, the rest of us are in electric chairs!
- "You can feel this one slipping away." The players are on ice, I'd say that's a safe assumption.
I'm sure you have more of your own, but I've got to go, I can hear the fat lady singing.
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