|Aspirational, but sadly unlikely.|
Football players aren't the only ones who pull this kind of thing. Thanks to Google I found that a couple of years ago, LeBron James tweeted this: "20+ games left in phase 2. I'm ReFOCUSED. No prisoners, I have no friends at WAR except my soldiers." This makes me even more sympathetic to the Gitmo prisoner wanted James to apologize to the people of Cleveland for leaving for Miami. The basketball fan/terror suspect should have added James's first grade teacher to the apology because of his crazy capitalization. The way I found the tweet-quote is that the father of a Marine serving in Afghanistan wrote an open letter to James that was published in the newspaper. In his letter, the Marine father correctly pointed out that, "You travel to your games in the comfort of a chartered plane. You go home to an opulent mansion. You have little danger of coming home in a flag-drapped box." Take that to the basket, LeBron.
Maybe the athletes have resorted to military terms because we, the people who are not professional athletes co-opted their sports terminology. If you’ve ever worked in an office then you’ve heard it: “You’ve got to step up to the plate on this one,” or “we’re doing a full-court press,” or the dreaded, “you’ve got to take one for the team.” When I worked as a lawyer this last one meant that your boss was sending you to a suburban Cincinnati office park for the next two years where you would review documents and watch your chances of making partner dwindle down to nothing. Sports analogies and references are so pervasive in offices today that you almost forget that they have actual sport-related meanings. When someone says, “here’s the game plan,” it doesn’t even register that you are actually creating a PowerPoint presentation and not playing a game.
|I'm sure this is how my kids picture me when I do something to embarrass them.|
|Did you all know they were dating?|
While I think that war and sports analogies are annoying and probably more than a smidgen sexist, I'm not so irritated that I want "that baby's crowning," to be a common expression that means you're almost ready.