What does 'boatraced' mean?
Question: On Jan. 17 sports writer Steve Bergum wrote an article about the Gonzaga basketball game the night before. He used the term "boatraced." I called him and left word on his voicemail regarding the meaning of the term the following morning. As of this date and time, Jan 23, 8:50 a.m., there has been no response. -- Reg Morgan, Coulee Dam
Answer: "Boatraced" is an old phrase that means "getting swamped." Sometimes our more veteran sportswriters can't resist a throwback phrase. As for not responding promptly to your question, Steve travels a lot and many days works from home. He should have called back, but has not checked his phone mail recently. -- Joe Palmquist, sports editor