Take this story one word at a time
- Staff writer
I just want to clue you in on my game plan.
As I write this, I'm giving you 110 percent effort. I'm in the zone today and I've brought my A-game to the keyboard.
But let's not talk about "I." Let's talk about The Spokesman-Review sports team, because today's section is a total team effort. There is no "I" in team.
Dear copy editors,
Please don't change the cliches found in the above paragraphs. It was my intention to use these tired phrases, spoken by coaches and athletes who always give it their best shot during the heat of the battle.
Want to avoid falling into the trap of leading your first published game story with the sentence "What a difference a week makes?" Then I've got a Web site for you.
It's called sportscliches.com. Launched in April 1999, founder Mike Hasselbeck of Albuquerque, N.M., set out to have some fun and ended up with a sports cliche encyclopedia. A research scientist by trade, Hasselback tried his hand as a sportswriter for the student newspaper while attending graduate school at the University of Central Florida.
"It didn't take long before I got to the point where I knew what the players were going to say," Hasselbeck said. "So I turned it into my own shorthand."
For example. If someone said, "We need to step up," Hasselbeck would write the number 1 in his reporter's note pad. "Taking it one game at a time," might have been No. 7.
His amusing site is broken down into categories from fired coaches ("It's time to move on") to the winner's locker room ("We're glad to get out of here with a win").
Hasselbeck said many of the cliches posted were suggested by readers. And just when he thought he'd heard 'em all, out popped another beauty. In involved a field-goal kicker making a field goal. Thus the phrase: He split the uprights.
"I'm red-faced of not having that one in there," Hasselbeck said.
Weighing in on holiday gifts
If charting how much weight you gain during the holiday season isn't enough, check out www.tanita.com.
The manufacturer of scales makes a scale that measures body weight and body fat percentage. Now there's a gift you might want to think about before giving.
•To recommend a sports Web site for review, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For an archive of past columns and featured links, go to www.spokesmanreview.com/siteseeing
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