January 02, 2007

It is what it is: ... And it is the Trite Trophy, the annual "Cliche of the Year" award.

posted by SummersEve to general at 03:39 PM - 16 comments

My favorite column of the year. It's a little Pittsburgh-centric, but still wildly entertaining. Any one's you can think of that should have made the list?

posted by SummersEve at 03:46 PM on January 02

Maybe we should create the Sportsfilter Trite Comment Trophy. My nomination is anything beginning with, "The bottom line is..."

posted by lil_brown_bat at 04:06 PM on January 02

Very funny column, SummersEve. I guess you are what your record says you are.

posted by Howard_T at 04:21 PM on January 02

lil_brown_bat: I like your idea and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

posted by Drood at 05:51 PM on January 02

Like a cartoon character said,"I'm gonna kill the next fool who says "At the end of the day".

posted by sickleguy at 06:12 PM on January 02

The bottom line is, it is what it is. End of story. PERIOD.

posted by cl at 06:13 PM on January 02

I guess you are what your record says you are. I like this one: "They are better than their record shows."

posted by lex2000 at 07:10 PM on January 02

Gee, how about.... "His head's in the game!" (the rest is somewhere else apparently) 'Left it all on the field" (I presume they're not talking about just the head!) Anything either Tim McCarver or John Madden says... Examples: "If he had made better contact with the ball, it might have been a hit!" "Now, you see the ball on the ground there, that's an incomplete pass!" Now, who can argue with that dead-on, hard-hitting color analysis? "White Men Can't Jump!" (whoops...I'm sorry that's just a bad movie!)

posted by R_A_Mason at 10:21 PM on January 02

In this age of email I haven't heard of anyone "Sending a Message"anymore. Messages were always important information. Such as "They are here to play." "They are not going to be intimidated."Being there to "play" doesn't sound too "intimidating" anyway. Maybe, that's why we don't see as a entire "Message Game" anymore. We do still sometimes hear that they are going to "Play em Hard"which is to disturbing of a visual for me to watch.

posted by Familyman at 07:57 AM on January 03

I personally love what Denny Green said earlier this year: "The Bears are who we thought they were!" I don't know if that is construed as trite, but man it was funny. Remove the word Bears, and you can apply it to anything.

posted by sublime4390116 at 10:20 AM on January 03

I vote to add everything Madden says to the list. "That guy ran well because he kept his legs moving."

posted by Thisguy at 04:49 PM on January 03

I'm not sure how many people here play the Madden football games, but there is one thing that he says that really bothers me. 90% of the game is half mental. Huh?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:34 PM on January 03

Does he really say that? Because it might just be a tongue-in-cheek homage to Yogi Berra.

Ninety percent of this game is mental, and the other half is physical. * A variant of this:"Ninety percent of this game is half mental" is also attributed to Philadelphia Philles manager Danny Ozark

posted by hincandenza at 06:37 PM on January 03

Does he really say that? Yeah. It gets on my nerves every time.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:14 PM on January 03

"It is what it is.....and I y'am what i y'am"......Popeye.

posted by tommytrump at 09:17 AM on January 04

my least favorite (though it is good advice): "You need to stay within yourself."

posted by SummersEve at 09:51 AM on January 04

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