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Sports terms that have fallen out of favor in the last 60 years

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Football_Bat, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. lono

    lono Active Member

    "Playoff game-winning Dallas Cowboys."
  2. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    Negro running back leads Podunk High

    Saturday morning papers from the '40s and '50s had something like this in weekly. Thankfully this trend died with the advent of the civil rights movement.
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Not so much, since it was well-understood to locals that Fred Douglass, George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington were all-black schools. The players were all black — duh. Finding coverage of such was a different deal, though. Very spotty in some papers, better in others.

    Our local schools desegregated at the high school level in 1966.
  4. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    As to the above, I don't know what precipitated it other than something as simple perhaps as an AP stylebook change, but around 1969 there was an abrupt shift from the use of "Negro" to "black" in newspaper usage.

    "African-American" came into use around 1990, so it's been another 20 years and we're due for another change. Maybe the change will be dropping race altogether.
  5. doggieseatdoggies

    doggieseatdoggies New Member

    One that should:
    "Total team win."
  6. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Hey ... Dave Parker, et al, thinks speedball was very much a proper baseball term in 1984.
  7. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Come on man, we were a family...

  8. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    They really need to get those hats back.

    And someone ought to borrow Kent Tekulve's sweet glasses.

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  9. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    F those guys.

    Quality journalism, that.
  10. doggieseatdoggies

    doggieseatdoggies New Member


    Our hero.
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  11. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    I can hear the calliope now.
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  12. Sammi

    Sammi Member

    Worked with an SE at my first job who referred to teams as the "(Coach's name)men." As in, "the Smithmen had problems with the Jonesmen in the second stanza."

    He also had a penchant for cutting short gerunds with an ' ... as in, "the Smthmen were figthin' all night aganst the Jonesmen, but especially so in the second stanza."
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