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Using "must-win" correctly

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by flexmaster33, May 6, 2011.

  1. flexmaster33

    flexmaster33 Active Member

    It drives me nuts this time of year to watch highlights or pick up the newspaper and hear some reporter talking about the Lakers heading into a "must-win" Game 3.

    Game 3 is never "must-win" in a best-of-7...that phrase should be reserved only for when a team is going to be officially eliminated if they lose.

    Pretty simple math...Lakers lose Game 3 to fall behind 0-3, then reel off four straight...guess Game 3 wasn't a "must-win" then, huh?

    pet peeve of mine.
     
  2. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    See Flyers, 2010.
     
  3. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    It's only "must win" if Joey Crawford is officiating.
     
  4. Precious Roy

    Precious Roy Active Member

    I'm of the differing opinion, because I see every game in the playoffs as a must win, so it's useless to say any game is must win. Every loss is one step closer to elimination, so all of them are must win games.
    I think we just need to retire the phrase.
     
  5. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member

    It's cliche and often, when used, inaccurate. Saying or writing a team in down 2-0 or 3-0 is enough to let the reader know what the losing team is up against.
     
  6. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

    What will sports radio people talk about with this logic in place?
     
  7. dirtybird

    dirtybird Active Member

    I don't think I'd ever really use it. Find more elaborate ways to say it. Maybe if it's in a quote, and then the rest of the quote needs to make up for it.
     
  8. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    But Game 3 is literally a must-win for the Lakers, literally.
     
  9. jlee

    jlee Active Member

    Kobe will have to literally explode and carry his team.
     
  10. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    LOL, I don't know about that, but I think Phil Jackson literally just shat himself.
     
  11. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    I save my ire for misuse of "unanswered points." Sometimes, use.
     
  12. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

    Game four is a must-win for the Mavs. Can't let the Lakers back into the series.
     
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