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Worst cliche you keep encountering in coachspeak/interviews

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by CharBroiled, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. CharBroiled

    CharBroiled New Member

    For me, it's coaches who consistently want their teams to play "at a high level."
    Fortunately, one of the coaches whom I cover says the high level cliche but then usually backs it up with much better in-depth detail when interviewed.
  2. ringer

    ringer Member

    If "most-used" qualifies as "worst," then...

    "Stepping up to the plate."
    "One game at a time."
  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    "Working hard."
  4. alex.riley21

    alex.riley21 Member

    At our paper, it's the phrase "it is what it is." I actually bought a tin sign and hung it behind our sports copy editors desk.
  5. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

    Ringer is right. In my 40 years in the business, "one day at a time" is the worst."
    But keep in mind "In juries hurt."
  6. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    One day at a time
    it is what it is
    stepping up/stepping up our game/stepping up my game
    we're working hard
    we believe in ourselves/nobody believes in us
    we trust each other
    nobody respects us
    nobody gave us a chance
    we're playing at a high level
  7. Bradley Guire

    Bradley Guire Well-Known Member

    Some years back, I covered an 8-man football state championship game, and the team from my circ area won. Coach gave me all that shit about "nobody respected us, nobody gave us a chance" crap.

    I stopped him and said, "I don't vote in the media poll (the other writer did), but you were No. 1 for the whole season. You finished undefeated. You recorded four shutouts. Nobody is buying that shit, and I ain't writing it."

    He got quiet. Not mad or upset. But he'd been spewing that shit for so long, he didn't know what else to say anymore. I gave up.
  8. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Give (100 + x) percent. (X > 0). People who say this are intellectually lazy and should be treated accordingly.
  9. TGO157

    TGO157 Active Member

    We have a local coach who, any time we ask him about one of his players or an opposing team or players, starts it off the exact same way.

    "He/They/We do three things well. No. 1..."

    He never ever ever continues it with "No. 2...." and "No. 3..." Just three things and one actual thing. Every time. No exceptions.
  10. albert77

    albert77 Well-Known Member

    "We stepped up and showed great leadership."
  11. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    We have one writers who covers a city that has 5 high schools. Everybody knows everybody. Every game story, the first quote from the winning coach is, "We were fortunate to win, they are well-coached. I tip my hat to Coach Milquetoast and his staff." And the first quote from the losing coach. "We knew they were good. They are well-coached. I tip my hat to Coach Bland and his staff."
  12. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Great stuff.
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