Monday, November 12, 2007

No Answer

The latest sportscaster cliche to drive me absolutely bananas is the penchant to describe any string of points scored by an NFL team as "unanswered," e.g., "The Rams scored 34 unanswered points on the Saints from the first to the fourth quarter." But of course, the Saints did answer those points, with 22 points of their own!

You can't know if points are unanswered until the game is actually over. In the meantime, Al Michaels and Joe Buck and all the rest, the word you're looking for is consecutive or straight.

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