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Monday, April 19, 2021

The following just may be my all-time favorite sports-talk non sequitur:

He’s listed as day to day; but then again, aren’t we all?

As delivered by Dan Patrick and/or Keith Olbermann on ESPN, during SportsCenter’s “Big Show” golden years (who, in turn, borrowed it from baseball announcing legend Vin Scully). Of all the pop-culture infused catchphrases and riffs that were peppered amidst game highlights and player reports, this particular one delivered a short and sweet bit of humor, tinged with deadpan pathos.

That’s why I’m frustrated when I consistently flub it whenever I try to deliver the line myself. Somehow, it just doesn’t translate to everyday parlance, even though the feeling of existence as a daily gamble is certainly relatable. Or maybe I’m not an adroit enough conversationalist to pull it off.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/19/2010 10:57 PM
Category: Comedy, Sports, TV, Wordsmithing
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