New York Times Composes "Explosive" ESPN Script Built Entirely From NFL Cliches

The New York Times scrutinized six months of Sportscenter and NFL countdown transcripts and composed a Sportscenter script built entirely from frequent cliches, encapsulating poignantly NFL commentary’s “explosive” abuse of the English language. Could have sworn some of the graphs were direct Dilfer quotes, literally.

It’s a dangerous, violent game. When you’re down there in the field. In the trenches. You have to hang in that pocket and look down the gun barrel. You have to have the weapons. Shotgun? Great protection.

Aaron Rodgers has so many weapons. As many options as Baskin Robbins has flavors. A 50 mile per hour bullet. A launch window lasting roughly two tenths of a second — a margin of error literally faster than the blink of an eye. All you need to do is give a playmaker an opportunity for a fraction of a second. Green Bay is a pretty explosive team.

Two oversights. No mention of “the National Football League” or “the quarterback position.”

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