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M*A*S*H Notes
Steve Rushin
September 20, 1999
This favorite acronym for describing injury-riddled teams is getting lame from overuse
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September 20, 1999

M*a*s*h Notes

This favorite acronym for describing injury-riddled teams is getting lame from overuse

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Every day, all over the world, sportswriters are conceiving the same sentence. We are moved by a single muse.

It's British: "A list of injuries has made their dressing room look like a MASH unit," The Guardian says of South Africa's rugby team.

It's British Columbian: "A banged up bunch of Vancouver Grizzlies looked like they belonged in a MASH unit," The Vancouver Sun suggests.

It's both Tampa ("The Storm sideline resembled a makeshift MASH unit throughout the game," reports The Tampa Tribune) and St. Pete ("The [ Oakland As] lineup looks like a ward in a MASH unit," marvels the St. Petersburg Times).

Sports journalism has never been for the squeamish, filled as it is with dying prose, back-alley editing, impossible deadlines and brain-dead subjects. But the landscape is especially corpse-riddled right now. Buffalo Bills defensive end Marcellus Wiley may have put it best. "It looks," he said, "like a MASH unit out here."

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