Even in these CNBC-fixated times, it's something of an eye-opener to discover that financial lingo has started to replace military metaphors in the clich�-ridden sports world. Consider these examples:
?Suns guard Jason Kidd on his earlier playing days with the Mavericks: " Dallas was like the stock market: up, down, and then a crash."
? Mets manager Bobby Valentine on Bubba Trammell, who hit a home run in his first at bat with New York: "It's like getting in early on an IPO-immediate returns."
?Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on the recently acquired Loy Vaught: "He's like a stock that has all the right numbers, but nobody's buying."
? Angels manager Mike Scioscia on catcher Bengie Molina: "Bengie did a lot to complete his portfolio this year. We knew he could hit and throw. He showed us he can handle a pitching staff every day."
?Among the assorted nicknames that Shaquille O'Neal gave himself last year were the Big NASDAQ ("Because I keep going up and up") and the Big IPO ("I'm just waiting to explode even bigger").
Not everyone is just parroting The Wall Street Journal. Some sports figures actually seem to know what they are talking about. After Mariners manager Lou Piniella made a surprise visit to base runner Mike Cameron on the field during a playoff game, Piniella was asked what he said to Cameron. Piniella shot back, "I told him that the NASDAQ was down 113, and Cisco was a hell of a buy." For those keeping score, the NASDAQ had indeed dropped 113 points that day, and Cisco stock rose 2.31 points the next day.