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?As we said: "The Pan American Games were a warming success in spite of sparse crowds, much confusion."—ED.
SKI KING WAS HERE
SEMANTICS OF SPORTS
In the first place, the phrase makes no sense whatsoever. If anything is split it is the crossbar, not the uprights. (Besides it makes the place kicker sound like a modern Abe Lincoln—"the upright splitter.") In the second place, in the interest of coining new clich�s I suggest that the announcers could use such words as bisect, dimidate, dichotomize, sunder, sever or even subdivide with as much effect and as little sense as they now use split.
One of these days it will be raining, and the announcer will tell us the place kicker has "split the uprights in a veritable quagmire." At that moment mass insanity will set in, and a million Americans will begin dismantling their picture tubes with raw and bleeding hands.
I have given up hope that they will ever stop saying "check on that" when they themselves have made a mistake or referring to the 23-yard line as if such a line actually existed!