On the Olympics last night, the announcer at the women’s halfpipe competition referred to one of the athletes’ chances of winning a medal by saying, “She can definitely podium.”
This gaffe is just part of the trend of sports commentators pushing for brevity at the expense of, well, making sense. Throughout this past football season, NFL announcers would say that a player was “out with a hamstring.” Since when did having a hamstring preclude one from being able to play football?
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