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#93623 01/30/03 02:06 PM
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It should also be noted that the job of the offensive linemen is primarily defensive and that of the defensive linemen primarily offensive.


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a spectator sports in its own right!

And people complain when it's "misused"!


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It would be more confusing if we all carried little yellow flags in our back pockets? What if I liked blue flags? Or bearded German flags?


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Source: The Collins English Dictionary © 1998 HarperCollins Publishers
iris [ars]
n., pl. irises or irides [ardiz, r-].
1. the coloured muscular diaphragm that surrounds and controls the size of the pupil.
2. Also called: fleur-de-lys. any plant of the iridaceous genus Iris, having brightly coloured flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals.
See also {flag2}, {orris1}, {stinking iris}
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3. Also called: rainbow quartz. a form of quartz that reflects light polychromatically from internal fractures.
4. a rare or poetic word for {rainbow}.
5. something resembling a rainbow; iridescence.
6. short for {iris diaphragm}.
[from Latin: rainbow, iris (flower), crystal, from Greek]

flag 2 [flęg]
n.
1. any of various plants that have long swordlike leaves, esp the iris Iris pseudacorus (yellow flag).
2. the leaf of any such plant.
See also {sweet flag}.
[probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Dutch flag, Danish flęg yellow iris]





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But you will find that most of the players, writers, and sports broadcasters ow refer to the catching of a ball intended for the player on the other team as a "pick." I assume that's because the pass is picked off.

Every time there's a pick, people seem to go on and on about it and about the person who picked it off, proving that a picker is indeed worth a thousand words.



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I unfortunately missed the first quarter's commercials because I was in the emergency room for the second time in less than a week having fingers sutured. When I got home I discovered that Peggy had taken the safety keys out of all my power woodworking tools, declaring that she would decide when I got them back.

Didn't do any good to argue that the first injury was related to a simple knife blade that went astray.

But what I want to know is, "what was the clown commercial about?" I've not even heard of it. The one I missed that was supposedly good was the horses watching the zebra.

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This was the thing that got me about American Football! I've been to one match in my life and I have vague recollections of it being in New York and involving a team from New Hampshire whose name I can't remember. As to who won - absolutely no idea!

Anyway, the thing I couldn't get my head round was that the entire game was stopped for the commercial breaks. And, as if the boards around the stadium weren't enough, while the tv viewers were getting commercials they paraded cheerleader types around the stadium carrying placards.

How weird is that!?!



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How weird is that!?!

It's the American Way; that's how weird it is.

Commercial television and American foot[sic]ball grew up together. My own private theory as to why soccer never caught on in the US is that they could never figure out how to schedule in commercial breaks. Soon as they cut to a commercial the only goal of the game would happen.


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