So the Cup has been skated, the ice has been taken up, and the Zamboni's put in storage. In most respects, this is a sad time for me. I love the game, and wish it would go on year-round. But there is an up-side to the off-season.
There is a distinct list of overused hockey cliches that incite bleeding from my aural canals and cause migraines that ache with the intensity of Hell itself. It is from these tired, beaten-down catch-phrases that I take a joyous sojourn:
A carryover from the mind-numbing world of corporate-speak, it's usually a polite way of saying "what a bone-headed play... don't ever do that again, unless you enjoy Binghamton".
Do or die
One of the glorious overstatements recently thrown about. This is used in all playoff sports, but is only really true in South American Soccer leagues. They should say "Do or go home until September", but I suppose that isn't as catchy
taken it to another level
Huh? Did this guy decide to just go play up in the mezzanine instead of at ice level? Frankly, when I hear this it makes me think "where was this effort previously?"
a great character guy
Sounds like an actor that always plays the "wacky neighbor" in sitcoms. Maybe Michael Richards can play hockey, seeing how he killed his acting career. Usually means "we couldn't find anyone with skill, but hey, ya gotta dress someone".
Plays on the edge
Look, just come right out and tell us that this guy would spear a 7-year-old in the adam's apple if he thought he could get away with it, and that he has a standing weekly conference call with Colin Campbell.
Goaltender wants that one back
If I were a goaltender, wouldn't you want back ANY shot that got past you? It's sort of the object of the position. I mean, if you had an unlimited supply of do-overs... what the heck? What they're really saying is "goaltender really made himself like an incompetent nincompoop on that one"
There's no tomorrow
Whoa.... pretty heavy stuff. I love the NHL, but maybe spending the eve of Armageddon at a hockey game is a decision you'll likely regret. Albeit, not for long...
Brings a lot to the table
All well and good, but if he insists on playing Wally the Waiter at the team meal, that's his decision. How it relates to hockey is pretty far beyond my comprehension.
goal scorer makes no mistake
You sure about that? Maybe he was shooting at the other corner? Then he would have made a mistake - just happened to still go in. Also, when guys miss the net, do we hear it as "makes a mistake"? I haven't heard it either...
It is what it is
THERE'S a bold statement. It isn't what it isn't, either. Would be so much more entertaining were it "Hey Moron, get out of dreamworld and introduce yourself to this little thing called REALITY!"