Friday, March 15, 2002

Random complaint #489: Can we come up with a new metaphor for a sports team that plays beyond expectations and earns a shot at the title? Today I saw a headline in the sports page: "Wyoming Steals Gonzaga's Slippers". I think it's time to officially retire the "Cinderella" metaphor from sports writing. (And besides, Gonzaga is playing -- or was playing -- in its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament. At what point is a team no longer a Cinderella team, and just a regular old, garden-variety good team?)

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