Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Worst Sentence Ever

Wow, this one's bad. Something I've noticed from sports writers in recent years is a desperate need to throw in pop-culture references when writing sports commentary. Sometimes this works well, but other times, it just feels unbelievably forced, and this example's amazingly bad. It's from this article which argues that the Jaguars are going to need their ground game to perform well if they want to beat the Patriots (a proposition that's so obvious one wonders why this article was needed in the first place; what's next, arguing that the Jags will also want to have more points than the other guys when the game ends?). It's a pretty pedestrian article, until two-thirds of the way through, when this happens:

It's pretty simple — successfully running the ball provides a time-of-possession element that may be more crucial than anything we've seen since the halcyon days of Linda Blair.

Dude, you're doing it wrong.

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