Every so often, writes Bryan Curtis, on Slate.com, an irritating word or phrase belly-crawls its way into the sportswriting lexicon. First, there was upside. Then journey. Then—rising from the grave thanks to Sunday’s Carolina-Seattle game—“it was a tale of two halves.” Now, we have “all the right things,” and I fear only the shame of a perp walk will make it go away.
What kind of sportsmen say “all the right things?” Heroes (Carson Palmer). Goats (Blair Walsh). Benched players (DeMarco Murray, above). Frenemies (Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon). Owners (Mikhail Prokhorov). Team execs (Jerry Colangelo). League execs (Joe Torre). “City and county leaders” (of cursed San Diego). Whole teams say all the right things, from the Denver Broncos to the Colorado State University–Pueblo ThunderWolves.
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