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horse collar

horse collar  n.— «A few years back the NFL initiated the “Roy Williams Rule,” banning the tackling of a player by grabbing the inside of the shoulder pads, or jersey from behind. This practice is affectionately known as the...

media room

media room  n.— «Can they be unaware that many new houses come with what are called “media rooms,” with 60-inch-or-larger HDTV screens, surround sound and theater seating?» —“Name of NFL game is greed” by Dan K...

chalk talk

chalk talk  n.— «In recent weeks, Swann has been lining up paid speaking engagements—”chalk talks,” as he calls them—with local and national corporations.» —“NFL alums look to boost profiles” by Scott...

balling

balling  n.— «In fact, his teammates suggest he is not just filling in for injured starters, but is a real reason the defense has improved in recent weeks, jumping all the way to eighth overall in the NFL. “He’s ballin’ right...

spearing

spearing  n.— «A helmet-to-helmet hit on a quarterback, or on a receiver in the act of making a catch is illegal. Also illegal: hitting a player already on the ground with a helmet or “spearing,” as it’s commonly called...

whip-out

whip-out  n.— «Fred Smith, founder and chief executive officer of Memphis-based Federal Express, is the name that comes to everyone’s lips when asked what advantage the city has in the race for an NFL expansion team. “Fred has said...