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camp leg

camp leg  n.—Gloss: the condition of a player being unfit for regular American football season, especially in the legs. Note: The term probably comes from being overweight, out of practice, or too used to the slower schedule of the off season...

baseball rat

baseball rat  n.— «As he became more sure with the bat, as he became the player who hit .300 at every stop, as he settled down on the field and in the clubhouse, his personality came out. Not just the one whose competitiveness can...

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...

redshirt

redshirt v. to hold a child back for an extra year before admittance into kindergarten. Etymological Note: From sports, where “red-shirting” is holding a player back for an extra season or semester in order to maximize his or her total...

podcatch

podcatch  v.— «In others, it can automatically deposit it on an MP3 player such as an iPod. Some software—often referred to as podcatchers—are for “podcatching” and podcatching alone. For other software (eg: iTunes), podcatching is just...

soaking

soaking  n.— «A painful out: In base ball’s earliest years, a player could throw a runner out by hitting him with the ball in a practice called soaking. Soaking was outlawed by 1867.» —“A lesson in baseball’s beginnings” by...