Sports have given us a lot of colorful language—like home run, punt, hat trick, and double dribble. But some times the terminology gets a little silly.
If you miss the ball, why is it a strike ?
How come all the players aren’t called catchers ?
Why don’t they eject a player for fouling the ball?
Why is a ball that is a strike also not a ball ?
How come innings are made up of outs ?
Why doesn’t the short stop stop short of making the play?
Isn’t it strange that the opposite of out is safe, but a walk is not the opposite of a run ?
Shouldn‘t the player who throws the ball be called a throwback ?
If you toss the ball backwards, why is it a lateral ?
In a trade, is a fullback worth two halfbacks or four quarterbacks ?
Is football coaching a sideline career ?
Why don’t football teams practice safety first ?
How come after a touchdown, the player never touches down?
Why do they call it football when the foot rarely touches the ball?
Wouldn‘t it be reasonable to say that cheerleaders are athletic supporters ?
In basketball, why are the players constantly throwing up ?
In basketball, do you have to be tall to be good at basket making ?
Why is a boxing ring square?
In boxing, how come during every round, the boxers square off ?
Doesn’t playing golf get you teed off ?
If you swing your golf club at several golf carts, wouldn't you make a hole-in-one ?
How come when you skate on thin ice, you usually end up in hot water ?
Is there gutter talk in a bowling alley?
Can fat people go skinny dipping ?
What do they keep in a pole vault ?
Isn’t polo mostly horseplay ?
Why do hunters call their prey game even though the animals didn’t volunteer?
Do some hunters rely on their blind spot to find game?
Besides a hockey puck, what other kinds of pucks are there?
Why would anyone name a sport squash ?
In auto racing, don't drivers get tired during pit stops?