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Hickok SportsThoughts

Sports historian and author Ralph Hickok of www.hickoksports.com sometimes meanders on about current happenings in sports and sometimes looks back in languor.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Time Flies, Time Warps, but Do Time Warps Fly?

The urge toward chronoplastic hyperbole seems to have become urgent and chronic among sportswriters and broadcasters.
"Shaquille O'Neal ate breakfast this morning, the first time that's happened since yesterday."
No, I haven't yet heard anyone say that, but they're coming closer and closer. The worst I've actually heard was during CBS' coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament. After Wisconsin-Milwaukee beat Boston College, someone said, "This is the first time a 12 seed has reached the sweet 16 since 2003."
Wow, 2003. . . the good ol' days, way back before last year.
Speaking of time, Wisconsin and the NCAA -- not only did two Big Ten teams knock off ACC teams last night, but they did it almost simultaneously. As soon as Wisconsin's win over North Carolina State was over, CBS cut from Syracuse to Austin, where 14 seconds remained in Michigan State's upset of Duke.
That hasn't happened since. . . oh, never mind.