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Posted on January 21, 2006 2:23 AM in Sports
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As we head into a weekend that will be full of gridiron glory, I want to get a couple things off my chest. Supposedly, when we head into the playoffs we are supposed to see the best referees of the regular season move on to make all the postseason calls (unfortunately this hasn't been apparent this season). Why shouldn't the same hold true for the games' announcers?

As I was reading through one of John Clayton's latest articles tonight, I came across the following (emphasis mine):

Audibles are the key to the Seahawks' game. They primarily work out of a three-receiver offense and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is a master of making the right audible read at the right time. His specialty is audibling to the right running play.

Note how Clayton uses the term "audibling." This is proper English. Every time I hear announcers on FOX, ABC or CBS use the fictitious word "audiblize" I literally cringe. Apparently, I'm not the only one.

Furthermore, I can't stand it when the announcers say things like "they are going to have a hard time trying to defense the run" with the italicized syllable being stressed. Have you guys not heard of the word "defend?" When I tell you you're an idiot, I'm not trying to offense you, am I? You guys get paid to say the right things at the right time, so now that we're moving into the big games with the biggest audiences, step your game up, okay?

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