This weekend is AFL Grand Final weekend. That means that people all around Australia will get together around a TV, eat too much food and drink so much beer that they cannot remember who won let alone any part of the actual game.
It also means that another season of this country’s most popular sport is over after one more final blowout, played in short bursts during a 3 hour long advertising break.
One thing that’s guaranteed with sports, is that the commentators will come out with the same old repetitive clichés to describe the action on the field. Next time you are watching sport, keep your ears out for some of these and have a drink each time you hear one.
Annoying things that sports commentators say
“He obviously wants to win it more”
“This goal is important”
“He came here to play football today”
“Its getting physical out there”
“If he caught that mark he would have scored”
I don’t know if its a masculine thing, but for some reason, every single person on the field seems to get referred to as “big fella” at some point during the game. Surely if everyone is a big fella though, that means that none of them are actually the big fella?
“They just need to move the ball down the field and score some points”
“Its a crucial time in the game”
You will generally hear this at some point between the first and final siren. I am still unsure of when the most crucial time of a game is because it seems to keep changing depending on when it suits the commentators. As far as I’m aware, the entire game is critical.
History repeating itself
For some reason, sports commentators and pundits are obsessed with history and will continually refer to it during the game like it actually matters. Yes, if one team has constantly come from behind all season to win games, then mention that. However, if they came from behind to win in a Grand Final 19 years ago, that has absolutely zero relevance to today’s game.
Despite the fact that none of the players playing today were playing 19 years ago and half of them were still running around in diaper’s, the commentators seem to feel the need to mention it like there is some mythical football voodoo about to come into play.