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Dear Reader:

This site is particularly useful for advanced ESL (English as a Second Language) or journalism students.  The metaphors/sports idioms are presented in newspaper or other media reports.  The student can often deduce the meaning of the metaphor from the context of a sentence or the article, or as found in http://www.sportsidioms.com.

Metaphors are particularly useful for understanding an article if it is part of the headline, as in many of the articles posted, but they can also be found italized in the body of the article, as is seen in the following post:

A Home Run for Hockey

The New York Times:  Sports Thursday Leafs Prevail in Snowy Winter Classic

January 2, 2014, by Jeff Klein

Ann Arbor, Michigan…”Amid falling snow and bitter cold on New Year’s Day, more than 100,000 fans packed the Big House (Michigan Stadium) to watch the (Toronto) Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings play in the N.H.L.’s sixth Winter Classic.

In the end, the Maple Leafs beat the Red Wings, 3-2, on Tyler Bozak’s shootout goal, but hockey, played this day in its wintry original form, came out the biggest winner… Mike Babcock, the Red Wing’s coach said: ‘Today was spectacular.  It was a home run.”

An idiom, according to Webster’s Dictionary,  is “a peculiar way of saying something which has become established after long use.” Sports and games have been part of the American way of life from the time the first settlers arrived on its shores, thus there are many American English idioms derived from these sources.

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