Archive for April, 2014

Trumping in Ice Hockey

April 26, 2014

The New York Times SPORTS Thursday, April 24, 2014

Brains and Brawn Are Trumping Red Wings’ Speed, by Joanne C, Gerstner


“The Bruins have concertedly disrupted the Red Wings, outscoring them, 7-1, in consecutive wins.  The Red Wings have been shut out in four straight periods and have failed to score on nine power plays in the series.  The Bruins have pushed Detroit’s forwards to the outside, away from their star goaltender, Tuukka Rask.

‘You know nothing comes easy in the playofffs; it’s about continuing to do the hard work and being smart,’ Bruins left wing Wilan Luric said. ‘We’re playing smart right now, and we know what we have to do against a team as talented as Detroit.  We’re taking nothing for granted; we’re only up, 2-1.”

…”Detroit has found its speed neutralized, with Boston winning every key matchup…”

The Boston Bruins are trumping the Detroit Red Wings now according to the article.  The term trump is used in all sorts of games, but normally in the card game of Bridge, where a card suit is declared “trump” in the opening bids. Here it is an idiom.

“Run the Best Race You Can & Hand Off the Baton”

April 17, 2014

The New York Times, Thursday, April 17, 2014

Clinton Struggles to Define a Legacy in Progress, by Mark Landler and Amy Chozick

Washington–At a Women in the World meeting, a simple question was posed to Hillary Clinton: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state?…

“I really see my role as secretary, and, in fact, leadership in general in a democracy, as a relay race,” Mrs. Clinton said.  “I mean you run the best race you can run, you hand off the baton.”

“Hand off the baton” is a track term.  In a relay race, the racer finishing his or her part gives the baton to the next racer who continues the race.  In this run, Hillary Clinton handed the baton, as retired Secretary of State, to Mr. Kerry for his run as secretary.

Outrage at Sexist Remarks Helps Raise Funds

April 17, 2014

 The New York Times, Friday, February 28,

Outrage Over Sexist Remarks Turns Into a Fund-Raising Tool, by Amy Chozick

In 2012, donations to the Obama re-election campaign increased after some of the remarks against women were publicized: Todd Aiken’s  remark, “legitimate rape,” and, later, his comparison of his opponent, Claire McCaskill, to a dog playing “fetch” in Washington.

“It comes down to your ability to not just, ride the wave, but create the wave,” said Marie Danzig, deputy digital director for Mr. Obama’s 2012 campaign and head of creative and delivery at Blue state Digital, which works with Emily’s List (the political action committee that backs female candidates).”

Ride the wave is a surfing idiom.

“Yahoo Rolls The Dice ON TV”

April 17, 2014

The New York Times, Monday, April 14, 2014

Business Day:  The Media Equation

Yahoo Rolls The Dice On TV, by David Carr

“Yahoo, a company that seems like a permanent adolescent in search of an identity, is about to try a new persona: high-quality television programmer.

According to the Wall STreet Journal, the company’s chief executive, Marissa Mayer, is ‘looking for series that are ready to launch and don’t require a lot of development.’

Well, aren’t we all?

At a time when the culture is addicted to high-end television narratives, Yahoo wants in on the action, partly because while its site may have (flat) traffic–700 million global visits a month–and (declining revenue), it has zero cachet and no discernible way forward…”

Rolling the dice is a gambling idiom. Yahoo is taking a chance.  (I highlight the idiom.)




Pitch Counts

April 13, 2014


In an article, “Precious Mettle” about Mashiro Tanaka, who signed with the New York Yankees for $155 million over seven years, with a “player-opt-out after four years, “pitch counts” are discussed.

Tanaka had a 207 pitch marathon after “throwing 520 pitches over five throwing sessions that spanned seven days. Explained Tanaka…,’I wanted to find out if I could keep pitching using the (right) form despite throwing a lot of pitches.  I wanted to throw a session where I was tired from the start.’

“Major League Baseball began keeping official data on pitch counts in 1999…The pitch count was little more than a novelty.  Four years later Cubs manager Dusty Baker rode the young power arms of Kerry Wood, 26, and Mark Prior, 23, down the stretch and to within five outs of the World Series. Individually, Wood and Prior threw 120 pitches or more in nine of their 11 combined starts that September and twice more in the postseason.  Both subsequently broke down with arm injuries and were never the same.”

Down the stretch is primarily used in horse racing for the final minutes of a race.  Here it is used as a race to the baseball World Series.  The statement ” Baker rode the young power arms…down the stretch.”  really equates it with a horse race.  It can be used in business when a deal is almost done.