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Cliche of the day: in space

... in which we highlight a well-worn, nonsensical or jargon-laden word or phrase that has been infecting the world of sports broadcasting.

Today's phrase: "in space."

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As in, "get him the ball in space" or "he operates best in space." In football, we're generally -- though not exclusively   --  talking about an offensive player in the open field as opposed to someone running between the tackles. This is not to be confused with Ralph Kramden's threats to send wife Alice "to the moon." This phrase immediately makes me think of Johnny Rodgers at Nebraska, which, considering he won the Heisman in 1972, just shows how old I am. (The Honeymooners reference skews a bit ancient, too.)

Of course, Buzz Aldrin operated pretty well in space, too.

A couple of comments on this feature have provided interesting context on some of the phrases. I searched our electronic library and found that the first mention of "get him the ball in space" in The Sun appeared in 1993. As a crutch for broadcasters to use, it seems to have gained momentum much more recently.

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