Top 20 Cliche Sports Sayings of All Time

 

 

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The Most Used Cliche Sayings in Sports

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In the world of sports, cliches are very common. They come from all aspects of the business: the media, announcers, players and coaches. When talking about sports, many of us tell the story using cliche sayings.

I know that I'm guilty of using them from time to time. In some places, they just feel right. They can sum up a situation and they can act as an easily understandable analogy. There some cliche sports sayings that all fans know, so it's a big reason why they're easy to use.

But of all the people who use cliches in sports, athletes and coaches seem to use them the most. This is mainly due to the fact that they're put on the spot after games during interviews. Writers have time to go through and edit their material to make it a lot less typical, but athletes don't have that luxury. Most of the time they're just getting done doing battle and are completely out of breath. It's tough to blame them for using standard phrases.

But at the same time, announcers use them almost as much as players and coaches. It usually happens when they're talking a guy up. They could be discussing a player's work ethic or about how great of person he or she is. The use of cliches allow announcers to speak in general terms.

So it's with all that in mind, that we'll take a look at the top 20 cliche sayings in all of sports. You'll see sayings from everybody mentioned above and then some. One thing is for sure, these sayings have been used for a long time and they aren't going anywhere. Enjoy:

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"Give a Lot of Credit To the Guys Up Front"

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Quarterbacks will be using this phrase until the end of time.

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"He's An Even Better Person"

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"You know, this guy is great athlete, but he's an even better person."

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"Game of Inches"

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When you really think about it, most sports are games of inches.

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"On the Ropes"

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This one used to be reserved for boxing, but now it's used across the board.

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"He's a Workhorse"

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Workhorses are all over college football. They're usually guys that aren't very athletically gifted.

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"Came Together As a Team"

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"It's been a bumpy road this season, but we finally came together as team."

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"Gave It Our All"

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The one is used in victory and defeat. "We fought hard and gave it our all."

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"Backs Against the Wall"

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"Our backs have been up against the wall all season long."

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"Nobody Believed in Us"

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"It's been a long road to get here, nobody believed in us."

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"Quick On His Feet For a Big Guy"

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It seems like this one gets thrown around more and more these days.

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"Can't Say Enough About This Group"

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This is one that you'll only hear from a coach or GM if their team just won.

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"It Is What It Is"

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It is what it is, but what is it? It's actually just another cliche saying that athletes use.

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"We Trust in Coach"

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Players trust in their coaches, but only after big wins.

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"We Just Have to Execute"

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Really? Last time I checked, execution is key to... EVERYTHING.

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"110 Percent"

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Can we just stop with this one. How can one possible give more than 100 percent?

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"At the End of the Day"

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You know what happens at the end of the day? The sun goes down. Everyone should stop using this cliche.

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"Wanted it More"

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This one is very typical, but often times true. Sometimes one team just wants it more.

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"Stuck To Our Gameplan"

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Deviating from a gameplan is not a good idea. That is, unless your gameplan sucks.

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"Never Stopped Believing"

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Believing is something you should never stop doing. Especially in the world of sports.

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"One Game At a Time"

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"One game at a time" is the greatest sports cliche of all time. It's what players say to cover up the fact that they're looking ahead to another matchup.


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