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The 10 Most Dreaded Phrases in Sports

The 10 Most Dreaded Phrases in Sports For Fans and Athletes

Robert Griffin III
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As in life, there are just some phrases you don't want to hear in the world of sports. Most of time these phrases are uttered by the announcers calling the action, but they can be said by fans watching as well. But no matter who says them, the end result is usually bad for everyone involved.

Here are the 10 most dreaded phrases in sports:

10. Rain Delay

STP 500 - Practice
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10. Rain Delay

STP 500 - Practice

This phrase is on the table for almost any game taking place outside, but baseball, NASCAR and golf fans know it all too well.

9. Caution Flag is Out

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9. Caution Flag is Out

Quaker State 400

Ending a race on a caution flag is one of the most anticlimactic things in sports.

8. End In a Tie

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8. End In a Tie

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Yes, NFL games can end in a tie. And yes, it sucks when that happens.

7. Holding His Throwing Arm

Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs - Game One
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7. Holding His Throwing Arm

Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs - Game One

This phrase almost guarantees that your favorite pitcher is headed to the DL.

6. Game Has Been Postponed

during the MLB game at Chase Field on July 8, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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6. Game Has Been Postponed

during the MLB game at Chase Field on July 8, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The only thing worse than a delay is a postponement. There's nothing like planning an entire day around a game, only to have it get cancelled.

5. Down and Not Getting Up

Super Bowl XLVIII - Seattle Seahawks v Denver Broncos
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5. Down and Not Getting Up

Super Bowl XLVIII - Seattle Seahawks v Denver Broncos

This phrase is really scary in football. Often times it means the player has an injury to his head or neck area.

4. Looks Like It's a Knee

Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls - Game One
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4. Looks Like It's a Knee

Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls - Game One

Any time a player in any sport goes down and clutches his knee, it's almost always bad news. Just ask Bulls fans.

3. Going To Review

Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots
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3. Going To Review

Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots

"Well Jim, it looks like they're going to review this one." Once you hear that, kiss 10 minutes of your life goodbye.

2. Bringing Out the Cart

New England Patriots v Denver Broncos
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2. Bringing Out the Cart

New England Patriots v Denver Broncos

Nothing good ever happens once the cart is wheeled onto a football field. Some of the saddest faces you'll ever see belong to players getting carted off.

1. Career-Ending

Michigan v Louisville

1. Career-Ending

Michigan v Louisville

Of all the phrases in sports, this one has to be the worst. You can bet it's a sticky situation if career-ending has to be added to the description of an injury.