Originally created 11/08/97

Expresses curiosity about sports jargon

I am just curious to know if you or anyone else might have an answer to the following:

Why do network football announcers/commentators call penalty markers "flags?" Flags usually fly on flag poles.

Why do these same people call the pending penalty before the officials make the call? Most often, they are wrong.

Why do they call consecutive wins or loses "in a row?" Rows are usually found in classrooms, gardens or farms.

Why do college head coaches wear long-sleeved, white shirts, ties and caps on straight but assistant coaches don't? Assistants usually wear their caps on backward.

Do they not want to be identified with each other in case the head coach is fired? ...

H.J. Hogan Jr., Augusta

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