Sunday, September 23, 2007
(posted by OMDQ)
I usually give the benefit of the doubt to anyone who comes up with a reasonably interesting play on words - you should get credit for trying, at least - but I'm afraid I can't support the following sentence from Pat Forde's ESPN.com column on the Georgia-Alabama game (a variation of the quote also currently appears on the front page of the site):
Here's what else came out in the wash on a wild night in T-Town: Richtenstein successfully invaded Sabanation.
Richtenstein? Sabanation? Dear God, help me. The latter is not Forde's creation (apparently Alabamians are selling t-shirts featuring the word), but I can't say as much for the former, which may have been made up for analogical purposes (speaking of made up words...analogical?).
Some will view this as nitpicking, and they are probably right. But here's something you may not know about me: I hate, hate, HATE the use of "Nation" to describe a team or organization's fan base. Red Sox Nation? Sucks. Raider Nation? No. Game Nation (as the local sports radio host likes to refer to his show's audience)? Please stop.
At least Forde tried to be a little clever with the play on Mark Richt's name. Most writers don't even attempt that much.