Memo to professional athletes: Please stop grinding.
You golfers and baseball players are the worst offenders. You have fallen in love with the word "grind," used as a verb.
We don't want to watch athletes grind. Grinding is boring. Grinding is what we do, which is why we watch you, to escape from our daily grind. If you must grind, grind inwardly.
Tiger Woods is a grinder. He says, "You've got to stay patient, stay in the moment, keep grinding. You never know what can happen."
Who cares about Tiger's strategy for picking up waitresses at Perkins?
You "grinders" want us to see you not as gifted pretty boys, but as gritty tough guys who exert maximum effort on every play or shot.
But in golf, who doesn't try hard on every shot, other than John Daly, who often loses his cool and putts with his Bic lighter?
You golfers could simply say, "I've just got to go out there today and not John Daly."
While we're cleaning up the language of sport, one more: Please, coach, do not explain your quarterback choice by saying, "He gives us the best opportunity to win."
That's like saying "because," or shrugging. It is devoid of meaning, a black hole of a statement.
The "opportunity" explanation makes me grind my teeth when I hear it from a football coach talking about his football quarterback before a football game in a football stadium. Know what I mean?