Friday, October 1, 2010

D.O.W.: Falcons RB Michael Turner's metaphorical mix-up

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Turner attended Northern Illinois (pictured here) but was apparently not an English major
  • Turner attended Northern Illinois (pictured here) but was apparently not an English major

Falcons running back Michael Turner is a great football player and one of the best players at his position in the NFL.

In 2008, his first season in Atlanta, Turner rushed for 1,699 yards and 17 touchdowns en route to his first career Pro Bowl.

An injury-plagued 2009 season forced Turner to miss five games, and unfortunately for Falcons fans he didn't utilize the extra time in the training room to bulk up on his knowledge of some common football phrases.

During an appearance on the television show Jim Rome Is Burning, a popular ESPN afternoon staple, Turner was asked to describe the Falcons 27-24 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Turner surprised the viewing public by using a lesser-known, and possibly non-existent, version of a rather overused cliche.

According to Turner, the franchise's biggest victory in recent memory—and just the second win in the Falcons' last nine meetings with the Saints—was, "a battle of nutrition."

There has been no confirmation as to whether or not Turner meant to use the more common phrase, 'battle of attrition'—a term frequently used to describe sporting events.

So, was this simply an error in word choice or have the Falcons players and coaches mastered a diet plan that will carry the team all the way to the Super Bowl?

While the eating habits of tight end Tony Gonzalez may lead you to believe the latter, the more logical assumption is that Turner was just confused about the correct adage.

Disappointing? Maybe not. Embarrassing? Perhaps. Hilarious? Absolutely.

Turner's tenuous grasp on the art of proper metaphor usage has zero influence on his ability to score touchdowns—let's just hope his grasp on the football isn't as speculative.

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