Questions tagged [terminology]

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Baseball - WHIP

If WHIP is a measure of a pitchers Hits and Walks per 9 innings, shouldn't a 'hit batter' be part of the equation? Isn't a 'hit batter' the same as a walk?
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What's the English term for this double-elimination tournament variant?

I was looking at rules for a double-elimination tournament but it seems that I growned up where double-elimination tournaments are totally different from the rest of the planet. The double-...
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What is a “win in last at-bat”?

On a baseball broadcast tonight, the team statistic "wins in last at-bat" came up. What's the definition of this term? The announcer was careful to point out that such a win "doesn't have to be a ...
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What is the history of the term “Alley-Oop”?

I realized I've been using the term for years but never realized that taken literally, it makes no sense. "Alley" - other than the word alley, I have no idea what this could refer to. "oop" - most ...
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What is this type of dribbling called in basketball?

How do people call it, when you dribble the ball over the defender on one side while yourself passing through the other side?
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How did the term 'English' originate? (spin on a ball)

Where does the term 'English' come from, with regards to an athlete applying a spin to a ball? I've heard it mainly in billiards and basketball, but elsewhere too. I have tried looking this up on ...
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Rushing yards vs passing yards vs receiving yards?

I'm trying to understand football and some of its basic stats, and I'm not clear on the difference between these three. Rushing yards: A statistic in football that records the total number of ...
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What is a 5-point play in basketball?

I heard of how a 5-point play could be possible, but when I mentioned it people told me it's not possible -- and I can't remember how this would work.
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What do the numbers on Mavis (Yonex) Badminton cocks mean?

I have seen sports shops selling Yonex Badminton cocks in boxes titled "Mavis 350", "Mavis 500" or "Mavis 10". Do these numbers mean anything in particular, or is it just that the Brands can't get ...
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What is a protected pick?

In a trade, one NBA team can give to the other a protected pick (I heard of this concept reading about the alleged details of the DeMarcus Cousins trade from Sacramento Kings to New Orleans Pelicans). ...
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What is the name of this iron cross maneuver?

I was once shown a video of a male gymnast's routine on rings. He began from a still hang and pulled, slowly, with straight arms, into an iron cross and after maybe a brief pause continued the pull ...
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What did a “utility player” become after Moneyball?

Background: I heard a manager refer to an employee as a "utility player" in the pre-moneyball sense. That means that the employee "[has] a wide breadth of skills and can work across many org's ...
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In North American football, why are 2 of the 5 offensive linemen called “tackles”?

In North American football, why are 2 of the offensive linemen referred to as "offensive tackles"? I mean, 1) they're not allowed, under the rules, to tackle anyone, and 2) there is no equivalent ...
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What are these banners better called or know as?

This is a picture of Polish football fans holding banners. What is the name of these kind of banners?
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Abbreviations in a football league table - what do they mean?

League tables for football often use a series of abbreviations for their columns, like P, W, D, L, GS, GA, +/-, Pts. What do they all stand for?
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What is the difference between ping pong and table tennis?

I'm reading on the internet that ping pong and table tennis are different things and one is considered a sport and the other is not. I honestly don't know if people are just making jokes or if the ...
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Foot fault on a jump serve in volleyball

When a player does a jump serve can land on the baseline or not? I had a case tonight when a player do a jump serve and landed on the baseline I was told it was not a foot fault, is it correct?
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Basketball and rebound [closed]

In basketball, why is a rebound simply not just called a bounce, ball bounce, or re-bounce? What exactly is a rebound? Also, why is a date with someone used to forget another date simply also called a ...
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In American Football, why are fullbacks called such if they aren't all the way back from the OLine?

Maybe this question is outdated for modern football so I can delete if needed but why is the fullback called a fullback when they aren't all the way back from the O-line? I don't have a source on me ...
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What does this beach volleyball “hand motion” represent?

Was playing beach volleyball when the winning team's players started jokingly using their hands to symbolize sort of a mortar-and-pestle, with one hand grinding circularly in the other bowl-shaped one....
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Why was USA disqualified from the 4x100 men's relay final in the Rio Olympics?

After the mens 4x100 relay final races in Rio on August the 19th the commentators said they exchanged the baton outside the box. What does that mean?
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What does “WB” and “OB” mean for the decathlon?

I only caught this during yesterday's Olympic broadcast. For the men's decathlon, for the 1500m event, it showed in the upper left of the screen: WB: 4 min and change OB: 4 min and change I'm ...
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Where do the terms “dead lift” and “dead row” come from?

Dead lifts and dead rows are basic moves we do with weights. I understand "lift" and "row", but why is the word "dead" used as an adjective?
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What is an advanced area in football (soccer) field?

In this article Tactical Theory: Vertical Build-Up Passing the author used the words advanced area for many times, for example Every team utilises different build-up patterns in order to move into ...
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What is “easy choice” in swimming program

While reading a swimming program I've met the following 4 x 25m Freestyle fast on 1 minute, 100m easy choice, 4 x 25m Not Freestyle on 1 minute, 100m easy choice What does "easy choice" mean ...
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What does Home Runs Allowed mean?

I am reading an article about data science which uses some baseball statistics as an example. In it, there is the following phrase: we hypothesize that the number of wins can be predicted by the ...
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Player Option in Contracts?

While reading around the net during this off-season, I noticed the term "Player Option" comes around a lot, especially with high profile players. I know it's a clause in their contracts, but my ...
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What is the name of Pogba's body swerve played on Mustafi?

On 7 July 2016 during the match Germany-France for Euro 2016 at minute 72 Pogba has disoriented the defender Mustafi with a body move. I would like to know if this movement has a particular name? ...
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What does “swarm and stick” mean in American Football?

I found the phrase in the 2008 Swanton Bulldogs Defensive Line Manual: Relentless Pursuit of the Football. Swarm and Stick. And also at bobcatnation.com: EWU has stockpiled speed and young ...
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What does “dividend” mean in the context of betting?

For example: Tote - The organisation appointed to receive bets and supply dividends in proportion to the amount of the investment. A body in the UK set up to operate pool-betting on all racecourses....
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What is a “go-ahead three-pointer” in basketball?

I've seen this term used often when I read about the NBA in the USA. What is a "go-ahead three-pointer"? https://www.facebook.com/nba/videos/10154111733793463/
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Under which scenarios are using the term “double-elimination game” appropriate? [closed]

We're having a friendly debate, and can't come to a conclusion on whether or not the final game of a series (game 7 world series, game 7 NBA championship...etc) is ever referred to as a "double-...
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Definition of positional terms (latitude/longitude) of basketball shots?

What does latitude, longitude, and x,y positions mean in basketball? These terms are from here, corresponding to 'lat', 'lon', 'loc_x', and 'loc_y'. I would appreciate an explanation in layman's ...
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Does bat tampering exist in cricket?

I have been going through this post when I stumbled across this doubt. Is there anything like bat tampering in cricket? I did a quick search through the Lords Laws of cricket, however, I haven't ...
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What is a team basket in basketball?

I was watching the Syracuse-Virginia Elite 8 game today and a player on Virginia tipped the ball into his own basket. The announcers mentioned the points would likely be credited to Syracuse player ...
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Why does the “individual” race in a biathlon have that name?

In biathlon there are 4 formats for races: Mass start (12.5km for women and 15km for men) Individual (15km for women and 20km for men) Sprint (7.5km for women and 10km for men) Pursuit (10km for ...
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Are the NBA champions called World champions? Why is that?

When an NBA team wins the championship, they are called world champions. How did that come about?
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Counting random shots (foosball)

Is there a definition of foosball random shots? Do people track them somehow for fun as a "debt" as part of championship ladder?
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Why isn't the term “hat trick” used in American Football?

Hat trick is commonly used in association football and hockey when a player scores three goals in a match or game. Given that association football and American football have similar roots, I would ...
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What's the etymology of the term Red Zone?

I know what the Red Zone is. My interest is the etymology of the word. I'm not sure of the first time I heard it or if they even used it when I was kid growing up in Oakland during the 70's. ...
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Why do the Golden State Warriors call themselves dubnation?

The basketball team The Golden State Warriors call themselves dubnation. Why?
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Shouldn't they call it a fair pole?

I didn't find a dupe on this and it's an age old topic BUT.... Why do they call it a foul pole? Fly ball, hits the foul pole and it's a home run. That doesn't make any sense to me. So my ...
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What's the English term for setter positions in volleyball?

When speaking about the positioning system in volleyball in German, we usually say the word "Läufer" (lit. "runner") and append the number, X, of the position of the setter, to refer to a certain ...
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NFL broadcast info---HS or college affiliation? What does that mean?

When a professional football player introduces himself and states his college affiliation, must that player have graduated from that college or does 3 years allow for him to declare that school ...
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Why Umpire David Shepherd lifted one foot off the ground at nelson?

Beloved David Shepherd lifted one foot off the ground whenever the score reached 111 (or 222, 333 etc). I mean nelson is supposed to be bad omen for batsman so why He as an Umpire used to do that in a ...
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Strike rotation in cricket [duplicate]

If the batsman hits the ball to the keepers helmet which is placed behind the keeper,( which gives 5 runs,) for the last ball of the over then rotation of the strike involves or not?????
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Is there a technical name and rules for a double-touch in badminton?

Double-touch (at least that's what people call at my court) is when the shuttle touches the racket more than once in an instance. So, what are the rules regarding this? Does the point count? If not,...
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Does this count as an assist?

I passed the ball to the forward, who was then one on one with the goalkeeper. The forward shoots on first touch and hits the post. The ball rebounds, and with no one else touching the ball, the ...
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Is there any official animal name to describe “five under par”?

I know -4 is condor and -5 is very rare, is there any animal name to describe -5 if it really happened?
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Why are assists in basketball called “dimes”?

What's the etymology of this term in basketball, that an assist is called a dime? I tried looking up on google but I didn't find any satisfactory answers.