Measurables; True Freshman 2

This is the weekend of the NFL draft. I have spent several hours in front of my big screen television watching talking sports heads modify the English language. The college guys are just as bad.

How about “freshman” instead of “true freshman”?

This whole “true freshman” thing comes from the fact that the NCAA expects that a college athlete should have no more than four eligible years to play a sport. Sometimes, a football player out of high school will not be ready to play at the college level, so the athletic staff has the choice of developing the kid, while not allowing the player to actually play in a real game. The athlete does not lose any of the four years of sports eligibility, and advances to the sophomore academic year.This process is called, redshirting.

Thus, an academic freshman can be a football redshirt. Because of this, when the kid is finally allowed to play, he may be an academic sophomore, but in his first year of sports eligibility, or a freshman athlete. When an academic freshman is allowed to play in a varsity game in first year of sports eligibility, he is called a “true freshman”.

Do you see how long it took me to explain this? It would be so much easier to understand that if a player is on the field, and is in his first year’s eligibility, just call him a freshman regardless of his redshirt situation.

Freshman is all you have to know. If used in the context of sports eligibility, the athlete is in the first of four years of eligibility, a freshman. If used in the context of academics, the student is a freshman in the first year in college.

How about “metrics: instead of “measurables”?

During the NFL draft, you hear tons and tons of statistics on college players. How many passes completed, tackles made, speed in the forty-yard dash, etc., etc, are the lingua franca of the talking sports head. They also talk about the physical attributes like height, weight, arm strength, hand spread, and any other physical attrite that can be measured.

So, the dummies call them, “measurables”. OK. We all get it. However, the word, measurable, is an adjective. So, here we have another word morphing into something else because sports jocks don’t have measurable vocabularies.

Try the word, metrics. Yes. A metric is a measurable attribute. It is a characteristic describable with numbers.

Oh, there’s so much wrong in this world, and there’s so little time to correct things.

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