Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Locker Room Cliché Guy

Everyone who plays professional sports knows how to deliver a good sports cliché. They are the go-to comments that players use when trying to say as little as possible without denying a reporter a sound byte. Reporters usually know when they are being clichéd, but it's one of those things you put up with when searching for a good quote to use in a story.

The fact that clichés are used all over sports spawned an excellent scene in Bull Durham. Crash Davis, played by Kevin Costner, is teaching hot-shot rookie Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh how to improve his interview skills.
Crash Davis: It's time to work on your interviews.
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: My interviews? What do I gotta do?
Crash Davis: You're gonna have to learn your clichés. You're gonna have to study them, you're gonna have to know them. They're your friends. Write this down: "We gotta play it one day at a time."
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: Got to play... it's pretty boring.
Crash Davis: 'Course it's boring, that's the point. Write it down.
We're not here to talk about baseball, though. As a joke, I have tweeted out a few Locker Room Cliché Guy™ quotes when talking about certain situations, and I have called out a few teams when they post comments from players that sound like locker room clichés. I'm not sure if everyone gets the joke, but two guys who do are Jared Keeso and Dylan Playfair. Just as a heads-up, there are some inappropriate questions asked by the reporters for comedic purposes. PG-rating on this video, parents.
Aside from some rather inappropriate questions, that's exactly how locker room clichés work. I was laughing out loud at how Jared and Dylan continued to work the same lines in over and over despite their answers having nothing to do with the questions. In short, that's Locker Room Cliché Guy™ to a tee!

The next time you hear a player giving very generic answers in a locker room interview, know that he's working on the art of Locker Room Cliché Guy™. It's a highly-valued skill in professional sports!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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