To be fair to the fans of NFL or American college football, I looked up the jargon used in football of the English variety. The words I skimmed through were as tasty and distinguishable as English cuisine. I could honestly only think of fish and chips. Here are a few words and what they mean: Go to: It’s a command that tells the player to go to the other player who has the ball. Talk about spelling out the obvious. It’s no jargon and I wonder why it’s even on the list.
Mark up: It’s a command that tells the player to find an opposing player he could guard. The command is so gentlemanly. If I were to change this command, it would be kill or a better sounding word that is aggressive and intimidating. A sport is kind of like a war and the battle is won through the mind. If I were the coach, I would prefer my players to be ruthless on the field and always go for the kill.
Rainbow kick: It’s a kind of kick where the player is facing the ball and kicks it over his head. It’s said to be rarely seen. I’m not surprised to read this. Who on earth would want to be called out on executing a rainbow kick? How about something more dignified like an arch kick or a bow kick?
Cruyff: At least there’s something mysterious about this word. It could be someone’s last name or the sound of someone muffling expletives under his breath.
Jockey: It’s a popular underwear brand name or should I say knickers? It means mimicking the player one is guarding. I guess the term suits the strategy because it is comical to be mimicking someone on the field. Is it a psychological tactic to annoy the opponent or would it end up being a parody of the game? Perhaps no one has taken it this far. It would be interesting to watch though.
Nutmeg: When a ball is passed through the open legs of an opponent, it’s called a nutmeg. Why not call it a nut buster? It sounds more aggressive and demeaning because it alludes to someone’s ball getting busted for having something slip right through his open legs.
After going through a few words, I ran out of anything to say. They’re all just as flavorful as porridge.