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Darrell Hanning
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See http://www.theonion.com/articles/citing-battle-of-agincourt-....

Even though this one is just another parody by The Onion, can you think of any sports stars (or broadcasters) who have made comparisons of athletic competition to famous, historical battles?

I know there have been some (usually involving the Alamo, I'd guess), but can't put my finger on specific ones. I remember Howard Cosell used to love saying things like that.
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This immediately sprang to mind.

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No specifics but it seems guys covering NFL games cannot resist all the war imagery.

Which George Carlin famously parodied here:

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Kevin Garnett was ready for war. He just didn't specify which one. I would have given him style points if he said something like, "I got my short sword, my shield...I have the ballista loaded and I've got rowers ready on the triremes, and the corvus is ready!"

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Dennis Miller is known for his obscure references, sometimes historical. This remained true for his stint as color man on Monday Night Football. Some quotes I found from the internet (only one of which was war-related, but I'm sure there are more):

"I haven't seen anyone rely on the ground game this much since the battle of Verdun."

"Of *course* he needs to renegotiate his salary -- the guy buys more snow than Seward did when he bought Alaska from the Russians."

"When the hell is Warren Moon going to retire? I mean, this guy is older than the cuneiform in Nebuchadnezzar's tomb."

EDIT: verb tense.
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I used to live in a community where some parents got upset when they found out their kids were being taught how to play chess in school. They were upset about some of the language that was used. Words like "attack" and "kill". They asked the school to try to use non-warlike terms, especially in this "post-9/11 world".
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Hungadunga wrote:
I used to live in a community where some parents got upset when they found out their kids were being taught how to play chess in school. They were upset about some of the language that was used. Words like "attack" and "kill". They asked the school to try to use non-warlike terms, especially in this "post-9/11 world".


A bridge too far, it would seem.
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Hungadunga wrote:
I used to live in a community where some parents got upset when they found out their kids were being taught how to play chess in school. They were upset about some of the language that was used. Words like "attack" and "kill". They asked the school to try to use non-warlike terms, especially in this "post-9/11 world".


Umm, "approach" and "gently remove from the board"?
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Hungadunga wrote:
I used to live in a community where some parents got upset when they found out their kids were being taught how to play chess in school. They were upset about some of the language that was used. Words like "attack" and "kill". They asked the school to try to use non-warlike terms, especially in this "post-9/11 world".


What I learned, in my years of open houses and parent-teacher meetings, is that if you think somebody at work is an idiot, just wait until you hear him or her talking about their child with school employees. You have no idea what idiocy they're capable of, before then.
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Hungadunga wrote:
I used to live in a community where some parents got upset when they found out their kids were being taught how to play chess in school. They were upset about some of the language that was used. Words like "attack" and "kill". They asked the school to try to use non-warlike terms, especially in this "post-9/11 world".


We need to do what the military does and use words like 'defend' and 'liberate'. "He defended my castled position, and once he liberated my Queen it became hopeless and I resigned." This can apply to Go, too. "In four moves I liberate your central group, and there's nothing you can do about it."

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