The Shockers defeated conference opponent Bradley 69-49 to extend their unbeaten record, or run the table, to 30 – 0.
Many NCAA basketball pundits question whether Wichita State deserves a #1 seed in the upcoming NCAA March Madness basketball tournament because of the school’s marginal strength of schedule.
Others question whether the Shockers can repeat last year’s Final Four appearance and run the table through this year’s tournament.
However, I wonder why sportscasters still employ the outdated sports cliche – running the table. It makes no sense to me.
Much has changed in sports over the years.
Athletes have gotten bigger, faster and stronger. Salaries have skyrocketed. And, ESPN media coverage has become ubiquitous.
However, some sports expressions, which should have succumbed to obsolescence, inaccuracy or political correctness, still remain in sportscasters’ collective vocabulary.
These dated, and sometimes odd, sports expressions need to be retired. They’re confusing because sportscasters insist on utilizing sophomoric language from a by-gone era.
Some clichés require further interpretation because they are confusing. Others are just inaccurate.
Still, others minimize the actual accomplishments of the player or team they’re supposed to acknowledge – like running the table.
This pretty well known sports cliché has always troubled me. I find this ageless sports expression to be confusing.
That’s why I included it in my new book Confusing Stuff in Sports.
Why select a table to recognize the incredible accomplishments of an undefeated team, like the WSU Shockers in this case, that has successfully run through the season with an unblemished record?
What’s the origin of this senseless sports expression?
Why not choose a battlefield, a dangerous slope or expertly defended turf? Don’t these references sound more exciting?
I’ve never gotten this confusing sports cliché.
I think it’s now time that it follows the same fate as other ancient basketball terms like cagers, peach baskets, two-handed set shots and canvas Converse sneakers.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!