A must-read for anyone who’s thinking of calling in to a sports talk radio show, Spencer Hall expounds on the foundations of bad sports rhetoric:
“I respect your opinion*, but in my gut** I just doubt the man in crunch time,’ and other phrases like this are crucial operators here.
*Crucial non-deferent deference simultaneously cloaks your inability to counter-argue effectively in courtesy and assumed authority.
**The gut is the court of last appeal in bad sports rhetoric. There are no appeals after its ruling, not even reality itself. Your gut can believe things not proven real in any known universe. It also digests food. That’s why you listen to it so much.