Sweep With Me | Buzz Blog

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sweep With Me

Posted By on August 10, 2009, 1:47 PM

  • Pin It

The Yankees just “swept” the Red Sox. ---

Ever since I heard the term “sweep” as it refers to sports I have wondered… why “sweep?” The new merriam-webster.com dictionary now lists sweep as an intransitive verb, “to win everything : beat all competitors,” but it’s definition #9. Clearly they just added it due to popularity.

There’s the clean sweep, i.e. sweep your floor. There’s being swept off your feet. And who can forget… “sweep the leg…” There is a “sweep horse” which is a champion thoroughbred race horse. There is a sweep in football, where the running back takes a handoff from the quarterback and starts running parallel to the line of scrimmage with blockers in front.

Why sweep? And who coined the phrase? It used to be “run the table” which came from billiards, meaning to make every shot in one run without missing.

Before it became part of the sports vernacular, someone said it first. I just want to know who it was.

About The Author

Rebecca Walsh

On Topic...

More by Rebecca Walsh

  • Block the Vote

    Conservatives try to make voting a privilege
    • Oct 24, 2012
  • Creating a Martyr

    KSL should've just let The New Normal get canceled
    • Oct 3, 2012
  • Rich Mitt

    Romney-Reid scuffle highlights Mormon's uncomfortable relationship with wealth
    • Aug 29, 2012
  • More »

Latest in Buzz Blog

  • Utah’s Bright and Shining Future

    SLC youth join thousands of students from around the world to demand action on climate change.
    • Mar 15, 2019
  • This Is the End, My Friend

    Conversion therapy! Fornication! Slavery! A venomous lizard not native to our state! 2019 Legislature reaches feverish conclusion.
    • Mar 15, 2019
  • Latter-day Paints

    Church History Museum showcases Jesus-approved art in 11th international competition.
    • Mar 12, 2019
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

© 2019 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation