"Frozen Rope" (1960)

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I'm watching the Dallas Cowboys-Kansas City Chiefs game. It was said that  
the first Dallas touchdown--a long pass from Drew Bledsoe--was a "frozen rope"  
"Frozen rope" was said to be coined by Chick Hearn in basketball, but it's  
the somewhat rare term to be used in baseball, basketball, and football.
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to as ‘frozen  rope passes.’ It’s exactly how it sounds -- we like passes 
that are  crisp and in a straight line, like the ball is ...
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(http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start=23&q=http://www.abbaroo.com/lakers/chick.html&e=912)      A very arching shot, the opposite of a frozen  
rope . High School Hideout A player who is cherry-picking (waiting  ... Kind 
of like a frozen rope that missed.  ...
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Chick Hearn, 85, the Voice Of the Los Angeles  Lakers
ROBERT D MCFADDEN. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Aug 6, 
 2002. p. B8 (1 page) :
"...He throws up a prayer: air ball! Rebound left side taken by McAdoo, he  
goes right back up--a frozen rope that time, no arch, but it melted right  in 
the hole..."
_THE  BULL PEN; Demeter to Escape Disabled List _ 
FRANK  FINCH. Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File). Los  Angeles, Calif.: 
Jul 21, 1960. p. C2 (1 page) :
The NL's leading batsman, Dumbo Larker, was banging out a few frozen  ropes.
_Thrown  for Curve by Ball Lingo?_ 
JEANNE HOFFMAN. Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File). Los Angeles, Calif.:  
Jul 8, 1961. p. B1 (1 page) :
ALL-AMERICAN OUT: A poor hitter.
ANGELS: Not the ball club, but clouds in the sky which make it easier to  
judge fly balls.
BANJO HIT: Ball hits on the end of the bat for a hit.
BASEBALL SADIE: Gal whose weakness is ball players.
BEAR'S NEST: A poor hotel.
BLAZER: Pitcher's fast ball.
BOLSHEVIK: A clubhouse lawyer.
DEAD FISH: Slow ball.
DICK SMITH: Player who like to be alone.
FROZEN ROPE: A line drive.
GILLETTE PITCH: Close to the batter.
HIGH SCHOOL HOP: A big, high bounce, easy to field.
HUSTLE BUMPS: Marks and bruises on a player's body.
IN THE WELL: Hit to a fine defensive outfielder.
JOCKEY: Player who rides the opposition.
JOHNSON & JOHNSON: Player who always has adhesive tape showing.
LOW BRIDGE THE HITTER: Brush hitter away from the plate.
PIANOLA: An easy victory.
PUTTY ARM: Weak throwing arm.
RINKEY-DINKS: Second-line players.
SALARY DRIVE: A player's hustle last month of the season.
SHOTGUN: Strong, accurate arm.
SIEVE INFIELD: Poor defensive infield.
SKIP TGHE DEW: Run real fast.
SNAKE BIT: Unlucky.
STICKS: Low minor leagues.
TAKE A NAP: Get caught off base.
THOMAS EDISON: Pitcher who's always experimenting.
TOOLS OF IGNORANCE: Catcher's equipment.
TOURIST: Player who performs for several teams.
WET ONE: Illegal spit-ball.
WHEELS: A player's legs.
_Fame  to Reggie Jackson Just Means a Candy Bar_ 
By GEORGE  VECSEY. New York Times (1857-Current file). New  York, N.Y.: Jul 
6, 1969. p. S3 (1 page) :
"That's my man," Jackson says enthusiastically. "He's the Rope Man. You  
should see him in old-timers' games. He hangs out those frozen ropes [line  
_D.C.  Footballers Show Stuff_ 
By Russell Carter Washington  Post Staff Writer. The Washington Post 
(1974-Current  file). Washington, D.C.: Jul 21, 1978. p. D2 (1 page) :
But Marbury will get plenty of chances to hurl his frozen-rope passes  
because Stewart has promised his 48-man squad that all will see considerable  action.

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