Outside his name

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Wed Dec 5 23:39:22 UTC 2007

I'm surprised Larry didn't already post this, but there you are. This
morning (12/5/07) on Mike and Mike in the Morning (ESPN radio), they had
a segment with a new football analyst, a recently retired paper. One of
the topics of discussion was the incident late in the Monday night
Patriots-Ravens game, in which Ravens players allege that an on-field
official repeatedly addressed one of them as "boy". (Both player and
official are African-American.) The new analyst, Marcellus Wiley, an LA
native who played at Columbia University prior to his 10-year NFL career
(as this was his first appearance, he started by discussing his CV), is
also African-American. In discussing the "boy" incident, he repeatedly
used the expression "outside his name", which, from context meant "not
by his name; by something other than his name". An example would be "if
the official indeed called Rolle outside his name..."
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