Heard on NFL Blackhawks vs. Redwings

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 24 04:16:29 UTC 2009

Ve-ry interesting! Thank you. Makes sense to me, but I've never been aware
of it before.


On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 8:22 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>wrote:

> At 8:13 PM -0500 12/23/09, Michael Sheehan wrote:
> >"Not only is he fast, but he is quick."  [Mickey Redmond}
> If it was really NFL (and not NHL), the hockey player in question
> would need to be both, to avoid those gridiron behemoths!
> Seriously, though, the two terms have been used a lot in various
> sports, especially basketball, and they do contrast.  Quickness
> refers to ability to pivot, change direction on a dime, etc., while
> fastness (speed?) is more a matter of straight out running.  So if a
> basketball player is making a sudden move toward the basket, you want
> your defensive player to have enough quickness to adjust immediately
> to block it, while if a player has a breakaway down the court (or
> down the ice, if it's hockey), defensive speed (how fast one is) is
> the relevant property.  No actual redundancy here.

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