"Suck for Luck"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Oct 10 21:54:50 UTC 2011

We've periodically discussed the taboo quotient of the S-verb in the past.  One factor that will continue to lead to its public prominence is the fact that the NFL team finishing with the worst record this year will earn the right to draft Stanford's Andrew Luck next spring; Luck (whose father Oliver played in the NFL a while back) is by general acclamation the closest to a sure thing of any quarterback coming out of college in decades.  "Suck for Luck" chants have already begun ringing out at various stadiums of losing teams around the league, and we can expect more--as well as posters, billboards, and the like.  Who knows, maybe suck-ins.  There are 1,690,000 raw g-hits for "suck for Luck", and rising.  This is possibly even a QOTY candidate, although as far as I know it's unattributed.


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