ESPN Sugar Bowl game

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 5 21:51:01 UTC 2012

I think you are mistaken about "throwing long" always meaning overthrowing,
although I can see it being hard to distinguish the "throwing the ball for
long yardage" from "overthrowing the receiver" without context.

On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 12:31 AM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at>wrote:

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> To be honest, I don't follow football that closely and have not watched
> a whole game in several years (I am not sure I've put in a complete
> quarter, except for a couple of NFL playoff games). So my memory on
> expression frequency may be faulty. But my recollection was that
> "throwing long" most of the times implies overthrowing the
> receiver--although it can also just mean throwing the ball a long
> distance. If I hear a comment, "He threw long time and time again," I
> assume it refers to a quarterback who has repeatedly overthrown his
> receivers, not just throwing the ball a long distance. "Going long"
> means a particularly long throw (over 20 yards, or something like that).
> A "long throw" (noun) would be just that, without an implication
> regarding completion.
> So, right or wrong, this is the clarification of what I meant. It may
> also differ regionally or simply from one commentator to another.
>     VS-)
> On 1/4/2012 1:38 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> > ...I'm not sure i see a difference between "throwing" and "going"
> > here. LH
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