[Ads-l] RES: Take a knee

David Daniel dad at COARSECOURSES.COM
Mon Dec 25 09:34:59 EST 2017

Yes, your Language Log post answered all by questions about it. Sorry I
didn't say anything before now.

Poster:       Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: Take a knee

All of this is discussed in the Language Log post I linked to upthread.

Beginning in the '90s, "taking a knee" or "taking the knee" often referred
to the "quarterback kneel," where the quarterback on the winning team runs
out the clock by kneeling after the snap =E2=80=94 either to protect a smal=
l lead or as a show of sportsmanship with a larger lead.

[linking to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quarterback_kneel ]

On Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 8:18 AM, Dennis During <dcduring at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 12:50 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> > Poster:       Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> > Subject:      Re: Take a knee
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> > -------------------
> >
> > Wasn't there once a time when there was only a trivial amount of 
> > time
> left
> > and the winning team had the ball and, though, officially, there was 
> > ti=
> > left for one more play, running that play would be pointless? So, 
> > the winning team would go into the spread formation, the ball would 
> > be
> snapped
> > and the quarterback, instead of trying needlessly to run a useless 
> > play=
> > would simply "take a knee" - i.e. drop to one knee - thereby ending 
> > the play and, consequently, the game.
> >
> > =E2=80=8BThere indeed once was and still is such a time. The 
> > practice a=
nd the use
> of the expression "take a knee" by sportscasters=E2=80=8B probably can 
> be=
> and heard today on football broadcasts.

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