[Ads-l] fiftyburger

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 23 13:51:00 EST 2017


>From '07...

https://groups.google.com/d/msg/alt.sports.football.pro.cleve-browns/3bnMHg1nnJk/2pCHOI7kxK4J
Sarge, alt.sports.football.pro.cleve-browns, Nov. 21, 2007
"the pats will put a 50 burger on them."


On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 1:37 PM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com> wrote:

> The earliest example of x-burger I could quickly find is from a Packers'
> forum, dated September 8, 2008:
>
> https://www.packernet.com/blog/2008/09/08/its-what-we-do/
>
> Posted by Mel e Mel
>
> "See My previous post The Vikes are who we thought they were. Holding
> Adrian
> Peterson to 100 yards is game winning defense. The Vikes are a one trick
> pony
> offense. Wait till INDY pops a 40 burger on them. Tavaris is a thrower not
> a
> passer."
>
>
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> I have heard "x-burger" in the sense of scoring a lot of points or the
> like=
>  for at least a decade, perhaps longer, usually in sports reporting.
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> Interesting.  I associated Helen Gurley Brown with her self-description =3D
> as a =3DE2=3D80=3D9Cmouseburger=3DE2=3D80=3D9D, but apparently she used
> (co=
> ined or =3D
> popularized?) =3DE2=3D80=3D9Cnothingburger=3DE2=3D80=3D9D as well; wonder
> i=
> f one of =3D
> the terms grew out of the other, or if they=3DE2=3D80=3D99re referentially
> =
> =3D
> distinct=3DE2=3D80=3D94can one be a mouseburger without being a
> nothingburg=
> er =3D
> or vice versa?  Of course either of these *could* also be =3D
> literal=3DE2=3D80=3D94either a very unappealing menu option or a very =3D
> unfilling one (especially for those on an Atkins diet). =3D20
>
> LH
>
>
> > On Jan 23, 2017, at 12:37 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> >=3D20
> > Possibly inspired by "nothingburger"?
> >=3D20
> > http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/nothing_burger
> > =3D
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2013-January/124713.html
> >=3D20
> > "Forty-burger" was used in a football context in Season 1, Episode 4 =3D
> of
> > "The League" ("Mr. McGibblets," aired Nov. 19, 2009):
> >=3D20
> > "And all of a sudden, this guy comes out of nowhere... scores four
> > touchdowns, gains 200 yards. Drops a 40 burger on me."
> > http://transcripts.foreverdreaming.org/viewtopic.
> php?f=3D3D417&t=3D3D2050=
> 8
> >=3D20
> >=3D20
> > On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 12:14 PM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
> > RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:
> >=3D20
> >> New to me.  The earliest I find it is from a wire service feed:
> >>=3D20
> >> McClatchy - Tribune News Service; 18 Sep 2009 (from Proquest)
> >> "If he does more of the same Saturday away from home -- and if Cal =3D
> puts
> >> another fifty-burger on the scoreboard -- then it's on."
> >>=3D20
> >> Here it is from a Washington Post blog:
> >> " But after serving up a fiftyburger to the Washington Wizards on
> >> Wednesday night, Stephen Curry seemed surprised and chilled when =3D
> Draymond
> >> Green sneaked up behind him for the celebratory dousing."
> >> https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/02/
> >> 04/stephen-curry-gets-a-water-bath-draymond-green-makes-
> >> photobomb-magic/?utm_term=3D3D.d64538ea29c3
> >>=3D20
> >>=3D20
> >> _Chicago Tribune_ 15 Nov 2016: p. 2.
> >> " Trestman pretty much doomed himself when his team gave up a =3D
> fiftyburger
> >> to the Patriots, then got a week off to regroup and came out of it by
> >> allowing the Packers to pound them with another fiftyburger."
> >>=3D20
> >> In all three of these, it refers to fifty points, rather than the =3D
> fifty
> >> yard line.
> >>=3D20
> >>=3D20
> >>>=3D20
> >>> I was listening to a radio show about football on 610 AM (I believe =3D
> the
> >> call letters are WTEL) from Philadelphia this afternoon.  The show
> >>> kept identifying itself as "ESPN radio" and if it gave call letters =3D
> I
> >> did not catch them (I was driving in the rain and had poor AM =3D
> reception on
> >>> my car radio).  There were at least two men and one woman talking; =3D
> if I
> >> heard correctly one of them was named "Doug Brown".  I do not
> >>> know if the show originated in Philadelphia or was originated by =3D
> ESPN
> >> for national distribution.
> >>>=3D20
> >>> Several times the announcers referred to a football fifty-plus yard
> >> field goal as a "fiftyburger".  I think there was also a reference to =
> =3D
> a
> >>> "fortyburger".
> >>>=3D20
> >>> This is a new term to me.  Is anyone else familiar with it?
>

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