"Ballroom brawl"

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Mon Dec 18 11:54:20 UTC 2006

>From this morning's San Diego Union-Tribune:

'Said rookie tackle Marcus McNeill: “We would be the first finesse team
with an All-Pro running back. It's a double slap to the offensive line. We
already don't get a lot of the credit. You're asking for a ballroom brawl.
That's what you saw out there.”'

(For what it's worth, the first time I saw "barroom brawl" - in a James
Thurber story - I interpreted "barroom" as a sound effect.)

Jim Parish

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