Query on Most Famous ESPN Catchphrases (UNCLASSIFIED)

Margaret Lee mlee303 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Jun 8 08:18:56 UTC 2013

Among African Americans the phrase is typically, "You ain' gotta go home, but you gotta git the hell outta here." 
--Margaret Lee 

 From: "Mullins, Bill CIV (US)" <william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL>
Sent: Friday, June 7, 2013 9:49 AM
Subject: Re: Query on Most Famous ESPN Catchphrases (UNCLASSIFIED)

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> From Stuart Scott alone, there's "Booyah!", "He must be butter 'cause
> he's on a roll", and "I ain't saying nuthin but that ain't right".
> Lots of others, most of which I try to suppress.
> "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here"--forget who uses
> that one, and I'm sure it didn't start with SportsCenter, but it gets
> said a lot there.
> I learned "My bad" from SportsCenter a while ago, possibly also from
> S.S.
> One classic from ages ago--so long ago it was popularized and maybe
> created by Keith Olbermann, in his prior existence:
> "That's a 6-4-3 double play if you're scoring at home, or even if
> you're by yourself."

I also associate the "scoring at home" one with early 1980s David
Letterman.  His usage may predate that of ESPN, but I don't have any
suggestions as to how to check who was first.

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