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Frog-lovers and roses: ‘Plays itself out’ is so very played-out

There are certain phrases in sports that need to go away. Feel free to tweet me the phrases that you can’t stand.

IT WILL PLAY ITSELF OUT

Of course it will. There’s no analysis in that statement. Time will play itself out.

“Don’t worry about the asteroid headed towards us, it will play itself out.”

Saying there’s no reason to get frustrated over the College Football Playoff Committee’s rankings because “it will play itself out,” is a cop-out. Did the committee get it right? If they didn’t, challenge their position. We shouldn’t be told to wait because “it will play itself out.”

Alabama is better than TCU on the field and has a better résumé. When the committee chairman Jeff Long tries to say TCU’s win at K-State pushed TCU over Alabama, then what about Auburn? Beating K-State on the road and playing in the SEC West should easily overcome a three-point loss in a tougher conference. Alabama beat a major Big 12 program that TCU only beat by three.

I’M PUTTING THAT BEHIND ME AND MOVING FORWARD

You attacked a woman. You drove a car at twice the legal alcohol limit. You tested positive for an illegal drug for the fourth time. Maybe you stole crab legs. Whatever it is that you did, will never be behind you. You did it, own it.

It’s terribly insulting to tell fans and teammates that you’ve put domestic violence behind you, as if it’s an equal crime to driving too fast or underage drinking. A lack of maturity doesn’t lead you to strike a woman or steal, it’s a lack of character.

WE CAN ONLY CONTROL WHAT WE CAN CONTROL

Who asked you to control something you weren’t in control of? Wake up! You’re not in control. You can’t control the effort of your opponent. You can’t control the skill of the opposing coaching staff. If someone is in control of their own effort and preparation, they can’t lose.

IT IS WHAT IT IS

Until we see something that isn’t it what it is, fans do not need to learn what is.

I DON’T WANT TO BE IN MEETINGS SORE

You have to miss games to take care of your body because you have a long-term view, like your child’s 2029 high school graduation. We heard this for the first time from Derrick Rose. Hopefully it will be the last time.

I’d like to salute every member of our armed forces who have lost a limb for the freedom of our nation. Thank God you ranked your job higher than your body.