Football Terms Explained from a Swimmers Perspective

Football Terms Explained from a Swimmers Perspective

By Chase McFadden//Contributor  | Friday, January 31, 2020

In anticipation of this weekend’s Super Bowl, contributor Chase McFadden explains common football terminology from a swimmer’s point of view:

  • QUARTERBACK: diving to the bottom of the pool to retrieve two bits
  • COIN FLIP: reason you had to dive to the bottom of the pool
  • QUARTERBACK SNEAK: stealthily attempting to retrieve someone else’s two bits from the bottom of the pool
  • FOURTH DOWN: the final member of a winning medley relay team to step off the podium
  • RED ZONE: pigment of your face after a killer set
  • ILLEGAL BLOCKING: loitering in the starting area, impeding another swimmer’s approach to the blocks
  • AUDIBLE: just barely, when your head is capped and submerged under water
  • PIGSKIN: material used for drag suits prior to the advent of polyester
  • GOALPOST: writing down your swim aspirations and sticking them to your bathroom mirror
  • HAIL MARY: frantically flagging down a teammate to alert her to the third and final call for her race
  • NEUTRAL ZONE: treading water
  • REFEREE: gracious volunteer who is appreciated and respected and isn’t required to wear a zebra-striped shirt
  • HALFBACK: 12-and-one-half yards from the finish
  • FAIR CATCH: pretty decent front crawl hand positioning (could be better, could be worse)
  • CENTER: lane position one struggles to maintain when swimming backstroke outdoors
  • FUMBLE: awkward, rushed attempt to put your goggles on at the last minute upon hearing your mom yell, “PUT YOUR GOGGLES ON!”
  • INTENTIONAL GROUNDING: dryland training
  • PYLON: enthusiastic mobbing of a teammate who just swam a hard-earned qualifying time
  • PLACEKICKER: holding on to the edge of the pool for a wicked-hard leg burnout
  • KICKOFF: an attempt to out-placekick the individual placekicking next to you
  • EXTRA POINT: really extending your toes during your placekicking



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