TGIF: Touching Base on Sports Analogies

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-08-22 Print this article Print

It's a quiet Friday afternoon here at the Silicon Valley headquarters of Storage Station. The cool breeze off San Francisco Bay feels refreshing as it wafts through the screen in my office window. Those nasty black squirrels that have dominated the neighborhoods here for years since escaping from a breeding test gone awry over at SRI International (true story) in Menlo Park are having a field day in our walnut trees. What a mess they make!

Yawn. There's not a data storage news story anywhere on the horizon -- or any that we can discuss here, anyway. (Embargoes do not count.) Of course, by Monday we'll be back in the routine with plenty of articles to post and publish.

So, in the interest of being somewhat interesting, we thought we'd talk about something a bit different: Today's topic is "Sports Talk in the IT (or basically any) Business."

What would we do without our beloved sports analogies? They're just so darn easy to come up with, and they color up otherwise frightfully boring messages.

Here is our Top 10 List of Most Over-Used Sports Analogies. All we have to do is look over some of our daily emails to obtain them.

You are welcome to comment below and add your own, if you like.

1) "I wanted to touch base with you." (Way most over-used.)

2) "I will not be pitching this to any other U.S. publication." (Um, right.)

3) "We will need to check signals."

4) "Our company really hit one out of the park the other day ... "

5) "Sorry about that. No harm, no foul."

6) "We're going to kick off our big event on Tuesday..."

7) "This whole idea isn't exactly a slam dunk, you know."

8) "We have the competition on the ropes now with this new product."

9) "We're pulling some good people off the bench to help out with this project."

10) "We have a great opportunity to rack up a big number in the market."

And that's our show for today.

Have a great weekend, and score some points by being especially good to others. |

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