Why do highly paid sports commentators talk like this?
"making a statement"
"sending a message"
It's the weekend again, prime time for sports cliches with the NFL going into ubiquitous action.
This warp-speak has become systemic, not just in the sports world. Nobody is consciously or deliberately "sending a message" or "making a statement". They're just doing what they're doing. They're simply playing the game. But the commentators can't leave well enough alone; they fantasize and try so hard to sound smart, grasping at straws, describing something out of nothing, sitting stiffly in their expensive, sometimes slick-looking, suits.
a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought
• a very predictable or unoriginal thing or person