When a sport becomes really popular, it's no longer something that only the fans discuss. Rather, it becomes part of the greater public lexicon and collective consciousness, and even people who don't follow it start to use terminology and analogies from the sport whether they realise it or not.
He hit that one out of the ball park!
It's like trying to understand the offside rule!
Three strikes and you're out!
Three strikes and you're out!
You get the idea... so the question is, where are all the hockey phrases and metaphors? Well actually there are more out there than you might think, and hockey seems to provide a popular analogy for many political and business writers. Read on to see some examples of great hockey metaphors being used to describe all manner of situations from Disney Land to law. Well that's one way to get sports fans to read current events anyway...
A Successful Legal Department is Like a Hockey Team
I'm fairly certain that the title tells you everything you need to know about what this article deals with. It's a nice little analogy that anyone can get their head around, but some of the links are rather tenuous. Client satisfaction is like hockey fans buying tickets expecting their team to win apparently... (if your lawyer keeps losing, you might support another team).
Benched By Penguin?
This article uses the great example of two hockey players getting benched during the playoffs as a way to explain Google's decisions surrounding their 'Penguin' upgrade. In the upgrade, Google decided to penalise a lot of sites that had used spammy techniques to get to the top of the search engines - showing how serious they were about the rules even though it severely damaged those businesses. The parallel is obvious - sometimes a big organization has to make a harsh-seeming rule in order to show they're serious about the rules and for the good of ;the game'.
The New Yorker
Not a post, but a print piece, a 'The New Yorker' article from hockey aficionado Adam Gopnik on Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff uses various sports metaphors in describing the particulars of politics. 'The thing that politics most strongly resembles is being on soccer teams and hockey teams when I was a child' it reads. 'It’s not a lonely writer in his den thinking thoughts.' Later he goes on to say how some of the natural greats have 'jaw dropping' skill in both fields (pun not intended).
Hockey, Metaphor and the Next Canadian Election
This article is becoming ever more self-aware, so why not include a post that refers to another post commenting on the hockey metaphor within? Perhaps this post might some-day wind up in a countdown of the top 'articles about articles with hockey metaphors'? This post discusses the refreshing use of hockey metaphors in the previous article...
Disney Management Apathy/Hockey Analogy
In this one, a writer known only as 'Fritz' compares the lack of Disney history knowledge that many park managers display with the way that he feels about hockey. He doesn't know much about hockey explains, but imagines he might still jump at the chance to work for the NHL. It's just 'fun by nature' he concludes. Good work Fritz!
GOP Debate Draws Metaphors From Hockey, Not Boxing
Ever heard the expression 'drop the gloves'? It's a popular expression lately that one would presume comes from boxing, but in fact it comes from hockey as this article explains. When two boxers get serious the 'gloves come off', but in hockey the players 'drop the gloves'. This article notes how political commentators are switching and starting to use the latter more frequently and points to several other articles where this is the case...
Bachmann and Pawlenty Drop the Gloves
This is one of the articles discussed in the above entry, which describes the rivalry between Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Govenor Tim Pawlenty using the hockey metaphor. Though there's no actual mention of hockey in the article, suggesting perhaps that they don't even realise where the reference comes from.
Loving Shirley (The Hockey Analogy)
Another hockey analogy on a business website; seems the two go hand in hand! This article discusses conflict that you might encounter in the world of business and how you might handle it in the context of hockey. But fatal mistake! The writer uses the expression 'gloves come off' instead of 'drop the gloves'. If only he'd read this article first...
To end with and in the spirit of 'hockey word play', here's a little riddle to leave you with... Highlight the text below for your answer.
Q: A Rink is to Ring as Hockey is to... what?