a weblog of wordplay by Eric Harshbarger
NFLIn celebration of the latest National Football Leage season starting this weekend, I thought I'd write-up a related LOGOLOG entry. "Celebration" may be a bit of an overstatement, really. While I watch NFL games on television (in fact, they're some of the very few times I actually watch television during the year), I really don't care much about any of the games, the players, or the season in general. I do like to watch good football being played, however, so I will have the TV on in the background on Sundays.
Tonight, while watching the "Manning vs. Manning" match between the Colts and the Giants, I noticed that the abbreviation for the former team can be couched in a very small word: fIND. The New York Giants abbreviation was not being quite as cooperative. Could I think of a word that had the trigram "NYG" nestled in it?
"poNYGirl" was the only thing I could think might work, but given its rather adult-only nature I tried to think of another word. This quickly led, of course, to me trying to think of words for ALL of the NFL team abbreviations (as designated at the NFL website).
By this time I was paying more attention to wordplay than to the football game.
Below is the list I came up with; an asterisk denotes that I had to look up words in the dictionary... I could not think of an acceptable one lying on my sofa:
Yes, one (one!) team falls short in this endeavor. The New York Jets... abbreviation "NYJ". The MW3 CD-Rom returns no search results for the query: "*nyj*"... how unfortunate is that?
Does anyone have a proper name, place name, or obscure word they'd like to use to fill in this gap?
Let me know.
[10 September 2006]
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