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Sports Slang

There is no shortage of acronyms and abbreviations used in sports. Each sport has its own shorthand, so it can be difficult to remember what all the different abbreviations mean. The following list is a good reference to help you understand the meaning of all the slang terms used during sporting events and in the post-game analysis. You can also view specific baseball slang, golf slang, and fantasy football slang.

Slang Term Meaning Popularity
MNFMonday Night Football
MLBMajor League Baseball
Beast modeDominating gameplay
NBANational Basketball Association
NHLNational Hockey League
March MadnessNCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
vsVersus
RBIRuns batted in
avgBatting average
BracketLayout of tournament games
ptsPoints
GOATGreatest of all time
ParNumber of strokes to complete a golf course hole
Mock draftSimulated draft
LCSLeague Championship Series
FFLFantasy football league
WheelsFast legs
SteezeStyle and ease
Back nineLast nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
Front nineFirst nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
ffbFantasy football
SVSaves
DropA ball dropped from a golfer's outstretched arm
QBQuarterback
And oneA play where a player is fouled while making a basket
GGames played
RBRunning back
DivotChunk of grass and soil
WCWorld Cup
Final FourLast four teams
ROYRookie of the Year
ppdPostponed
IRInjured reserve
Bush leagueAmateur play
CleanupPlayer batting fourth in the lineup
RRuns
LeadoffFirst batter in the lineup
refReferee
RundownBaserunner stranded between two bases
NWONew World Order
Grand SlamFour-run home run
YPGYards per game
CinderellaUnderdog sports team
MulliganRedo
RainmakerHigh trajectory golf shot
BogeyOne stroke over par
PBPersonal best
Double bogeyTwo strokes over par
Triple bogeyThree strokes over par
OBOut-of-bounds
Round-tripperHome run
ShelledBeaten badly
WhiffSwinging strikeout
CheddarGood fastball
SnowmanGolf score of 8
SteezyStyle and ease
WRWorld record
Put him on skatesTo make a person stumble over himself
EagleTwo strokes under par
DNFDid not finish
ReloadTo take another shot after a bad shot
NukedHit a golf ball a great distance
BirdieOne stroke under par
Nineteenth holeGolf clubhouse bar
Worm burnerVery low golf shot
IOCInternational Olympic Committee
Backdoor sliderA pitch that breaks over the plate
TCTotal chances
RFRange factor
Two baggerDouble
Three baggerTriple
AOFly outs
Charity stripeFree throw line
CGLComplete game losses
GFGames finished
OFAOutfield assists
MCLMedial collateral ligament
Turn twoTo record a double play
Circus catchAcrobatic catch
BasebrawlBaseball brawl
Set the tableTo get on base so other hitters can score the baserunners
Frozen ropeLine drive baseball hit
sacSacrifice bunts
DERDefensive Efficiency Rating
fpctFielding percentage
GOGround outs
GSHGrand Slams
bkBalks
LIPSLate inning pressured situations
BushAmateur play
FiremanLate-inning relief pitcher
Put out firesGet out of difficult situations
PeaA ball traveling at a high speed
PunchoutStrikeout
CutterCut fastball
Grand SlamFour major golf tournaments
Boxed setSingles, doubles, and mixed doubles Grand Slam
Bases loadedBaserunners on all three bases
Bases juicedBaserunners on all three bases
HBHit batsmen