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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
MLBMajor League Baseball
NBANational Basketball Association
NHLNational Hockey League
MNFMonday Night Football
RBIRuns batted in
March MadnessNCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
Beast modeDominating gameplay
RundownBaserunner stranded between two bases
IRInjured reserve
Mock draftSimulated draft
ffbFantasy football
YPGYards per game
NWONew World Order
CleanupPlayer batting fourth in the lineup
DivotChunk of grass and soil
WCWorld Cup
GGames played
avgBatting average
Final FourLast four teams
Grand SlamFour-run home run
GOATGreatest of all time
SteezeStyle and ease
LeadoffFirst batter in the lineup
LCSLeague Championship Series
Front nineFirst nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
Bush leagueAmateur play
FFLFantasy football league
And oneA play where a player is fouled while making a basket
ParNumber of strokes to complete a golf course hole
ROYRookie of the Year
DropA ball dropped from a golfer's outstretched arm
Back nineLast nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
CinderellaUnderdog sports team
WheelsFast legs
RBRunning back
BracketLayout of tournament games
BracketologyPredicting the NCAA Basketball Tournament
ownageCompletely owned
HGHHuman growth hormone
Triple playThree outs on the same play
StudA highly skilled individual
WCWWorld Championship Wrestling
Cutting down the netsWon a basketball tournament
HRHome run
NFCNational Football Conference
AFCAmerican Football Conference
Table setterPlayer who gets on base so other hitters can hit him in
Bronx cheerNoise that signals mockery
USMNTUnited States Men's National Team
Mendoza line.200 batting average
FIFAFédération Internationale de Football Association
One and doneSingle elimination tournament
YardHome run
Sweet SixteenLast 16 teams
SBSuper Bowl
Alley oopA pass to a teammate who puts the ball in the basket
Around the hornDouble play from third to second to first base
Double playTwo outs on the same play
FOMOFFear of missing out on football
ALDSAmerican League Division Series
NLDSNational League Division Series
ALCSAmerican League Championship Series
NLCSNational League Championship Series
BrushbackPitch that almost hits the hitter
DingerHome run
Chin musicPitch that nearly hits the batter's head
CloserA relief pitcher that finishes a baseball game
PickleBaserunner stranded between two bases
SPStarting pitcher
BullishPositive outlook
Line driveHard hit baseball in the air
BloopWeakly hit fly ball
SingleHit that results in the batter getting to first base
DoubleHit that results in the batter getting to second base
TripleHit that results in the batter getting to third base
1BFirst base
2BSecond base
3BThird base
OBPOn-base Percentage
OPSOn-base Plus Slugging Percentage
SLGSlugging percentage
ClutchAbility to perform under pressure
WARWins Above Replacement
CFCenter field
RFRight field
ACLAnterior cruciate ligament