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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
vsVersus
MLBMajor League Baseball
NBANational Basketball Association
NHLNational Hockey League
Beast modeDominating gameplay
MNFMonday Night Football
RBIRuns batted in
March MadnessNCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
RRuns
IRInjured reserve
refReferee
ParNumber of strokes to complete a golf course hole
Back nineLast nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
RBRunning back
LeadoffFirst batter in the lineup
NWONew World Order
Mock draftSimulated draft
WCWorld Cup
GGames played
avgBatting average
ROYRookie of the Year
CinderellaUnderdog sports team
Final FourLast four teams
Grand SlamFour-run home run
BracketLayout of tournament games
GOATGreatest of all time
FFLFantasy football league
RundownBaserunner stranded between two bases
LCSLeague Championship Series
CleanupPlayer batting fourth in the lineup
DropA ball dropped from a golfer's outstretched arm
SVSaves
Bush leagueAmateur play
ppdPostponed
SteezeStyle and ease
And oneA play where a player is fouled while making a basket
MulliganRedo
DivotChunk of grass and soil
Front nineFirst nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
WheelsFast legs
ffbFantasy football
ptsPoints
YPGYards per game
QBQuarterback
HoopsBasketball
EErrors
ownageCompletely owned
HGHHuman growth hormone
Alley oopA pass to a teammate who puts the ball in the basket
Bronx cheerNoise that signals mockery
StudA highly skilled individual
WCWWorld Championship Wrestling
One and doneSingle elimination tournament
NFCNational Football Conference
AFCAmerican Football Conference
BrushbackPitch that almost hits the hitter
Chin musicPitch that nearly hits the batter's head
USMNTUnited States Men's National Team
CloserA relief pitcher that finishes a baseball game
FIFAFédération Internationale de Football Association
Cutting down the netsWon a basketball tournament
Sweet SixteenLast 16 teams
YardHome run
HeaterFastball
Elite EightLast 8 teams
SBSuper Bowl
Around the hornDouble play from third to second to first base
Double playTwo outs on the same play
KStrikeouts
Triple playThree 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
Mendoza line.200 batting average
DingerHome run
PickleBaserunner stranded between two bases
DishHome plate
On deckBatting second
SPStarting pitcher
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
BracketologyPredicting the NCAA Basketball Tournament
CFCenter field
RFRight field
OFOutfield
SSShortstop
ACLAnterior cruciate ligament
MCLMedial collateral ligament