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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 Votes
BFBatters faced
vsVersus
ptsPoints
StudA highly skilled individual
GOATGreatest of all time
FFFantasy football
PBPersonal best
HRHome run
LeBroningFlopping
ClutchAbility to perform under pressure
Beast modeDominating gameplay
AceHole in one
SBSuper Bowl
ownageCompletely owned
WWins
Throw the gameLose the game on purpose
MLBMajor League Baseball
NHLNational Hockey League
RBIRuns batted in
2BSecond base
BasebrawlBaseball brawl
DFSDaily Fantasy Sports
DLDisabled list
ROYRookie of the Year
One and doneSingle elimination tournament
RundownBaserunner stranded between two bases
GFGames finished
Snake draftDraft where the last pick in one round is the first in the next
PPRPoints per reception
PFPoints for
CeilingUpside of a player
refReferee
FanboyA dedicated male fan
SBStolen bases
IRInjured reserve
MulliganRedo
CloserA relief pitcher that finishes a baseball game
FFLFantasy football league
WRWide receiver
SkolGood health
JockAthlete
upsJumping ability
WCWWorld Championship Wrestling
WWEWorld Wrestling Entertainment
WCWorld Cup
avgBatting average
SOStrikeouts
TaterHome run
DingerHome run
WheelsFast legs
TripleHit that results in the batter getting to third base
SLGSlugging percentage
ACLAnterior cruciate ligament
shipChampionship
ppdPostponed
March MadnessNCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
Bracket busterA team that upsets a highly ranked team
Chin musicPitch that nearly hits the batter's head
On deckBatting second
Cellar dwellerA team constantly in last place
Set the tableTo get on base so other hitters can score the baserunners
Bases juicedBaserunners on all three bases
Bush leagueAmateur play
SteezeStyle and ease
SteezyStyle and ease
Put him on skatesTo make a person stumble over himself
WRWorld record
DNFDid not finish
SnowmanGolf score of 8
Worm burnerVery low golf shot
RBRunning back
WR1First starting fantasy wide receiver
recReceptions
YPGYards per game
Half-PPRHalf-point per reception league
FloorDownside of a player
NBANational Basketball Association
NFCNational Football Conference
AFCAmerican Football Conference
FIFAFédération Internationale de Football Association
FOMOFFear of missing out on football
LCSLeague Championship Series
HomerHome run
BloopWeakly hit fly ball
1BFirst base
3BThird base
Final FourLast four teams
Elite EightLast 8 teams
Can of cornAn easy catch by a fielder
Mendoza line.200 batting average
Shoestring catchCatch made just above a player's shoes
AAssists
RRuns
JAGJust a guy
LeadoffFirst batter in the lineup
CleanupPlayer batting fourth in the lineup
GGames played
Annie OakleyFree pass
Grand SlamFour major tennis tournaments
Grand SlamFour major golf tournaments
Backdoor sliderA pitch that breaks over the plate
Round-tripperHome run
HangmanGolf score of 9
Danny DeVitoFive foot putt
Inward nineLast nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
HandcuffA fantasy football backup player
RB1Starting fantasy running back
TETight end
FishCasual fantasy sports player
UndroppableA player who cannot be dropped from a fantasy team
ReachTo draft a player too soon
BearishNegative outlook
BullishPositive outlook
Woj bombA breaking report by Adrian Wojnarowski
Millennial baseballA baseball strategy of swinging for home runs instead of base hits
HonnoldingStanding up straight on a narrow ledge with your back to the wall
OTOvertime
WWFWorld Wrestling Federation
SivBad goaltender
USMNTUnited States Men's National Team
USWNTUnited States Women's National Team
ERAEarned run average
YardHome run
NLDSNational League Division Series
ALCSAmerican League Championship Series
MashTo hit a baseball well
RuthianPowerful
MeatballEasy pitch to hit
GrounderBaseball hit on the ground
SingleHit that results in the batter getting to first base
DoubleHit that results in the batter getting to second base
WARWins Above Replacement
RFRight field
CinderellaUnderdog sports team
Cutting down the netsWon a basketball tournament
Sweet SixteenLast 16 teams in a tournament
BracketLayout of tournament games
E3Error made by the first baseman
Double playTwo outs on the same play
Bronx cheerNoise that signals mockery
RubberPitcher's plate
CellarLast place
TPTriple play
SFSacrifice Flies
XBHExtra base hits
Paint the cornerTo pitch the ball over the edge of home plate
Twin killingDouble play
Turn twoTo record a double play
Circus catchAcrobatic catch
DERDefensive Efficiency Rating
fpctFielding percentage
Two baggerDouble
Charity stripeFree throw line
GSHGrand Slams
Lift the silverwareWin a trophy
SupersubA player who often scores as a substitute
SVSaves
PeaA ball traveling at a high speed
PunchoutStrikeout
YakkerCurve ball
And oneA play where a player is fouled while making a basket
IOCInternational Olympic Committee
Nineteenth holeGolf clubhouse bar
RainmakerHigh trajectory golf shot
Victory lapGolf ball that spins around the hole then falls in
Texas wedgePutt from off the green
SquirrelTee shot into the rough
ADPAverage draft position
Draft dasherA fantasy football owner who drafts a team and abandons it
Waiver hawkA fantasy sports owner who patrols the waiver wire
RBBCRunning back by committee
BustA player who does not perform well
Fire saleWhen an owner trades players away
SleptTo hit someone hard
DropA ball dropped from a golfer's outstretched arm
Scratch golferA golfer with a handicap of zero
HonorsHit first from the tee in golf
AlbatrossThree strokes under par
QBQuarterback
FlexFantasy football position that can be a RB, WR, or TE
QB1First starting fantasy quarterback
FlierGamble on a risky player
GhostshipA fantasy football team with no owner
Trade baitA good player that entices other teams to trade for him
oprkOpponent ranking
TruthinessTruth based on feelings
WOATWorst of all time
Cut a promoStage a promotional interview
Put overMake someone look good
HeelVillain
KayfabePretending something fake is real
HGHHuman growth hormone
Circle buttonSpin move
jJump shot
ABAt bat
CSCaught stealing
ALDSAmerican League Division Series
BombHome run
AceBest starting pitcher
SPStarting pitcher
Ride the pineSit on the bench
PPitcher
Baltimore chopBaseball hit that takes a large hop over an infielder
OPSOn-base Plus Slugging Percentage
SSShortstop
MNFMonday Night Football
TNFThursday Night Football
OROYOffensive Rookie of the Year
BracketologyPredicting the NCAA Basketball Tournament
E4Error made by the second baseman
E6Error made by the shortstop
DishHome plate
In the holeBatting third
On the screwsHard hit
LOBLeft on base
GIDPGround into double play
DPDouble play
TPATotal plate appearances
Four baggerHome run
Sweet spotThe part of the bat that provides the best contact
TCTotal chances
Three baggerTriple
BagBase
LIPSLate inning pressured situations
Put out firesGet out of difficult situations
ToggerSoccer
MBFAMake baseball fun again
ReloadTo take another shot after a bad shot
OBOut-of-bounds
Back-door puttPutt that spins around a hole and drops in
BotoxPutt that lips out of the hole
Die in the holeGolf shot that makes it to the hole and falls in
Joe PesciA difficult five foot putt
ShankTo hit the ball poorly
BreakoutA player who performs surprisingly well
Mock draftSimulated draft
SleeperA player drafted late but exceeds expectations
ChunkA golf shot that makes a divot
Back nineLast nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
GimmeEasy golf putt
HandicapNumerical score that represents a golfer's ability
DoglegA golf hole with a fairway that bends
Dogleg leftA golf hole with a fairway that has a bend to the left
projProjected
dDefense
FlyerGamble on a risky player
FRFumble recovery
Vulture backA running back who takes scoring chances from the starter
Damaged goodsA person who has one or more major flaws
attAttempts
fumTotal fumbles
MinnowWeak fantasy sports player
StreamRotating players in and out of a lineup
Sham bombA breaking report by Shams Charania
ZebraA game official
MLBPAMajor League Baseball Players Association
LOOGYLeft-handed One Out Guy
FaceHero
cellyCelebration
DegenA gambler who makes foolish bets
ShootAn unscripted event
WorkA scripted event
Worked shootA scripted event that contains unscripted elements
MarkA fan who believes pro wrestling is real
EPOErythropoietin
NWONew World Order
RibbyRun batted in
KStrikeouts
RPRelief pitcher
HomerHometown sports fan
LFLeft field
OFOutfield
CFPCollege Football Playoff
WheelhouseHitter's power zone
Touch em allHome run
Grand SlamFour-run home run
MadduxComplete game shutout with less than 100 pitches
innInnings played
Golden SlamTennis Grand Slam and the Olympics gold medal
ShelledBeaten badly
EagleTwo strokes under par
Abominable snowmanGolf score of 9
Serpentine draftDraft where the last pick in one round is the first in the next
Auction draftDraft where owners bid on players
Fat shotA golf shot that takes a chunk out of the ground
RB2Second starting fantasy running back
KKicker
FPGFantasy points per game
QBBCQuarterback by committee
Garbage timeTime during a blowout game where strategies change
sckSacks
Get bucketsTo dominate
PPRPossible points remaining
LLosses
JamTo pitch near a batter's hands
DROYDefensive Rookie of the Year
EErrors
E9Error made by the right fielder
Blowing a raspberryMaking a jeering noise
CheeseGood fastball
GRSLGrand Slams
Table setterA player who gets on base so other hitters can hit him in
Frozen ropeLine drive baseball hit
bkBalks
BushAmateur play
CheddarGood fastball
Sand baggerA golfer who plays better than he claims
DivotChunk of grass and soil
PVOPosition vs. opponent
tarReceiving targets
DonkDonkey
FOMOHFear of missing out on hockey
RibRun batted in
CGComplete games
RPIRatings Percentage Index
HBPHit by pitch
Uncle CharlieCurve ball
James JoycePutt that is hard to read
iInterception
TTTHCSThings that Tim Howard could save
defDefense
HoopsBasketball
PEDPerformance enhancing drug
BBBases on balls
HeaterFastball
NLCSNational League Championship Series
Tater trotHome run trot
CCatcher
Hot cornerThird base
EREarned runs
SouthpawLeft-handed pitcher
CycleSingle, double, triple, and home run
Line driveHard hit baseball in the air
Texas LeaguerWeak fly ball hit to the outfield
OBPOn-base Percentage
CFCenter field
MCLMedial collateral ligament
SNFSunday Night Football
E1Error made by the pitcher
E2Error made by the catcher
E5Error made by the third baseman
E7Error made by the left fielder
E8Error made by the center fielder
Alley oopA pass to a teammate who puts the ball in the basket
Around the hornDouble play from third to second to first base
Triple playThree outs on the same play
BrushbackPitch that almost hits the hitter
High and tightHigh and inside pitch
PickleBaserunner stranded between two bases
HotboxBaserunner stranded between two bases
LeatherDefense ability
HillPitcher's mound
On the buttonHard hit ball
WSWorld Series
NPNumber of pitches
PutoutOut
POPutouts
GSGames started
Paint the blackTo pitch the ball over the edge of home plate
RopeLine drive baseball hit
sacSacrifice bunts
IBBIntentional bases on balls
OFAOutfield assists
RFRange factor
PBPassed balls
AOFly outs
CGLComplete game losses
GOGround outs
Bases loadedBaserunners on all three bases
HBHit batsmen
hldHold
IPInnings pitched
IRAInherited runs allowed
FIFAWWCFIFA Women's World Cup
The beautiful gameSoccer
Super SlamTennis Grand Slam and Year-End Championship
Boxed setSingles, doubles, and mixed doubles Grand Slam
PAPlate appearances
RWRelief wins
FiremanLate-inning relief pitcher
CutterCut fastball
WhiffSwinging strikeout
URUnearned runs
OROlympic record
ParNumber of strokes to complete a golf course hole
BirdieOne stroke under par
BogeyOne stroke over par
Double bogeyTwo strokes over par
Triple bogeyThree strokes over par
Pin-seekerGolf shot hit straight at the flagstick
Quail highVery low golf shot
NukedHit a golf ball a great distance
Nip itHit a golf ball cleanly
Alec GuinnessOut-of-bounds
Amelia EarhartGolf shot that looks good but you can't find
Afraid of the darkPutt that doesn't go in the hole
Saddam HusseinGolf shot from one bunker into another bunker
Sunday ballA do-over golf shot
TesterA putt that tests a golfer's skill
VelcroSlow green
Keeper leagueFantasy sports league where you keep your players
Bare lieA golf ball laying directly on the ground
Tight lieA golf ball laying directly on the ground
Bogey golfLevel of golf play that equals 1 shot over par
Double eagleThree strokes under par
ForeWatch out
Front nineFirst nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
Ready golfGolfers hit when ready
Shotgun startGolfers are sent to each hole to start at the same time
The turnHalfway point of a round of golf
Outward nineFirst nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
CupHole
Double doglegA golf hole with a fairway that has two bends
Dogleg rightA golf hole with a fairway that has a bend to the right
ffbFantasy football
IDPIndividual defensive player
QB2Second starting fantasy quarterback
WR2Second starting fantasy wide receiver
WR3Third starting fantasy wide receiver
STSpecial teams
ydsYards
YACYards after catch
intInterception
FleecingTaking advantage of a person through a trade
YPAYards per attempt
prkPosition rank
PAPoints against
sftySafety
SharkAn experienced fantasy sports player
MickelsonTo hit a golf ball while it is still moving
VARVideo assistant referee
ILInjured list