We Use Sports Terms All the Time. But Where Do They Come From? - The New York Times
We’re talking about sports idioms, those everyday phrases ingrained in our lexicon, handed down from generation to generation. We use these terms all the time, without really knowing where they came from. Some of their origins are pretty clear: front-runner, on the ropes, the ball is in your court. But there are many others whose provenances are not so apparent.
This is a fun and interesting article. I’ve used many of these (like “out of left field”) with no idea of their origins.