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Hallowed be thy Name – Sports Terms Uncovered!

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Life is constant progression. From the schooling days of Newton’s Laws to the engineering struggles of Dijkstra’s Algorithm to the management world of Peter Drucker Theories and  now to the enchanting world of sports with its Kolpaks and Bosmans.

Vote for the eponym that you think has been the X-factor in significantly adding a new dimension to the already enchanting world of sports.

1) Bosman Transfer

Jean Marc Bosman is a former Belgian footballer whose will in taking to the courts has set an unprecedented change in the way footballers are employed. Bosman’s contract had expired and he wanted to change teams and move to Dunkerque, a French team. However, Dunkerque did not offer his Belgian club RFC Liège enough of a transfer fee, so Liège refused to let him go. Bosman’s wages were reduced as he was no longer a first-team player. A legal battle ensued and the verdict was in favor of Bosman. EU football players were given the right to a free transfer at the end of their contracts, with the provision that they were transferring from a club within one EU Association to a club within another EU Association .  Edgar Davids , Steve Mcmanaman , Sol Campbell, Esteban Cambiasso, Michael Ballack, Javier Saviola, Jay Jay Okocha and Joe Cole are all some of the high profile beneficiaries.

2) Bosie (also Googly)

Bernard Bosanquet

Bernard Bosanquet

Bernard Bosanquet used to play a game called ‘Twisti-Twosti’, which involved bouncing a tennis ball on a table and spinning it in such a manner that one’s opponent could not catch it. An art he further developed  into one of the most powerful weapon in a leg spinners armory – the Bosie (or Googly or Wrong ‘Un or Doosra). To a right-handed batsman, a leg-break will, when it pitches, turn away from him and towards the slips. A googly will turn towards him. The trick is that both are bowled with a virtually identical bowling action and it can therefore be very difficult to tell the two deliveries apart. St. Bernard!

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Published 27 Aug 2010, 22:35 IST
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