“Hands down”. What does this refer to in the sports’ world, and for that matter, where did the expression come from?? As in, “He was hands down the best poker player at the table.”
ANSWER: Via stackexchange.com
The phrase hands down comes from horse racing, as explained by The Phrase Finder:
Jockeys need to keep a tight rein in order to encourage their horse to run. Anyone who is so far ahead that he can afford to slacken off and still win he can drop his hands and loosen the reins – hence winning ‘hands down’.
It seems as though this expression first started appearing in sporting magazines back in the mid-1800′s. Here’s why…
You may take four of the five letters away from this word and it will not alter its pronunciation. What is the word? Answer below…
First it was ‘Words With Friends’, then it was ‘Scramble’, but now even Scramble is so six minutes ago. It’s all about ‘Ruzzle’. If you’re not playing Ruzzle you’re stupid and dumb. Yep, both.
“Why Ruzzle” you ask, since it is so similar to Scramble? Well, a few things. First, you don’t have to wait for the stupid coins in order to continue to play free of charge, which drives many crazy in regard to Zynga’s version of the game. Second, it’s a purer version of the game, and presents a more even playing field given it doesn’t have the add-on features like that of ‘freeze’ and ‘vision’ (which are available in Scramble). With Ruzzle you know going into each game that your opponent is working off the same parameters as you are, whereas with Scramble one could be theoretically using add-on “helps” that others are not (creating unforeseen advantages). Finally, and maybe most importantly (to me at least) is it offers statistics and a ranking feature. The one thing I always wanted while playing Scramble was some sort of stat tracking, which Ruzzle has implemented. It’s certainly not as dynamic as someone like myself would like, but hey, I’ll take it, and I think they’ll augment the statistical offerings in the future. It should be noted that the premium version (which offers the aforementioned statistics) is a one-time $2.99 charge. $2.99 was like 15 minutes worth of action at the arcade when I was a kid, so this is a no-brainer. Well worth the cost for my amusement. Plus, if you factor in inflation (just doing some back of the cocktail napkin projections), I think that $2.99 in the 80′s is like $289,013.16 in today’s dollars (give or take $289,010).
Ruzzle also appears by most metrics to have many more players than that of Scramble, and with the ranking system used by MAG Interactive (creators of the game) you are matched up incredibly well with players of equivalent skill level.
If you happen to be a reader of the Reverie Hound and a player of Ruzzle (which the odds are about 1 in 10 million that you’re both), then come challenge the Hound to a game.
My User ID on Ruzzle: ReverieHound
I’ll be waiting…
* This person was friends with Alexander Graham Bell, Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin, and Franklin Roosevelt
* This person graduated with honors from Radcliffe College
* This person won an Oscar
* This person was an accomplished author, writing dozens of books
* This person could read five different languages
* This person won the Medal of Honor
Well……who is this all-star of humanity? Post a guess. The person with the right answer gets nothing. Yay!!!
That is correct. Indeed, it is Helen Keller. How does that make you feel about your life? I’d have to say, it’s nice to know that the deaf AND blind are sprinting by me in achievement (in pretty much all facets of life).
Helen Keller. Good person…or the best?
Can’t wait for tomorrow. Grand opening of a bar in our neighborhood, and hours of selections, banter, and pure speculation on who’s going to be the next Sunday “sure thing”. I love the NFL draft. Many fond memories of watching when I was younger. I often watched the draft with my friend, and I even recall doing our own mock drafts prior to the real thing. You’d think that was ridiculous, but my friend went on to be an actual sports writer and editor…Me, I went on to…well, I’m still working on that part.
My friend and I got to share in many lasting and traumatic memories. Like 1990. The Packers have picks #18 and #19. Looks like Emmitt Smith might fall into their hands. Nope, not quite. Picked by Dallas at #17. We got Tony Bennett and Darrell Thompson.
Or, how about 1989, the Pack’s pick of Tony Mandrich. Okay, you make bad picks, but that choice at #2 was in front of not only #3 Barry Sanders, but also #4 Derrick Thomas, and #5 Deion Sanders. Not to mention Aikman was taken in front of “The Incredible Bulk” (we all remember the Sports Illustrated article). Such is life as a fan when watching the perennial fun of the NFL Draft. Of course some of the horrid memories were balanced out by the Ron Wolf era for us cheesenuts.
Either way, the draft is really great stuff. I mean when else are you going to get so excited about watching highlights of your team possibly looking at a guy from Southwest Alabama Christian Academy A&M State?
Here’s some questions to get you ready for tomorrow night. They’re tough, but fun…