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