There are hundreds of thousands of words in the English language, but when it comes to certain sports situations only one word or phrase is consistently used for no apparent reason. For example, in baseball when a pitcher drives in a run himself, someone always has to say that he is “helping his own cause”. No other phrase is ever used to describe this situation. Ever. In college basketball (and college basketball only), whenever a team goes through a rough part of the schedule consisting of several ranked teams, it is always described as a GAUNTLET. If you are describing a team’s schedule on a blog or in a private conversation with a friend or coworker, and you do not refer to it in this manner, a Special Ops team from the NCAA will promptly visit you at your current location and...

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