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March 16, 2009
March 16, 2009

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March 16, 2009

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
BASEBALL
GOLF
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
  • Why isn't the best player on the team with the best record in the best conference better known? Maybe it's because Louisville's Terrence Williams plays the most underappreciated position in the game

HOCKEY
PRO BASKETBALL
  • For years Nate Robinson was seen as little more than the Knicks' 5'9" slam-dunk novelty act. But after his recent string of 30-point games, height is no longer his defining measure

Mykal Riley
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It's true, the cable networks and newspapers are filled with scary headlines written in jargon that has come to symbolize the depressing reality of our economic state. But it doesn't have to be so. Take those same terms, process them through the SI GOLF PLUS Vocabulary Converter, and suddenly they're not so frightening anymore.

This is an article from the March 16, 2009 issue

Bailout
Putting a seven-wood in the bag

Boom-and-bust cycle
Three-hundred-yard drives followed by bladed wedges

Credit crisis
When your opponent forces you to hole out a 12-inch gimme. Also known as "credit crunch" or "credit squeeze"

Defaults
All de things de matter with de swing

Derivative
Adam Scott's (right) swing compared with Tiger Woods's circa 2001

Discretionary income
What you're no longer spending in the pro shop

Foreclosure
The sense of completeness a player feels after pushing his drive onto the next fairway and screaming, "Fore!"

Liquidity trap
Water hazard

Moral hazard
Mulligan

Mortgage-backed security
Betting the house that Tiger will win another major

Nationalization
A private club adding National to the end of its name in hopes of attracting status-seeking new members

Negative equity
Upon departing the golf shop, the $299 value of the driver you just bought for $399

Ponzi scheme
"I'll buy the next round."

Repossession
Trying to calm down after a four-putt double bogey

Short squeeze
Gripping the putter too tightly while standing over a three-footer

Subprime crisis
Heading into the club championship without your A game

Toxic assets
Your old golf shoes

Zombie bank
Five down with four to play and not enough cash to pay off the $2 Nassau

PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (RULER)PHOTOFRED VUICH (WOODS)PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (SCOTT)PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BEER)PHOTODAVID N. BERKWITZ (SHOES)