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Pipp-Speak

May 23, 2011
May 23, 2011

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May 23, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
TUSCALOOSA
NOVAK DJOKOVIC
  • NOVAK DJOKOVIC ALWAYS HAD THE TALENT AND DRIVE TO BECOME THE WORLD'S BEST TENNIS PLAYER, BUT HIS NERVES AND BODY BETRAYED HIM. NO MORE. GOING INTO THE FRENCH OPEN, HE'S 37--0 FOR 2011 AND GUNNING FOR THE LONGEST MEN'S WINNING STREAK OF THE OPEN ERA

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Pipp-Speak

To be Wally Pipped or to be Pippa'd, which is worse? As the latter phrase eases into our vernacular post--royal wedding, here's a reminder of what the former means and how the other could be applied in sports.

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PIPPEDPIPPA'D
MEANINGTo be displaced from a lineup for some physical ailment, only to have one's sub steal the spot for good.To have one's spotlight stolen on some particularly significant or celebratory occasion.
ORIGINFamously, in 1925 the Yankees rested former home run champ Wally Pipp, who had a headache. His replacement, a 21-year-old and unproven Lou Gehrig, kept the spot for 2,130 straight games.At her April wedding to Prince William, bride Kate Middleton was upstaged by her younger sister, Pippa, who dropped jaws with a shape-hugging, low-cut white gown.
EXAMPLEIn '92, Packers QB Don Majkowski injured his ankle, only to see a 22-year-old Brett Favre step in, close the win and start the Packers' next 275 games. (See also: Kevin Kolb vis-à-vis Michael Vick, 2010.)Often upstaged by Babe Ruth, Gehrig finally earned the spotlight with a rare four-HR game in '32. But the Pipper got Pippa'd in the New York papers, which led with the retirement of Giants skipper John McGraw.
PHOTOJOHN STILLWELL/REUTERS (PIPPA)PHOTOMARK RUCKER/TRANSCENDENTAL GRAPHICS/GETTY IMAGES (PIPP)