With Gun Metaphors Like These . . . Part Two

Once again, a sports writer reaching for metaphorical mellifluousness presents prose that resorts to rifle rhetoric. This time it’s Eric Crawford writing for the courier-journal.com. Alison, his aim is not true. “KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — There was a time when the Kentucky Long Rifle was the most accurate shooting implement in the world. Daniel Boone forged his way through the Cumberland Gap with one of them. But Boone is long gone and Kentucky’s long-range shooting isn’t looking so hot, either. When the University of Kentucky basketball team traveled over the Cumberland Gap to Knoxville for a noon Saturday shootout at Tennessee, there wasn’t a single sharpshooter in the bunch.” Nor an effective basket player, apparently.

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