Cliche of the Week 90 – Dying Moments

May 7, 2012 at 10:43 am 1 comment

Fiction writers, as they race to the end of a tale, twist story threads to increase the stakes and make the good guys sweat.

In the real world, reporters spot these drama peaks in the dying moments of sporting events at a rate of about 200 a month.

AFL: “(John) Worsfold again defended the brash playing style of (Beau) Waters, who leapt high for a match-saving mark in the dying moments of the match.” (The West Australian, April 30)

Soccer: “There was still time for the visitors to add a sixth in the dying moments when Halliday upended Slateford inside the box and Bodmin’s leading scorer and fellow substitute Adam Carter stepped up to net his 50th goal of the season.” (The Cornishman, April 26)

Rugby: “Robinson’s fourth penalty three minutes later moved Wasps back into the sanctuary of bonus-point range and set up the drama of the dying moments.” (The Observer, April 22)

American football: “Each game saw 14 fourth-quarter points put Pittsburgh ahead by more than a touchdown (21-10 and 35-17) before Dallas closed up in the dying moments.” (The Miami Herald, February 5)

Basketball: “Lin more than lived up to the hype, draining the winning three-point shot in the game’s dying moments.” (Canada’s The Globe and Mail, March 24)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays. Cliches in the media are tracked across the world using Factiva and Dow Jones Insight.

Chris Pash’s book, The Last Whale, a true story set in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press in 2008.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Joe Pineda  |  May 14, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Funny how journalism and creative writing meld together sometimes.


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