That's a word I've never used in normal conversation: Tidy. Tidy as in neat, orderly,
Finally, all these years later, I have a reason to use the word. In a blog about football. Are you ready?
If I were coaching a football team (bad idea) and I had a lot of new players, I'd ask each if she is tidy or not tidy. How much does "tidy" describe you? And that's how I'd decide whether to play that player on offense or defense. Tidy? Offense. Not so much? Defense.
Many years ago I read an article by a sportswriter who observed the lockers of professional football players. He noticed some lockers were tidy, some messy. He sought a pattern and discovered that players on offense tend to be tidy; players on defense not so much. So that would be my guiding light. Tidy, offense; messy, defense.
The offense has a plan, a play in mind. They're working from a playbook. As in the diagram printed here, borrowed from a free website. Offense players are represented by "O"s; Defense by "X"s. See the plan, each offensive player has an assignment to handle a particular defensive player. Neat. Orderly. Tidy. Everyone accounted for.
The defense has a plan, too. Spoil the offense plan. Mess everything up. Offense loves tidy; defense loves messy. In the locker room or on the field.
In the game everyone lines up and everything looks all neat and orderly. The center snaps the ball to the quarterback. The quarterback hands it to the running back. The "O"s start blocking the "X"s...
|Cookie handing off to #47 Lisa Holewyne.|
|What a mess.|
|Defense messing things up and not very tidy in doing it.|
|At least three Outlaws messing up the Dallas plan.|
|Hmmm. Where to go?|
|If you see Ereka, please ask her to tell us about this play. I don't think that's how it was|
designed in the playbook.