Anybody can answer, “What’s the score?” but only an expert can decipher sports’ shorthanded stats. Be that person. We’ll show you how.
Quiz yourself and learn to decipher sports scoreboards from baseball, basketball, football, soccer– even bowling.
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Chicago Cub Greg Madduxs 2005 claim to fame was his 3000th "K," or:
Since there are so many baseball stats that could start with S (single, stolen bases, sacrifice flies), K was chosen to stand for striKeout.
What does it mean if the "K" appears backwards on the scoreboard?
The pitch was in the strike zone, but the batter didnt swing.
A single in baseball is noted:
A single is "1B," a double is "2B" and a triple is "3B." Is there a "4B"? Nope. That's where "HR" for home run comes in.
The numbers next to the words "to go" on a football scoreboard tell how many what are left "to go"?
Teams have four downs (attempts) to move the ball forward 10 yards.
And the numbers next to "ball on" tell what?
Its also known as the line of scrimmage.
A diamond or arrow next to a football team's score indicates:
When the other team gets possession– that is, gets the ball and switches to offense– their possession arrow lights up.
Some basketball scoreboards feature rosters. Next to the player's name is "PLR." What is that number?
It's simply his or her player number.
What about the "F" next to basketball's "PLR"?
It indicates how many fouls the player has received during the course of the game.
What does the CK on a soccer scoreboard represent?
If defending team touches the ball and it goes over the end line, the offensive team restarts play with a corner kick.
How about "SOG" on the soccer scoreboard?
It's a shot that would have gone in had the goalie not saved it from doing so.
In bowling, a strike is written:
A "X" marks a strike, "/" notes a spare and "-" means poor you rolled two gutter balls in a row and got no points.
If a golf tourneys leaderboard has a mysterious "MDF" next to a players name, what does it mean?
In order to get tournaments finished on time, sometimes players who qualify are removed. The letters MDF appear next to their name on the leaderboard.