February 2, 2005

War Daddy

War daddyhood is in the eye of the beholder, so definitions vary wildly. Recruiting experts, fans, and coaches all agree that they don't come along too often. When a war daddy does arrive, he must combine elite ability with extraordinary toughness. Many picture a dominant, run-stuffing defensive tackle. But while most war daddies do play defense, they are in rare circumstances seen on the offensive side of the ball...

While the phrase makes some kind of senseˇfootball is a war and the best players are the daddies, or somethingˇwar daddy's etymology remains shrouded in mystery. The term's popularity with football coaches probably has a lot to do with the fact that "war daddy" is so fun to say, especially in a Southern drawl. Give it a try yourself: War daddy, war daddy, war daddy. It's addictiveˇwe've been calling each other "war daddy" in the Slate offices all day.

Richard Seymour, a defensive tackle for New England is the only identified war daddy in this weekend's game.

Who's your war daddy?
[slate.com]

3 Comments

Being Canadian (why do you need that bigger ball and more downs anyway?) and not a football fan, wth is a war daddy and what does it have to do with football?

Also being Canadian, I might point out that it was Canadian football that used the bigger balls until recently, when they changed manufacturers, and now the CFL and NFL use the same size balls.

See I know this, because the CFL sold a TShirt a while back that proclaimed "Our Balls are Bigger" quite proudly.

doh.. you're right.... but this gets us no closer to figuring out what a war daddy is...or why they need more downs.

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