Today in Hard Fought: "Extremely"
First, a note. Did you know that if you're a semi-famous Washington Post sports personality (not me), and you've lost both your forms of government-issued identification, you can actually make it through security lines in both Washington D.C. and Dallas using a Washington Post-issued ID? Seriously, 8 gazillion dollars worth of TSA spending, and all you need is a Washington Post ID badge?
Anyhow, the linguistic students of J.J. Gibbs were treated to a slightly altered formulation yesterday. While "hard-fought" and "extremely hard-fought" were both scarce in his Monday presser, Gibbs offered a veritable bounty of "extremely hards" and even the heretofore under-utilized "real, real hard." To wit:
"We played extremely hard" [on special teams].
"On defense, we played extremely hard and very physical."
"The negatives were that we played extremely hard, but not as smart as what we should have at times."
"We played Green Bay in Green Bay, who has one of the best records in the NFC. Then we played Dallas in Dallas. In both of those games we played extremely hard, were very physical, went after it extremely hard."
"Another thing was that we had some guys playing different positions, and some young guys got a chance to start for the first time. They played extremely hard, on defense in particular."
"It was more great effort and playing hard, but just making mistakes and not playing smart."
"[The increase in mistakes] was a little bit of the guys going extremely hard. The way I would describe it is real, real hard."
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