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A raunchy chick from the barrio
pro tennis player Arantxa Sanchez Vicario for her not so good looks
to act aggressively in sports
Albuquerque, New Mexico affiliate
(adj.) uniquely stupid (see Wonderlic) [modeled on All-American]
Cowboys [from America's Team (an established term for the Cowboys) and bandwagon (q.v.), with the Cowboys' success in the 90s]
America's Most Skilled Fat Men
(adj.) A group of overweight athletes who are able to avoid injury, i.e. Cecil Fielder, Kirby Puckett, etc....in contradiction to rocked up athletes like Juan Gonzalez who continue to get injured.
Child enticer and former Green Bay Packer Mark Chmura
amp s.o. out
(to) excite s.o.; see also 'amped', 'amped out' shortening and modification of (to) 'amplify'
(adj.) excited; see also (to) 'amp s.o. out', 'amped out' [shortening of 'amplified']
(adj.) excited; see also (to) 'amp s.o. out' 'amped' [past participle of (to) 'amp s.o. out (q.v.)'
(adj.) excited, energetic [shortening of 'anabolic steroids']
Little Rascals quote from boxer Thomas 'hit man' Hearns.
Andre the Client
Andre Agassi; see 'Client'; see also 'Andre the Pirelli,' 'Pirelli'
Retired Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis
Former Villianova now NJ Nets basketball player Kerry Kittles, for his involvement with illegal phone card use.
Tom Glavine [after Glavine's surrendering four runs in a one-inning performance in 1992 All Star game, matching Atlee Hammaker's similar feat in the 80's]
Gary Payton (got held up with $60,000 in cash and jewelry on his person)
(v.) - (to) criticize
(n.) - bases relating to a baseball field
Mychal Thompson, former NBA player and now Portland affilate talk show host. From his failed political attempts in the Bahamas.
ball and chain
(n.) - wife, girlfriend, woman [U.S. and UK 20th cent. slang]"
fair-weather fan [from 'bandwagon', a political term for a suddenly successful political campaign, and its tendency to attract adherents]
(v.) - (to) criticize s.o. [perh. related to established (to) bang away at s.th.]
bang your monkey
giving feedback to the affiliate program director (monkey) regarding the Jungle
(n.) - wealth, a large amount of money
Barry Switzer; see also 'Bozo', 'Bozo the Switzer' [imitative Southern pronunciation]
Bonds [from Bonds' wealth, see 'bones']
Barry Manilow [Barry Montana]
Joe Montana; see also 'China Doll', 'Cult Figure' [based upon physical resemblance]
vacation time [Andrew Toney's description of his withdrawal from media scrutiny, i.e. 'I'm going to stay in the basement'; perhaps influenced by Mexico's southernly position and role as a vacation site], a place to obtain more bitterness, i.e. 'suck on some D-Cells'.
Northern Californian; see also 'No-Cal', 'Water Hoarder' [from the perceived tendency of Bay Area fans to throw batteries at opposing players, particularly at those from Southern California]
Long Beach State [established slang]
Beano Cooke (said Ron Powlus will win at least two Heismans)
NFL player Reggie White, referred to by fish hack Skip Bayless
Jimmy Johnson (faxer likened him to Bob's Big Boy) - also Jimmy's Big Boy
Rome's former producer and fax screener, Jeff Biggs; see also 'Fax Nazi'
Bill Walton, reference to page 217 of Walton's autobiography that rips Romey.
Billie Joe Gunrack
Oakland Raider quarterback Billie Joe Hobert, for his red neck type tendencies.
Billie Joe Schwab
Billie Joe Hobert [from the $50,000 Hobert received from boosters while at the University of Washington and spent on cars and guns], and the eponymous junk bond-selling brokerage house]; see also 'Billie Joe Gunrack'
Bitch (become someone's)
to dominate another in sports
Troy Percival - Attributed to his alleged consistency in being unhappy.
(n.) well-delivered smack 'to get off a blast'
A portly female sports radio host officially referred to as the Fabulous Sports Babe or unofficially the Flatulent Sports Blob. Currently unemployed.
(v.) - becoming popular, growing, thriving
(n.) - elderly person
Robb Stauber [for Stauber's bold charges to the blue line]
To become a sure winner during a competion. Comes from comparison to America's Cup where once one boat gets a lead the race is over.
(n.) - someone who is exceptional, talented, excellent
dollar; see also 'Barry Bones'
(n.) - resident of Tennessee [origin believed to be from Hank Bonecutter, Station Manager of the one-time Tennessee Affliate] see also 'Monkey'
ex San Antonio Spurs coach Bob Hill, referred to as such by Dennis Rodman
Barry Bonds; see 'Barry Bones'
Bones, Hideo Bones
Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Hideo Nomo; see also 'Hideo Bones' [for Nomo's presumedly similar personality to Barry Bonds; see 'Bones', 'Barry Bones'
Bam Morris, NFL running back, for his arrest on possesion of marijuana.
Bozo the Switzer
(n.) - to have courage
(v.) - in reference to breaking off a phone call, sending
New Yorker, New York Knick, also collectively anything East Coast in origin [from the many brick buildings in New York, and the New York Knicks' poor shooting, i.e. they shoot bricks (established basketball slang)].
Tom Osborne (called this because of his policing of his players)
Omaha, Nebraska. see also 'Bugeater'
Nebraskan, Cornhusker; see also 'Eye Gouger', original University of Nebraska nickname from the 1890's, before its revision to Cornhusker; influenced by baseball player and Jungle legend Rex Hudler who ate insects on a dare from his players.
Joe Tutino, Executive Producer of all of XTRA, and formerly of Rome's show, see also 'Update King' and 'Greatness' [unknown]
Marge Schott; nickname given to her by her father and used to describe her manly ways.
Lee Hamilton; see also 'Hacksaw', 'Smacksaw' [a disparaging comparison to 'Hacksaw Hamilton'.
John Olerud - For his choice to wear his batting helmet while playing in the outfield and stoic nature.
(v.) - to shoot specifically, to kill generally
Green Bay auto mechanic, as referred to by Quinn in Green Bay
Dennis Miller - for his use of overused material (similar to Carrot Top).
n. <kaysh> 1. money [Taken from Cotton Fitzsimmons, who said his players need to ""caysh"" in on their free throws]
Charles Nelson Carbone
Derisive reference to former phone screener Steve Carbone and his alleged asexuality or questionable sexual practices (Charles Nelson Reilly)
Denver Rockies or Avalanche, from the Quebec Nordique hockey team who Denver 'stole'. The Rockies for their home field advantage of playing at the little league field known as Coors Field. See also 'Coors Canaveral'
Wisconsinite, Green Bay Packer fan [established; Wisconsin is long-established as the Dairy State]
Philadelphian [a noted Philadelphian cuisine]
Chris Chelios, NHL player
Tommy Lasorda [for the manager's tendency to 'melt down' i.e., lose his temper; a reference to the 1986 nuclear accident.
Pete Sampras; see also 'Gimp', 'Pete the Chimp', 'Pete the Gimp' [from Andre Agassi's remark on Sampras' supposed appearance]
Joe Montana; see also 'Barry Manilow, 'Cult Figure' [for Montana's supposed fragility]
Cedric Ceballos [from Ceballos' claim to then being the Lakers' franchise player.
(n.) - Bostonian [shortening of 'Chowderhead' (q.v.)
Bostonian [from clam chowder, famed Boston soup]
Jim Everett (USAGE NOTE: archaic) [from Everett's Fred Astaire like performance as a Ram quarterback, influenced by Chris Evert, female tennis player] see also '(the) Incident'
Christian Laettner [for Laettner's perceived womanly qualities, such as his on-court crying and whining at calls][also from ESPY awards ceremony where Presenter Racquel Welch mistakenly reffered to Laettner as 'Christine']
Reference to John Grudin resembling 'Chuckie' doll from the horror movies 'Child's Play'
(n.) - Northern Californian; see also 'No-Cal' 'cigarette-lobbing' 'Water Hoarder' [shortening of 'Battery Chuck (q.v.) ] 'cigarette-lobbing. (adj.) Northern Californian [from Northern California] fans' supposed tendency to throw cigarette lighters at opposing players, particularly at those from Southern California.]
Retired NBA player Charles Barkley
baseball pitcher Chuck Finley whose wife is actress and former video vixen Tawny Kitaen.
Shaquille O'Neal (of the Lakers), 'Clank' being the supposed sound of his Non-Freethrowing Ability, and 'Fu' by association with the Video Game created featuring him, titled 'Shaq-Fu'
(interjection) - bravo, verily
Andre Agassi - [from Agassi's numerous endorsements]
an excessively imitative fan of Rome's show [clone: a genetic reduplication
A gathering of clones at a sporting event. First started in 1995 by a small group of legends.
Cedric Ceballos (from his 4 day AWOL status from the Lakers in 3/96, where he claimed he had family problems, and was found to actually have been waterskiing at Lake Havasu, Arizona) see also 'The 'Chise'
(adj.) (interjection) - very good, bravo [established]
football coach Wayne Fontes, for his prior cocaine possesion arrest
Chicago Cub [from Cub radio announcer Harry Caray's thick eyeglasses, which are said to resemble Coke bottles]
Steve Howe [for his many relapses back into cocaine addiction]
to indicate being forthright and honest
come hard (to)
(to) perform well, to be aggressive [established]
Conan the Strawberrian
Darryl Strawberry, sarcastic reference to his non-warrior mentality
(interjection) 'I agree', verily [established, with subject omission]
for the 45,000-seat stadium's frequent homeruns] see also 'Williamsport' [The Pennsylvania town where the Little League World Series is played]
Deion Sanders in reference to his statement wanting the position cornerback to be know as 'Deion'
Wayne Gretzky [from Gretzky's biweekly calls to Rome's show during the hockey season]
"(n.) - a t-shirt [from early Rome t-shirt giveaways (see 'sportsware')
Phoenix Sun basketball coach Cotton Fitzsimmons who quit early in the 96/97 season
Shaquille Oneal, origin unknown, see also 'Clank Fu'
Dallas Cowboys, for numerous players with drug problems
Omaha, Nebraska affiliate
Rochester, New York affiliate
(n.) - Stadium, playing field
Jerry Krause [from Krause's supposed parsimony, i.e. he pays 'crumbs' [i.e. very little], also for Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf from Michael Jordan observing donut crumbs on his shirt.
Notre Dame fans, for their constant whining following losses.
reference to USC football coach John Robinson's enormous breasts
Dallas Cowboy football team, for excessive and consistent crack use.
Legendary faxer/emailer. Name came from a fax he sent in requesting Rome to choose a gloss for him from 5 choices. Ergo the name.
Day After (the)
William of San Diego. a caller noted [for his destructive ""blasts"" and a 1980s post-nuclear apocalypse TV movie]
Deal with it!
(interjection) expression denoting lack of sympathy or empathy.
A list of athletes who appear headed for certain serious injury. Original pick was NFL quarterback Chris Miller for frequent concussions suffered on the playing field.
Shawn Bradley; see also 'Missionary Impossible; [by perceived physical resemblance to a golf club (see previous), influenced by Bradley's supposed poor play]
Dennis 'Oilscab' Boyd
Dennis Oilcan Boyd; see 'Oilscab'
Arizonan, or Arizona Wildcat [from the Wildcats calling their defense desert storm]
ice skater Oksana Baiul, who crashed her car into a tree while intoxicated
Hideki Irabu, Japanese pitcher drafted by the San Diego Padres who demanded to play for only the Yankees
Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks, for having 'manhole cover' like nasal passages similar to Dionne Warwick.
NHL team the Colorado Avalanche, formerly the Quebec Nordiques (pronounce deek, not deeks)
(n.) - The homestead of San Diego Charger Steve Hendrickson [so called by Hendrickson's inability to grow anything there]
Do not concur
(interjection) 'Nay!' [established, with subject omission]. Do not agree.
Dog on a Stick
see 'Hot Dog on a Stick'
to get hit in the head by an object such as a baseball
Notre Dame student, rooter [from the Golden Dome at South Bend]
In reference to Houston's program director that made an ASS out of himself attempting to eliminate the last hour of the Jim Rome Show. Needless to say this monkey got banged. Props to H-town clones for getting the monkey to rescind.
Clone in training
The doling out of those that have screwed up big; i.e. dropping the ball on something. The opposite of props.
Sound drop formerly used on the show. An inquiry into one's state of mental health [a sarcastic assessment of an individual's sobriety.
(n.) - ticket [established slang]
Los Angeles Raider; see also 'Raiduh' [from Pepper Johnson's description of the Raiders 'They're just a bunch of Ducks!'; influenced by Howie 'Howard the Duck' Long]
Mike Piazza, see also 'strongest man in SoCal' [though now in NY]
Del Harris, former coach of Los Angeles Lakers now Asst. coach for Dallas Mavericks. [Peter Vecsey's title in reference to his perception of Harris' personality, or lack thereof]
Jungle Dweller, or clone
NBA player Sam Cassell for his supposed...no, obvious resemblance to film star E.T.
John Elway; see 'Mr. Ed' [for Elway's supposed equine resemblance]
NFL football player Desmond Howard, for appearing to have more teeth than the average person.
Nancy Kerrigan [a feminine form of Ed, and thus a reference to Kerrigan's perceived equine resemblance via 'Mr. Ed', particularly by virtue of her teeth.
(interjection) correction on the fly. Verbal acknowledgement of incorrect word choice while in the moment.
a means of aborting a weak take before being run during a phone call.
Golfer Tiger Woods. Eldrick being his real first name, apparently in reference to him taking a break from the PGA tour because he was tired.
Elvis Grbac, NFL quarterback, name mispronounced by Reggie White.
Shaquille O'Neal for his alias on a rap demo tape for a LA radio station. See 'Crack Fu', 'Hack Fu', 'Clank Fu', etc.
(adj.) excellent [established]
Escort Service (the)
the Los Angeles Kings defensemen [for the Kings' supposedly porous defense, i.e., supposed tendency to escort its opponents to the net, and also its supporting role in protecting superstar Wayne Gretzky]
Nebraskan, Cornhusker; see also 'Bugeater' [from Kansas State quarterback Chad May's account of his eye being gouged during a game against Nebraska on Oct. 15, 1994]
Eric Karros [from his supposedly attractive appearance and 1994 weightlifting; Fabio is a brawny, male model]
Otis Nixon, former baseball player, for his hideous grill, as in Rome saying 'why don't you mix in a facelift now and then?'
John Franco, Mets reliever who comes in during 'firefighter' situations only to torch the place, from book of same name, see also Gas Can, Backdraft.
San Antonio affiliate, for being named as having the most overweight citizens in the nation in a survey.
Fat Farm (the)
Angeles Clippers [from the many overweight Clippers of the late '90
Green Bay Packer player Gilbert Brown, for his resemblence to Fat Albert.
Fatass Combovers with Fur Glued on the Face
Clones trying to emulate the host who grow goatees thinking that it makes them cool like Rome.
Fax Nazi (the)
Jeff Biggs; see also 'Biggsy' [for his role in rejecting entries in the Huge Fax of the Day contest (q.v.).
Fax of the Day (the Huge)
(noun) Rome's reading of the most incisive and biting fax to his radio show [established]. Forerunner of present day email contest.
Vince Coleman (Coleman said he's a sure bet to get in the Hall of Fame on the first ballot).
(proper noun, singular, and plural) Miami Dolphin [well established]
(n.) - poor print journalist [combination of fishwrap (q.v.) and hack (q.v.); affected by Fish (q.v.), and Miami writers' perceived bitterness toward San Diego in the wake of the Dolphins' 1995 playoff loss to the Chargers
A newspaper. see 'multicolored fishwrap' [well established]
A horrible caller named Fabian barely got on the air and flamed out (hung up abruptly). Later callers dubbed him Flamian. Now used as a generic way to refer to someone who does a bad short call 'a Flamian' or to end a call when its going badly 'I'm Flamian!'
Frank Gifford (Rome gives him his wife's last name)
Former NFL quarterback Jim Everett (see Chris Everett) for having 'happy feet' or dancing in the pocket to avoid contact
Former baseball managers and brothers Marcel & Renee Lachemann, rumored to have opened a bakery after getting fired in the same year.
NBA player Robert Horry due to his resemblance to actor Will Smith
Fresno, CA affiliate
(n.) - see (to) 'have game'
gangsta (to go)
to commit a violent act upon another athelete usually without provocation
Van Exel, for shoving a referee and past violent behavior.
NBA player Jerry Stackhouse, for his brawl with Jeff Hornacek, who took numerous unanswered punches to his grill.
(n.) - see 'rotisserie geek'
excited, pumped up
get off (to)
(to) perform well [perhaps by association with established (to) get off, (to) achieve sexual satisfaction or arousal.
get off on
(to) talk 'smack' about s.o. (q.v.) [see previous]
(interjection) I disbelieve you! [shortening of 'Get out of here!']
get over s.th. (to)
(to) 'face it, face reality'; see also 'Deal with it!' [established]
Pete Sampras; see also 'Chimp', 'Pete the Chimp', 'Pete the Gimp' [from Sampras' lingering and frequent injuries, influenced by 'Pete the Chimp (q.v.)]
(n.) - Rome's idiolect; (v.) - see (to) 'run Gloss' [shortening of glossary']
go into the tank (to)
to perform poorly; see 'tank' [established boxing slang]
go yard/yahd (to)
(to) hit a home run [established baseball slang]
Los Angeles/St. Louis Ram [demeaning comparison with Ram; influenced by the 'goat' of defeat].
Baseball player Kevin Mitchell, so called when players wondered what happened to a goat that the Chicago Cubs were using for good luck.
Oakland Raider owner Al Davis [from Davis' supposed secretive, megalomaniacal role on his team]
go postal (to)
To commit an act of violence, influenced by US Postal workers' frequent heinous acts.
Good night now!
(interjection) I have definitively ended the discussion. [from a favored method of local host Lee Hamilton to end a supposedly inane phone call to his show]
Shawn Kemp due to his tendency to gain weight in the off season...and during the regular season for that matter.
George Foreman, for being a talented fat man.
George Steinbrenner, not so much for being fat as for his antics as owner of the Yankees.
grab a vine (to)
see 'vine' [from Tarzan movies, et al., set in the jungle]
Lou Holtz; see Granny Holtz; see also 'Coach Dye', 'Granny Clampet', 'Granny Faust' [influenced by marketing campaign for Larry Johnson and earlier ""Granny Holtz]
see 'Granny Holtz'; see also 'Coach Dye', 'Grandmama,' 'Granny Faust'.
Lou Holtz; see Granny Holtz; see also 'Coach Dye', 'Grandmama', 'Granny Clampet' [from Gerry Faust, former Notre Dame coach who was promoted from Moeller High in Ohio]
someone who exploits someone else's success
Gravy Train Woods
Earl Woods, Tiger Woods' dad. For exploiting his son's success.
Great American Smack-Off
A Once a Year Feature of the Jungle, in which only invited callers get to run their best smack for the title of King of Smack (q.v.). Those who are invited usually have SEVERAL Huge Calls of the Day. The first champion was J.T. The Brick (q.v.). Reigning champion is Jeff from Richmond
Great White Guppy
Golfer Greg Norman, for his long history of choking in major tournaments.
Rome's former radio executive producer Joe Tutino; see also 'Bulldog' and 'Update King' [from Rome's praise for Tutino's facility in arranging for celebrity guest interviews]
face or facial features - also pronounced 'greel' after Eddie in Oklahoma City, a caller.
MLB manager Don Baylor [based on supposed physical and sartorial resemblance to the McDonald's figure of the same name]
to tense up, become nervous
Kerry Collins, in reference to his spiritual backpacking mission.
Quarterback Neil O'Donnell for his ridiculous facial hair growth during the 95 NFL playoffs - e.g. Grizzly Adams.
(n.) extreme confrontation and bitter verbal aggression, as in 'to be in grudge mode', i.e., to practice same [established].
Darryl Strawberry, for his conviction on tax evasion charges.
noun) poor journalist or poor representative of any skilled profession. [established slang] see also 'fishhack'
Lee Hamilton; see also 'Butterknife', 'Smacksaw' [for his supposedly toothy and incisive analyses; influenced by 'hack' (q.v.)]
Cleveland Cavalier; see also 'Mistake-by-the-Lake' [for the team's perceived lack of physicality]
have game (to)
(to) perform well [established]
sound drop used on show. In reference to former NFL great Deacon Jones and his use of a head slap to opposing lineman to knock them off guard.
Jim Harrick; see also 'Stud', 'Jimmih', 'UC Harrick' [from Harrick's rural, West Virginian accent, perhaps influenced by spelling]
see 'Bones', 'Hideo Bones'
(interjection) Alas!, Woe unto you! [from a line in the film Apocalypse Now]
(Hot) Dog on a Stick
(n.) - Rome's previous broadcast facilities [from a common mall restaurant, specifically the one located in the Fallbrook Mall in West Hills/Canoga Park, i.e. the facilities of KWNK 670 AM].
Howard the Duck
Howie Long; see also 'Bosworth P. Duck', 'Pre-Jack' [from 'Duck (q.v.), and the film 'Howard the Duck'.
Baseball player and Jungle legend Rex Hudler
(adj.) excellent, important [established]
Huge Call of the Day (the)
(n.) - a rebroadcast of a caller's comments on Rome's radio show felt to exhibit the most definitive and denunciatory commentary [established; see 'huge']
Huge One (the)
Jim Rome; [from an affectionate greeting used by many callers to Rome's show; see 'huge']
In reference to NFL football player Michael Irvin's appearance in court on drug charges wearing a mink coat.
University of Miami football team, reference to their frequent number of off field arrests.
Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox, who was charged with beating his wife. In reference to singer Ike Turner who was arrested for beating his wife, Tina Turner.
(n.) - Rome's physical confrontation with Jim Everett on 'Talk2,' his ESPN show [from Rome's reluctance to discuss the event]"
(n.; pronounced /EYE-RAY/) marijuana, or marijuana user [from a variant pronunciation of a Caribbean expression, meaning 'all right,' 'how's it going?' or 'goodbye', used by 'Irie Craig' (q.v.) to describe his mood; reportedly the original Amerindian name for Trinidad, 'Iere']
Robert Parrish - for his alleged marijuana use.
a frequent caller to Rome's show [an admitted marijuana user; see 'irie']
Jennifer Capriati [from her arrest and conviction for marijuana possession; see 'irie']
Basketball player J.R. Rider, who was arrested for smoking marijuana out of a Sprite can in a car.
Warren Sapp [from the former Miami Hurricane defensive lineman's testing positive for marijuana during the 1995 NFL combine]
A souped up Camaro that is a popular car among Italians in Rochester, New York.
Iron Abdul Malik
Mike Tyson [from a combination of 'Iron Mike' (a Tyson nickname) and Tyson's putative Islamic name, Abdul Malik Aziz]
Iron Mike Abdul Aziz Ditka
Mike Ditka [in mockery of Ditka's pugnacious image by associating him with a nickname for Mike Tyson; see 'Iron Abdul Malik']
NBA player Isiah Rider, for making a bong out of a Sprite can.
NHL Hockey player Jeremy Roenick
J.T. The Brick
Legendary caller to the Jungle, winner of the first 'Great American Smack-Off' (q.v.). Now presumed to be banished from the Jungle for using his new found fame to score his own Sports Talk show on a competing Sports Station in the Los Angeles Market.
Jabba the Popovich
Reference to NBA coach Greg Popovich's likeness to Jabba the Hut, grotesque Star Wars character.
Jack Plummer Stadium
(n.) - see 'Plummer Stadium', Qualcomm/Jack Murphy Stadium
(adj.) excited [from the lifting device]
Jackie Robinson wanabee
Delino DeShields, for his high leggings similarity to Robinson, also referred to as 'Delino the whino'.
(n.) - attorney, lawyer [from 'Jacoby and Meyers' a law firm advertised on TV]
Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA, for having a lot of players get arrested for various acts
Someone or a team that does not live up to expectations.
Jeff Evel Kent-ieval
Jeff Kent for his 'denied' motorcycle wheelie accident resulting in broken arm.
Jerry Jones [imitative Southern pronunciation]
Jimmah's Big Boy
Jimmy Johnson, Dolphin Coach, for his resemblance to Bob's Big Boy.
Baseball pitcher Jose Mesa, a play on the literal English translation of Jose Mesa.
A big gut, gloss from Rex Hudler.
Juan Antonio Samasex
Olympic president Juan Antonio Samaranch for his trading of Olympic favors for sexual favors.
(n.) - enthusiasm, manliness [cf. 'juice' as 'electricity'
(n.) - a frequent telephone contributor to Rome's show [cf. 'Jungle; Dweller': established]"
(n.) - The presumed karmic aftereffect of an athlete's either fulfilling a commitment to appear on the show (thus positive) or neglecting same (thus negative) [established]
Rome's listenership and its attitudes [from the presumed Hobbesian world of sports, where only the strong survive]
'Because I get no respect, I'm tellin' ya', no respect'.-- Ken Griffey Jr.
Reference to the age of NFL quarterback Vince Evans, who at 40 played for the Raiders.
Kareem Abdul Jabeer
Former NBA star Kareem Abdul Jabbar after he did a beer commercial much to the disrespect of Muslim law.
(n.) - see 'Jungle Karma' (the)
Keyshawn Johnson (Holtz referred to him as Jones before the '95 meeting of USC and Notre Dame)
King of Smack
Jim Rome; [Rome's titleship for the 'ultimate' King of Smack] 2. Winner of the Smack-Off, a annual contest among callers.
(n.) - home run [established baseball slang]
espn's 'cool guy', tony kornheiser. Oblique reference to Beavis and Butthead.
Ku Klux Kleveland
Lachemen Bakery (the)
a fictional business enterprise for fired major league baseball manager brothers Renee and Marcel Lachemen.
Ladies' Line (the)
(n.) - a phone line to Rome's original radio show, (619) 543-8070, reserved for female callers, or at times for specific topics [established]
goodbye, short for 'later', see also 'out'
Launch Pad (the)
Coors Stadium; see also 'Coors Canaveral' [from the frequent homeruns at the Colorado Rockies' stadium]
Dennis Conners, famous sailor (America's Cup) for his weathered grill
Left Turn Only Circuit
NASCAR auto racing, in reference to oval track
A superior caller or faxer to the show, also an athlete who is an entertaining guest on the show.
hair, or covering on one's dome (head)
Rome's fax screener Travis Rodgers (now producer), hired in 1995
<Whoa'-dee> (n.) - partner, companion, a follower. ie. Tonto was The Lone Ranger's lil' whoadie. Watkins is Rae Carruth's lil' whoadie.
Little Mermaid (the)
David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs. In reference to his favorite Disney movie and being labeled a 'soft' player.
Television sportscaster Ahmad Rashad, for sucking up to Michael Jordan in various interviews. In reference to the television commercial with Penny Hardaway and the fictional 'Little Penny'.
Lizard Eater (the)
Anthony Smith [from Smith's consumption of an Oriental concoction for strength, which is said to contain dried lizard]
(n.) - San Diego, a San Diego (or area) resident; see also 'Bolt' 'Swap Meet' [from certain San Diego callers' to be called 'So-Cal,' by virtue of its association with Los Angeles and its environs; affected by 'lo-cal' as shortening for 'low calorie' and 'lower California'
lob s.o. a bone (to)
pay s.o. money
lob s.o. a phone call (to)
(v.) - telephone (to)
Wayne Fontes (since he thinks he is the greatest coach of all-time)
NBA player Alonzo Mourning after a caller referred to him as Lorenzo
Jack Pierce [from the eponymous auto-theft detection device, which helps retain supposedly lost objects, such as Pierce's estranged tennis star daughter Mary, who has ordered her father out of her life]
Seattle Seahawk football team, reference to Brian Blades shooting incident
Vlade Divac [from Divac's chain smoking]
Martina Navratilova [from Navratilova's perceived manly disposition]
Marty McSorley [from McSorley's lucrative 1993 signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins]
sound drop of a crying baby used on show, in reference to the former Colorado Rockie pitcher who suffered the worst Jungle Karma ever by giving a obscene gesture, throwing a ball at Romey, and crying into the microphone during the San Diego World Tour stop. After said incident, Freeman went on to pitch horribly and was released a month later.
The Los Angeles Coliseum [for its sparse and non- demonstrative crowds]
Willie McGee, for his resemblence to E.T. the Extra Terrestial
boxer Peter McNeeley, [from McNeeley's long shot 1995 fight with Mike Tyson]
(n.) - an act brought about by loss of temper or anger. (v.) - to lose control
(n.) - an individual who believes themself to be a smart person, but in reality proves to be very dumb. (influenced by the Mensa Club, a well known organization requiring a high IQ for membership)
Mexican Myopian (The)
Julio Caesar Chavez (he thinks he still has game)
Jeff George [a ""missing child"" during his 1993 holdout from the Indianapolis Colts' camp]
Shawn Bradley; see also 'Deathstick' [from the 60s TV show 'Mission Impossible' and Bradley's two-year Mormon mission before his supposedly disappointing NBA career; from Pete Vecsey]
Cleveland, or a Cleveland team; see also 'Clown' 'Hairdresser' established; by the city's proximity to Lake Erie]
Clone who always calls the show with a take using a cell phone and/or who listens to the show in the car, unable to pick up the station anywhere else.
To be intoxicated. From football coach Gary Moeller's incident where he was drunk and told the police to 'take me to jail boys' rather than take a taxi home.
Steve Spurrier - for his terrorist like tactics of running up the score against opponents.
In reference to Manny Ramirez turning down $117 million dollars from Cleveland.
Any of the Program Directors at the Affiliates, who think that they know better than the Jungle Fans. Best known for cutting the length of time (down from 4 hours) that the Jungle is heard on a given affiliate, thereby angering the Jungle Fans.
Joe Montana (mixing Montana and Manilow)
Colin Montgomeries alleged resemblance to Mrs. Doubtfire
moratorium. An edict by Rome to stop the discussion of a particular topic or term on the show.
Rex Hudler's child in reference to Hud saying on the air that his son was 'hung like a mule'!
(n.) 1. Los Angeles Raider fan 2. any other overoptimistic fan [for (Raider) fans' perceived misplaced optimism and shortsightedness]
(n.) - see nads
Reuben Patterson - cross referencing his rape of his Nanny and his self-proclaimed 'Kobe-stopper title'.
(n.plural) - manliness [shortening of 'gonads']
Jerome Kersey - For when he played with the Lakers yet had an inability to shave his head completely...leaving a bumpy, nasty, flaky scalp.
Red neck, a member of a middle America affiliate.
Des Moines affiliate
Nascar auto racing
The language of red necks, see the Neck Gloss page.
Medford, Oregon affiliate, for its rural location and timber community.
San Diego affiliate, coined by Terence of Sierra Madre and a streak of bad programming moves.
Anfernee Hardaway [an ironic reference both to Hardaway's 'Penny' nickname and his supposedly outrageous salary demands].
refers to someone or something being overly pleasant or good.
Baseball player Ken Griffey for playing the game so effortlessly that it looks like he's playing a video game.
(n.) - Northern California, Northern Californian; see also 'Battery Chuck, 'Water Hoarder' [shortening]
Baseball player Will Clark, Nooshler being his middle name and in reference to several bad interviews with Rome.
Crapchester's monkey Barry Vee, reference to Vee's inability to bring a tour stop to Crapchester and getting punked by Portland. Scott Norwood was the kicker for the Buffalo Bills who missed a field goal that would have won the Super Bowl.
(n.) - Denver Nugget [patronizing diminutive of 'Nugget' and 'puppy']
Nutty Professor (The)
Former NFL head coach Dennis Green, reference to the Eddie Murphy movie character who kept getting fatter and fatter.
Also Dennis 'Oilscab Boyd'; Dennis 'Oilcan' Boyd [for his readiness to cross the picketline of the 1994-5 baseball strike]
Oksana Bauil for her drunken forays on the Connecticut highways. See 'moellered'
Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bill quarterback, who should be taken out back and shot like his literary counterpart.
Jack Nicklaus, for thinking he can still win the Masters way past his prime.
(n.) - person prone to believe in conspiracies [from Stone's supposedly paranoid film JFK.
Quote from Thomas Hearns during a interview, see also 'and how'
(n.) - O.J. Simpson 2. Adj. to explode with rage, see 'meltdown'
(adj.) finished, done [shortening of 'out of here']
overdue library book
Transplant who needs to return where he came from.
Pasty Gangsta (the)
John Stockton, for his ruthless cheapshots and thuggery on the court.
<pot'na> partner. This is in reference to Houston's program director for trying to mess with the Jungle's 3rd hour.
Patty the Drunk
A caller who called up while drunk and brought an onslaught of John Daly, and Wade Boggs takes. A.K.A. 'Patty From Modesto'
Rome's broadcast center on Sunset Blvd., near the ESPN2 studio [from the building's height, and Rome's recent wealth and success]
Pete the Chimp
Pete Sampras; see 'Chimp'; see also 'Gimp, 'Pete the Gimp'
Pete the Gimp
Upgraded from Phone Boy; reference to former caller Steve from LMU and then Call Screener Steve Carbone. Nickname was given to him by then Jacksonville linebacker and Jungle Contributor Jeff Kopp. Rome eventually changed it to Phone Man after fix was in during '98 smack-off, -ERRR Steve nutted it up and won the '98 smack-off.
Pimp in the box
Jim Rome's self gloss, from a caller who said he was a 'pimp for the NHL', 'box' being gloss for a radio
Randy Smith, former Pads GM, for promising that SD wouldn't trade McGriff of Sheffield, and then doing it.
see Andre the Pirelli
Former Los Angeles Dodger Billy Ashley [for his presumed poor defense, i.e., fans in left field have need of same]
San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich, for his pock marked facial features.
Micheal Irvin, a play on words of his self-titled 'play maker' nickname for his plea bargin agreement relating to criminal charges.
Jack Murphy Stadium [from 49er (and former Charger) Gary Plummer's imitative Sandersesque claim before a November game in San Diego, i.e., that his team would win there as it was his 'house'.
Greg Popovich, NBA basketball coach, for his pock marked grill
Then Seattle Seahawk Coach Dennis Erickson [from Ericson's reported blood-alcohol level after an April 1995 DUI arrest]
(n.) horseracing [established]
Popeye Da Raidah
In reference to the resemblance of the grimacing face of former Raider coach Jon Gruden to Popeye the Sailor.
Green Bay affiliate for their reputation of having fat citizens.
Mediocre tennis player, Anna Kournakova, known more for her looks than athletic ability.
<poast'ul> (v.) - To commit a senseless violent act. Derivation is from the reputation of US Postal workers to commit said acts. 'To go postal'
Howie Long; see also 'Howard the Duck', 'Bosworth P. Duck' [for Long's frequent fourth-quarter offsides penalties in a 1993 season playoff loss to Buffalo, and 'premature ejaculation'
To give credit or accolades to
Dennis Rodman [from Rodman's supposedly fragile mental health]
To get beaten badly or disrespected
Boxer Riddick Bowe, who joined the marines only to quit 3 days into boot camp.
Runaway Beak Syndrome, an affliction suffered by many, namely Stefi Graf.
(v.) to save a call that is exceptionally noteworthy; Huge Call potential. (n.) the place that you sleep, i.e. bed.
(n.) - T-shirt or clothing item in general.
Group of athletes or ancillary sports figures who resemble members of the family rodentia.
(n.) a response from clones to a Jim Rome take; derived from an impression of Lee 'Hacksaw' (e.g. 'Smacksaw', Butterknife) Hamilton.
Riles The Calculator
Pat Riley, for his botched 1996 free agency deal miscalulating his available salary cap room for a player.
Riles the Dictator
Pat Riley (he controls every aspect of his player's lives that he can)
Marcus Camby, for passing out due to cold medicine...allegedly.
Hefty football coach John Robinson
basketball or football
(n.) - solid straight-forward smack. Taken from slang for baseball line drive.
(n.) - overzealous fan of fantasy sports (i.e. rotisserie)
Rounding Third (reset)
Satiracal reset of a fax that read 'remember when Pete Rose rounded third and took out Gene Tenance' when actually it was Ray Fosse.
run gloss (to)
(v.) - use Rome's vernacular/dialect
run smack (to)
(v.) - boast, taunt, ridicule
Rickey Henderson, for when he threatened to go play in Japan if he didn't get his contract renegotiated
San Loser Abysmal
San Luis Obispo, CA affiliate, in reference to their weak takes.
Gary Bettman [for Bettman's supposedly evil influence on ice hockey in ordering the 1994-5 NHL lockout]
Jerry Reinsdorff, owner of the Chicago Bulls and White Sox, for his contribution to labor strife in the NBA and major league baseball.
Saturday Scrub (the)
[from Rome's previous stints on Saturday afternoons]
Saving Private Cryin
In reference to Cryin' Leaf's need to be rescued from the terrible depths to which he sank.
(n.) a listener to Rome's show who desires giveaway items [in mockery of the listeners' supposed greed.
The popular redneck haircut; short in front, long in back. Also called a 'mullett'.
"(n.) alternative form and pronunciation of 'smack (q.v.)' [influenced by Yiddish oral formula, i.e. 'schm' prefix]
(interjection) 'The final score negates your argument' [used as a rebuttal to postgame complaints of bad luck, poor officiating, etc.]
Buffalo (for obvious reasons)
A caller that is reading, for former fax screener Chris Anderson who later called the show and was caught reading his take.
(n.) substitute, 2nd stringer; also 'scrubby' [established].
An effective on-air critique on Rome's show [from the Iraqi missile used in the Gulf War]
Prostitute, or what Michael Irvin claimed was in his hotel room when he was busted for possession of controlled substances.
NBA player Elden Campell, for appearing to be half asleep when he plays (i.e. Serta mattress)
Center Shaquille O'Neal; see also '(the) Tropical Clank with Attitude' [for O'Neal's foul-laden martial play, and kung fu.
Stefi Graf's father Helmut, who has spent time in prison for tax evasion.
Dennis Rodman, for his cross-dressing appearances; combination of 'she' and 'him'.
(adj.) unbelievably good, as in 'So good it's sickening.'
Football coach Rick Neuheisel, for his preppy looks.
Jay Mohr of 'Beyond The Glory' and 'Mohr Sports' fame.
(n.) - sports talk in a gloatful, uninhibited or unbridled manner; (to) run smack [influenced by established meaning: hit, blow]
Lee Hamilton; see also Hacksaw, Butterknife [rhyming slang with Hacksaw; influenced by ""smack (q.v.)
California, Southern Californian [shortening]
Old huge call of the day prize, weak substitute for cotton, relates back to Romie the Client.
Vince Coleman (refers to the Sly Stallone movie about an explosives expert, and Coleman's incident with a firecracker after a game).
Robin Ventura, who took a barrage of punches from Nolan Ryan
established slang, euphemism for fecal matter. i.e. "You ain't 'squat'."
(n.) - journalist [for ink that both secrete]
Tom Coughlin ( refers to his boot camp mentality with his then expansion team Jacksonville Jaguars)
legs, limbs. In baseball: bats
Jim Harrick [from Harrick's greeting to Rome: "How ya' doin' stud?"]
Sacramento affiliate. Also 'Sucramentucky'.
Swap Meet (the)
San Diego Padres; see also 'Lo-Cal' [from the supposed bargain-basement prices at which players were traded in 1993]
Sweet Dougie Gilmour
Doug Gilmour [an ironic description of Gilmore's pugnacious character, influenced by his supposed baby face]
Monica Seles [from Seles' being stabbed with a steak knife in 1993]
Tamara the Brick, former caller who Rome bet that if the Knicks lost in the 94 Knick/Rockets NBA final she would never be allowed to call the show again. Knicks lost and Tamara has not been heard from since.
NFL DB Terrell Buckley "SUPER BOWL WINNING T-BUCK"
Travis Rodgers - Producer of show
(to) perform poorly; see (to) go into the tank [established boxing slang]
(n.) expired broadcast time, as in 'That's two hours in the tank.'
Teflon (also 'Teflon Man')
Terry Donahue, ex-UCLA football coach, for having a job despite sub-par seasons.
Sound drop on the show, taken from Shaquille Oneal's rap album and is used on the show to describe disagreement or incredulousness. Popular sound bite features ex-Laker head coach Del Harris attempting to say it.
Dusty Baker - for his excessive lip licking tendencies.
Caller, Dave from Poway. His vocal inflections and seeming age sounded akin to a political figure, i.e. mayor.
Carl Everett (for his bible-thumping personality and attitude, and for his antics pushing and 'thumping' an ump in the now well-publicized incident where he argued over the batter's box rules)
(adj.) - Economic in motion, energy or resources. Good and/or pleasing in nature [established slang]
Tracy Chapman Perkins
Sam Perkins, retired-NBA player. For his Afro hair style similar to singer Tracy Chapman.
Tragic (also: Tragic The Myopian)
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, for his on and off retirements from the NBA and addiction to publicity.
Portland Trailblazers, in reference to the large number of players on the team who have been arrested.
(n.) any non-native ending up in another market yet roots for original home teams [from established sense of transplant].
Former Charger Steve Hendrickson's dog, whose leg was shot off for unknown reason.
Tropical Clank with Attitude (the)
Laker center Shaquille O'Neal; see also 'Shaq Fu' [for O'neal's preference to warmer climates [Orlando/Los Angeles].
Suffix. Neck place, such as Fontucky (Fontana in SoCal) or Albutucky (Albuquerque).
Malady where one has the sudden urge to eat the children of others (ref: Lennox Lewis, "I want to eat his children")
Ultimate Marble Cutter
Ex-NFL player Randall Cunningham, juxtaposing his S.I. cover title "The Ultimate Weapon" and his hobby of marble-cutting.
From a quote by golfer Jumbo Ozaki, 'Ohhhh, unbeebable!' when asked about Tiger Woods Masters win. Made fun of because of bad enunciation. Is now usually played after Huge Calls Of The Day.
Rome's former executive producer Joe Tutino (sp.); see also 'Bulldog' and 'Greatness' [Tutino provides news updates during Rome's show]
Bill Parcells, for being named consultant instead of head coach to the New York Jets in an attempt to avoid a one year ban from coaching in the NFL after leaving the New England Patriots. Oblique reference to his portly figure.
Football coach Bill Parcells, for his rather large girth.
Jim Rome; see also (for Rome) 'Huge One', [from their mutual enjoyment of boastful, demeaning speech, affected by Van Exel's name] 2. Nick Van Exel
Village Idiot (The)
Ruben Sierra (Tony La Russa called him this after he made some stupid comments)
Jacksonville affiliate. Also, 'J-Ville'.
(n.) entree into the 'Jungle' (q.v.). Relates to 'Jungle' metaphor of show, callers use a 'vine' to swing through the Jungle i.e. give their takes.
(v.) (vloddy) 1. to quit, reference to basketball player Vlade Divac's tendency of lackadaisical play n. (vlayde) 2. Reference to Vlade Divac in general and his flop around style.