December 26, 2012

Hail Mary

Posted in slangs at 7:28 pm by Feng

Hail Mary – (American football Slang) a very long high pass into the end zone, made in the final seconds of a half or of a game [thefreedict]. Also used as “Hail Mary pass” [wikipedia].

On the Homehand, Saul went to visit a jailed terrorist Aileen, hoping she could help identify an unknown terrorist in a picture. When Carrie told Quinn, another CIA agent, about this, Quinn was not impressed. “Rattle a chick that has been locked up for months?” he said with a scorn. “It’s a Hail Mary.”  Said Carrie.

I was wondering why Hail Mary, a religious term, was used to refer to a last-ditch attempt. Apparently, the slang was originally from a football game in 1975. With two seconds left on the game clock, Roger Staubauk threw a long pass to Drew Person, his fellow team mate, who caught the ball in the end zone to beat the Vikings. According to wikipedia, after the game, Roger recalled: “I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary.” This phrase became popular since then.


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