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Uzybone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:58 AM
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Poll question: What does "Cowboy up" mean?
Edited on Tue Oct-07-03 08:58 AM by Uzybone
The term rankles me...especially coming out of Fox sports. Amamzing to see New Englanders embracing the term. So what does it mean?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:00 AM
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1. It Sounds Vaguely Suggestive To Me...
Edited on Tue Oct-07-03 09:34 AM by arwalden
... could just be my imagination, though.

-- Allen
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:02 AM
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2. Actually, It Sounds Japanese to Me
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:02 AM
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3. It's Fox trying to sell W to New Englanders
and free advertising for him. IMHO

I realy am interesting in fiding out how it got started. Which Red Sox player said it?
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:04 AM
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4. Isn't it the same as "sack up"?
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Caution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:05 AM
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5. It was started by Kevin Millar
first baseman, just kind of a goofy thing on. "Time to cowboy up" It basically means that it's time to get to business and win. Silly, but it has most definitely become a rallying cry around Boston way before fox got their hands on it.
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zbird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:07 AM
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6. Here's a link that explains more about it.
snip...

Millar, a key offseason acquisition by a franchise historically lacking in true grit, hails from Beaumont, Texas. Timlin was born in Midland. Texas is rodeo country. In rodeo, to "cowboy up" means to suck it up in times of adversity. No boo-hooing. No namby-pamby fatalism. As one T-shirt slogan puts it, "Are You Gonna Cowboy Up or Just Lay There and Bleed?" John Wayne never said it better. (Although Bruce Willis snarled something similar in the war epic "Tears of the Sun.")

Millar trotted out the phrase last month when cynics (i.e. saddle-sore knights of the keyboard) questioned the team's toughness. "I want to see somebody cowboy up and stand behind this team and quit worrying about all the negative stuff," Millar growled after a loss to the Oakland A's.

snip...

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2...
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Uzybone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:16 AM
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9. saddle-sore knights of the keyboard
LOL.
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Braden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:08 AM
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8. actually Timlin coined the phrase relative to the Sox.
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SiobhanClancy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:07 AM
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7. They say it's a rodeo term..
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:32 AM
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10. in this part of Texas i think it would mean to dress up a drunk in fancy
cowboy clothes to make him look respectable and rig an election to make him President of the united states.... but he is still a pathetic drug addict privileged frat boy drunk on a binge with our great great grandchildren's tax money.
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:53 AM
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13. lol
:thumbsup:
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AGiordino Donating Member (304 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:37 AM
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11. The REAL Definition refers to
a rodeo term which indicates that the cowboy has mounted the livestock in the chute and is ready for the gate to open and his 'ride' to commence - be it saddle bronc, bronc or bull.
No ennuendos, just plain truth.
from deep in the heart of dumbya country
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Misinformed01 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:51 AM
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12. Rodeo term
when a cowboy is down or injured, the term "Cowboy up" basically means to "toughen up" or "get up."

The term became mainstream after it was used in "8 Seconds," the movie about Lane Frost.

There is a documentary out about bullriders now called "Cowboy Up"

http://www.lanefrost.com/film.htm
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NewYorkerfromMass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:54 AM
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16. "Enough with the nonsense and get down to business"
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:18 AM
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14. Cowboy in the chute and ready to ride in a rodeo....
That's all, nothing too exciting there. ;)
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Cat Atomic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:20 AM
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15. I thought it was a sexual position.
?

Reverse Cowboy Up.
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Character Assassin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 11:50 AM
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17. It's the opposite of 'cowgirl down'.
But I can't tell you what that means, either.
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