Lots of people under the bus


Why is it that so many bloggers, sportscasters, journalists, fans etc are so tied to the expression “thrown under the bus” when describing various facets of this Favre situation? Honestly, this is an idiom I may have heard of here and there throughout my life, but I see it at least 2-3 times a day now when absorbing all this Favre info. Can you imagine how scary buses must be now for a newly arrived immigrant trying to follow this situation in English – and again how confusing it must be when some of those thrown under the bus appear on TV shortly thereafter uninjured?

STEVE ADDS: And what about “perfect storm?” It has to be the most overused phrase in the English language today. And you hear it to describe some of the strangest things. I think I was watching a cooking show not long ago and someone talked about “the perfect storm of ingredients.” Huh?

Given the activities of the past several days, there might be a perfect storm under the bus.



10 Responses to “Lots of people under the bus”

  1. Dave in Tucson Says:

    At the end of the day, these are the kind of core compentencies that we can use to leverage the marketplace going forward.


  2. Alleen Says:

    Oh, man, I was going to add: “At the end of the day…”

    Bring back tempests in teapots and kerfuffles!!

  3. MC Says:

    Provided the bus hasn’t crossed the Rubicon yet.

    “Favre” + “under the bus” on Google equals 16,100 occurences, no doubt one of them my own:


  4. cheese0317 Says:

    Speaking of tired, lazy idioms, how about the “Rubicon” comment?

    It may be relevant to remember that first guy to cross the Rubicon was Gaius Julius Caesar, the iconic and immensely popular field general who led the Roman Empire to glory and power. In 49 BC, Caesar, a conquering hero who had won great victories in Gaul, crossed back into Italy across the Rubicon River to confront Pompey and the Roman Senate, which had grown fat off of Caesar’s victories but which was also jealous of Caesar and afraid that the field general would usurp their power.

    Sound familiar?

    We should also note that the civil war with Caesar ended when Pompey was decapitated by his former brothers in arms, Achillas and Lucius Septimius. And Caesar was stabbed in the back by his former bosses.

    Long live Caesar! Favre 4Ever.

  5. Aaron Says:

    Hey! CHTV is one of them! 🙂

  6. MC Says:

    Can we add Keystone Cops to the proceedings at some point?

  7. Mac G Says:

    Throwing under the bus, along with “gaffe” or “white working class,” because you know only white people work in the US.

    The worst is the suffix gate, Favregate has been spoken by the media. God they are lazy and worthless.

  8. patrick Says:

    wow.. that’s all I can say

  9. Janet from Wisconsin Says:

    In looking for classical allusions, Mark Murphy seems to have skipped over “Pyrrhic victory” — for that is, indeed, what he and Ted Thompson have won.

  10. Sunday Is the Season | Cheesehead TV Says:

    […] Packers sailed into a perfect storm last night (That was for you Steve!) Every conceivable weakness they have was matched by every overwhelming strength the Saints have. […]

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