There are sports cliches that get tossed around like, well, manure on a field. One of them that I particularly like is "natural", as in, say, "natural golfer", "natural defender" or even, in these parts, "natural MLSE director".
And with that in mind, here's the Heads-Up Read of the Day, nay, the week, from Harry Pearson in the Guardian, on the cliche of the "natural goal scorer:"
(Thanks, Cathal Kelly, for the tip).
The point about the "natural goalscorer" (What does it mean, incidentally? Somebody who was scoring goals from the cradle? A toddler who when handed his dummy nodded it between the two nearest uprights and pulled his T-shirt over his head to reveal a vest bearing the message "me no go potty" in crayon?) is that you never hear the flip side. You never hear a forward described as an "unnatural goalscorer". This is a pity, as I would like to see some unnatural goals every once in a while. I'm not sure what they would involve, though I imagine a goat and possibly the shadow of a wicker man might feature.