Confession: I don't know everything about every sport.
Phew. Glad that's off my chest.
Indeed, I am by no means a sports Socrates, however, if there's one thing I've learned from writing sports every day, it's that no one is an all-knowing, pan-sports genius.
That doesn't stop us from trying, however, because wanting to be Mr. Know-It-All is a weakness for us sports fans. We love being the most learned guy on the couch, but when we start rolling out the sports jargon, we completely alienate the casual observer.
With that said, the following is a Cliff-Notes guide for less-than-rabid sports fans looking to fake their sports knowledge to the next level. It's essentially a rundown of good and bad "sports expert" habits, and while far from foolproof, doing these things might buy you enough time to figure out what the hell is going on.
Remember, friend: Sometimes you got to fake it 'til you make it.