game ball


Definition of game ball

: a ball (such as a football) presented to a player or coach in recognition of an outstanding contribution to a team victory

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Recent Examples on the Web Brian Flores should give Raiders coach Jon Gruden a game ball for helping out on that 10th victory of the season. Mark Craig And Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Mark Craig's Week 17 Power Rankings: Packers are best in NFC," 29 Dec. 2020 Coach John Harbaugh said that Phillips, who rotated at right tackle with starter D.J. Fluker, earned a game ball for the play. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Ravens RT Tyre Phillips runs 22 yards, gets hurt after fumble recovery: ‘That’s a first, no question about it’," 20 Dec. 2020 In the visitors’ locker room, McCarthy may present Dalton a redemptive game ball against his former team. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "No amount of success vs. Bengals can undo Cowboys’ failure to meet the challenges of 2020," 12 Dec. 2020 Defensive coordinator Joe Woods deserves a game ball for dealing with all the injuries and concocting different schemes and substitution patterns to confuse the Titans. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Hey Browns fans, this wasn’t just a was a WOW! – Terry Pluto," 7 Dec. 2020 Irish linebacker Drew White was awarded the game ball, but Kelly could’ve handed out a barrel full of them. Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, "This Notre Dame team is wired to win. Maybe the ACC, and maybe even beyond.," 28 Nov. 2020 Afterwards, Broncos coach Vic Fangio said the team would honor one of the franchise's original stars by sending Little and his family a game ball. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "Broncos sending game ball from win over Dolphins to team great entering hospice," 23 Nov. 2020 He was rewarded by having water dumped on him and receiving the game ball in the lockerroom afterwards. David Moore, Dallas News, "How a win over the Bengals creates a conundrum for Andy Dalton, Mike McCarthy and Cowboys fans," 13 Dec. 2020 The site supervisor and scorekeeper will sanitize the game ball. John Benson, cleveland, "Brooklyn’s recreational youth basketball season on pause due to pandemic," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of game ball

1853, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2021

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“Game ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of game ball

US : a ball that is given to a player or coach who did something impressive to help win a game in American football, basketball, etc.

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