It's extreme cases of hyperbole. Most newscasters use them to be as dramatic as possible. But one yesterday made me chuckle at just how dumb they are sometimes.
While getting ready to leave in the evening, a newscaster from WGN-TV in Chicago teased a story about Johan Santana, by stating this.
"A pitcher that's been a problem for the Chicago White Sox just became a problem for the Chicago Cubs." Or something like that. It's not an exact quote, but the gist of what he was saying.
Now, the White Sox play the Minnesota Twins about 19 times a year, or about 6 different series each year. Roughly. Which means, they might have to face Santana, at most 9 times a year. The Cubs play the New York Mets, his would be new team, 6 times a year. Or two series. So, at most, they will face Santana twice each season. Not exactly a problem. Now, they could face him in the playoffs. Which is obviously more important than the regular season. But at most, that will also be only twice. Ugh.