July 01, 2007

Flea-Flicker

Mark Vranicar of Kansas City, Missouri asks:

What's the origin of the term "flea-flicker" in football?

This is the kind of etymological question that doesn't make it into my Imponderables books, but I was curious about this myself. Pete McEntegart, at SI.com, weighs in on flea-flicker and nine other sports terms' origins (wheelhouse, Texas League, etc.)