Jason Sudeikis is back to teach us more about the beautiful game in Season 2 of Ted Lasso, and the show just dropped a term that has left some fans puzzled.
Developed by Bill Lawrence, Ted Lasso debuted last year on Apple TV+ and was renewed for a second season before the first had concluded.
AFC Richmond is back to shake off a series of ties during the current season, but their star player has an attack of bad luck during a penalty kick.
Season 2, Episode 1 Recap
AFC Richmond received an opportunity to get ahead in the game after the team was handed a penalty.
Star player Dani Rojas stepped up to take the penalty for the team, but ended up kicking the ball at the team’s dog, Earl Greyhound, who was sadly killed.
The dog’s death continued to haunt Dani throughout the episode, with him waking up in the middle of the night shouting “football is death!”
During practice, Dani lost his ability to kick the ball properly, and Ted and the team diagnosed him with a case of “the yips.”
What are The Yips?
“The yips” refers to a real term used across sports, however it originated from the golfing scene.
Golf champion Tommy Armour coined the term in the early 1900s, referring to the inability to perform to one’s full potential.
The yips primarily described “involuntary wrist spasms that occur most commonly when golfers are trying to putt,” however it evolved into a term used to highlight an athlete’s mysterious loss of skill.
Several real-life athletes have been diagnosed with the yips, including baseball player Steve Blass. The Pittsburgh Pirates player led the team to victory during the World Series in 1971, however he lost the ability to pitch in 1975 which was never explained. The yips were then nicknamed “Steve Blass disease.”