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WTF does 'Cowboy up' mean?
OK, not being a sports fan I completely fail to get the meaning of 'Cowboy up' which I keep seeing in connection with the Red Sox.

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donnerjack From: donnerjack Date: October 7th, 2003 12:46 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I have a feeling it's a reference to that period when the Cowboys were ridiculously dominant and all of a sudden a whole lot of people became Cowboys fans. Almost overnight, as it were. Not entirely sure though, since the only sport I watch is baseball, and that's pretty irregular at best. Since I watched a good, oh, three games this season. Damn work schedule.
lyadann From: lyadann Date: October 7th, 2003 03:29 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
End of last month, when the sox were trying to make it into the playoffs and had a bit of a bad streak, Bill Mueller said something about how it's "time to cowboy up" - basically, get on the ball and quit losing - and they played better after that, so now it's rather become their theme for the playoffs. As I understand it. Supersitious team, superstitious fans, that sort of thing. :)

Did you see the game last night?
From: murph_grrl Date: October 7th, 2003 05:29 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Cowboy Up

Actually, it was Kevin Millar that said this. (I know, Bill Mueller, Kevin Millar. Names are so close that it's hard to keep them straight!)

"Cowboy Up" is a rodeo term (according to Millar, when I heard him on WAAF last week) that means "Suck it up". Probably also means "Get back on the damned horse and stop yer whinin'" ... that's my own spin on it anyway.
From: twistedraisin Date: October 7th, 2003 05:54 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Cowboy Up

This is correct meaning of it in that context! I'm a native Texan, and I'll vouch for it.
lyadann From: lyadann Date: October 7th, 2003 04:29 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Cowboy Up

Ahh... ok. :) I missed whereever it was first said and apparently the explanation I got wasn't entirely correct. It makes a lot more sense now.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 7th, 2003 08:15 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
No, I didn't see it. I think I was asleep. :-) I was up during the day, but I felt tired and it was chilly, so I crawled under my blankets and fell asleep and woke up in the late evening.
palegreyminion From: palegreyminion Date: October 7th, 2003 03:56 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Everytime I have heard the phrase used, and I have heard it for quite some time before the Sox games, it has meant "suck it up, get with the program, get out there and win". aka "it's time to get rowdy like a cowboy"

zikzak From: zikzak Date: October 7th, 2003 09:12 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I was wondering the same thing. It's blazed in lightbulbs across the Pike!
pfloyd From: pfloyd Date: October 7th, 2003 09:43 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well whatever it truly means, I think it's kind of a stupid catchphrase to use up here in the North...

Oh well, let's whip them damn Yankees!