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"This losing stuff is getting old, man. I hate it,"

In the following passage, the above expression is used.

The context is that a college basketball team that had won 90 straight games finally lost. Then, the losing team's coach sayst that. And also, after the news coverage, the anchorman says, "We all would say that".

Is it A: "This losing stuff is getting old, so I hate it"? Or B: "This losing stuff is getting an old man, so I, as an old man, hate it"?

If we understand as A, then what is strange is that they lost only one time after 90 victories. So, "losing stuff is getting old" does not make some sense.

The postcast is at http://a.media.abcnews.com/podcasts/101231_wn_full_vpod.m4v

The total length is 19:46, and the location of that remark is at 14:03.

To me, to a non-native ear, it sounds like "This losing stucks can't hold man, I hate it", which, of course does not make sense.

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford wasn't really thinking all that much about the history, either its own against UConn or that of women's basketball in general.

This was more about the chalkboard and video and practice and repetition, the stuff Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer so dearly loves. It was about facing a great program but knowing there were things to expose -- and then actually doing that.

UConn's winning streak -- which had stretched to 90 and brought the Huskies and women's hoops an avalanche of attention -- came to an end Thursday. It will be a particularly happy New Year's celebration for the Cardinal and their faithful, after a 71-59 victory Thursday ended mighty UConn's streak.

"Connecticut was a great opponent, and I compliment them on how hard they played," VanDerveer said. "Tonight was Stanford's night."

Indeed, it has been UConn's night -- and morning and afternoon -- for the past two and half seasons. The streak began Nov. 16, 2008, against Georgia Tech. It continued through two national championships and a particularly close call, a one-point victory this November over Baylor.

The Huskies (12-1) lost point guard Renee Montgomery, the No. 4 pick in the WNBA draft, after their perfect 2008-09 season. They lost center Tina Charles, the WNBA's No. 1 pick, after another perfect campaign last season. They've dealt with guard Caroline Doty missing much of the 2008-09 season and all of this season because of knee injuries.

Yet nothing was able to stop them -- until Stanford did it in front of 7,329 yelling, clapping, gleeful fans Thursday at sold-out Maples Pavilion.

"This losing stuff is getting old, man. I hate it," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said with a wry smile after the game. "I'm not disappointed that we lost. There's a sense of disappointment that we didn't play well. There's been other times during this whole [streak] where we didn't play well. It's just that we haven't faced anybody as good as Stanford played tonight.

"We were totally out of character, and I think Stanford, the way they played, took us out of our character. Whoever we are, whatever we've been and however way we've done it, we weren't allowed to do that tonight. That's because of what they did."

http://m.espn.go.com/wireless/story?storyId=5973237
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pructusIs it A: "This losing stuff is getting old, so I hate it"? Or B: "This losing stuff is getting an old man, so I, as an old man, hate it"?
The first. The expression "is getting old" means "is becoming tiring", "has gone on too long".

I think the coach is trying to be amusing by making the exaggerated claim that a single loss has established a habit that has gone on too long. Emotion: smile

A similar remark might be made on a rainy day after 100 days without rain: We have had way too much rain. I hate it! Or, using the idiom above, This rain stuff is getting old. I hate it.

CJ
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Thanks a lot, Calif....

That was really something that a non-natives would not know....