From a sportswriter's blog for the American League final between the Bosox and Cleveland: "They took a 1-0 lead, but left three ducks on the pond." That was following a double play by J.D. "Nancy" Drew, which began with the bases loaded—the bags full—three runners on base. OK. It's not accurate, as there were only two ducks left, but the meaning is still obvious. Question: Has anyone ever come across this strange analogy before? If not, would you have understood the intention? Do you know any variations on the theme?