Poog's Bill Stern reference (for the blissfully younger set, Stern was a sportscaster and author of a book called Bill Stern's Favorite Sports Stories) brings to mind a classic story on Stern himself.
He was given to naming the wrong player on key football plays: e.g. "Jones breaks free. He's at midfield! The 40! The 30! The 20!" At that point the spotter whispers in his ear, and Stern picks up with "... and he laterals to Smith who takes it in for si."
So anyway, one year Stern is tapped to fill in for the great Clem McCarthy on the radiocast of the Kentucky Derby. The American Sportswriters Association sends him a congratulatory telegram, and adds the caution: "Be careful, Bill. It's difficult to lateral a jockey."