It could be the turning factor in the game

Another gem from the sports world.  This one was heard on the local Root sports network in Pittsburgh.  During a University of Pittsburgh basketball game, the play by play announcer uttered this malaphor.  It is a mash up of “turning point” (a point at which a change of course is possible) and “deciding factor” (that which influences the decision).  I like this mixed idiom as it describes the “something” that turns a game around, as opposed to the point in time.  A shout out to Kathy Yeskey Vose for hearing this one and sending it in!