This subtle congruent conflation was uttered by Jenna Bush Hager on the Today show. It is a mashup of “level the playing field” and “even the odds”, both meaning to make a situation or activity more fair and balanced. This one is heard often, as the two expressions have the same meaning and contain words that are synonyms – even and level. A big thanks to Frank King for hearing this one and sending it in. Frank has the ears of a hawk when it comes to malaphors. By the way, check out Frank’s website, http://www.themhcomedian.com/frank-king-speaking/.