And he was off, describing all about the four balls and the positions of the seven players

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    Too little context to say for sure, but it MAY mean that he began describing the balls and players' positions. – Hot Licks Apr 11 '18 at 12:13
  • 'He was off' can just mean 'He started', but there is also at least a strong suggestion here of the sense that @McMahon describes, starting on an empassioned diatribe. "Don't set him off!" – Edwin Ashworth Apr 11 '18 at 12:57
  • Could also mean he was off on a tangent. – dodgy_coder Apr 11 '18 at 13:34

It seems like it could mean off in the sense of, off to the races. Enraptured by his own discourse and presumed passion of the sport. [...and they're off! A popular phrase of classic race callers. Example at about 00:06 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Usj3K4oZ0]

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