"We changed our
rules. If a player does not have some sot of altercation on or
off the court once each month, we fine him...The guys that are
our top four scorers, each of them will be required once every
two months to appear on MTV. The guys who shoot the worst free
throws over a one-month period, next time we have a TV game they're
required to look into the camera and beat their chests after they
make a good play."
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs coach
"We don't claim
to be the best, but we're damn hard to beat."
ďIíve played hockey
most my life and Iíve never been badly injured...Three weeks into
curling Iíve got bone chips in both my elbows. I still canít lean
on a table. Iíve even got curling injuries, believe it or not,
just from falling on my arse."
James Allodi, actor in Men with Brooms
ďAny sport that comes
from Scotland is good!Ē
Leslie Nielsen, actor in Men with Brooms
"I don't make
the rules, Gil, I only play the game."
"No man is entirely
worthless, he can always serve as a bad example."
Brian Oldfield, smoking cigarettes between his shot puts.
like Brian Oldfield can beat me, I will retire."
Randy Matson after loosing the OG-qualification 1972.
"I am going to
go out a winner if I have to find a high school race to win my
"Pain is inevitable;
suffering is optional."
"We must all suffer
one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret
"There is no coming
to consciousness without pain."
"The ultimate measure
of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where
he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"To measure the man,
measure his heart."
Malcolm Stevenson Forbes
"Effort is a measure
of a Man."
"In the field
of sports you are more or less accepted for what you do rather
than what you are."
"Show me a guy
who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat
"Every day you
have to test yourself. If you don't, it's a wasted day."
Terry Butts, Marine Corps Male Athlete of the Year
"I think NASCAR
would be much more exciting if, like in a skating rink, every
15 minutes someone announced it was time to reverse direction."
Jeffrey T. Anbinder
"Look around the
table. If you don't see a sucker, get up, because you're the sucker."
"On a spring day
in Kosovo last year, about 150 British peacekeepers managed to
prevent an upsurge of ethnic violence in the town of Mitrovica
by stopping a crowd of up to 20,000 ethnic Albanians from crossing
the bridge to the Serv-dominated northern bank of the river Ibar.
They used neither tear gas nor weapons, just a mixture of man-handling,
moral pressure and what their commander described as 'good scrumming.'"
The Economist, 12/22/2001
"Iíll always be
Number 1 to myself. "
is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body,
it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
The relationship between the soundness of the body and the activities
of the mind is subtle and complex. Much is not yet understood.
But we do know what the Greeks knew: that intelligence and skill
can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body
is healthy and strong; that hardy spirits and tough minds usually
inhabit sound gods. "
John F. Kennedy
"Every 20-plus years,
I like to show up and kick some butt. I figure I can come back
in a couple of decades and do it again."
Al Kenny, who went 24 years between wins. (Mr. Kenny is a super-combo
"Suffering is the sole
origin of consciousness."
"Without ice cream
there would be darkness and chaos."
"Cowards never started
and the weak died along the way."
Unknown pioneer reflecting on completing the long,
hard trek known as The Oregon Trail.
August 16. Came 10
miles. Wind blew very hard this afternoon, consequently dust bad.
The weather is comfortable. The nights are cold. Dust not as bad
as I expected, but let one thing be considered I had anticipated
suffering everything, and so found things better than I thought.
But let one come not prepared to endure hardships and he will
find enough of them.
From the Diary of Mrs. Julia Newton Wood, 1853
"Sometimes, you get
the bear. Sometimes, the bear gets you."
Actor Sam Elliott putting a philosophical spin on The Big Labowski
"It is a sublime thing
to suffer and be stronger."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
To the death!
Westly: No! To the Pain!
Prince: I don't think I'm quite familiar with that phrase.
Conversation during duel between Westly and the Prince in "The
". . . the most
extreme conditions require the most extreme response, and for
some individuals, the call to that response is vitality itself.
. . .The integrity and self-esteem gained from winning the battle
against extremity are the richest treasures in my life."
Diana Nyad, U.S. longĖdistance swimmer (from Other Shores)
"Work while you
work; play while you play."
a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward."
Vernon Law, Pitcher for the Pirates
"When life is
suddenly more serious more of the time, there is also more need
for it to be fun at least some of the time. That's why my family
will be at a college football game this weekend. We need it. And
deserve it, too. Not like a New York fireman deserves it. Or a
medic at the Pentagon. But enough."
Thomas Boswell, Washington Post Sports Columnist, "Our Games
Have Never Seemed More Trivial or Been More Important" -
September 20, 2001
"In and of itself,
sports may be trivial, but as a symbol of the American way of
life, it has enormous weight. We are seen, worldwide, as an enormously
competitive, enthusiastic people who work as hard as we play and
play as hard as we work. When baseball -- which has traditionally
canceled one day of games for huge national celebrations or disasters
-- stops play for six days, that has reverberations in the national
Thomas Boswell, Washington Post Sports Columnist, "A Situation
Much Too Serious for Any Games" - September 14, 2001
"A team is where
a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward
goes to hide."
country in the history of the world being attacked. So all of
this doesn't mean very much today."
Bud Selig, Commissioner of Baseball announcing that all Major
League Baseball games were postponed after terrorist attacks in
New York and Washington, September 11, 2001.
"Baseball doesn't seem
very important on a day like this...When you live in the United
States and you think it's the greatest country in the world, you
feel somewhat protected and immune. You read about [terrorism]
happening in other parts of the world. A day like this makes you
rethink. A lot of us really have a false sense of what the world
is really like."
Gerry Hunsicker, General Manager of the Houston Astros
out all normal human activity before it, defining life in its
own sick terms, if it can. So, a baseball game on a sultry Texas
night before a huge crowd, with everyone feeling perfectly safe,
is exactly what terrorists hate. Which is why it is so important
to resume such athletic rituals -- which symbolize stability,
confidence and order -- as soon as is reasonably possible."
Thomas Boswell, Washington Post Sports Columnist, "In Disbelief,
A Suspension Of American Innocence" - September 12, 2001.
"Work is something
a body is obliged to do. Play is something a body is not obliged
"I play the game
for the game's own sake."
Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
by Arthur Conan Doyle
"The goal of Olympism
is to place everywhere sport at the service of the harmonious
development of man, with a view to encouraging the establishment
of a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human
dignity. To this effect, the Olympic Movement engages, alone or
in cooperation with other organizations and within the limits
of its means, in actions to promote peace."
From the Olympic Charter as reprinted on NikeWatch
"And you want
to know why track and field is dying in this country? Kids today
can watch Kobe Bryant go end-to-end and Randy Moss run a down-and-out
and Ichiro Suzuki go from first to third and they will see it
start to finish, in real time, the outcome happening before their
eyes. But the men's 400 relay finals at the world championships?
On your mark, get set . . . we'll show it to you in four hours
on another network."
Mike Penner, LA
Times Sports Columnist, "Track and Field, TV Has a Problem
With You" (The LA Times, 8/13/01)
"You, sir, are
the greatest athlete in the world."
Dialogue between Gustav V of Sweden and Jim Thorpe at the 1912
"It hurts up to a
point and then it doesn't get any worse."
Ann Trason, American Ultramarathoner
"The quicker you
get there, the shorter the pain."
From James Waddington's Bad to the Bone
"Alan Webb is
the best thing to happen in this event, but professionals and
collegiates don't want to lose to high school guys. I don't want
to lose to no one."
Gabe Jennings, 1500 heat winner on the first day of USA Outdoor
Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon
"He don't look like
no high school dude."
Maurice Green talking about Alan Webb, a senior at South Lakes
High School in Reston, Virginia, who during the Prefontaine
Classic in Eugene, Oregon, ran a 3:53.43 mile to break Jim
Ryan's 36 year old national high school record (3:55.3), once
thought to be untouchable.
"No Drugs. No
Drinking. No Smoking. No Cursing."
Sign posted at entrance to boxing trainer Mack Lewis's gym.
"If you don't
try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody's back
"We live by encouragement
and die without it -- slowly, sadly, angrily."
"My doctor recently
told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was
right. I feel ten years older already."
Milton Berle, Comedian
"We're only a couple
of short breaths away from being a carcass. I'm talkin' serious
A candid assessment on the state of the U.S. Pro Bowlers Tour
from a high ranking PBA Official.
"I have offended
God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should
Leonardo da Vinci, dying words, 1519
ancestors of your matriarch besmirched the season of the orange
Nick Bakay, describing what baseball trash talk sounds like in
"What price do
we pay when we risk-manage our lives into something safe, flat,
Lynnell Mickelsen, Southwest Journal, reporting on the
trend to structured, formalized, pay to play activities for children
and public paranoia about child safety that limits what kids do
with what's left of their free time (as reported in Utne Reader).
this Frankensteinian sports culture that grows scarier with every
report of middle-school recruitment or Little Leaguers getting
paid $5 per hit."
Bob Welch, Register Guard Sports Columnist
"Coach, are we
just playing for fun now?"
Question asked by a 12-year old baseball player when his team
had time to play a couple more innings after a regular game had
ended (from Bob Welch, Register Guard sports column, "Sports
culture loses its way").
"You know, I always
told you boys that sports aren't important...but they are."
Martin to sons, Niles and Frasier Crane (from television's Frasier).
you're having fun, you have a lot of heart and desire. Winning breeds
winning. Losing breeds losing, and when you're losing, you don't
think of anything else."
Angelina Wolvert, UO Ducks senior forward
an athlete half a century ago, getting mentioned by the great Grantland
Rice was something akin to being an altar boy and getting a letter
from the Pope."
Branyon, publisher of The Observer, Ware Shoals, South Carolina
are many stars and a few super-stars in sport. There are champions
who bag a coronet now and then, and there are others who dominate
some game year after year. In other words there are Bobby Jones
and Helen Wills."
Rice, "Making of the Mighty," Collier's Magazine (November 3, 1928)
my dad was fun."
Phil Mickelson, when asked if his dad was like Earl Woods.
lucky. My grandmother stepped up for me and said she would take
responsibility for me and a compassionate juvenile judge took a
chance and gave me one. They were getting ready to send me away
to do real time, but they sent me instead to a juvenile alternative
day school. And I guess that was the beginning of my turnaround."
Bob Beamon, 1968 Olympic
Gold medalist in long jump. World Record holder for 23 years; Olympic
Record still stands for phenomenal leap in Mexico City; talking
about his early juvenile delinquency and what turned him around.
mastery of the true self, and the refusal to permit others to dominate
us is the ultimate in living, and self-expression in athletics."
people always say, "Well, does sport teach you anything in
life?" It teaches you certain things, but it doesn't teach
you other things. It doesn't teach, as I say, very much about marriage,
very much about how to make a living, any of those things.
played six to 10 hours a day, every day, 90 days during the summer,
and I'd do incredible things. I would dribble blindfolded in the
house. I would take my basketball to bed with me, I'd lay there
after my mother kissed and tucked me in, and I'd shoot the ball
up in the air and say, 'Finger tip control, backspin, follow through.'"
would be much more exciting if they had pitching machines firing
baseballs randomly at both sides, so the players had to hit the
tennis ball while trying to avoid getting clocked with a 90 mph
was given to me not to become a great player and a world champion.
Tennis was given to me to keep me off the street corners of east
submit that tennis is the most beautiful sport there is, and also
the most demanding....Basketball comes close, but it's a team sport
and lacks tennis's primal mano a mano intensity. Boxing might come
close at least at the lighter weight divisions but the
actual physical damage the fighters inflict on each other makes
it too concretely brutal to be really beautiful a level of
abstraction and formality (i.e., "play") is necessary
for a sport to possess true metaphysical beauty (in my opinion).
David Foster Wallace, "The String Theory, " from Esquire.
answer to why public interest in men's tennis has been on the wane
in recent years is an essential and unpretty thugishness
about the power-baseline style that's become dominant on the tour.
Watch Agassi closely sometime...he's amazingly absent of finesse,
with movements that look more like a heavy-metal musician's than
an athlete's...what a top PBer really resembles is film of the old
Soviet Union putting down a rebellion. It's awesome, but brutally
so, with a grinding, faceless quality about its power that renders
that power curiously dull and empty."
David Foster Wallace, "The String Theory, " from Esquire.
McEnroe...was arguably the best serve-and-volley man of all time,
but then McEnroe was an exception to pretty much every predictive
norm there was. At his peak (say 1980 to 1984), he was the greatest
tennis player who ever livedthe most talented, the most beautiful,
the most tormented: a genius. For me, watching McEnroe don a blue
polyester blazer and do stiff lame truistic color commentary for
TV is like watching Faulkner do a Gap ad."
David Foster Wallace, "The String Theory, " from Esquire.
Rope a Dope would not have existed without the Big Dope."
George Foreman, on his role in the Rumble in the Jungle
nobody you'd rather beat than your good friend."
Charles Barkley, about playing against Michael Jordan, 1993.
beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at
have brought you to the ring, now you must dance."
Robert the Bruce
kind of perceives me as being angry. It's not anger, it's motivation!"
was probably the biggest accomplishment of my life."
Jerome Bettis, after bowling a perfect 300.
the last thing I ever wanted in life was a knighthood, and even
today some forty years after the event, I find it difficult to come
to terms with a life where old and valued friends insist on calling
me 'Sir' instead of Don, simply because they think it is protocol.
But I have consciously shouldered these burdens because I felt that
I was the medium through which cricket could achieve a higher status
and gain maximum support from the people, not only in Australia
but throughout the world."
Sir Don Bradman
is no one alive I can't beat.''
Bobby Fischer, 1961, Chess Champion
you stand on the victory stand, you must be able to ask yourself:
'Did I win this medal?'"
Kip Keino, Olympic gold medalist in the 1500 and the 3000 meter
steeplechase, from a speech urging young athletes not to use performance
high school, I didn't get the chance to wrestle varsity until my
senior year because I had an older brother who was better than me."
29 year old American from Afton, Wyoming won Olympic Gold for Greco-Roman
Wrestling in Sydney by beating the Russian legend, Alexsandr Karelin.
Going into the gold medal match, Karelin, with 9 World Championships
and three Olympic gold medals, had been unbeaten since 1987.
went to Russia and wrestled. He studied all the videotape of Karelin's
career. He saw things. Karelin was not quite so strong now. He coud
be gassed--if you were in top condition you could run him out of
energy. He learned all these things. He was focused on beating the
world's best wrestler."
Reynold Gardner talking about his brother, Rulon, Sydney Olympian
and Greco Roman gold medalist.
folks, their gold medal looks the same as everybody elses'."
Bob Costas, NBC Sports Commentator's comment after watching Olympic
Rhythmic Gymnastics competition.
up on a farm and I always learned when you work you go forward,
you don't stop and say, well, I'll take a break. You always go forward
and get the job done."
a little like wrestling a gorilla. You donít quit when you're tired--you
quit when the gorilla is tired."
used to be such a lovely finesse sport, now it's a dock fight. It's
just football without the helmets and shoulder pads. They score
baskets the way the Chicago Bears used to score touchdowns."
Bill Millsaps, Richmond Times-Dispatch
never bought an article of clothing because some famous athlete
told me to, but, then, I never had a diamond in my ear, either."
Jim Murray, L.A. Times
think the World Cup's method of playing off tie games is obscene.
I mean, kicking an 18-ounce ball into a net eight yards wide and
eight feet high from 12 yards out is like settling a golf tournament
with 12-inch putts. Talk about showdown poker. Why don't they just
flip a coin?"
Jim Murray, L.A. Times
forgive me...but sometimes I get very emotional...when I talk about
my son....My heart...fills with so...much...joy...when I realize...that
this young man...is going to be able...to help so many people....He
will transcend this game...and bring to the world...a humanitarianism...which
has never been known before. The world will be a better place to
live in...by virtue of his existence...and his presence....I acknowledge
only a small part in that...in that I know that I was personally
selected by God himself...to nurture this young man...and bring
him to the point where he can make his contribution to humanity....This
is my treasure....Please accept it...and use it wisely...Thank you."
Earl Woods, father of Tiger Woods speaking at the Fred Haskins Award
dinner in 1996.
weren't s--- then, Tiger. You ain't s--- now. You ain't never gonna
Earl Woods speaking to his son Tiger Woods.
toughness can take you to the top, and mental weakness straight
to the bottom."
will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body."
I did this three years ago, it was like death. When I did it last
year, it was like near death. This year, it was just really hard."
John Howie, wheelchair athlete, describing his Charlotte Observer
10k races from 1990 - 1993.
still bother with runners I call hamburgers. They're never going
to run any record times. But they can fulfill their own potential."
you make one mistake, it can result in vasectomy."
John Rowland, Olympian, speaking about the steeplechase
skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been."
miss 100% of the shots you never take."
don't like my hockey sticks touching other sticks, and I don't like
them crossing one another, and I kind of have them hidden in the
corner. I put baby powder on the ends. I think it's essentially
a matter of taking care of what takes care of you."
had all my own teeth and I wanted to keep it that way."
Tom Glavine on why he played baseball rather than hockey.
take the shortest route to the puck and arrive in ill humor."
Bobby Clarke, NHL player and executive
just made up my mind that I was going to lose my teeth and have
my face cut to pieces."
Johnny Bower, National Hockey League player, when asked how he decided
to become a goalie
not dumb enough to be a goalie."
bastard ever won a war dying for his country. You win a war
by making the
other poor dumb bastard die for his country."
General George Patton
is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."
General George Patton
a man does his best, what else is there?"
General George S. Patton
"In case you haven't been keeping track of current events,
we just got our
Soldier, from the movie Aliens
"I ain't got time to bleed."
Jesse Ventura from Arnold Schwartzenager's Predator
"Charlie don't surf."
Robert Duval in Apocalypse Now
"...my papa said son don't let the man getcha and do what he
done to me..."
Willy: Don't feel bad for losing. I was wrestling wolves when you
were back at your mother's teat!"
Groundskeeper Willy, after doing battle with an Alaskan Timberwolf
on The Simpsons
- Rocky Balboa from the movie Rocky
don't take no R & R."
-Robert Duval in Apocalypse Now
fish don't have to have their sorry asses barged around some dam."
A quote from Logan's famous "Wimpy
only hurt once, from beginning to end."
James Counsilman, College Swimming Coach (after swimming the English
Channel at the age of 58). Counsilman got his start as a swimmer
at the East St. Louis YMCA. He was inducted into the International
Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Coach in 1976
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