Sports Quotes

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A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. ~Wayne Gretzky

A lifetime of training for just ten seconds. ~Jesse Owens

A player who conjugates a verb in the first person singular cannot be part of the squad, he has to conjugate the verb in the first person plural. We. We want to conquer. We are going to conquer. Using the word "I" when you're in a group makes things complicated. ~Wanderley Luxemburgo

A tough day at the office is even tougher when your office contains spectator seating. ~Nik Posa

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught. ~Ambrose Bierce

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. ~William Arthur Ward

All a manager has to do is keep eleven players happy - the eleven in the reserves. The first team are happy because they are in the first team. ~Rodney Marsh, 1979

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity. ~Gordie Howe

All sports are games of inches. ~Dick Ritger

American professional athletes are bilingual; they speak English and profanity. ~Gordie Howe, 1975

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An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head. ~Emil Zatopek

Andre Dawson has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day. Aren't we all? ~Vin Scully

Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts. ~Phil Jackson

As a manager, you always have a gun to your head. It's a question of whether there is a bullet in the barrel. ~Kevin Keegan, 1995

As athletes, we're used to reacting quickly. Here, it's 'come, stop, come, stop.' There's a lot of downtime. That's the toughest part of the day. ~Michael Jordan

Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns. ~John Leonard

Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended. ~George Bernard Shaw

Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball. ~James Patrick Murray

Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer. ~Ted Williams

Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field? ~Jim Bouton

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Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up. ~Red Auerbach

Bobby Knight told me this: 'There is nothing that a good defense cannot beat a better offense.' In other words a good offense wins. ~Dan Quayle

Champions keep playing until they get it right. ~Billie Jean King

Cricket - a game which the English, not being a spiritual people, have invented in order to give themselves some conception of eternity. ~Lord Mancroft

Cricket is baseball on valium. ~Robin Williams

Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play. ~Mike Singletary

Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you. ~Satchel Paige

Every day you guys look worse and worse. And today you played like tomorrow. ~John Mariucci

Every sport pretends to a literature, but people don't believe it of any other sport but their own. ~Alistair Cooke

Fans are the only ones who really care. There are no free-agent fans. ~Dick Young

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Fans don't boo nobodies. ~Reggie Jackson

Finish last in your league and they call you Idiot. Finish last in medical school and they call you Doctor. ~Abe Lemons

Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers. ~Herbert Hoover

Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable. ~Tom Landry

Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air. ~Jack Benny

God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure. ~Eric Liddell

Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. ~Dan Gable

Golf is a good walk spoiled. ~Mark Twain

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best. ~Tim Duncan

Half the lies they tell about me aren't true. ~Yogi Berra

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He has turned defensive boxing into a poetic art. Trouble is, nobody ever knocked anybody out with a poem. ~Eddie Shaw, referring to Herol "Bomber" Graham

Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps. ~Tiger Woods

I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures. ~Earl Warren

I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match. ~Mia Hamm

I cannot for the life of me see why the umpires, the only two people on a cricket field who are not going to get grass stains on their knees, are the only two people allowed to wear dark trousers. ~Katharine Whitehorn

I don't know. I never smoked AstroTurf. ~Tug McGraw, when asked if he preferred grass or AstroTurf, April 1974

I don't think the discus will ever attract any interest until they let us start throwing them at one another. ~Al Oerter

I figure practice puts your brains in your muscles. ~Sam Snead, about golf

I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything like golf. I have never been depressed enough to take up the game, but they say you get so sore at yourself you forget to hate your enemies. ~Will Rogers

I know we're meant to be these hard-headed, money-obsessed professionals but we're still little boys at heart. Just ask our wives. ~Rob Lee, 1998

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I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles. ~Gilbert K. Chesterton

I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game. ~Walt Whitman

I think you enjoy the game more if you don't know the rules. Anyway you're on the same wavelength as the referees. ~Jonathan Davies, 1995

I thought lacrosse was what you find in la church. ~Robin Williams, 1982

I want to rip out his heart and feed it to Lennox Lewis. I want to kill people. I want to rip their stomachs out and eat their children. ~Mike Tyson

I wanted to have a career in sports when I was young, but I had to give it up. I'm only six feet tall, so I couldn't play basketball. I'm only 190 pounds, so I couldn't play football. And I have 20-20 vision, so I couldn't be a referee. ~Jay Leno

I was called "Rembrandt" Hope in my boxing days, because I spent so much time on the canvas. ~Bob Hope

I watched the Indy 500, and I was thinking that if they left earlier they wouldn't have to go so fast. ~Steven Wright

I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out. ~Rodney Dangerfield

I will not permit thirty men to travel four hundred miles to agitate a bag of wind. ~Andrew Dickson White

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I would have thought that the knowledge that you are going to be leapt upon by half-a-dozen congratulatory, but sweaty team-mates would be inducement not to score a goal. ~Arthur Marshall

I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down. ~Robert Frost

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead. ~Erma Bombeck

If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing your grandmother with her teeth out. ~George Brett, 1986

If the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn't, it's that girls should stick to girls' sports, such as hot oil wrestling, foxy boxing, and such and such. ~Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score? ~Vince Lombardi

If you make every game a life-and-death thing, you're going to have problems. You'll be dead a lot. ~Dean Smith

If you screw things up in tennis, it's 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it's your ass. ~Randall "Tex" Cobb

If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. ~Jack Lemmon

I'm fanatical about sport: there seems to me something almost religious about the fact that human beings can organise play, the spirit of play. ~Simon Gray, 1995

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I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok. ~Shaquille O'Neal

In play there are two pleasures for your choosing - The one is winning, and the other losing. ~Lord Byron

It is a noteworthy fact that kicking and beating have played so considerable a part in the habits which necessity has imposed on mankind in past ages that the only way of preventing civilized men from beating and kicking their wives is to organize games in which they can kick and beat balls. ~George Bernard Shaw

It is all very well to say that a man should play for the pure love of the game. Perhaps he ought, but to the working man it is impossible. ~J.J. Bentley

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf. ~H.L. Mencken

It is not how big you are, it's how big you play. ~Author Unknown

It may be that all games are silly. But then, so are humans. ~Robert Lynd

It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling. ~Mark Twain

It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up. ~Muhammad Ali

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It's like going into a nuclear war with bows and arrows. ~Joe Kinnear, comparing finances and resources in high-dollar and low-dollar sports teams

It's not whether you win or lose - but whether I win or lose. ~Sandy Lyle

I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. ~Michael Jordan

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. ~Michael Jordan

Life is simply a cricket match, with temptation as the bowler. ~Author Unknown

Losers quit when they're tired. Winners quit when they've won. ~Author Unknown

Losing is the great American sin. ~Jerome Holtzman

Losing streaks are funny. If you lose at the beginning, you get off to a bad start. If you lose in the middle of the season, you're in a slump. If you lose at the end, you're choking. ~Gene Mauch

Many continentals think life is a game; the English think cricket is a game. ~George Mikes, How to Be an Alien, 1946

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. ~Henry David Thoreau

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Men forget everything; women remember everything. That's why men need instant replays in sports. They've already forgotten what happened. ~Rita Rudner

Most games are lost, not won. ~Casey Stengel

Most people are in a factory from nine till five. Their job may be to turn out 263 little circles. At the end of the week they're three short and somebody has a go at them. On Saturday afternoons they deserve something to go and shout about. ~Rodney Marsh

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. ~William James

Motor racing's less of a sport these days than a commercial break doing 150 mph. ~Peter Dunne, 1992

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging. ~Hank Aaron

My only feeling about superstition is that it's unlucky to be behind at the end of the game. ~Duffy Daugherty

October is not only a beautiful month but marks the precious yet fleeting overlap of hockey, baseball, basketball, and football. ~Jason Love

Officials are the only guys who can rob you and then get a police escort out of the stadium. ~Ron Bolton

Oh God, if there be cricket in heaven, let there also be rain. ~Alec Douglas Home

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One day of practice is like one day of clean living. It doesn't do you any good. ~Abe Lemmons

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever. ~Vince McKewin

Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit. ~Author Unknown

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. ~Rogers Hornsby

People understand contests. You take a bunch of kids throwing rocks at random and people look askance, but if you go and hold a rock-throwing contest - people understand that. ~Don Murray

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Playing polo is like trying to play golf during an earthquake. ~Sylvester Stallone

Prize fighters can sometimes read and write when they start - but they can't when they finish. ~Martin H. Fischer

Professional wrestling's most mysterious hold is on its audience. ~Luke Neely, 1953

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words, it is war minus the shooting... there are quite enough real causes of trouble already, and we need not add to them by encouraging young men to kick each other on the shins amid the roars of infuriated spectators. ~George Orwell

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting. ~George Orwell

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Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser. ~Vince Lombardi

Sport is a preserver of health. ~Hippocrates

Sport strips away personality, letting the white bone of character shine through. Sport gives players an opportunity to know and test themselves. ~Rita Mae Brown

Sports do not build character. They reveal it. ~Heywood Broun

Sports is human life in microcosm. ~Howard Cosell

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Squash is boxing with racquets. ~Jonah Barrington

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. ~Bobby Unser

The ball is man's most disastrous invention, not excluding the wheel. ~Robert Morley, 1965

The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it's the opposition. ~Nick Seitz

The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back. ~Steve Garvey

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The essence of sports is that while you're doing it, nothing else matters, but after you stop, there is a place, generally not very important, where you would put it. ~Roger Bannister

The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break. ~John Madden

The finish line is sometimes merely the symbol of victory. All sorts of personal triumphs take place before that point, and the outcome of the race may actually be decided long before the end. ~Laurence Malone

The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. ~Ernest Hemingway

The key is not the "will to win" - everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important. ~Bobby Knight

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The more I practice, the luckier I get. ~Jerry Barber, about golf

The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle. ~Author Unknown

The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course. ~Billy Graham

The Rock knew his wrestling career was over when he looked across the ring and saw his opponent... THE PAPER. ~Jerry Thomas

The Russians have a weapon that can wipe out two hundred eighty thousand Americans. That puts them exactly ten years behind Howard Cosell. ~Red Smith

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The trouble with referees is that they just don't care which side wins. ~Tom Canterbury

The umpire... is like the geyser in the bathroom; we cannot do without it, yet we notice it only when it is out of order. ~Neville Cardus

There isn't a single professional sports season now that doesn't go on at least a month too long. Baseball starts in football weather, and football in baseball weather, and basketball overlaps them both. ~James Reston

There's more to boxing than hitting. There's not getting hit, for instance. ~George Foreman

There's nothing wrong with the Little League World Series that locking out the adults couldn't cure. ~Mike Penner, Los Angeles Times

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These are my new shoes. They're good shoes. They won't make you rich like me, they won't make you rebound like me, they definitely won't make you handsome like me. They'll only make you have shoes like me. That's it. ~From a Charles Barkley commercial for basketball shoes

To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other. ~Jack Handey

To think of playing cricket for hard cash! Money and gentility would ruin any pastime under the sun. ~Mary Russell Mitford, 1823

We are inclined that if we watch a football game or baseball game, we have taken part in it. ~John F. Kennedy, 1961

We can't win at home and we can't win on the road. My problem as general manager is I can't think of another place to play. ~Pat Williams

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We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time. ~Vince Lombardi

We have forty-four defenses for him, but he has forty-five ways to score. ~Al Attles, on Nate Archibald

When cerebral processes enter into sports, you start screwing up. It's like the Constitution, which says separate church and state. You have to separate mind and body. ~Bill Lee

When it comes to sports I am not particularly interested. Generally speaking, I look upon them as dangerous and tiring activities performed by people with whom I share nothing except the right to trial by jury. ~Fran Lebowitz

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. ~Hunter S. Thompson

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When we played, World Series checks meant something. Now all they do is screw up your taxes. ~Don Drysdale, 1978

Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. ~Vince Lombardi

Winning is overrated. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war. ~Al McGuire

Winning isn't overrated - it's your acceptance of being rated. ~Carrie Latet

With the money I'm making, I should be playing two positions. ~Pete Rose, 1977

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You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get. ~Michael Phelps

You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go. Don't ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body. ~Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

You win some, lose some, and wreck some. ~Dale Earnhardt

You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you. ~Yogi Berra

You're playing worse every day and right now you're playing like the middle of next week.

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