“The difference between people who get SUCCESS and don’t is not due to lack of strength, not due to lack of knowledge, but rather the lack of willpower.” -Vince Lombardi
“Champions are not generated from the championship. Champion is generated from something they have in them, desires, dreams, and visions.” -Muhammad Ali
It’s an effective technique. That being said, I thought, that I’d share with you some quotes from the world of sports that are not the typical ones you hear from the motivational speakers.
Periodically we need a break to refresh, adjust our thinking and perhaps have a laugh. So, here are some sports quotes that aren't often used in the business world:
“I probably wouldn’t play for me. I wouldn’t like my attitude.” – John Thompson, Georgetown Basketball Coach
“Hurting people is my business.” – Sugar Ray Robinson
“I bet on a horse at ten to one. It didn’t come in until half-past five.” – Henny Youngman
“Football players, like prostitutes, are in the business of ruining their bodies for the pleasure of strangers.” – Merle Kessler
“Baseball would be a better game if more third basemen got hit in the mouth by line drives.” – Dan Jenkins
“Try to hate your opponent. Even if you are playing your grandmother, try to beat her fifty to nothing. If she already has three, try to beat her fifty to three.” – Danny McGoorty, billiard player
“My toughest fight was with my first wife.” – Muhammad Ali
“A team should be an extension of the coach’s personality. My teams were arrogant and obnoxious.” – Al McGuire, basketball coach
“As for bowling, how good can a thing be if it has to be done in an alley?” – John Grigsby’s ex-wife
Show me a good loser and I’ll show you an idiot.” – Leo Durocher
And then, sometimes, professional athletes and coaches say things that make us laugh by being outrageous, clueless or stating the obvious:
Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach: "You guys line up alphabetically by height."
Alan Kulwicki, stock car racer, on racing Saturday nights as opposed to Sunday afternoons: "It's basically the same, just darker."
Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips: When asked by Bob Costas why he takes his wife on all the road trips, Phillips responded, "Because she is too ugly to kiss goodbye."
Shaquille O'Neal, on his lack of championships: "I've won at every level, except college and pro."
Tommy Lasorda , Dodger manager, when asked what terms Mexican-born pitching sensation Fernando Valenzuela might settle for in his upcoming contract negotiations: "He wants Texas back."
Mike McCormack, coach of the Baltimore Colts after the team's co-captain, offensive guard Robert Pratt, pulled a hamstring running onto the field for the coin toss against St. Louis: "I'm going to send the injured reserve players out for the toss next time."
Jim Finks, New Orleans Saints G.M., when asked after a loss what he thought of the refs: "I'm not allowed to comment on lousy officiating."
Darrell Royal, Texas football coach, asked if the abnormal number of Longhorn injuries that season resulted from poor physical conditioning: "One player was lost because he broke his nose. How do you go about getting a nose in condition for football?"
Lou Duva, veteran boxing trainer, on the Spartan training regime of heavyweight Andrew Golota: "He's a guy who gets up at six o'clock in the morning regardless of what time it is."
Do you have any odd, unusual, interesting, funny or motivational sports quotes to share? Leave ‘em in the comments area below.