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Friday, June 28, 2013

More Unusual Sports Quotes

I quit school in the sixth grade because of pneumonia.
Not because I had it, but because I couldn’t spell it.
-Rocky Graziano

A while ago, I posted some atypical quotes from the world of sports (link to post: and got a lot of positive feedback ... so here’s another round.
But before we get to the unusual ones, here’s a link a great motivational piece: Vince Lombardi’s most famous speech: What It Takes To Be Number One (free download: 
OK, here’s a brief break from your busy day ... hopefully, after having a quick chuckle you will be refreshed and ready to back to productive business action.
I thought lacrosse was what you find in la church. -Robin Williams

If I were playing third base and my mother were rounding third with the run that was going to beat us, I'd trip her. Oh, I'd pick her up and brush her off and say, "Sorry Mom", but nobody beats me. -Leo Durocher

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

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

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

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

The reason the pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can't see him laughing. -Phyllis Diller

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, 1993

Crystallizing my feelings about the game, I find that squash is less frustrating than golf, less fickle than tennis. It is easier than badminton, cheaper than polo. It is better exercise than bowls, quicker than cricket, less boring than jogging, drier than swimming, safer than hang gliding. -John Hopkins, “Squash: A Joyful Game”

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

Baseball and football are very different games. In a way, both of them are easy. Football is easy if you're crazy as hell. Baseball is easy if you've got patience. They'd both be easier for me if I were a little more crazy - and a little more patient. -Bo Jackson

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

Baseball statistics are like a girl in a bikini. They show a lot, but not everything. -Toby Harrah

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

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

To close this post, here’s a thought from Red Shannon on one reason we are so interested in athletic endeavor:

Sport lets us believe in the impossible. "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" It doesn't happen often enough but every now and then, just about the time we are ready to succumb to the predictable, to the inevitable...Whump! Young David rises up to smite the giant- whether that behemoth is the perennial powerhouse or the untouchable world record. It's this aspect of sport that can, at any time, any place, stir the little kid in us to ask "why not?"

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