SportByte™ Archives — September 2014
Posted 09.30.14 — "In ancient Rome, citizens befuddled by the complexities of the waning empire found in battles waged by the gladiators precisely the simplistic relief from the government problems of their day." — James Michener, Pulitzer Prize winning author [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.29.14 — "Statistics always remind me of the fellow who drowned in a river whose average depth was three feet." — Woody Hayes, football coach, on the value of statistics [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.28.14 — "How many guys we got in this league — 1,500? Well, that means there are 1,495 guys he can't lick." — Bill Parcells, NFL coach, referring to his kicker, who had told the media he wanted to get in some hits [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.27.14 — "Gentlemen, you are about to play football for Yale. Never again in your lives will you do anything so important." — Tad Jones, football coach (1909-27), addressing his Yale team [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.26.14 — "The only reason I'd go to the NBA is if someone throws funny money – players' money – at me." — Jim Calhoun, college basketball coach [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.25.14 — "You would have to take a stun gun or whatever and shoot him to get him off that court. He's going to leave it all out there." — Jeff Van Gundy, basketball coach, on Patrick Ewing, basketball player, who played an entire game with a torn Achilles tendon and led his team to a win [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.24.14 — "The reasons I was playing the game have always been the same. The game was all I cared about; it never felt like a job." — Dennis Rodman, basketball player [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.23.14 — "The most difficult aspect of dealing with sportswriters is their assumption of moral superiority. They insist on advising everyone." — Glenn Seaburg, Chancellor, University of Southern California [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.22.14 — "It's in the mindset of the players and managers to cheat whenever they get a chance. They believe it is the equivalent of their First Amendment right to cheat." — Durwood Merrill, umpire [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.21.14 — "The way to make coaches think you're in shape in the spring is to get a tan." — Whitey Ford, baseball player, on spring training [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.20.14 — "If you're a gymnast, something is always hurting, but you still train. You just have to learn to live with discomfort." — Mary Lou Retton, Olympic gold medalist [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.19.14 — "I believe in rules. Sure I do. If there weren't any rules, how could you break them?" — Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.18.14 — "It is impossible for anyone who does not live in New York to know what it truly is to hate the Yankees." — Murray Kempton, in Back at the Polo Grounds [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.17.14 — "I believe in leadership. And I definitely believe I am a leader. But I believe I lead by example." — Mike Piazza, baseball player [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.16.14 — "Society loves conformists. I'm not a conformist. I'm a big believer in individuality, in freedom." — Pam Postema, female umpire [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.15.14 — "That (home run) ball got out of here in a hurry. Anything going that fast better have a damn stewardess on it — don't you think?" — Kevin Costner, actor, in Bull Durham [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.14.14 — "Observing team sports, teams of adult men, one sees how men are children in the most felicitous sense of the word." — Joyce Carol Oates, writer [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.13.14 — "Mickey was like Marilyn Monroe. He didn't have to be the greatest ballplayer. He had that charisma." — Hank Aaron, baseball player, on Mickey Mantle, baseball player [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.12.14 — "Jimmy Taylor, the great fullback of the Green Bay Packers, spent four years in college and emerged unscarred by education." — Dick Schaap, sportswriter, author, broadcaster [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.11.14 — "I told him, 'Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?' He said, 'Coach, I don't know and I don't care.' " — Frank Layden, NBA executive and coach [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.10.14 — "Mickey Mantle just was everything. At my bar mitzvah I had an Oklahoma accent. And I think I once told my parents, 'Play me or trade me.' " — Billy Crystal, actor, comedian and baseball fan [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.09.14 — "Bob Knight is unique. In another time, he would have been a superb general. ... He may well be the last of the coaching dictators." — Al McGuire, basketball coach and broadcaster, on Bobby Knight, basketball coach [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.08.14 — "I was a very late draft choice of the Mittendorf Funeral Home Panthers. Our color was black." — George Will, author and baseball enthusiast, about his Little League draft [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.07.14 — "If I could make more money running a supermarket, I'd run a supermarket. My best thing is driving cars... It's a business, like any other business." — Richard Perry, race car driver and owner [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.06.14 — "When I read the sports pages these days, I think I'm reading the Wall Street Journal." — Dan Jansen, speed skater, on the business of sports [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.05.14 — "Yes, it is forever about the money. Sports teaches you that eight days a week, making virtues of greed and lust, littering its fields with the currency of betrayal." — Ian O'Connor, sportswriter [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.04.14 — "Every time you win, you're reborn; when you lose, you die a little." — George Allen, football coach [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.03.14 — "I could sell drugs for a living because I'm a hustler. But why sell drugs and go to prison when I can sell tickets." — Cleveland Chris, scalper [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.02.14 — "Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." — Joe Theisman, broadcaster and football player [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]

Posted 09.01.14 — "What does it take to be a good referee? Beats the hell out of me. No one thinks any referee is good." — Richie Powers, basketball official [The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations]
 

    
 

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