We’ve all heard them: sports quotes. Some have withstood the test of time, while others have come and gone with people scratching their heads and asking themselves “what did you say?”
Whatever the case may be, sports quotes are woven into the fabric of all sports and they just keep getting more creative. So lets take a look at a few and break them down as to what they actually mean. Then if they make sense to you, fantastic! If they don’t, then I’ll join you in scratching my head and asking, “what did he just say?”
“Winners never quit and quitters never win”… That’s an easy one and the person who first said it was legendary Coach, Vince Lombardi, of the Green Bay Packers.
“Complacency makes cowards of us all”… I’m not sure if that’s a sports quote or not, as it could be easily applied to all sports, or just as easily applied to anything in life. Whatever the case may be, this quote is permanently etched into an archway over the main door of Stripling Junior High School in Fort Worth, Texas. Coach Rudy Mauser, affectionately known as Rudy Mau Mau, used to scream this at us, all the time, before during and after practice.
“Stay within yourself”… Now this one has always intrigued me, because at first glance, it really doesn’t make a lot of sense. But, I understand whatever Detroit Tiger player, Doug Fister, meant when he first said it. One can only imagine a floating phantasm who left his earthly body and is floating in space over home plate waiting for the next pitch. Of course it means don’t try to do too much, play within the limits of your your skill and let you teammates pick up slack. However, I prefer the floating phantasm imagery.
“Success is work preparation and opportunity meet”… That makes sense you gotta work hard, in preparation to take advantage of the opportunity when it presents itself. That quote can be attributed to famous race car driver Bobby Unser.
“Sports do not build character, they reveal it”… Now I maybe wrong, but wasn’t that a quote from the movie Dodge Ball on ESPN 8 “The Ocho”? Announcer, Cotton McKnight, first said it on air? I’m just sayin’…
“It’s just a job. Grass grows. Birds fly. Waves pound the sand. I beat people up”… Mohammad Ali is credited with having said that.
“Run you little piss ants”… That’s actually another movie quote taken from the movie adaptation of a Larry McMurtry novel “The Last Picture Show”. I’m not sure there’s anything to do with sports, although it was being shouted at the football coach, at his obviously tired player, struggling to finish their laps. I have borrowed quite a few lines from that movie over the years, so please don’t tell anybody because I like to take credit for saying profound things. Let’s just call that our little secret.
“I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams so I built it myself”… Of course, as we know, Ferdinand Porsche is credited with that quote. Hey Ferdinand, I just gave you credit can I have one of your cars, please?
“It ain’t over till it’s over.”… “When you come to a fork in the road, take it”…”It’s like déjà vu all over again.”… Of course those three quotes come from the great Yogi Berra himself, who probably said many more but those endure the test of time.
“Baseball is like a church. Many attend. Few understand.”…Leo Durocher.
“I never questioned the integrity of an umpire, their eyesight, yes”… “You never save a pitcher for tomorrow because tomorrow it may rain.”… Legendary manager Leo Durocher. Well said Leo.
That’s all for now.