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Quotes are the way we see life sometimes

July 15, 2013
By MIKE MATHISON - Sports editor (mmathison@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star
Sports tend to stir our emotions in a lot of ways. We can remember where we were at times when we heard a specific quote from a specific person after a specific game. We also tend to remember the quotes from our favorite players or coaches from our favorite teams. We also remember those from members of the teams we really don’t or didn’t like. I grew up in San Diego before moving to El Cajon, Calif., at age 9. Yet, I was a fan of UCLA and Lakers basketball and listened to Chick Hearn call a gazillion Lakers games. I was not a Dodgers fan at all, but could listen to Vin Scully call any baseball game. I still remember a few of the things my football, basketball and track coaches said along the way. Words are very powerful in a lot of ways and can stick with people for a long time. Words also stir emotions. So, after perusing a bunch of web sites, here you go. “The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.” — Billy Graham “If you have an opportunity to make things better and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on earth.” — Roberto Clemente “In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?” — Jesse Owens “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.” — Eric Liddell  “It’s not the disability that defines you; it’s how you deal with the challenges the disability presents you with. We have an obligation to the abilities we DO have, not the disability.” — Jim Abbott “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” — Muhammad Ali “Approach the game with no preset agendas and you’ll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.” — Phil Jackson “The Spirit of Sports: The spirit of sports gives each of us who participate an opportunity to be creative. Sports knows no sex, age, race or religion. Sports gives us all the ability to test ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally in a way no other aspect of life can. For many of us who struggle with ‘fitting in’ or our identity — sports gives us our first face of confidence. That first bit of confidence can be a gateway to many other great things!” — Dan O’Brien “Sports creates a bond between contemporaries that lasts a lifetime. It also gives your life structure, discipline and a genuine, sincere, pure fulfillment that few other areas of endeavor provide.” — Bob Cousy “Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man.” — Pele “Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you?” — Jacques Plante “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” — Tommy Lasorda “Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” — Mike Singletary “I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down, and I will not let myself down.” — Mia Hamm “For me, winning isn't something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.” — Emmitt Smith “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” — John Wooden “Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.” — Lou Brock “Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can’t tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.” — Jim Courier “Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly.” — Shaquille O’Neal “One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.” — Knute Rockne “It’s not the will to win that matters — everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” — Bear Bryant “Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” — Matt Biondi “It’s a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square.” — Pete Rose “Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.” — Doug Williams “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won't be worth a dime.” — Babe Ruth “Football doesn’t build character, it reveals character!” — Marv Levy “I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.” — Bruce Jenner “One day of practice is like one day of clean living. It doesn't do you any good.” — Abe Lemons “The more I practice, the luckier I get.” — Gary Player “When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult it is to win.” — Steffi Graf “I’ve missed more than 9,000 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 “Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” — Dan Gable “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” — Wayne Gretzky “These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess.” — Kobe Bryant (Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at mmathison@heraldstaronline.com
 
 
 

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