Most people are in a factory from

Most people are in a factory from nine till five.  Their job may be to turn out 263 little circles.  At the end of the week they’re three short and somebody has a go at them.  On Saturday afternoons they deserve something to go and shout about.  ~Rodney Marsh, 1969, about soccer; CDC

All a manager has to do is

All a manager has to do is keep eleven players happy – the eleven in the reserves.  The first team are happy because they are in the first team.  ~Rodney Marsh, 1979soccer; CDC

Thus so wretched is man that he

Thus so wretched is man that he would weary even without any cause for weariness… and so frivolous is he that, though full of a thousand reasons for weariness, the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient enough to amuse him.  ~Blaise Pascal

If the bible has taught us nothing

If the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn’t, it’s that girls should stick to girls’ sports, such as hot oil wrestling, foxy boxing, and such and such.  ~Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

I wanted to have a career in

I wanted to have a career in sports when I was young, but I had to give it up.  I’m only six feet tall, so I couldn’t play basketball.  I’m only 190 pounds, so I couldn’t play football.  And I have 20-20 vision, so I couldn’t be a referee.  ~Jay LenoCDC

Unlike any other business in the united

Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence.  The mounting of this illusion defines the purpose and accounts for the immense wealth of American sports.  It is the ceremony of innocence that the fans pay to see – not the game or the match or the bout, but the ritual portrayal of a world in which time stops and all hope remains plausible, in which everybody present can recover the blameless expectations of a child, where the forces of light always triumph over the powers of darkness.  ~Lewis H. Lapham, Money and Class in America, 1988CDC

I dont believe professional athletes should be

I don’t believe professional athletes should be role models.  I believe parents should be role models…. It’s not like it was when I was growing up.  My mom and my grandmother told me how it was going to be.  If I didn’t like it, they said, "Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out."  Parents have to take better control.  ~Charles Barkley

If i lose at play blaspheme if

If I lose at play, I blaspheme; if my fellow loses, he blasphemes.  So, God is always the loser.  ~John Donne, 1623CDC

Just give me 25 guys on the

Just give me 25 guys on the last year of their contracts; I’ll win a pennant every year.  ~Sparky AndersonDMCD

I would have thought that the knowledge

I would have thought that the knowledge that you are going to be leapt upon by half-a-dozen congratulatory, but sweaty team-mates would be inducement not to score a goal.  ~Arthur MarshallCDC

Im fanatical about sport there seems to

I’m fanatical about sport:  there seems to me something almost religious about the fact that human beings can organise play, the spirit of play.  ~Simon Gray, 1995, interview, Independent on Sunday, 19 Feb 1995; CDC

There isnt a single professional sports season

There isn’t a single professional sports season now that doesn’t go on at least a month too long.  Baseball starts in football weather, and football in baseball weather, and basketball overlaps them both.  ~James RestonDCD

Sport strips away personality letting the white

Sport strips away personality, letting the white bone of character shine through.  Sport gives players an opportunity to know and test themselves.  ~Rita Mae Brown, from Sudden Death; CIT

I dont know never smoked astroturf tug

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I don’t know.  I never smoked AstroTurf.  ~Tug McGraw, when asked if he preferred grass or AstroTurf, April 1974BQ,quoteinvestigator.com/2011/02/14/smoke-astroturf

Sports are too much with us late

Sports are too much with us.  Late and soon, sitting and watching – mostly watching on television – we lay waste our powers of identification and enthusiasm and, in time, attention as more and more closing rallies and crucial putts and late field goals and final playoffs and sudden deaths and world records and world championships unreel themselves ceaselessly before our half-lidded eyes.  ~Roger AngellDCD

It is all very well to say

It is all very well to say that a man should play for the pure love of the game.  Perhaps he ought, but to the working man it is impossible.  ~J.J. Bentley, on soccer; CDC

People understand contests you take a bunch

People understand contests.  You take a bunch of kids throwing rocks at random and people look askance, but if you go and hold a rock-throwing contest – people understand that.  ~Don Murray, quoted by Gilbert Rogin in Sports Illustrated, 18 Oct 1965; CDC

One day of practice is like one

One day of practice is like one day of clean living.  It doesn’t do you any good.  ~Abe Lemmons, "Coaches’ Corner," Scholastic Coach, April 1979; CDC; BS

When cerebral processes enter into sports you

When cerebral processes enter into sports, you start screwing up.  It’s like the Constitution, which says separate church and state.  You have to separate mind and body.  ~Bill LeeBQ

Cricket a game which the english

Cricket – a game which the English, not being a spiritual people, have invented in order to give themselves some conception of eternity.  ~Lord Mancroft, "Scorecard," Sports Illustrated, 11 Nov 1963; CDC

Crystallizing my feelings about the game i

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, 1980CDC

The difference between the old ballplayer and

The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey.  The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front.  The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.  ~Steve Garvey

Losing streaks are funny if you lose

Losing streaks are funny.  If you lose at the beginning, you get off to a bad start.  If you lose in the middle of the season, you’re in a slump.  If you lose at the end, you’re choking.  ~Gene MauchDMCD

The key is not the 34will to

The key is not the "will to win" – everybody has that.  It is the will to prepare to win that is important.  ~Bobby Knight

I cannot for the life of me

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I cannot for the life of me see why the umpires, the only two people on a cricket field who are not going to get grass stains on their knees, are the only two people allowed to wear dark trousers.  ~Katharine WhitehornCDC

Radio football is reduced to its lowest

Radio football is football reduced to its lowest common denominator.  Shorn of the game’s aesthetic pleasures, or the comfort of a crowd that feels the same way as you, or the sense of security that you get when you see that your defenders and goalkeeper are more or less where they should be, all that is left is naked fear.  ~Nick Hornby, Fever Pitch, 1992, on soccer; CDC

I will not permit thirty men to

I will not permit thirty men to travel four hundred miles to agitate a bag of wind.  ~Andrew Dickson White, said while president of Cornell University, not permitting football team to travel to Michigan; quoted in D. Wallechinsky, The People’s Almanack, 1975; CDC

Its like going into a nuclear war

It’s like going into a nuclear war with bows and arrows.  ~Joe Kinnear, comparing finances and resources in high-dollar and low-dollar sports teams, specifically soccer, his Wimbledon club with the top clubs of the Premiership, 1997; CDC

It is a noteworthy fact that kicking

It is a noteworthy fact that kicking and beating have played so considerable a part in the habits which necessity has imposed on mankind in past ages that the only way of preventing civilized men from beating and kicking their wives is to organize games in which they can kick and beat balls.  ~George Bernard ShawPCR

The umpire is like the geyser in

The umpire at cricket… is like the geyser in the bathroom; we cannot do without it, yet we notice it only when it is out of order.  ~Neville CardusCDC