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

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

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

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

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

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

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