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Winners never quit and quitters never win. Vince Lombardi, coach
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Sports without music, it's nothing but a game. Music adds the emotion. Ice Cube, musician
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Sports do not build character. They reveal it. John Wooden, coach
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The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it-as long as you really believe 100 percent. Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor
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Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. General George Patton, military
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The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours. Peggy Fleming, athlete
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Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play. Mike Singletary, athlete
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If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score? Vince Lombardi, coach
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There is a syndrome in sports called paralysis by analysis. Arthur Ashe, athlete
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It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. Marcus Annaeus Seneca, rhetorician
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In sports, you simply aren't considered a real champion until you have defended your title successfully. Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best. Althea Gibson, athlete
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You can't win unless you learn how to lose. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, athlete
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Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records. William Arthur Ward, writer
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You win some, lose some, and wreck some. Dale Earnhardt, celebrity
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All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity. Gordie Howe, athlete
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Sports should always be fun. Charles Mann,
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In sports... you play from the time you're eight years old, and then you're done forever. Joe Montana, athlete
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Skiing: the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great personal risk. Source Unknown,
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I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out. Rodney Dangerfield, comedian
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Half the lies they tell about me aren't true. Yogi Berra, athlete
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I've missed more than 9000 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, athlete
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You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get. Michael Phelps, swimmer
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Durability is part of what makes a great athlete. Bill Russell, athlete
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The minute you start talking about what you're going to do if you lose, you have lost. George Shultz,
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Sports is a metaphor for overcoming obstacles and achieving against great odds. Athletes, in times of difficulty, can be important role models. Bill Bradley, politician
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Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. Bobby Unser, celebrity
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I like people who are enthused about things they do, like travel, sports, work. I like being with people who have things they're excited about. Parker Stevenson, actor
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I used to play sports. Then I realized you can buy trophies. Now I am good at everything. Demetri Martin, comedian
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You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball. Bobby Knight, coach
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A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. Wayne Gretzky, athlete
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The problem with winter sports is that -- follow me closely here -- they generally take place in winter. Dave Barry, journalist
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I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match. Mia Hamm, athlete
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I have long recognized a link between fitness and mental health and I think we need to encourage young people to take part in sports and team activities because we know it has such positive results. Tipper Gore, celebrity
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Since the Bible and the church are obviously mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust them to tell us where we are going? Anonymous,
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How many charming talents have been spoiled by the instilled desire to do 'important' work! Some people are born to lift heavy weights. Some are born to juggle with golden balls. Max Beerbohm, actor
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Athletes need 'freedom of excess'. That is why we gave them this motto Pierre de Coubertin, leader
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If luck weren't involved, I'd win every tournament! Phil Hellmuth,
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Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence. George Will, journalist
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My parents couldn't handle my energy so they enrolled me in every sport the school was offering. I didn't resent it because I loved sports and picked them up easily. Channing Tatum, actor
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No matter how many years you play, it's always something new and exciting. It's sports, you never know what may happen. Curtis Joseph, athlete
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I never played sports. I wasn't any good at them. Leighton Meester, actress
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I liked sports but I never really had the confidence. I was always coordinated and it came easy to me, but I didn't have the confidence to go along with the physical skill. Bradley Cooper, actor
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I've been on enough sports teams in my life to have experienced the magic of what can happen when a group of people care for and love each other. Tim Ryan, politician
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When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Hunter S. Thompson, journalist
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The only way to prove that you're a good sport is to lose. Ernie Banks, athlete
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If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming. Charles Barkley, athlete
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Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing. Ben Hogan, athlete
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People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. Rogers Hornsby, athlete
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Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing. Warren Spahn, athlete
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Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness. William Wordsworth, poet
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Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps. Tiger Woods, athlete
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The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break. John Madden, entertainer
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Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers. Herbert Hoover, president
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You know it's going to hell when the best rapper out there is white and the best golfer is black. Charles Barkley, athlete
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As athletes, we're used to reacting quickly. Here, it's 'come, stop, come, stop.' There's a lot of downtime. That's the toughest part of the day. Michael Jordan, athlete
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A lifetime of training for just ten seconds. Jesse Owens, athlete
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Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face. Dave Barry, journalist
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I have my parents to thank for that, they raised me to be active and play all sports. They taught me the importance of staying healthy, being focused and setting goals in whatever I do. Kiana Tom, model
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I strongly believe the black culture spends too much time, energy and effort raising, praising, and teasing our black children about the dubious glories of professional sports. Arthur Ashe, athlete
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There are people who think that wrestling is an ignoble sport. Wrestling is not sport, it is a spectacle, and it is no more ignoble to attend a wrestled performance of suffering than a performance of the sorrows of Arnolphe or Andromaque. Roland Barthes, critic
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For man, maximum excitement is the confrontation of death and the skillful defiance of it by watching others fed to it as he survives transfixed with rapture. Ernest Becker,
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Never let a win get to your head, or a loss to your heart. Chuck D,
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The human spirit sublimatesthe impulses it thwarts:a healthy sex life mitigatesthe lust for other sports. Piet Hein,
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Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor. Ernest Hemingway, novelist
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When we lose, I eat. When we win, I eat. I also eat when we're rained out. Tommy Lasorda, coach
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Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting. George Orwell, author
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There is no greater honor than the one received by athletes the moment they see the raised flag of their country at the highest level, and when they hear their national anthem inundating every corner of the stadium and reaching the ends of the earth. Voula Patoulidou,
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Fifty percent of life in the N.B.A. is sex. The other fifty percent is money. Dennis Rodman, athlete
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I don't think I can be expected to take seriously any game which takes less than three days to reach its conclusion. Tom Stoppard, dramatist
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I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can't trust em. Jim Valvano,
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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 Lee, athlete
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In the seventies we had to make it acceptable for people to accept girls and women as athletes. We had to make it okay for them to be active. Those were much scarier times for females in sports. Billie Jean King, athlete
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Since my induction into the Sports Hall of Fame, I have wanted to have my No. 3 Chevy on exhibit for sports fans to see. I hope others will enjoy the car as much as I have. Junior Johnson, celebrity
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As all of us with any involvement in sports knows, no two umpires or no two referees have the same strike zone or call the same kind of a basketball game. Herb Kohl, politician
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I've been looking at companies that are on a positive path vs. a negative path and I've come to use the language of sports, winning streaks and losing streaks. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, businesswoman
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I grew up being into sports and I wasn't trained to move my body in the right way for dancing. I'm the last one to get any moves correct. In rehearsals it's always, 'OK, one more take for Zac.' Zac Efron, actor
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I lived in a town of 400 until I was like nine or ten. My dad coached all the sports - he was a gym teacher and health teacher for grades K-12. January Jones, actress
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Louie and Seabiscuit were both Californians and both on the sports pages in the 1930s. I was fascinated. When I learned about his World War II experiences, I thought, 'If this guy is still alive, I want to meet him.' Laura Hillenbrand, author
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Sports without music is just a game. Music makes it entertaining. Ice Cube, musician
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I am very slow to warm. I've always been sort of a loner. I didn't play team sports. I am better one-on-one than in big groups. Rooney Mara, actress
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The bottom line is what we do might not be the safest so there is always some risk but we are ready to take that into account because we love racing and we love motor sports and it is dangerous. Sebastian Vettel, celebrity
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I don't really like politics that much. And I like the order and simplicity of sports. They have an ending. You can argue with your friends about it, but in the end you still like sports. I almost love the fantasy world of sports more than the real world. Norm MacDonald, actor
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It was actually drumming that gave me the stamina to get into sports later. Neil Peart, musician
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I had spindly little ankles, and growing up in Canada, I couldn't skate. I was no good at any sports so was very much a pariah through those adolescent years. Neil Peart, musician
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I'm a huge sports fan. Marc Anthony, musician
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My favorite sports movies, I like 'Remember the Titans' and 'Hoosiers' Jimmy Chitwood, from the corner. Shaun Alexander, athlete
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I'm in the perfect position. It's a sports position and a political position where I can help better the lives of athletes around the world. Angela Ruggiero, athlete
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Over the years, I've enjoyed working for WFAN and MSG - two sports giants in the industry. There couldn't be a better fit due to the long-standing history both entities have had with NY sports. Boomer Esiason, athlete
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My dad was a sports writer when I was younger and then he became just a general columnist. But I grew up with him literally getting into brawls with football coaches. Amy Klobuchar, politician
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We might not make what athletes in other sports make, but we have greater longevity and we do have certain freedoms to do things they can't do. Like stay home one week and play the next week. David Duval, athlete
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Why should sports men and women get punished harsher than people in the normal world? David Millar, athlete
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I never thought I'd make the pages of 'Sports Illustrated,' because I've always been skinny. Carolyn Murphy, model
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I used to sports gamble a lot and I was getting killed on that but then I found poker and really enjoyed it. But it was a hobby more than anything else. I played it every day but only on pretty small stakes. Chris Moneymaker, celebrity
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Movies, TV, sports, come and go, but what you stand for is what people remember. Mandela, Martin Luther King, John Kennedy are people who really stood for something and were willing to die for it. You don't see a whole lot of that any more. Christopher Judge, actor
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We want to encourage the young ones to learn and get some confidence in sports. It's fun and keeps you active and moving. Christine Taylor, actress
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I'm a father of four so whenever I'm not working my kids have their different sports, or plays, or school performances, so I don't do a whole lot of other stuff besides being a dad. Christopher Judge, actor
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I told another ESPN friend here, I love all sports. I can't think of any I don't love. I've even come to appreciate cricket. Maybe I could play a sportswriter. I don't know. Anything in the sports realm is appealing. Sean Astin, actor
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When you're a child, no matter if you're doing show business or sports or school or anything, you just want to make the adults happy. Anna Chlumsky, actress
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The thing about sports movies is, they can't help but feel epic - putting music to images, etc. Lindsey Shaw, actress
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Growing up, sports was my outlet, my way to portray a personality. I was very shy around people but, through sports, something I was good at, I was able to make friends. Curtis Joseph, athlete
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Sports broadcasting is very open now. In the beginning you did encounter more traditional attitudes and get comments. But I'm talking about 12 years ago. Kirsty Gallacher, entertainer
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I come from a sports family and my husband is a rugby player. Kirsty Gallacher, entertainer
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When did I know I had talent? I think it started when I first started playing sports, organized sports. LeBron James, athlete
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But sports carried me away from being in a gang, or being associated with drugs. Sports was my way out. LeBron James, athlete
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Swimming is one of the hardest sports. Stephanie Rice, athlete
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I've realized the extraordinary power of sports to heal, unite and inspire. I believe the Olympics will serve as the ultimate platform to provide positive changes and I hope to inspire all of Japan through my strong showing there. Kohei Uchimura, athlete
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It is incredible how far women have come and women in sports have come. Jennie Finch, athlete
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I always had two or three jobs at the same time. I started doing yard work when I was 7 or 8. When I was 13, I got my first state job doing road construction. Between working, sports and school, I hardly ever had free time. Breaux Greer, athlete
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Denver is home to me, and to be recognized for my achievements in the sports community here is a great honor. Carmelo Anthony, athlete
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Sports can unify the Iraqi people - no Sunnis, no Shiites, just sport for the country. Dana Hussein, athlete
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Sport was my absolute love. It was very sporty household. We had my - my brother and I both loved sports. Delta Goodrem, actress
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I used to play football at school, and I enjoyed really physical sports, but I now try to avoid any sports that might build up different muscles. That might have a negative impact on my archery. Im Dong-Hyun, athlete
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I was sports editor for my high school newspaper, but I think I shied away from journalism. Jenna Bush, celebrity
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The tradition in Serbia has always been team sports - football, basketball, handball, volleyball and water polo, individual sports are not supported. Novak Djokovic, athlete
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My dad told us up front, 'Guys, if you want to play sports, go ahead, but it's your decision.' Peyton Manning, athlete
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I've always been a guy who wants to play sports, not watch them. Shaun White, snowboarder
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I always tell people that our sports aren't that dangerous. Shaun White, snowboarder
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What drives me now is the fact that I feel like I still have so many tricks that I want to learn and so many things that I can still do. And so many cool things outside of sports that I have been doing. Shaun White, snowboarder
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If I was invincible, maybe I would take up some extreme sports. Tom Welling, actor
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I grew up playing sports. There is a clear line between success and failure. Tiki Barber,
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The 'Sports Illustrated' cover was the last thing I shot. That week, I told my agent, 'You know what, I really... I don't want to be a model anymore. I really want to do movies.' And I think he wanted to wring my neck at the moment. Brooklyn Decker, model
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I do appreciate a woman who has a passion for sports and knows their stuff. Jerry Ferrara, actor
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My biggest pet peeve are just girls who go to sports bars who have no intention on caring what teams are playing, like they're looking for just a night out. That drives me more crazy than anything else. Like, don't pretend to be a sports fan. Jerry Ferrara, actor
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In America, we have three major sports - baseball, football and basketball. They get the most coverage. Then there's things like golf which mop up most of what is left. But track and field? We are way at the bottom of the totem pole. Maurice Greene, athlete
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Playing in New England and the Boston area, the fans are so passionate about their sports if you don't play well, they'll let you know so I know it's not something that they take lightly. Drew Bledsoe, athlete
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Golf is a good walk spoiled. Mark Twain, author
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I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok. Shaquille O'Neal, athlete
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Fans don't boo nobodies. Reggie Jackson, athlete
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One thing you learned as a Cubs fan: when you bought you ticket, you could bank on seeing the bottom of the ninth. Joe Garagiola, athlete
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Boxing has become America's tragic theater. Joyce Carol Oates, novelist
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The bell that tolls for all in boxing belongs to a cash register. Bob Verdi, journalist
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You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you. Yogi Berra, athlete
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Wrestling is ballet with violence. Jesse Ventura, politician
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Most ball games are lost, not won. Casey Stengel, athlete
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Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. William Arthur Ward, writer
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Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting. George Orwell, author
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Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer. Ted Williams, athlete
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I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today. Gerald R. Ford, president
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Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up. Red Auerbach, coach
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You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work. Lee Trevino, athlete
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If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf. Bob Hope, comedian
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Nobody roots for Goliath. Wilt Chamberlain, athlete
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I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators. Gerald R. Ford, president
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If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. Jack Lemmon, actor
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What's more important than who's going to be the first black manager is who's going to be the first black sports editor of the New York Times. Bill Russell, athlete
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I don't know why people question the academic training of an athlete. Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their classes. Al McGuire, coach
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Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable. Tom Landry, coach
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What's unfortunate about buying a pitcher for $12 million is that he carries no warranty. Bob Verdi, journalist
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Bulls do not win bull fights. People do. Norman Ralph Augustine, author
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You know they're not going to lose 162 consecutive games. Harry Caray, entertainer
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