quote by Mike Ditka

What's the difference between a three-week-old puppy and a sportswriter? In six weeks, the puppy stops whining.

— Mike Ditka

Colossal Sportswriter quotations

Grantland Rice, the great sportswriter once said, 'It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.' Well Grantland Rice can go to hell as far as I'm concerned.

A sportswriter's life means never sitting with your wife or family at the games.

Still working after everyone has gone to the party... Digging beneath a coach's lies, not to forget those of athletic directors and general managers and owners of pro teams. Keeping a confidence. Risking it.

I wanted to be a sportswriter because I loved sports and I could not hit the curve ball, the jump shot, or the opposing ball carrier.

A sportswriter is entombed in a prolonged boyhood.

Sportswriters are a rude and brainless subculture of fascist drunks

It's people stories that make good reading.

I don't feel like I'm a sportswriter. I feel like I'm a guy who writes about people who happen to do sports. The best columns are the ones where you tie it somehow into the fabric of the country.

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.

The Lord taught me to love everybody, but the last ones I learned to love were the sportswriters.

Sure, women sportswriters look when they're in the clubhouse.

Read their stories. How else do you explain a capital letter in the middle of a word?

Sportswriters. They were all my friends. They were racetrack guys and so was I.

At times during high school and college I wished to be a sportswriter.

They should have a rule: in order to be a sportswriter, you have to have played that sport, at some level; high school, college, junior college, somewhere. Or, you should have had to have been around the game for a long time.

I am a professional sportswriter, among other things, and I take the games seriously. It is only one of my many powerful addictions, and I don't mind admitting any of them.

I have learned, in my life and work as a sportswriter, that big-time Sports and big-time Politics are not so far apart in America. They are both a means to the same end, which is victory... And why not? Victory is good for you, and don't let anybody tell you different.

I had a soft-spot in my heart for Ronald Reagan, if only because he was a sportswriter in his youth.

The black press, some liberal sportswriters, and even a few politicians were banging away at those Jim Crow barriers in baseball. I never expected the walls to come tumbling down in my lifetime.

I began learning the sportswriting business very early in life.

Sportswriters have changed more than sportswriting.

A fan is always an outsider. Most sportswriters are not, by this definition, fans. They capitalize on access to athletes. They spoke to Kobe last night, and Kobe says his finger is going to be fine. They spent three days fly-fishing with Brett Favre in March, and Brett says he's definitely coming back for another season.

Who is the best the sportswriter who wore shorts? I keep trying to envision Grantland Rice or John Lardner in shorts. It never occurred to me to wear shorts. I'd look too silly to wear shorts.

Sportswriters are what make sports great and fun to watch.

Any sportswriter who thinks the world is no bigger than the outfield fence in not only a bad citizen, but also a lousy sportswriter.

Sportswriters are a rude and brainless subculture of fascist drunks, a gang of vicious monkeys jerking off in a zoo cage... more disgusting by nature than maggots oozing out the carcass of a dead animal.

If sportswriting teaches you anything, and there is much truth to it as well as plenty of lies, it is that for your life to be worth anything you must sooner or later face the possibility of terrible, searing regret. Though you must also manage to avoid it or your life will be ruined.

Of course newspaper sportswriting is mostly terrible - and of course it is usually the best writing in the paper.

There are three-hundred thousand sportswriters and they're all against me. Every one of them.

Most sportswriters don't know their ass from a hole in the ground.

A sportswriter once referred to him as our future president.

With a name like Kevin, I don't know whether that's possible.

If there's another thing that sportswriting teaches you, it is that there are no transcendent themes in life. In all cases things are here and they're over, and that has to be enough.

Michael Bohn provides a rare opportunity to experience the American sporting scene in the Roaring Twenties. A constant stream of legendary characters marches across these pages. You’ll meet them all: The Babe, The Four Horsemen, The Manassa Manassas Mauler, The Wheaton Iceman, Bill Tilden, Gertrude Ederle, and Grantland Rice, the sportswriter whose purple prose made them all come alive.

If I had my life to live over, I would have liked to have ended up as a sportswriter.

I tell you what. 85 percent of the sportswriters think I'm stupid or a clown or something. They think I'm crazy.

I don't know why sportswriters always have to write bad things about Joaquin Andujar.

Them sportswriters don't even know how to put uniforms on, most of 'em.