Sports quotes and quotations
Sport is imposing order on what was chaos.
What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.
Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.
Joseph Chilton Pearce
Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.
Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game.
Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that.
Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.
George F. Will
For when the One Great Scorer comes
To write against your name,
He marks-not that you won or lost-
But how you played the game.
Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
Nobody in the game of football should be called a genius. A genius is somebody like Norman Einstein.
It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.
My life is like a zombie movie! I survive game after game after game, but the football just keeps coming! The only way to stop team sports is to aim for the head.
If it weren't for baseball, many kids wouldn't know what a millionaire looked like.
Not every age is fit for childish sports.
Titus Maccius Plautus
A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
When you're in a slump, it's almost as if you look out at the field and it's one big glove.
I couldn't see the ball come off the club for the first 27 holes. It came off the club that fast.
He's in the mold of a Tom Watson, in that he'll hit the ball in the trees and undaunted go it there, flail it out and make something out of it.
I'll let the racket do the talking.
Don't park in the spaces marked, "Reserved for Umpires.".
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.
Focus on competition has always been a formula for mediocrity.
Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball.
There isn't a flaw in his golf or his makeup. He will win more majors than Arnold Palmer and me combined. Somebody is going to dust my records. It might as well be Tiger, because he's such a great kid.
If all the year were playing holidays; To sport would be as tedious as to work.
Anybody who watches three games of football in a row should be declared brain dead.
We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time.
It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf.
It's amazing how much of this is mental. Everybody's in good shape. Everybody knows how to ski. Everybody has good equipment. When it really boils down to it, it's who wants it the most, and who's the most confident on his skis.
I play in the low 80s. If it's any hotter than that, I won't play.
Joe E. Lewis
If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that's a big accomplishment... quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life, and there's going to be a life after tennis that's a lot longer than your tennis life.
Chris Evert Lloyd
I was showing early symptoms of becoming a professional baseball man. I was lying to the press.
We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees.
Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.
Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.
If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun. When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a kid.
Thomas J. Watson
Don't forget to swing hard, in case you hit the ball.
Football is violence and cold weather and sex and college rye.
Football is a mistake. It combines the two worst elements of American life. Violence and committee meetings.
George F. Will
A good hitter has timing. A good pitcher upsets timing.
Every time you go out on the ice, there are slight flaws. You can always think of something you should have done better. These are the things you must work on.
Whenever I feel like exercise I lie down until the feeling passes.
Robert M. Hutchins
He's as good at his age as Jack (Nicklaus) was, and look at what Jack has done in the gime of golf. That's the highest praise I can give anyone, to compare him to Jack Nicklaus.
Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It's hard to stay on top.
He's tough [Tiger Woods]. I wish I was that tough when I was his age.
Golf and sex are the only things you can enjoy without being good at them.
They say golf is like life, but don't believe them. Golf is more complicated than that.
The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody would put a flagstick on top.
Back then, my idol was Bugs Bunny, because I saw a cartoon of him playing ball - you know, the one where he plays every position himself with nobody else on the field but him? Now that I think of it, Bugs is still my idol. You have to love a ballplayer like that.
It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.
A. Bartlett Giamatti
In my many years of coaching, he is the most focused in terms of the important aspects of his life and his goals. He is a giver, not a getter, and a product of two amazing parents.
I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.
Gerald R. Ford
I went through baseball as "a player to be named later.".
Quick guys get tired; big guys don't shrink.
Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.
When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn't play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.
Hugo L. Black
If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don't have to waste energy going back to pick it up.
The will to win is worthless if you don't get paid for it.
If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf.
I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.
If profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is.
Horace G. Hutchinson
With those who don't give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize. I do not resent them. I am even willing to concede that many of them are physically clean, good to their mothers and in favor of world peace. But while the game is on, I can't think of anything to say to them.
If you're not just a little bit nervous before a match, you probably don't have the expectations of yourself that you should have.
World records are only borrowed.
Fans don't boo nobodies.