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SPORTS & SPORTSMANSHIP

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SPORTS

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BASEBALL

BOXING

COMPETITION

CRICKET

FISH/FISHING

FOOTBALL

GOLF

HORSE RACING

HUNTING

LOSING

MARATHONS

OLYMPICS

SKIING

SOCCER

SPORTSMANSHIP (below)

TENNIS

WINNING

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The function of football, soccer, basketball and other
passion-sports in modern industrial society is the
transference of boredom, frustration, anger and rage
into socially acceptable forms of combat. A temporary
subsitute for war; for nationalism; identification with
something bigger than the self.
--Edward Abbey (19271989)
American author.
David Petersen (ed.) _Confessions of a Barbarian_ [1994]

Years ago we discovered the exact point, the
dead center of middle age. It occurs when
you are too young to take up golf and too
old to rush up to the net.
--Franklin Pierce Adams (18811960)
American columnist and member of the Algonquin Round Table.
_Nods and Becks_ [1944]

Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking
down trees with your face.
--attributed to Dave Barry (b. 1947)
American humorist.

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
--Heywood Hale Broun (19182001)
American sportswriter and sports commentator; son of Heywood Broun.
Quoted in James Michener _Sports in America_ [1976].

After years of patient study (and with cricket there can be
no other kind) I have decided that there is nothing wrong
with the game that the introduction of golf carts wouldn't
fix in a hurry. It is not true that the English invented cricket
as a way of making all other human endeavors look lively
and interesting; that was merely an unintended side effect.
I don't wish to denigrate a sport that is enjoyed by millions,
some of them awake and facing the right way, but it is an
odd game. It is the only sport that incorporates meal breaks.
It is the only sport that shares its name with an insect. It is
the only sport in which spectators burn as many calories
as players more if they are moderately restless. It is the
only competitive activity of any type, other than perhaps
baking, in which you can dress in white from head to toe
and be as clean at the end of the day as you were at the
beginning.
--Bill Bryson (b. 1951)
American writer of humorous travel books.
_In a Sunburned Country_ [2000]

[Of basketball:]
The game is too long, the season is too
long and the players are too long.
--Jack Dolph (19281981)
Commissioner of the American Basketball Association [1969-72].
Attributed in Tim Dedopulos _The Best Book
of Insults and Putdowns Ever!_ [ 2002].

There is plenty of time to win this game,
and to thrash the Spaniards too.
--Francis Drake (c.15401596)
English sailor and explorer.
(Receiving news of the Armada while playing bowls on Plymouth Hoe - ODTQ.)

Sport is the ultimate super-religion, the one thing every
Australian believes in passionately. Not to be keen on
sport is, therefore, unclean, unmanly, even homosexual
and definitely contrary to the ethics and super-religion
of the nation.
--Keith Dunstan (19252013)
Australian journalist.
_Knockers_ [1972]

'How you play the game' is for college boys. When you're
playing for money, winning is the only thing that matters.
Show me a good loser in professional sports, and I'll show
you an idiot. Show me a sportsman, and I'll show you a
player I'm looking to trade to Oakland.
--Leo [Ernest] Durocher (19051991)
American professional baseball player and manager
who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994.
_Nice Guys Finish Last_ [1975]

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Phil Esposito was one of the North American ice-hockey
players who went to Moscow to play the Soviet team
in the early 1970s. Assigned a hotel room, they suspected
that it might be bugged. Esposito recalls, 'We searched
the room for microphones. In the center of the room, we
found a funny-looking, round piece of metal imbedded
in the floor, under the rug. We figured we had found the
bug. We dug it out of the floor. And we heard a crash
beneath us. We had released the anchor to the chandelier
in the ceiling below.
_The Folio Book of Humorous Anecdotes_
Introduced by Edward Leeson [2005], "Sport and Show Business"

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There is this idea that if you like football you
also like beer and grabbing women's breasts. If
you like rugby you also like Dire Straits and
wine. And if you don't like either you must be
a pacifist vegetarian.
--Colin Firth (b. 1960)
British actor.
In "Independent" [29 March 1997].

Girls shouldn't play with men's balls.
Their hands are too small.
--Wally Horn (b. 1933)
American politician.
As State Senator (Iowa), talking about girls sports in school
and specifically, what size basketball they should play with.
Quoted in Richard Lederer _Fractured English_ [1996].

Few men of action have been able to make
a graceful exit at the appropriate time.
--Malcolm Muggeridge (19031990)
British writer, broadcaster, and journalist.
_Chronicles of Wasted Time: An Autobiography_ [1972]

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 [Eric Blair] (19031950)
English novelist.
"The Sporting Spirit" [1945]

How would you like a job where, every time you make a
mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?
--Jacques Plante (19291986)
Canadian professional hockey player.
Quoted in J.R. Colombo _Colombo's All Time Great Canadian Quotations_ [1994].

The mere athlete becomes too much of a savage.
--Plato (427?347 B.C.)
Greek philosopher.
_The Republic_ [c. 380 B.C.]

To play billiards well is the
sign of an ill-spent youth.
--attr. to Charles Ruppell,
in D. Duncan _Life of Herbert Spencer_ [1908].

If Bill Shoemaker were six-feet tall and weighed
200 pounds, he could beat anybody in any sport.
Standing less than five feet and weighing around
100, he beats everybody at what he does. Pound
for pound, he's got to be the greatest living athlete.
--Red [Walter] Smith (19051982)
American sports columnist and broadcaster.
_The Red Smith Reader_ [1982]

I can't see who's in the lead but it's
either Oxford or Cambridge.
--John Snagge (19041996)
English sports commentator.
Commentary on the 1949 Boat Race.

Most sorts of diversion in men, children, and
other animals, are an imitation of fighting.
--Jonathan Swift (16671745)
Anglo-Irish poet and satirist.
_Thoughts on Various Subjects_ [1711]

Jogging is for people who aren't intelligent
enough to watch television.
--Victoria Wood (b. 1953)
British writer and comedienne,
_Mens Sana in Thingummy Doodah_ [1990]

Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday
at 8 PM in the recreation hall. Come out and watch us
kill Christ the King.
--Church notice board

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barnburner [BAHRN-bur-ner], noun:
Something that is highly exciting or impressive.
Barnburner is an Americanism that was first observed in the
1830s. It referred to the practice of burning down a barn to
get rid of rats.

taekwando (noun) [tay-kwahn-'do]
A Korean martial arts technique based on an admixture
of virtue and unarmed combat. Martial arts in Korea
dates back 2000 years. Tae kwan do developed from
su-bak, which emerged around 800 years ago.




SPORTSMANSHIP

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see: "CHARACTER"
see: "FAIRNESS"
see: "SPORTS" (above)


Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
--Heywood Hale Broun (19182001)
American sportswriter and sports commentator; son of Heywood Broun.
Quoted in James Michener _Sports in America_ [1976].

Any pitcher who throws at a batter and deliberately
tries to hit him is a Communist.
--Alvin Dark (b. 1922)
American Major League baseball player and manager.
Quoted in Michael Benson _Winning Words:
Classic Quotes from the World of Sports_ [2008].

There is always some kid who may be seeing me
for the first or last time. I owe him my best.
--Joe DiMaggio (19141999)
American professional baseball player.
Quoted in Duane Smith & Mark Foster _They Came to Play:
A Photographic History of Colorado Baseball_ [1997].

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In November 1940, Cornell was cruising through a second year at the top of college football, undefeated in 18 straight games. When the Big Red went to New Hampshire to play hapless Dartmouth, it was hardly expected to be a contest. But the game, played in snow flurries on a slushy field, proved to be a shocker. Going into the last minute of the game, Dartmouth was up, 3-0. Cornell finally put together a drive to the goal line and on the final play of the game scored the winning touchdown. There was just one problem: Referee Red Friesell had lost track of how many snaps Cornell had taken inside the 10-yard line. The touchdown was scored on a fifth down.

Dartmouth protested, but the game was over. Cornell could have adopted the modern moral standard that anything the ref allows is allowed. Instead, when the game films showed conclusively that Cornell had won on an extra, illegal snap, the players, coach, athletic director and university president agreed to forfeit the game and did so graciously. Coach Carl Snavely sent a telegram to Hanover, N.H., saying that Cornell 'without reservation concede[s] the victory to Dartmouth with hearty congratulations to you and a gallant Dartmouth team.' Dartmouth wired back that it accepted the victory and saluted its 'honorable and honored opponent.' As Arthur Daley wrote in the New York Times that week: 'Cornell had the sportsmanship to yield a success it felt it had not rightfully earned.'

--Eric Felten
"Playing Fair, Even When Umpires Are Blind"
_The Wall Street Journal_ [27 November 2009]

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[To fans, umpires, and reporters at Wimbeldon:]
You are the pits of the world! Vultures! Trash!
--John McEnroe (b. 1959)
American tennis player.
Quoted in "Time" [28 December 1981]. (Wikiquote)

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.
--Grantland Rice (18801954)
American sports writer.
"Alumunus Football", l. 63 [1908]

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The highlight of my baseball career came in
Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium when
I saw a fan fall out of the upper deck. When
he got up and walked away, the crowd booed.
--Bob Uecker (b. 1935)
American Major League baseball player, broadcaster, and actor.
In "Quotes That Say It All About '92,"
_San Francisco Chronicle_ [30 December 1992].


They have Easter egg hunts in Philadelphia, and
if the kids don't find the eggs, they get booed.
--Bob Uecker (b. 1935)
American Major League baseball player, broadcaster, and actor.
Quoted in Jon Winokur _The Traveling Curmudgeon_ [2003].

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