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What are Some Famous Sports Quotes?

Ogden Nash said basketball is a "game which won't be fit for people until they set the basket umbilicus-high and return the giraffes to the zoo."
Mark Twain once said, "Golf is a good walk spoiled."
Ogden Nash said of basketball that it "won't be fit for people until they set the basket umbilicus-high and return the giraffes to the zoo."
Charles "Casey Stengel" said: There's three things you can do in a baseball game - you can win, you can lose, or it can rain.
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The world over has been won by the phenonomon of sports, and therefore those who play the game have become icons. Whether smart or just plain stupid, these players always seem to have something to say. Here are some good quotes by players and those who just love the game:

Golf is a good walk spoiled.

--Mark Twain

Professionalism in tennis ... only resulted in making billionaires out of rude children, producing an onslaught of moody defectors, and a lot of guys with hair that looks as if bats slept in it... Meanwhile, my head swims with the thought that I have watched tennis progress from Don Budge and Alice Marble to Farrah Fawcett becoming John McEnroe's mother-in-law.

--Dan Jenkins Playboy (1985)

When you say you're a Padre, people ask when did you become a parent. When you say you're a Cardinal, they tell you to work hard because the next step is pope. But when you say you're a Dodger, everybody knows you're in the Major Leagues.

--Tommy LaSorda

I was young and fearless in those days, but always enjoyed riding at Cartmel. They used to call me 'Cartmellor', probably because I kept coming back on a stretcher.

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Stan Mellor (1982)

Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.

--Muhammad Ali, American Boxer

You win some, you lose some, you wreck some.

--Dale Earnhardt

The two most important jobs in America are held by foreigners - room service and goal-kicking.

--Beano Cook

Basketball, a game which won't be fit for people until they set the basket umbilicus-high and return the giraffes to the zoo.

--Ogden Nash

If you want to know what you'll look like in ten years, look in the mirror after you've run a marathon.

--Jeff Scaff

When I step onto the court, I don't have to think about anything. If I have a problem off the court, I find that after I play, my mind is clearer and I can come up with a better solution. It's like therapy. It relaxes me and allows me to solve problems.

--Michael Jordan

When Mike Tyson gets mad, you don't need a referee, you need a priest.

--Jim Murray, Los Angeles Times (1996)

There's three things you can do in a baseball game - you can win, you can lose, or it can rain.

--Charles 'Casey' Stengel

Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead.

--Roger Bannister (After becoming the first person to break the four-minute mile, 1952)

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Vincenzo
Post 2

@Terrificli -- and that is a shame because Yogi Berra was one of the greatest catchers in major league baseball history. He started off with the New York Yankees in the 1940s, retired as a New York Met in the 1960s and worked as a manager and coach until 1989 (he was manager and coach for the Mets and the Yankees and retired as a coach for the Houston Astros in 1989).

I only mention that because Berra is mostly remembered from his mangled quotes and is portrayed as somewhat of a buffoon. In reality, he was a brilliant player, hitter and made his mark as a successful coach and manager, too.

Of course, the Yogiisms are great. No one since Ringo Starr has managed to use the English language so poorly and make it sound so great.

Terrificli
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If you want some of the best sports quotes on the planet, fire up your favorite search engine and key in "Yogi Berra quotes." You'll find some of the greatest, self-contradictory bits of wisdom on the planet and laugh until you break all your furniture (well, maybe you won't laugh that hard). His misaligned quotes have become some famous they are popularly called Yogiisms.

I would well imagine that most people know Berra's quotes much better than they know his pro career.

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