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.
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.
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.
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.
The two most important jobs in America are held by foreigners - room service and goal-kicking.
Basketball, a game which won't be fit for people until they set the basket umbilicus-high and return the giraffes to the zoo.
If you want to know what you'll look like in ten years, look in the mirror after you've run a marathon.
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.
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)