It’s time again for my favorite sport quotes. Thanks to the Internet, and sports shows throughout the year.
“Left hand, right hand, it doesn’t matter. I’m amphibious,” said Charles Shackleford, pro basketball player.
“Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points, they almost always win.” Doug Collins.
“I owe a lot to my parents. Especially my mother and father.” Greg Norman, golfer.
“Rich Folkers is throwing up in the bullpen.” Baseball announcer Jerry Coleman.
“The drivers have one foot on the brake, one on the clutch and one on the throttle.” NBC motor sport commentator, Bob Varsha.
“You can sum up this sport (boxing) in two words. ‘You never know.” Lou Duva, Hall of Fame boxer.
“When you get that nice celebration coming into the dugout and you’re getting your ass hammered by guys, there’s no better feeling than to have that done.” Matt Stairs, baseball player with the Athletics and Royals.
“The NFL, like life, is full of idiots.” Randy Cross
“He’s a guy who gets up at six o’clock in the morning regardless of what time it is.” Boxer Lou Duva again.
“I dunno. I never smoked any Astroturf.” Tug McGraw after being asked if he preferred grass to Astroturf.
“We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees!” Jason Kidd. I know I (Don) used this several years ago but it’s one of my favorites.
“He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings.” Okay, second time for this one too but football player Torrin Polk said it.
“I ain’t getting on no time machine.” Basketball player Marvin ‘Bad News’ Barnes. He was playing for the Spirits of St. Louis in the ABA. The team had to make a trip back to St. Louis. His itinerary said the flight leaves Louisville at 8 p.m. and arrives in St. Louis at 7:56 p.m. He got confused so someone breaks down the time zones and how St. Louis is one hour behind Louisville. He told them to cancel his ticket, said his time machine quote, and rented a car for the trip. Really!
“Nice guys finish last.” Leo Durocher. He’s the first one I researched to have said it.
“I’m sorry to hear that. I didn’t know that you and your wife were sick.” Said Yogi Berra when a teammate was trying to tell him about a play he went to see the night before, “Dr. Zhivago.”
“Yes, I did see something that I liked about this team. We ran on the field very well,” said John McKay whose Tampa Bay football team was 0-14 one year.
“My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable, and I’m just ferocious.” Mike Tyson
“Schumacher has made his final stop three times!” Race car announcer Murray Walker.
“Velocity!” Scottish soccer coach Gordon Strachan after a game when an announcer tracked him down and asked him for a quick word. After saying his word he ran off.
“If he doesn’t stop getting hit he’s gonna lose this fight.” Lennox Lewis as a guest fight commentator.
“Chemistry is a class you take in high school or college, where you figure out two plus two is 10, or something.” Dennis Rodman.
“Well, I got it up and put it in.” Former Houston Rocket center Ralph Sampson when asked how he was able to make his last second shot.
And finally one from Charles Barkley: He always seems to tell it like it is. He heard that to graduate from some university you really had to work hard and put forth maximum effort. Charles said, “20 points and 10 rebounds will get you through, too!”
Contact Don Alexander at Journaldon@aol.com.