COACHES HOT SEAT

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – Jack Kemp

 

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“Democracy without morality is impossible.”

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“Every time in this century we’ve lowered the tax rates across the board, on employment, on saving, investment and risk-taking in this economy, revenues went up, not down.”

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“Republicans many times can’t get the words ‘equality of opportunity’ out of their mouths. Their lips do not form that way.”

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“There are no limits to our future if we don’t put limits on our people.”

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“There is a kind of victory in good work, no matter how humble.”

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“When people lack jobs, opportunity, and ownership of property they have little or no stake in their communities.”

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“Winning is like shaving – you do it every day or you wind up looking like a bum.”

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“Democracy is not a mathematical deduction proved once and for all time. Democracy is a just faith fervently held, commitment to be tested again and again in the fiery furnace of history.”

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“Pro football gave me a good perspective. When I entered the political arena, I had already been booed, cheered, cut, sold, traded, and hung in effigy.”

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“We have a chance to bring freedom to all of Asia, including China, and we should pursue it with a very positive engagement proposal of trade and strict adherence to human rights,”

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“When people lack jobs, opportunity, and ownership of property they have little or no stake in their communities.”

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“In 1984, Mario Cuomo of New York electrified the Democratic Convention with his tale of America as two cities, one rich and one poor, permanently divided into two classes. He talked about the rich growing richer and the poor becoming poorer, with the conclusion that class conflict, if not warfare, was the only result, and redistribution of wealth the solution.

With all due respect to Gov. Cuomo, he got it wrong. America is not divided immutably into two static classes. But it is separated or divided into two economies. One economy — our mainstream economy — is democratic and capitalist, market-oriented and entrepreneurial. It offers incentives for working families in labor and management. This mainstream economy rewards work, investment, saving and productivity. Incentives abound for productive economic and social behavior.

It was this economy, triggered by President Reagan’s supply-side revolution of tax cuts in 1981 that generated 21.5 million new jobs, more than four million new businesses, relatively low inflation and higher standards of living for most people. This economy has created more jobs in the past decade than all of Europe, Canada and Japan combined. And according to the U.S. Treasury, federal income taxes paid by the top 1% of taxpayers has surged by more than 80% to $92 billion in 1987 from $51 billion in 1981.

There is another economy — a second economy that is similar in respects to the East European or Third World socialist economies. It functions in a fashion opposite to the mainstream capitalist economy. It predominates in the pockets of poverty throughout urban and rural America. This economy has barriers to productive human and social activity and a virtual absence of economic incentives and rewards. It denies black, Hispanic and other minority men and women entry into the mainstream. This economy works almost as effectively as did hiring notices 50 years ago that read “No Blacks — or Hispanics or Irish or whatever — Need Apply.”

The irony is that the second economy was born of desire to help the poor, alleviate suffering, and provide a basic social safety net. The results were a counterproductive economy. Instead of independence, the second economy led to dependence. In an effort to minimize economic pain, it maximized welfare bureaucracy and social costs.” Wall Street Journal, June 12, 1990 – Jack Kemp in His Own Words, Wall Street Journal

Wikipedia:  Jack Kemp

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, January 17, 2017 – Johnny Unitas

 

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“There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.”

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“I always thought I could play pro ball. I had confidence in my ability, You have to. If you don’t who will?”

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“My father was totally dedicated to this game and made sure everybody on the team was just as dedicated, because it is the ultimate team sport.”

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“Anything I do, I always have a reason for.”

Wikipedia:  Johnny Unitas

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, January 16, 2017 – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

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“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.”

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“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

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“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”

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“There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.”

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“Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

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“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

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“Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.”

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“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

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“On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.”

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“I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom.”

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“Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”

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“The tough mind is sharp and penetrating, breaking through the crust of legends and myths and sifting the true from the false. The tough-minded individual is astute and discerning. He has a strong austere quality that makes for firmness of purpose and solidness of commitment. Who doubts that this toughness is one of man’s greatest needs? Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

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“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

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“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

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“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

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“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

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“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'”

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“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.”

“I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”

“This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.” And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

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“The time is always right to do what’s right.”

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“Each of us lives in two realms, the “within” and the “without.” The within of our lives is somehow found in the realm of ends, the without in the realm of means. The within of our [lives], the bottom — that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion for which at best we live. The without of our lives is that realm of instrumentalities, techniques, mechanisms by which we live. Now the great temptation of life and the great tragedy of life is that so often we allow the without of our lives to absorb the within of our lives. The great tragedy of life is that too often we allow the means by which we live to outdistance the ends for which we live.”

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“Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. And that’s all I want to say.”

“We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade. … And the great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct. It is a good instinct if you don’t distort it and pervert it. Don’t give it up. Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity.”

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“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like any man, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

Wikipedia: Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, January 15, 2017 – Frederick Douglass

 

“A man’s character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him.”

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“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

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“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”

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“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”

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“I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.”

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“A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.”

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“One and God make a majority.”

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“I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.”

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“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.”

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“A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.”

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“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”

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“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”

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“A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.”

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“The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.”

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“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.”

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“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”

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“Man’s greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.”

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“People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.”

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“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what a people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must pay for all they get. If we ever get free from all the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal. We must do this by labor, by suffering, by sacrifice, and, if needs be, by our lives, and the lives of others.”

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“No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.”

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“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

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“Whatever the future may have in store for us, one thing is certain — this new revolution in human thought will never go backward. When a great truth once gets abroad in the world, no power on earth can imprison it, or prescribe its limits, or suppress it. It is bound to go on till it becomes the thought of the world. Such a truth is woman’s right to equal liberty with man. She was born with it. It was hers before she comprehended it. It is inscribed upon all the powers and faculties of her soul, and no custom, law, or usage can ever destroy it. Now that it has got fairly fixed in the minds of the few, it is bound to become fixed in the minds of the many, and be supported at last by a great cloud of witnesses, which no man can number and no power can withstand.”

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“Mr. Lincoln was not only a great President, but a great man — too great to be small in anything. In his company I was never in any way reminded of my humble origin, or of my unpopular color.”

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“I look upon my departure from Colonel Lloyd’s plantation as one of the most interesting events of my life. It is possible, and even quite probable, that but for the mere circumstance of being removed from that plantation to Baltimore, I should have to-day, instead of being here seated by my own table, in the enjoyment of freedom and the happiness of home, writing this Narrative, been confined in the galling chains of slavery. Going to live at Baltimore laid the foundation, and opened the gateway, to all my subsequent prosperity. I have ever regarded it as the first plain manifestation of that kind providence which has ever since attended me, and marked my life with so many favors. I regarded the selection of myself as being somewhat remarkable. There were a number of slave children that might have been sent from the plantation to Baltimore. There were those younger, those older, and those of the same age. I was chosen from among them all, and was the first, last, and only choice.”

Wikipedia Page: Frederick Douglass

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, January 14, 2017 – James Dean

 

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“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”

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“There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.”

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“Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that’s all you have.”

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“Only the gentle are ever really strong.”

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“Being a good actor isn’t easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I’m done.”

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“When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn’t acting. It’s following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that.”

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“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man.”

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“To grasp the full significance of life is the actor’s duty; to interpret it is his problem; and to express it is his dedication.”

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“The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.”

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“The only greatness for man is immortality.”

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“I also became close to nature, and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.”

Wikipedia: James Dean

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, January 13, 2017 – Albert Einstein

 

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“A man should look for what he is, and not for what he thinks should be.”

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“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

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“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.”

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“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”

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“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

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“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

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“I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.”

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“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

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“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

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“Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.”

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“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

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“People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.”

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“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

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“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”

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“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

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“A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.”

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“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”

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“Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But there is no doubt in my mind that the lion belongs with it even if he cannot reveal himself to the eye all at once because of his huge dimension.”

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“I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being, and only a human being, without any special attachment to any state or national entity whatsoever.”

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“Subtle is the Lord, but malicious He is not.”

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“I do not carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books. …The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.”

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“I was sitting in a chair in the patent office at Bern when all of sudden a thought occurred to me: If a person falls freely he will not feel his own weight. I was startled. This simple thought made a deep impression on me. It impelled me toward a theory of gravitation.”

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“Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in point of fact, religious.”

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“If A is success in life, then A = x + y + z. Work is x, play is y and z is keeping your mouth shut.”

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

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“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”

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“The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.”

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“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”

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“The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when contemplating the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of the mystery every day. The important thing is not to stop questioning; never lose a holy curiosity.”

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“When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity.”

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“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.”

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“If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it.”

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“The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as all serious endeavor in art and science. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind.”

Wikipedia Page:  Albert Einstein

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Press On Forward Into the Future Out That Way —–> – Hot Damn It Feels Good To Have the Veteran Back in the Saddle! – The Disaster That Is The College Football Playoff – 2016 – 2017 Final Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

 

It was ten years ago this week that Coaches Hot Seat first went live on the Internet in January 2007, and it has been a Helluva lot of fun following the great game of college football and Coaches on the Hot Seat over the last decade. After much discussion over the past month or so on the future of CHS and considering a few offers from folks to buy the Coaches Hot Seat website we the members of CHS have decided like Americans have always done and…

Press On Forward Into the Future Out That Way —–>

…and who knows maybe do another ten years of having way Damn too much fun lighting up the asses of college football head coaches from coast to coast across the Great American Republic!

With the above in mind we have a few members of Coaches Hot Seat that are putting together a new sports-related Internet venture that they will tell the world about soon enough, but with that move it means the CHS bench needs to be re-filled and just like Don Shula calling on Johnny Unitas to spark the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III we have asked the person that…

Thought Up, Conceived Totally, Bought the Domain Name, and Pushed Many Folks to do Coaches Hot Seat in the Fall of 2006

….and then did 99% of the writing for CHS from 2007 to 2012 or so to return to the playing field, and after much prodding and the promise of unlimited cold New Belgium beer he has decided to accept our challenge beginning with the…

Post 2016 – 2017 CFB Season Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

….and everything written after this….

Hot Damn It Feels Good To Have the Veteran Back in the Saddle!

…is his with total control AGAIN of Coaches Hot Seat

 

The Disaster That Is The College Football Playoff

It would not be easy to find anyone that could mess up matching the best teams in FBS College Football to play in a postseason college football playoff, but that’s just what the Pooh-Bah Commissioners and their Chief Lackey Bill Hancock of paper-shuffling fame who “runs” the College Football Playoff have done by making a series of Totally Damn Absurd moves that unbelievably have undermined the college football postseason mainly because most everyone in the “leadership” of CFB has their lips firmly planted on the asses of the bowl game executives!

It took Bill Hancock and his handlers otherwise known as the conference commissioners to realize that playing the National Semi-Final Games on New Year’s Eve which is a work day for the vast majority of Americans that have Real Jobs….meaning not Bill Hancock and the Conference Commissioners that wouldn’t known an honest day’s work if it hit them in their asses….but then Hancock and his Handlers don’t seem to be able to get it through their thick and bowl executive ass kissing heads that…

College Football Is Played on Saturdays!

Let’s repeat that for those slow on the uptake > Bill Hancock and his Handlers who spend most of each calendar year kissing the Precious Asses of Bowl Game Executives!

College Football Is Played on Saturdays!

OK…anyone with a working brain knows that it’s beyond absurd for FBS College Football to not like EVERY OTHER LEVEL of football in America to have a Real Postseason Playoff which would certainly involve the Conference Champions of the Five Power Conferences and the Next Three Best Teams in as Wild Cards…notice no automatic spot for the best Group of Five Team since we are talking about the Next Three Best Teams in FBS…..that would then play a…

Three Round College Football 8-Team Postseason Playoff

…that would have ALL the games being played on….wait for it for those slow on the uptake = Bill Hancock and the Morons running the Conferences = the Conference Commissioners…

ALL the Playoff Games being played on….Saturdays!

How exactly would have worked in 2016 – 2017 you ask?

Simple….Oh So Damn Simple!

The 8-Team College Football Playoff after the 2016 FBS Regular Season would have been made up the following teams…

Alabama
Clemson
Ohio State
Washington
USC
Penn State
Michigan
Oklahoma

…and the 8 above teams would have played the below First Round Games On Campus on SATURDAY December 17:

Oklahoma at Alabama
Michigan at Clemson
USC at Ohio State
Penn State at Washington

Yes…FOUR First Round Games in the College Football Playoff would have been played on a SATURDAY on College Campuses at the home field of the higher seed and would have looked like….

Oklahoma at Alabama

Michigan at Clemson

USC at Ohio State

Penn State at Washington

Of course, if you don’t have the Damn Common Sense to play ALL the College Football Playoff Games on Saturdays you for Damn sure don’t have the Damn Common Sense to implement the above, but then these Morons = Bill Hancock and the Conference Commissioners that wouldn’t know an honest day’s work if it hit them in their asses….could easily make sure that the THREE games that are now part or the 4-Team College Football Playoff are played on SATURDAYS and certainly not have the crowing game of the FBS College Football Season on a Monday Night…A School Night…being played late into the night and ending after Midnight = Just Damn Idiocy!

OK…the 8-Team College Football Playoff would be the same way that EVERY OTHER LEVEL of football in America from Pee Wee to the NFL decides their champion…

On the Field of Play

…but let’s just stick to the current hokum system with a 4-Team Playoff and see how ALL of those games could have been played on a SATURDAY this year and in future years as well.

In an 8-Team College Football Playoff in 2016 – 2017 the First Round Games would have been played on-campus on SATURDAY December 17 and the Semi-Final Games would have been played just as they were this year on…

SATURDAY December 31

….and the National Championship Game would and should have been played one…

SATURDAY January 7

Oh…you say that the NFL played two Wild Card games on Saturday January 7? Yes, you would be right about that, but this is where…

Vision and Old-Fashioned Simple Common Sense

….comes into play because College Football and the NFL have an amazing opportunity to work together….we here at Coaches Hot Seat would say have an OBLIGATION to work together since FBS football is a FREE minor league system for the NFL that would cost Hundreds of Millions of Dollars a year to replace if it went away…and with that in mind the Clueless Damn Grand-Pooh-Bahs of college football should sit down with NFL executives and figure out a way that the following games could be played each year on the NFL’s current Wild Card Saturday:

Wild Card Game #1 – 10:00 AM EST

CFB National Title Game – 2:30 PM EST or just after Wild Card Game #1 ends

Wild Card Game #2 – 7:15 PM EST or just after CFB National Title Game ends

Call it….Football Day in America…with the networks working together to send the audience from Wild Card Game #1 when it was over to the CFB National Title Game and then that network then sending folks to the Wild Card Game #2!

Talk about one of the great sporting events on the calendar each year in America…

Wild Card Saturday and CFB National Championship Game

….would be an amazing SATURDAY of football that would put the game of football front-and-center for all to see but then the above would take something that college football is totally lacking right now since ALL of that leadership in CFB spends all their Damn time kissing the asses of the bowl game executives!

The above…the Football Day in America…of two NFL Wild Card Games with the CFB National Title Game sandwiched in between could easily happen…if someone would actually get off their lazy Damn asses and do some Damn work!

After all….College Football is played on SATURDAYS!

 

2016 – 2017 Final Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

It’s Good To See You Again Old Friend…Mr. Johnny Cash…It’s Been Too Long But Then Can You Do That Song I Loved So…You Know The One We Included in the First Coaches Hot Seat Rankings in August 2007….Yep…That’s the One Mr. Cash…Give ‘Em Hell Johnny!

2016 – 2017 Final Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

1.  Brian Kelly, Notre Dame – There are two rankings that interest us here at Coaches Hot Seat about Brian Kelly’s tenure at Notre Dame. One of those rankings is historical in that in Brian Kelly’s seven seasons at Notre Dame the Non-Fighting Irish have finished unranked at the end of the season….

Four of Kelly’s Seven Seasons!

Let’s write that here again….in Four of Brian Kelly’s Seven Seasons at Notre Dame the Non-Fighting Irish have finished….wait for it…UNRANKED!

When you are talking about Notre Dame where almost any bum could fall off the Chicago Limited train from New York City to Chicago as it was passing north of South Bend, Indiana and then coach Notre Dame to a ranked season EVERY season as a the head coach of the Non-Fighting Irish but Brian Kelly has NOT done that….

57% of the time!

The second ranking that interests us here at Coaches Hot Seat is that heading into Brian Kelly’s eighth season at Notre Dame the Non-Fighting Irish now have the….

16 th best recruiting class in the country

according to Rivals.com.

What the Hell? Brian Kelly’s EIGHTH recruiting class at Notre Dame is ranked…

16 th in the country?

Hell….the same bum that fell off the Chicago Limited train just north of South Bend could EVERY YEAR have the Notre Dame recruiting class ranked in the Top 10 and yet….16 th Brian Kelly…really Son?

Just what in the Hell is going on at Notre Dame was the question we asked to a prominent Irish alum friend of ours recently and his response was classic:

“Have you seen…and I mean really watched Notre Dame play in recent years? Even when they are winning some games the effort is inconsistent, the play is sometimes great and sometimes mediocre…and sometimes awful…but in 2016 it was just generally mediocre and/or awful.”

Absolutely True and if not for Notre Dame having a ton of money in the bank and plenty of money coming in Brian Kelly who has over the last four seasons lost…

20 Games

….would have already been fired after posting a 4 – 8 record in 2016 but then when you have a Notre Dame alum + fan base that are willing to tolerate “mediocrity and awful” why spend $20 Million Dollars to buyout an average football coach when you can get away with letting him hang around for another year?

There it is….the problem with Notre Dame Football….Notre Dame is OK with being “mediocre and awful” or rather straight to the point…the folks at Notre Dame are just happy as Hell with being….

AVERAGE!

Anything less than 9 wins in 2017 and Brian Kelly is DONE at Notre Dame….in our always humble opinion.

2.  Todd Graham, Arizona State – Maybe it’s just us…but if you have the signs of all the opposing teams shouldn’t your defense be giving up less than…

39.8 points per game?

Yep….Arizona State led by Good Ole Todd “I have your offensive signs” Graham has a defense that was ranked…

124 out of 128 teams in 2016

…and gave up that just amazing…

39.8 points per game!

Memo to Todd Graham: Son…maybe in 2017 don’t worry so much about stealing the opposing teams signs and maybe….

Coach Your Damn Football Team Up Son!

Over the last two seasons at Arizona State Todd Graham has posted records of…

Overall:  11 – 14

Pac-12:  6 – 12

….and look at the below headline from the 2015 season…

Arizona State coach admits he steals signs, says rivals steal his – FoxSports.com

“Do we steal signals? Yeah, we do,” Graham said on the Pac-12 coaches’ conference call. “Do people steal our signals? Yeah they do. Do you see our signs and all the things we do? It’s our responsibility to make sure our signals are safe. There’s nothing illegal about (stealing signs).”

Hmmm….coach is focused on stealing signs instead of coaching his own Damn football team and has posted records since admitting to being focused on stealing signs of…

Overall:  11 – 14

Pac-12:  6 – 12

…and one would have to think that in 2017 Todd Graham won’t be worried about the other teams’ signs but instead will be….

Coaching His Damn Football Team Up…and Oh Yea…maybe tackling someone on the opposing team also wouldn’t hurt either Todd…Son!

3.  Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – Kevin Sumlin has coached the Texas A&M Aggies for FIVE seasons now and has posted a record in SEC Conference play of…

21 – 19

…and over the last FOUR seasons has posted a record in SEC Conference play of…

15 – 17

…and yet Sumlin is getting paid $5 million-plus dollars a year and has a buyout today in the neighborhood of $15 million dollars!

15 – 17 record in SEC Conference play last FOUR seasons….$5 million dollars a year…$15 million dollar buyout…anyone got:

Texas A&M Aggies Are Dumb As Hell?

We do!

4.  Jim Mora, UCLA – Many moons ago meaning like 20+ years ago a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members were having dinner with a well-known corporate executive who today is worth in excess of $1 billion dollars and he said something very interesting to us about compensating employees:

“I never want someone to be making so much money that they can just say the Hell with it because I still owe them a ton of money on their contract.”

Of course, there are dozens of FBS college head football coaches that if fired today wouldn’t have to work another day of their lives forget about putting in 80-plus hours a week which brings us to Jim Mora who is making a TON of money at UCLA and in his FIFTH season on the job posted records in 2016 of…

Overall:  4 – 8

Pac-12:  2 – 7

What was it that Bill Dooley who was the head football coach at North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest and brother of the Great Vince Dooley said about being a college head coach? Oh…here it is…

“You have to resist the temptation to let up…you just can never let up.”

In our opinion….Jim Mora let-up…just a little…and also made a number of mistakes in how he handled his players and coaches at UCLA and who went from winning 29 games in his first three seasons at UCLA to winning 12 games the last two seasons and now finds himself on the one of the Hottest Seats in FBS football.

What does 2017 hold for Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins?

Well…UCLA opens with…

Texas A&M
Hawaii
At Memphis

…in 2017 and if the Bruins play like they did at the tail-end of this past season to open up next season they might very well be 0 – 3 on the evening of Saturday September 16!

5.  Paul Haynes, Kent State – In FOUR seasons as the head coach at Kent State Paul Haynes has posted records of…

4 – 8
2 – 9
3 – 9
3 – 9

….and amazingly as we sit here in early January 2017 he is still the head football coach at Kent State!

Isn’t America a wonderful country? You can be Below Average As Hell and keep your job….if you work in FBS College Football!

6.  Bret Bielema, Arkansas – We are not saying that Bret Bielema in the middle of a Total Disaster of season that was the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2016 that finished at…

Overall:  7 – 6

SEC:  3 – 5

…that also finished with a Total Meltdown against Virginia Tech in the bowl game that Bielema sometime during last season said something to the effect of…

“I better Damn get these Arkansas fans minds off what a pitiful Damn job I am doing and onto something else.”

…and then suddenly Bielema’s wife is pregnant and is due around the beginning of next season which would gain Bielema lots of good karma from pissed-off Arkansas football fans….but now….that is exactly what happened now isn’t it?

OK…forget about the baby which we wish the Bielemas great luck with…the bottom-line or rather the facts are that in FOUR seasons at Arkansas Bret Bielema has posted records of…

Overall:  25 – 26

SEC:  10 – 22

…and if that is OK with the fans of Arkansas Football then we have to ask…

What in the Hell is wrong with the fans of Arkansas Football?

We again called our old Arkansas alum buddy who lives in beautiful Ft. Smith, Arkansas last week to get his opinion on Bret Bielema and his response was….

“Baby or no baby if Chubby Boy doesn’t have a winning record in SEC Conference play in 2017 his ass will be gone from Fayetteville faster than you can spell Pampers!”

OK….let’s look at the Arkansas 2017 SEC Conference Schedule:

Texas A&M
At South Carolina
At Alabama
Auburn
At Ole Miss
At LSU
Mississippi State
Missouri

Oh….that would be P – A – M – P – E – R – S!

7.  Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss – As many folks in Mississippi tend to be literary in nature a good Mississippi buddy of ours that we first met fishing in Alabama over a decade ago now said to us recently about the current state of Ole Miss football….

“Hugh Freeze lost the plot….he just lost the plot.”

What does “losing the plot” mean exactly?

“Losing the plot – to no longer be able to act normally or understand what is happening.”

Yep…that’s right…Hugh Freeze just Lost the Freaking Plot at Ole Miss mainly because he let the worry about an NCAA investigation corrode his football program from the inside-out and now either Freeze will find the plot or his FBS head coaching career could come to crashing end in Oxford before next Christmas!

Let’s look at the Ole Miss 2017 schedule:

South Alabama
UT Martin
At California
At Alabama
At Auburn
Vanderbilt
LSU
Arkansas
At Kentucky
La. Lafayette
Texas A&M
At Mississippi State

Hmmmmm…that looks like a 6 or 7 win season for Ole Miss in 2017…at best…and if the Rebels only win 6 games in 2017 that includes another loss to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl the plot loser Hugh Freeze will be looking for a job come early December 2017!

8.  Mark Whipple, UMass – Mark Whipple returned to UMass to coach the football team in 2014 after coaching the team from 1998 to 2003 when they were playing on the FCS level and a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and in three seasons back Whipple has posted an overall record of…

8 – 28

Sorry….but even at UMass 8 – 28 is Just Damn Pitiful and if UMass gave a Damn about their football program they would have fired Whipple and hired someone…anyone…to get the Minutemen moving in the right direction again….and yet Whipple is still there.

Yes…UMass is a tough job…but 8 – 28 is Just Damn Pitiful and in our opinion UMass can play better football than that….Period!

9.  Lance Leipold, Buffalo – Clearly Lance Leipold can coach the game of football on the…

Division III level

….winning SIX National Championships in EIGHT seasons as the head coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater but can Lance Leipold coach on the FBS level in the MAC Conference?

Not yet at least in TWO years at Buffalo posting records of…

Overall:  7 – 17

MAC:  4 – 12

….and needing a .500 plus season in 2017 to probably hang onto his job come December.

10.  David Beaty, Kansas – We haven’t a clue what Kansas football is doing right now with David Beaty as its head coach who in TWO seasons on the job has posted records of…

Overall:  2 – 22

Big 12:  1 – 17

….which is a program in Kansas Football that played in the Orange Bowl in the 2007 – 2008 season!

Call us crazy but if we had been the AD at Kansas in December of last year we would have fired David Beaty and hired current Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery who has the kind of offense that Kansas MUST have….an up-tempo attacking offense…if the Jayhawks are going to become a winning football program again but then….Kansas has an AD that hired…

Charlie Weis

AND

David Beaty

…who together have posted an overall record…with interim head coach Clint Bowen included…over the last FIVE years of…

9 – 51

Geez….don’t tell us there aren’t Total Damn Morons in the very upper reaches of FBS football because the TRUTH is….THERE ARE MANY!

Great Luck to you David Beaty!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, January 12, 2017 – George Halas

 

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“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”

And

“Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else.”

And

“Find out what the other team wants to do. Then take it away from them.”

And

“If you live long enough, lots of nice things happen.”

And

“Don’t do anything in practice that you wouldn’t do in the game.”

And

“You can achieve only that which you will do.”

And

“Many people flounder about in life because they do not have a purpose, an objective toward which to work.”

And

“San Francisco has always been my favorite booing city. I don’t mean the people boo louder or longer, but there is a very special intimacy. When they boo you, you know they mean you. Music, that’s what it is to me. One time in Kezar Stadium they gave me a standing boo.”

Wikipedia Page: George Halas

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – Ray Bradbury

 

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“Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for. We’ve been so busy damning ourselves for years. We’ve done it all, and yet we don’t take credit for it.”

And

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”

And

“Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together.”

And

“I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.”

And

“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.”

And

“I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.”

And

“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”

And

“If you don’t like what you’re doing, then don’t do it.”

And

“If you dream the proper dreams, and share the myths with people, they will want to grow up to be like you.”

And

“If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.”

And

“Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.”

And

“The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance – the idea that anything is possible.”

And

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”

And

“We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.”

And

“We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.”

And

“You can’t try to do things; you simply must do them.”

And

“Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.”

And

“There was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the dark, afraid of the future, afraid of the past, afraid of the present, afraid of themselves and shadows of themselves.”

Wikipedia:  Ray Bradbury

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, January 10, 2017 – Steve Sabol

 

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“Life is great. Football is better.”

And

“The autumn wind is a pirate. Blustering in from sea with a rollicking song he sweeps along swaggering boisterously. His face is weather beaten, he wears a hooded sash with a silver hat about his head… The autumn wind is a Raider, pillaging just for fun.”

And

“I think in the NFL knowledge is power, and you try to get the knowledge by whatever means.”

And

“A perfect record does not mean that someone is the greatest. Rocky Marciano never lost a fight, but I never hear anyone say he’s the greatest heavyweight champion of all time.”

And

“I never thought of what I was doing as a way to sell the NFL. I was making movies about a sport that I loved, about players and coaches that I respected. I wanted to convey my love of the game through film. And most artists convey their love through art. And my art and my love was expressed through film.”

And

“Lombardi, a certain magic still lingers in the very name. It speaks of duels in the snow and November mud… He remains for many the heart of pro football, pumping hard right now.”

And

“Look at a football field. It looks like a big movie screen. This is theatre. Football combines the strategy of chess. It’s part ballet. It’s part battleground, part playground. We clarify, amplify and glorify the game with our footage, the narration and that music, and in the end create an inspirational piece of footage.”

And

“I’ve always been fascinated by Picasso and how he would look at a single image through multiple perspectives and from separate moments in time. He would look at a woman’s face and he would see almost a three-dimensional look even though it was a flat canvas. I thought, well why couldn’t we do the same thing with a football play?”

And

“When my father bid $5,000 for the 1962 Championship Game, that was a huge amount. It was double the bid the year before. Pete Rozelle was flabbergasted. Who was this guy who was willing to spend so much money on what seemed like relatively worthless rights to the NFL Championship Game?”

And

“If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s not being noticed.”

And

“I remember when we were making ‘They Call It Pro Football,’ which was our ‘Citizen Kane.’ The first line is ‘It starts with a whistle and ends with a gun.'”

And

“If you can show something as complicated as two people falling in love with just music and camera angles, well, just think about what you can do with football.”

And

“Football is a sport of emotions, and we have to capture that in our films.”

And

“I’ve been very lucky in the freedom that I’ve been given. Every artist needs two types of freedom: You need the freedom to – the freedom to come up with an idea or treatment – and then you need the other half of the freedom, and that’s freedom from – somebody saying, ‘This is great. This is how I want you to do it.'”

And

“NFL Films has had one continuous, creative vision for 47 years. These are timeless things; timeless stories that we capture just like people go back and read Greek mythology.”

And

“You know how I came up with the name ‘Road to the Super Bowl?’ It’s an homage to the old Bob Hope – Bing Crosby buddy movies – you know, like ‘Road to Zanzibar’ or ‘Road to Morocco.’ Can you tell? All I’ve done my whole life is go to movies.”

And

“So they talk about heaven, and I don’t know what is waiting for me up there. But I can tell you this: Nothing will happen up there that can duplicate my life down here. Nothing. That life cannot be better than the one I’ve lived down here, the football life. It’s been perfect.”

And

“To me, football is very personal. Even as a kid, I looked at football in dramaturgical terms. It wasn’t the score that interested me, it was the struggle.”

And

“I’ve always believed in that famous quote from Karl Marx, something like; ‘Men make history, but not under conditions of their own choosing.”

And

“The pressure is suffocating down there; there’s no air to breathe. You make a mistake or come up just short in the Super Bowl, and it feels like the end of the world.”

And

Wikipedia:  Steve Sabol

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