Monthly Archive: October 2016

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Audie Murphy

 

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“Seems to me that if you’re afraid or living with some big fear, you’re not really living. You’re only half alive. I don’t care if it’s the boss you’re scared of or a lot of people in a room or diving off of a dinky little board, you gotta get rid of it. You owe it to yourself. Makes sort of a zombie out of you being afraid. I mean you want to be free, don’t you? And how can you if you are scared? That’s prison. Fear’s a jailer. Mind now, I’m not a professor on the subject. I just found it out for myself. But that’s what I think.”

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“If you’re afraid of anything, why not take a chance and do the thing you fear. Sometimes it’s the only way to get over being afraid.”

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“Let each man hear his own music and live by it. The drums roll one way for one man, I guess, and another way for another. You have to listen to your own.”

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“In life quality is what counts, not quantity.”

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“Audacity is a tactical weapon. Nine times out ten it will throw the enemy off-balance and confuse him.”

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“The true meaning of America, you ask? It’s in a Texas rodeo, in a policeman’s badge, in the sound of laughing children, in a political rally, in a newspaper… In all these things, and many more, you’ll find America. In all these things, you’ll find freedom. And freedom is what America means to the world. And to me.”

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“Lead from the front.”

Wikipedia Page: Audie Murphy

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – October 21, 2016 – John McKay

 

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“The most successful coaches on any level teach the fundamentals.”

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“No coach, no matter how successful, ever completely escapes the pressure of winning.”

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“You don’t beat people with surprises, but with execution.”

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“It bothers me that they (the national media) have picked us to be the worst team in football. Because what they are doing now is challenging your physical and your mental capacity and my ability to coach you. Now, this hurts me. Second worst team, I could stand it. But not the worst team.”

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“Kickers are like horse manure. They’re all over the place.”

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“Intensity is a lot of guys that run fast.”

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“Emotion is highly overrated in football. My wife Corky is emotional as hell but can’t play football worth a damn.”

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On his team’s blocking strategy: “Hold when you’re at home and don’t hold when you’re on the road.”

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“If you have everyone back from a team that lost ten games, experience isn’t too important.”

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On how coaching an expansion team is a religious experience: “You do a lot of praying, but most of the time the answer is ‘no.’ “

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On the play of Joe Namath in the Jets 34-0 victory over Tampa Bay, “Namath is still Namath, but I must say that our guys were nice to him. I noticed when they knocked him down, they helped him to his feet. That was gentlemanly. I thought one stood around long enough to get his autograph.”

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“I told our players that there were 700 million Chinese people in the world who didn’t even know the game was played. The next week, I got five letters from China asking “What happened?””

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“Behind every fired football coach stands a college president.”

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“Nobody becomes great without self-doubt. But you can’t let it consume you.”

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“We didn’t tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking”.

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“Three or four plane crashes and we’re in the playoffs.”

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* On the execution of the Bucs offense: “I think it’s a good idea.”

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“On the Bucs early games: “Every time I look up, it seems we’re punting.”

Wikipedia: John McKay

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, October 20, 2016 – Hank Stram

 

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“My philosophy? Simplicity plus variety.”

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“There are few secrets in football. So execute.”

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“Yesterday is a cancelled check. Today is cash on the line. Tomorrow is a promissory note.”

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“You can’t be fat and fast, too; so lift, run, diet and work.”

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“You cannot win if you cannot run.”

Wikipedia:  Hank Stram

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – Jack London

 

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“I do not live for what the world thinks of me, but for what I think of myself.”

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“There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.”

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“The trouble with him was that he was without imagination. He was quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in the significances.”

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“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

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“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.”

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“There are things greater than our wisdom, beyond our justice. The right and wrong of this we cannot say, and it is not for us to judge.”

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“He lacked the wisdom, and the only way for him to get it was to buy it with his youth; and when wisdom was his, youth would have been spent buying it”

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“San Francisco is gone. Nothing remains of it but memories.”

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“If cash comes with fame, come fame; if cash comes without fame, come cash.”

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“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

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“Fiction pays best of all and when it is of fair quality is more easily sold. A good joke will sell quicker than a good poem, and, measured in sweat and blood, will bring better remuneration. Avoid the unhappy ending, the harsh, the brutal, the tragic, the horrible – if you care to see in print things you write. (In this connection don’t do as I do, but do as I say.) Humour is the hardest to write, easiest to sell, and best rewarded… Don’t write too much. Concentrate your sweat on one story, rather than dissipate it over a dozen. Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it.”

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“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.”

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“Affluence means influence.”

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“Darn the wheel of the world! Why must it continually turn over? Where is the reverse gear?”

Wikipedia: Jack London

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Post Week 7 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – With 7 Weeks in the Books Mr. Cash It’s Really Heating Up On These Coaches on the Hot Seat…Just Keep Giving Them Hell….Just Keep Giving Them Hell Johnny!

 

Post Week 7 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

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With 7 Weeks in the Books Mr. Cash It’s Really Heating Up On These Coaches on the Hot Seat…Just Keep Giving Them Hell….Just Keep Giving Them Hell Johnny!

Post Week 7 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

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1.  Brian Kelly, Notre Dame – When you can’t score more than 10 points on a team in Stanford that had 44 and 42 points hung on it in the previous two weeks by Washington and Washington State you have a Helluva problem on your hands BUT there is something far worse than the Total Meltdown of Notre Dame Football that is now ongoing in South Bend right now and that is this reality…

In Brian Kelly’s SEVEN seasons at Notre Dame the Irish have lost FOUR or more games…

5 of those 7 seasons!

With the loss to what is a Very Damn Average Stanford team Brian Kelly’s record at Notre Dame since the Irish were destroyed by Alabama in the National Title Game in January 2013 now stands at…

29 – 17  (.630)

…..and to put Kelly’s .630 winning percentage over the last FOUR seasons into perspective since Ara Parseghian arrived at Notre Dame in 1964 only FOUR coaches have had a winning percentage less than .700…

Gerry Faust
Bob Davie
Tyrone Willingham
Charlie Weis

….and ALL of those Notre Dame coaches were fired and even if one takes into account Kelly’s entire record over SEVEN seasons at Notre Dame his winning percentage is still only…

.671

….far below what the alumni of Notre Dame we know are willing to accept from their head football coach especially with ZERO National Titles on the board.

Here’s the problem at Notre Dame which we call the “Charlie Weis Problem” here at Coaches Hot Seat that applies to all these schools that give guaranteed contracts to coaches that have done Little To Nothing to have earned those guaranteed multi-million dollar contracts….

Notre Dame, coach Brian Kelly agree to 6-year contract extension, Chicago Tribune, January 29, 2016

Brian Kelly is signed by Notre Dame through the 2021 season and a Notre Dame alum friend of ours guesstimated that if the school fired Brian Kelly in December 2016 with FIVE years left on this contract the school would owe Kelly…

“Something in the neighborhood of $20 million dollars….if not more!”

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Focusing on the current season here’s the problem for the 2016 Notre Dame football team….they let Stanford beat them which only scored 8 points on offense against the Irish which dropped ND’s record to 2-5 this season with these games still left to be played…

Miami
At Navy
Army
Virginia Tech
USC

Hell….Notre Dame might not win another game this season and even they won 2 of their last 5 games which would be a stretch in our opinion that leaves the Irish record at…

4 – 8

…in 2016 and in the last 50 seasons Notre Dame has only had EIGHT losing seasons and each one of those Irish coaches that had a losing season save Lou Holtz who took over a Total Disaster in South Bend…

Saw his ass fired by Notre Dame!

There’s not a Chance in Hell that Brian Kelly can go 4 – 8 in his SEVENTH season on the job at Notre Dame and keep his job even if the school would have to pony-up $20+ Million Dollars to buy Kelly out!

Just for the record below are the Win/Loss Records and Winning Percentages of the Notre Dame Head Football Coaches since Knute Rockne took over the Irish in 1918 ranked by Winning Percentage including how many games a year Bozo the Clown would averaging winning coaching at Notre Dame with a 13 game schedule each season = Average 9.5 wins a season!:

1. Knute Rockne: 105-12-5  (.881)
2. Frank Leahy: 87-11-9  (.855)
3. Ara Parseghian: 95-17-4  (.836)
4. Edward McKeever: 8-2  (.800)
5. Lou Holtz: 100-30-2  (.765)
6. Dan Devine: 53-16-1  (.764)
7. Elmer Laydon: 47-13-3  (.754)
8. Bozo the Clown  (.731)
9. Brian Kelly: 57-28  (.671)
10. Terry Brennan: 32-18  (.640)
11. Heartley Anderson: 16-9-2  (.630)
12. Bob Davie: 35-25  (.583)
13. Tyrone Willingham: 21-15  (.583)
14. Charlie Weis: 35-27  (.565)
15. Gerry Faust: 30-26-1 (.535)
15. Joe Kuharich: 17-23  (.425)

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2.  Steve Addazio, Boston College – Boston College had a bye-week in Week 7 after getting their asses whipped 56-10 in Week 6 by Clemson….at home….and in Week 8 the Eagles host Syracuse which just beat Virginia Tech and then in Week 9 they travel to play at NC State which just played and should have beaten Clemson…at Clemson!

Boston College is now 3 – 3 on the 2016 season with wins over…

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Wagner
Buffalo

…which together have a combined win/loss record of…

6 – 13

….even counting FCS Wagner which just lost to FCS doormat Columbia…alas we digress….and getting back to Boston College in FOUR seasons as the head coach at BC Steve Addazio is sitting on records of..

Overall:  20 – 24

ACC:  8 – 19

…and with these games left on the schedule…

Syracuse
At NC State
Louisville
At Florida State
UConn
At Wake Forest

…we would be SHOCKED if BC wins more than 1 more game in 2016 and anything less than SIX wins and a bowl game trip Steve Addazio has to be finished at BC….right?

Who the Hell knows because after all…this is Boston College Football we are talking about here!

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3.  Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State – The losses keep coming for Tim DeRuyter and his Fresno State football team with a loss to a tough San Diego State team on Friday night and now DeRuyter’s win/loss record over the past three seasons stands at…

Overall:  10 – 23

MWC:  7 – 12

Now at 1 – 6 on the season it will probably take Tim DeRuyter and his football team winning out against…

At Utah State
Air Force
At Colorado State
Hawaii
San Jose State

…for Tim to hang onto his job for another season and the chances of that are….Not Very Good…in our humble opinion but Good Luck Tim!

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4.  Mark Helfrich, Oregon – Mark Helfrich is a nice enough of a fellow who made one of the great moves in recent college football history by leaving Dan Hawkins coaching staff at Colorado to join the Oregon staff just as it was transitioning from Mike Bellotti to Chip Kelly which led to Helfrich getting the Ducks head coaching job BUT did Mark Helfrich actually do anything beyond being on the Oregon coaching staff to earn the Ducks head coaching job?

No…not really….and all the momentum that Bellotti and Kelly built up at Oregon fueled by Millions of Dollars of Nike money from Phil Knight has all but disappeared and since Ohio State beat Oregon in the 2015 National Title Game the Ducks are…

Overall:  11 – 8

Pac-12:  7 – 5

….and with four straight losses the Oregon football program could be on the verge of a Complete Unraveling with these games on the docket…

At California
Arizona State
At USC
Stanford
At Utah
At Oregon State

How many more games will Oregon win in 2016?

Who the Hell knows and there’s the problem BUT one thing is certain…

Oregon better Damn WIN the next game at California on Friday night or the HEAT on Mark Helfrich’s rear-end will threaten his head coaching career with Arizona State due in Eugene on October 29 and then a road game at USC on November 5 and there is no doubt in our minds if the Ducks lose their next 3 games…

Mark Helfrich is DONE at Oregon…PERIOD!

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5.  Charlie Strong, Texas – There are a lot of ways to evaluate college head football coaches such as…

Overall Record
Record against Conference Foes
Record against Power 5 Conference Schools

….but our favorite measure of coaches at places like Texas where any random stumble bum off the street could win a Helluva lot of games is…

Record against Power 5 Conference Schools WITH .500 or Better Records

In THREE seasons at Texas Charlie Strong has played…

22 Games With Teams WITH or WILL Have .500 or Better Records

…and Charlie Strong’s record in those 22 games is…

6 – 16

That is nothing short of a Freaking Damn Disaster at a place like Texas and exactly why Charlie Strong is sitting on one of the Hottest Seats in the country with a 3-3 record on the board in 2016 and these games still to be played…

At Kansas State
Baylor
At Texas Tech
West Virginia
At Kansas
TCU

Our opinion…ANYTHING less than Charlie Strong winning 5 of their last 6 games and Texas makes a head coaching change come late November – early December and even with an 8-4 record in 2016 Charlie Strong’s THREE year win/loss record will stand at…

19 – 18

…after THREE seasons and that is really not a record that can be supported by many Longhorn folks at a place like…TEXAS!

Give ‘Em Hell Charlie Strong!

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6.  Will Muschamp, South Carolina – The reason we have Will Muschamp on the Hot Seat in his first year at South Carolina is that Muschamp posted a record of…

28 – 21

…in FOUR seasons at Florida and in our opinion had No Damn Business getting the South Carolina job where Muschamp has a record of…

2 – 4

…in his first season at USC with these games still left on the schedule:

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Tennessee
Missouri
At Florida
Western Carolina
At Clemson

We have moved our expectations for Will Muschamp and South Carolina in 2016 from SIX wins to FIVE wins to get Muschamp’s rear-end off the Hot Seat so make Damn sure Will you at least beat…

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Missouri
Western Carolina

….to get your ass off the Hot Seat Son!

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7.  Chad Morris, SMU – SMU had a bye-week in Week 7 and now the Mustangs at 2 – 4 have games left against…

Houston
At Tulane
Memphis
At East Carolina
USC
Navy

….and if Chad Morris is going to get his rear-end off the Hot Seat he better Damn win a few of these remaining SIX games!

Our guess Chad Morris and SMU win….ONE…maybe TWO more games and that means Morris will be on the Hot Seat heading into Year 3 at SMU and in the NINE seasons that Coaches Hot Seat has existed very Damn few head coaches have survived to coach in year FOUR when entering Year 3 on the Hot Seat so…

Coach –Up Your Players Chad Morris!

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8.  Mark Stoops, Kentucky – Mark Stoops is at the old well-known fork-in-the-road of his head coaching tenure at Kentucky with the Wildcats now at 3 – 3 on the season with a GREAT chance to get win 4 in a home game against a falling to pieces Mississippi State team on Saturday and with 4 wins on the board and these games left to be played…

At Missouri
Georgia
At Tennessee
Austin-Peay
At Louisville

….that would give UK a slight chance to get SIX wins in 2016 but then Kentucky is so un-serious about Football we are thinking Mark Stoops could fall short of SIX wins in four-straight seasons and probably still keep his job at Kentucky and with that we can only call…

Horseshit!

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9.  Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – In FOUR seasons at Texas Tech Kliff Kingsbury now has on the board win/loss records of…

Overall:  22 – 22

Big 12:  11 – 19

…..and the Tech football program that Kingsbury inherited from Mike Leach and Tommy Tuberville posted records of..

Overall:  104 – 60

Big 12:  56 – 50

….with Leach winning the vast majority of those games in Lubbock and unless the folks at Texas Tech have quit taking winning football games seriously one has to think Tech will be looking for a new head football coach unless Kingsbury can at least get SIX win on the board in 2016…

Now at 3 – 3 with these games left…

Oklahoma
At TCU
Texas
At Oklahoma State
At Iowa State
Baylor

…and needing THREE wins at least badly can Kingsbury and his football team find those THREE wins?

Not likely.

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10.  Kirby Smart, Georgia – We will always have HIGH expectations for Georgia football because we have no doubt Lewis Grizzard could coach the Bulldogs to an average of EIGHT wins a season with the amount of talent in the state of Georgia and the resources given to every football coach at UGA and thus with the Bulldogs now at…

4 – 3

…on the season with only ONE win against a team with a winning record things are about to get very heated in Athens if the Bulldogs should stumble down the stretch starting with the game against Florida in Jacksonville on October and that is because…

Kirby Smart inherited a Top 10 Football Program from Mark Richt

….and there would be No Damn Excuse for Georgia to not win at least SEVEN games in this year of transition and yet with this schedule left…

Florida
At Kentucky
Auburn
La. Lafayette
Georgia Tech

…there is a chance the Bulldogs don’t even win SIX games in 2016 which would of course equal…

A Scorching Hot Seat for Kirby Smart head into Year 2 in Athens!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, October 18, 2016 – Barbara Jordan

 

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“But this is the great danger America faces. That we will cease to be one nation and become instead a collection of interest groups: city against suburb, region against region, individual against individual. Each seeking to satisfy private wants.”

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“Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.”

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“Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment.”

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“For all of its uncertainty, we cannot flee the future.”

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“I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in “We, the people.”

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“I never intended to become a run-of-the-mill person.”

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“If we promise as public officials, we must deliver. If we as public officials propose, we must produce.”

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“If you’re going to play the game properly, you’d better know every rule.”

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“Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each one of us.”

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“Let us heed the voice of the people and recognize their common sense. If we do not, we not only blaspheme our political heritage, we ignore the common ties that bind all Americans.”

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“More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future.”

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“The citizens of America expect more. They deserve and they want more than a recital of problems.”

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“There is no executive order; there is no law that can require the American people to form a national community. This we must do as individuals and if we do it as individuals, there is no President of the United States who can veto that decision.”

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“There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and preparation cannot cure.”

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“We are a people trying not only to solve the problems of the present: unemployment, inflation… but we are attempting on a larger scale to fulfill the promise of America.”

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“We call ourselves public servants but I’ll tell you this: we as public servants must set an example for the rest of the nation. It is hypocritical for the public official to admonish and exhort the people to uphold the common good.”

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“We must exchange the philosophy of excuse – what I am is beyond my control for the philosophy of responsibility.”

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“What the people want is very simple – they want an America as good as its promise.”

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“What we have to do is strike a balance between the idea that government should do everything and the idea, the belief, that government ought to do nothing. Strike a balance.”

Wikipedia:  Barbara Jordan

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, October 17, 2016 – Frank Sinatra

 

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“I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, fine family – and I don’t think I could ask for anything more than that, actually.”

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“I’m for whatever gets you through the night.”

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“I’m gonna live till I die.”

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“May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine.”

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“People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it.”

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“The best revenge is massive success.”

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“Whatever else has been said about me personally is unimportant. When I sing, I believe. I’m honest.”

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“I’m not one of those complicated, mixed-up cats. I’m not looking for the secret to life…. I just go on from day to day, taking what comes.”

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“What I do with my life is of my own doing. I live it the best way I can.”

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“I’m supposed to have a Ph.D. on the subject of women. But the truth is I’ve flunked more often than not. I’m very fond of women; I admire them. But, like all men, I don’t understand them.”

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“For years I’ve nursed a secret desire to spend the Fourth of July in a double hammock with a swingin’ redheaded broad … but I could never find me a double hammock.”

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“The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.”

Wikipedia: Frank Sinatra

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, October 16, 2016 – H. L. Mencken

 

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“A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.”

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“A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.”

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“A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.”

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“A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.”

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“A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas.”

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“A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable.”

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“All government, of course, is against liberty.”

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“All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.”

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“Before a man speaks it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks, it is seldom necessary to assume it.”

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“Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies.”

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“Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking.”

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“Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.”

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“Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.”

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“Don’t overestimate the decency of the human race.”

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“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”

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“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”

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“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”

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“I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.”

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“I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.”

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“I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.”

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“I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.”

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“If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.”

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“It doesn’t take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.”

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“It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.”

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“It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods.”

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“It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.”

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“Man weeps to think that he will die so soon; woman, that she was born so long ago.”

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“Most people are unable to write because they are unable to think, and they are unable to think because they congenitally lack the equipment to do so, just as they congenitally lack the equipment to fly over the moon.”

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“Most people want security in this world, not liberty.”

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“Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.”

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“Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

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“Say what you will about the ten commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.”

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“Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.”

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“Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.”

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“The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.”

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“The cynics are right nine times out of ten.”

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“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.”

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“The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear – fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.”

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“The theory seems to be that as long as a man is a failure he is one of God’s children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the Devil.”

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“To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!”

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“We must be willing to pay a price for freedom.”

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‘When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that the old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had one before.”

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“It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.”

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“To sum up: 1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. 2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. 3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him the ride.”

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“The fact is that the average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty — and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.”

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“The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.”

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“I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech — alike for the humblest man and the mightiest, and in the utmost freedom of conduct that is consistent with living in organized society.”

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“I believe in only one thing and that thing is human liberty. If ever a man is to achieve anything like dignity, it can happen only if superior men are given absolute freedom to think what they want to think and say what they want to say. I am against any man and any organization which seeks to limit or deny that freedom. . . [and] the superior man can be sure of freedom only if it is given to all men.”

Wikipedia:  H. L. Mencken

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, October 15, 2016 – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

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“A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.”

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“Action is character.”

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“Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.”

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“An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.”

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“Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.”

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“Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.”

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“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”

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“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.”

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“I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside.”

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“Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.”

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“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

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“Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you’ll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all.”

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“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.”

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“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

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“There are no second acts in American lives.”

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“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”

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“Once one is caught up into the material world not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life.”

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“Isn’t Hollywood a dump — in the human sense of the word. A hideous town, pointed up by the insulting gardens of its rich, full of the human spirit at a new low of debasement.”

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“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.”

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“There are no second acts in American lives.”

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“Before I go on with this short history, let me make a general observation – the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. This philosophy fitted on to my early adult life, when I saw the improbable, the implausible, often the “impossible,” come true.”

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“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.

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“My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness.”

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“Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.”

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“On the last night, with my trunk packed and my car sold to the grocer, I went over and looked at that huge incoherent failure of a house once more. On the white steps an obscene word, scrawled by some boy with a piece of brick, stood out clearly in the moonlight, and I erased it, drawing my shoe raspingly along the stone. Then I wandered down to the beach and sprawled out on the sand.

Most of the big shore places were closed now and there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes—a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.

And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning——

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Ending of The Great Gatsby, 1925

Wikipedia:  F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, October 14, 2016 – Calvin Coolidge

 

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“After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world.”

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“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”

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“I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can’t be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort.”

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“If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress.”

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“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.”

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“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.  The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

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“Parties do not maintain themselves. They are maintained by effort. The government is not self-existent. It is maintained by the effort of those who believe in it. The people of America believe in American institutions, the American form of government and the American method of transacting business.”

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“I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form.”

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“The chief business of the American people is business.”

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“If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final.”

Wikipedia Page: Calvin Coolidge

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