Monthly Archive: October 2018

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – Muhammad Ali

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“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

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“I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

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“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”

And

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”

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“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”

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“Champions aren´t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.”

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“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”

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“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights. I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

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“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”

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“A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.”

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“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

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“When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.”

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“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”

And

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

Wikipedia:  Muhammad Ali

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – Davy Crockett

“I leave this rule for others when I’m dead – Be always sure you’re right — THEN GO AHEAD!”

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“Fame is like a shaved pig with a greased tail, and it is only after it has slipped through the hands of some thousands, that some fellow, by mere chance, holds on to it!”

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“I would rather be beaten and be a man than to be elected and be a little puppy dog. I have always supported measures and principles and not men. I have acted fearless[ly] and independent and I never will regret my course. I would rather be politically buried than to be hypocritically immortalized.”

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“I have suffered my self to be politically sacrificed to save my country from ruin and disgrace and if I am never a gain elected I will have the gratification to know that I have done my duty.”

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“If one man in the country could take all the money, what was the use of passing any bills about it?”

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“It was expected of me that I was to bow to the name of Andrew Jackson… even at the expense of my conscience and judgement. such a thing was new to me, and a total stranger to my principles.”

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“Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks.”

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“Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever.”

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“We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.”

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“You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.”

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“I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgement dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me… Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them!”

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“I must say as to what I have seen of Texas, it is the garden spot of the world. The best land & best prospects for health I ever saw is here, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here. There is a world of country to settle”

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“I know not whether, in the eyes of the world, a brilliant death is not preferred to an obscure life of rectitude. Most men are remembered as they died, and not as they lived. We gaze with admiration upon the glories of the setting sun, yet scarcely bestow a passing glance upon its noonday splendor.”

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“Money with them is nothing but trash when it is to come out of the people. But it is the one great thing for which most of them are striving, and many of them sacrifice honor, integrity, and justice to obtain it.”
Comment to a friend about the US Congress, as quoted in The Life of Colonel David Crockett

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“Born on a mountain top in Tennessee
The greenest state in the land of the free
Raised in the woods so’s he knew ev’ry tree
Kilt him a b’ar when he was only three
Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier
Fought single-handed through many a war
Till the enemy was whipped and peace was in store
And while he was handlin’ this risky chore
He made himself a legend forever more
Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who knew no fear.”

Wikipedia:   Davy Crockett

 

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Post Week 8 Coaches Hot Seat Ranking – Where are you Johnny Cash? Or there you are….great to see you again Johnny! Now can you give these Hot Seat Coaches Hell for us Johnny?

Where are you Johnny Cash? Or there you are….great to see you again Johnny! Now can you give these Hot Seat Coaches Hell for us Johnny?

Thanks Johnny!

Post Week 8 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

1.  David Beaty, Kansas – Kansas lost 48 – 16 at Texas Tech on Saturday and 43 games into his tenure in Lawrence David Beaty’s records now stand at…

Overall:  5 – 38

Big 12:  1 – 30

With these games left to play….

TCU
Iowa State
At Kansas State
At Oklahoma
Texas

…we give Kansas a ZERO-POINT.ZERO chance of winning another game this season and one can only wonder who is on Kansas AD Jeff Long’s short list to be next head football coach of the Jayhawks because when you look at the head football coaches that Jeff Long has hired as an AD it’s got to be worrisome if you are fan of Kansas football!

2005 – Dave Wannstedt, Pitt – FIRED
2008 – Bobby Petrino, Arkansas – FIRED
2009 – John L. Smith, Interim Arkansas – CRAZY AS HELL!
2013 – Bret Bielema – FIRED

We can think of 10 coaches that could turn Kansas football into a .500 football program in 3 years or less…are any of those 10 coaches on Kansas AD Jeff Long’s list to replace David Beaty?

NOPE…and we have that on good authority!

Just an opinion…the Total Disaster that is Kansas Football will keep rolling into the future with no end in sight!

2.  Chris Ash, Rutgers – Rutgers gave a Northwestern team that has looked at times in 2018 like head coach Pat Fitzgerald and his staff spend every afternoon at the local bar drinking bear, playing video games, and hitting on waitresses rather a team that is Coached by Real Coaches in practice on a regular basis a decent game on Saturday but come now..

3 – 3 Akron beat Northwestern in Evanston this year!

What kind of football program is Rutgers in head coach Chris Ash third season on the job…well the records are…

Overall:  7 – 25

Big Ten:  3 – 21

…and those 7 wins were over….

2016
Howard
New Mexico

2017
Morgan State
Illinois
Purdue
Maryland

2018
Texas State

So in three seasons Chris Ash has beaten ONE FBS team with a .500 or better record and that was Purdue last year which went 7 – 6 in Jeff Brohm’s first year on the job and what has Brohm done in less than two seasons on the job with the same amount of talent at Purdue that Ash inherited at Rutgers….

Well…he just beat Ohio State which Rutgers lost to earlier this by a score of…wait for it…

52 – 3!

A very simple question the folks at Rutgers need to ask themselves:

Is Rutgers a better football team today than it was when Chris Ash took over 3 seasons ago and remember he took over a team that had gone…

27 – 24

…the previous four seasons under Kyle Flood.

If you answer anything but NO to the above question not only do you Not Have A Damn Clue about the game of football you are a Damn Fool!

Yes…there are Lots of Damn Fools in AD positions hiring football coaches in today’s world!

3.  Lovie Smith, Illinois – In Lovie Smith’s 31 st game as the head coach at Illinois his football team got whipped by an Average Wisconsin team in Madison by the score of…

49 – 20

…to drop the Illini’s record to 3 – 4 on the year and Lovie’s record at the school to…

Overall:  8 – 23

Big Ten:  3 – 19

Oh…those 8 wins were over….

2016
Murray State
Rutgers
Michigan State

2017
Ball State
Western Kentucky

2018
Kent State
Western Illinois
Rutgers

Like Rutgers HC Chris Ash Ole Lovie Smith has beaten ONE FBS team with a .500 or better record…no not Michigan State in 2016 which went 3 – 9 that year but….wait for it…

Western Kentucky

…which finished last year…wait for it…at 6 – 7!

You want to read something Really Damn Hilarious? Read the below statement by Illinois AD on the hiring of Lovie Smith at Illinois:

“Naming Lovie Smith as the Illinois head football coach is the first step in taking this program to a place of national prominence,” Whitman said. “We will build a program that contends annually for Big Ten and national championships. The timing for this move was extremely tight, and we needed to move quickly. A coach of Lovie’s caliber would not have been available to us if we had waited until after the 2016 season. Lovie’s reputation as a coach, and even more so as a person, made it clear it was an awesome opportunity for the University of Illinois.”

Got LOL – Freaking – LOL?

YEP!

Also got Lovie Smith’s agent ROLLED Illinois AD Josh Whitman thinking that because Lovie got a loaded NFL roster with Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl that wasn’t something hundreds if not thousands of football coaches in America couldn’t have also done?

YEP!

Oh…lest us not forget that Lovie Smith took over an Illinois football team that went 5 – 7 in 2015 under Bill Cubit and the year before had finished at 6 – 7 under Tim Beck.

Here’s what Lovie Smith has done at Illinois:

He has taken an Average Football Program and turned into a Complete Freaking Laughingstock…that’s what Lovie Smith has done and Oh his buyout on December 1, 2018….

$12.6M

…on top of Lovie getting paid $5 Million Dollars A Year!

What in the Hell has Lovie Smith done to earn that $5 Million Dollars A Year?

Not One Damn Thing and in FACT his presence in Champaign has made the Illinois football program WORSE not BETTER!

Oh…the 3 – 4 Illini have left on their schedule…

At Maryland
Minnesota
At Nebraska
Iowa
At Northwestern

We would be shocked if Illinois wins more than 1 of their remaining 5 games….but then we were shocked when Lovie Smith was hired to coach a college football team when the last time he coached in the college game before taking this job in 2016 was in 1995 at Ohio State!

20+ Freaking Years!

Got there are Helluva Lot of Stupid Damn People hiring football coaches on the FBS level right now?

Yep!

4.  Randy Edsall, UConn – South Florida may just be the softest undefeated football in recent college football history and UConn gave those soft Bulls a decent game before losing by the score of 38 – 30 which with the loss dropped the Huskies record in 2018 to…

1 – 6

….and Randy Edsall’s record at UConn the last two seasons to….

4 – 15

Oh…those 4 wins were over…

2017
Holy Cross
Temple
Tulsa

2018
Rhode Island

Randy Edsall has beaten ONE FBS team with a .500 or better record and that was…

Temple last year that went 7 – 6.

Is Randy Edsall long for the UConn right now meaning will Edsall coach the Huskies in 2019?

We haven’t a Damn clue but let us know how many more games you think 1 – 6 UConn will win in 2018 from their remaining games…

UMass
At Tulsa
SMU
At East Carolina
Temple

Maybe they beat UMass….Maybe!

5.  Larry Fedora, North Carolina – It didn’t surprise anyone at Coaches Hot Seat that Larry Fedora’s Tar Heels gave Syracuse all it could want on Saturday since Dino Baber’s football teams melt like a cube of butter on a hot sidewalk in Phoenix in the middle of Summer but North Carolina did take Syracuse to two overtimes before losing after they should have beaten Virginia Tech the week before but come now….UNC is still 1 – 5 on the season and they still have left to play games against…

At Virginia
Georgia Tech
At Duke
Western Carolina
NC State

Georgia Tech can be beat….that’s obvious…and Western Carolina is a win but can UNC end up with a record better than…

3 – 8

….in 2018 with the game against UCF cancelled due to a hurricane…which woulda been a loss?

Not in our humble opinion.

6.  Brent Brennan, San Jose State – Again the San Jose Spartans gave a decent team….San Diego State…..a decent game before losing 16 – 13 to the Aztecs but come now….San Jose State is now 0 – 7 on the season and head coach Brent Brennan’s record in two years at the school are now at…

Overall:  2 – 18

MWC:  1 – 11

Who exactly did San Jose State beat in those two games last year?

Cal Poly and then Wyoming in the last game of the season.

Is Brent Brennan long for the San Jose State job?

We haven’t a Damn Clue but with these games left…

UNLV
At Wyoming
At Utah State
Nevada
At Fresno State

…if SJSU doesn’t beat UNLV on Saturday it looks like ZERO wins in 2018 for the Spartans!

7.  Gus Malzahn, Auburn – It’s clear now the money has been put together to buyout Gus Malzahn if that is what needs to be done at the end of this season which is something along the lines of…

$32 Million Dollars Total
$15 Million Dollars Paid Within 90 Days
$17 Million Dollars Remaining Paid Over Next 6 Years

…and we can understand why with the way Auburn has looked in 2018 which we would characterize as…

A Head Coach with a $32 Million Dollar Buyout who could really care less how many games Auburn wins in 2018 or ever again!

In our humble opinion!

We have lots of ways to measure coaches at Coaches Hot Seat and one of those measure is a scale of 1 – 100 which we do before each season on how bad does a loss impact “X” coach with the scale being…

100 = The Freaking World Is Over!
1 = No Big Whoop!

…and Gus Malzahn before the 2018 season fell at….

25 = Whatever

…on that measure and the general consensus if we had to redo that measure again it would today be….

12 = We Lost? Really? It’s A Beautiful Day Though!

Oh…Nick Saban on this measure of coaches on how hard a loss hits them is at…

100 = The Freaking World Is Over!

Be Proud Auburn fans because here is what you now have on your hands when a team in the state of Alabama loses a game…

Nick Saban = 100 = The Freaking World Is Over!
Gus Malzahn = 12 = We Lost? Really? It’s A Beautiful Day Though!

With the win over Totally Damn Listless Ole Miss which looked Totally Un-Coached on Saturday and in the second half had players….Loafing All Over the Field…the Auburn Tigers are now 5 – 3 on the season with games left against…

Texas A&M
At Georgia
Liberty
At Alabama

If Auburn beats Liberty and loses to the A&M, Georgia and Alabama to finish at 6 – 6 with a totally loaded roster will Gus Malzahn get the Heave-Hoe out the back door with Millions of Dollars in early December of this year?

Yep!

Who might be the front-runner to replace Gus Malzahn at Auburn?

Purdue Head Coach Jeff Brohm….in our humble opinion.

Where does Jeff Brohm fall on how does a loss impact “X” coach with Brohm being the coach in this case…the same as Saban:

100 = The Freaking World Is Over!

Jeff Brohm just might be the Pat Dye to Paul “Bear” Bryant who at the end of Bryant’s career turned the tables just enough to send the Bear packing beating him in their last Auburn – Alabama game against each other at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama:

8.  Clay Helton, USC – If there ever was a FBS head coach that really could not afford to lose a game on Saturday it was USC head coach Clay Helton whose Trojans lost to Utah by the score of…

41 – 28

….to drop the Trojans record to 4 – 3 on the season with games still left against…

Arizona State
At Oregon State
California
At UCLA
Notre Dame

We have it on good authority that Clay Helton really needs to win 4 of the next 5 games or things will be mighty ugly around USC in late November especially if the Trojans lose the last two games to the Bruins and Irish!

9.  Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist wrote a hilarious story last week about Paul Johnson’s situation at Georgia Tech…

Tech wants to keep Johnson. That might not be an option, Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

…with this really hilarious lead:

“The belief is that Todd Stansbury, Georgia Tech’s athletic director, doesn’t want to fire his football coach. Events, however, aren’t cooperating. The Yellow Jackets are 3-4. The only Power 5 team they’ve beaten is Louisville, which might be the worst Power 5 team.”

An AD that doesn’t want to fire a coach?

No AD wants to fire a coach but what AD that is competent in his job would do anything but fire ANY coach that wasn’t performing and in the last two seasons Johnson has posted a records of…

Overall:  8 – 10

ACC:  5 – 7

…and 3 – 4 Tech still has to play in 2018 games against…

At Virginia Tech
At North Carolina
Miami
Virginia
At Georgia

So the AD at Georgia Tech is hoping with his fingers crossed that Georgia Tech wins 3 of their remaining 5 games to get bowl eligible in Paul Johnson’s….

11 th season at Georgia Tech?

Shouldn’t the AD at Tech be thinking that the Georgia Tech football team should be winning 10+ games in Johnson’s 11 th year at the school?

Yes…but that would be a Competent AD that Knew His Ass From the Side of a Barn and if you are thinking America was not built by LOSERS like Todd Stansbury then you would be right!

Here’s a thought for you Todd Stansbury >

Walk into Paul Johnson’s office and tell him if his team doesn’t win at least 4 of its remaining 5 games his ass is going to be fired instead of sitting in your office and hoping like a Damn Loser that Georgia Tech gets to 6 wins in 2018!

10.  Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – Oklahoma State had a bye in Week 8 and the only real question that needs to be answered is…

Did Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy and his coaches do any Real Work in the bye week in getting ready for a primetime match up against Texas next week of will the Total Slop that is Oklahoma State football continue rolling on in the 2018 season with the coaching staff asleep at the wheel?

We are all going to find out the answer to that question because there really is…

No Damn Good Excuse

…for Tom Herman in his second year at Texas to come rolling into Stillwater…after taking over a totally tanking Longhorns football program…and beat Mike Gundy’s Cowboys when Gundy is in his….

14 th year at OSU!

If Texas does come in and beat Oklahoma State to drop the Cowboys record to 4 – 4 on the year with games still left against…

At Baylor
At Oklahoma
West Virginia
At TCU

….Ole Mike Gundy might have to get his agent to shop his wares around to program’s with open jobs this coming offseason because Ole Gundy may just find his ass out of his job in Stillwater in early December!

Our guess…

Texas beats OSU
Baylor beats OSU
Oklahoma beats OSU
West Virginia beats OSU
TCU beats OSU

….and the Cowboys finish at 4 – 8 on the year and Mike Gundy is sitting around the Christmas Tree without a job but with $16 million dollars in the bank from his buyout!

Karma can be a bitch and in his case the Karma is bad but Gundy will get $16 Million Dollars to do NOTHING which may be what he wants….if Oklahoma State QUITS down the stretch then that will be what Gundy wants….

In our humble opinion!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, October 22, 2018 – B. B. King

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“Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy’s playing blues like we play, he’s in high school. When he starts playing jazz it’s like going on to college, to a school of higher learning.”

And

“When people treat you mean, you dislike them for that, but not because of their person, who they are. I was born and raised in a segregated society, but when I left there, I had nobody I disliked other than the people that’d mistreated me, and that only lasted for as long as they were mistreating me.”

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“I don’t have a favorite song that I’ve written. But I do have a favorite song: ‘Always on My Mind,’ the Willie Nelson version. If I could sing it like he do, I would sing it every night. I like the story it tells.”

And

“I don’t care for the music when they’re talking bad about women because I think women are God’s greatest gift to the planet – I just like music.”

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“I was born on a plantation, and things weren’t so good. We didn’t have any money. I never thought of the word ‘poor’ ’til I got to be a man, but when you live in a house that you can always peek out of and see what kind of day it is, you’re not doing so well. And your rest room is not inside the house.”

And

“I’ve said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed.”

And

“Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die to get there!”

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“My mother was a very beautiful lady, I thought. She was very good to me. I guess – she died when I was nine and a half, but if she had lived, I probably wouldn’t be trying to play guitar. She wanted me to be known, but as something else. Not a guitar player.”

And

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”

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“I liked blues from the time my mother used to take me to church. I started to listen to gospel music, so I liked that. But I had an aunt at that time, my mother’s aunt who bought records by people like Lonnie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and a few others.”

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“I don’t like anybody to be angry with me. I’d rather have friends.”

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“We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you’re doing so.”

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“When I do eventually drop, I pray to God that it’ll happen in one of three ways. Firstly, on stage or leaving the stage, then secondly in my sleep. And the third way? You’ll have to figure that out for yourself!”

And

“I never use that word, retire.”

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“There are so many sounds I still want to make, so many things I haven’t yet done.”

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“Growing up, I was taught that a man has to defend his family. When the wolf is trying to get in, you gotta stand in the doorway.”

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“The blues was bleeding the same blood as me.”

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“It seems like I always had to work harder than other people. Those nights when everybody else is asleep, and you sit in your room trying to play scales.”

And

“The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn’t know how other people would take it.”

And

“I think of guitar players in terms of doctors: you have the doctor for your heart, the cardiologist, then one that works on your feet, your leg. But I believe George Benson is the one that plays all over. To me, he would be the M.D. of them all.”

And

“When you don’t have much money, you worry that they’ll just put you in the ground someplace and your loved ones won’t know where you are.”

And

“As for my band, well, my mentors were Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Jimmie Lunceford, and no one had a band more smartly dressed than Duke.”

And

“I would sit on the street corners in my hometown of Indianola, Mississippi, and I would play. And, generally, I would start playing gospel songs.”

And

“I call myself a blues singer, but you ain’t never heard me call myself a blues guitar man.”

And

“If there was no ladies, I wouldn’t wanna be on the planet. Ladies, friends, and music – without those three, I wouldn’t wanna be here.”

And

“Everything I record, I just try to sound like me and come up with songs that suit what I do, and then just go for it.”

And

“If you can’t get your songs to people one way, you have to find another.”

And

“I don’t try to just be a blues singer – I try to be an entertainer. That has kept me going.”

And

“What don’t I want to learn? I have how-to books, history, nature. Ain’t nobody here saying, ‘You’d better learn this.’ But I still think I’ve got a head on my shoulders, and it pleases me.”

And

“If you want to be a good blues singer, people are going to be down on you, so dress like you’re going to the bank to borrow money.”

And

“I guess you can look at me, and tell I’m the old man. My name is BB King.”

And

“I never wanted to be like other blues singers. I might like hearing them play, but I’ve never wanted to be anyone other than myself. There are a few people that I’ve wished I could play like, but when I tried, it didn’t work.”

Wikipedia:  B. B. King

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, October 21, 2018 – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

And

“Action is character.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

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

And

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

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

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

And

“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.”

And

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

And

“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 – Saturday, October 20, 2018 – Pat Summitt

“Change equals self improvement. Push yourself to places you haven’t been before.”

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“Class is more important than a game.”

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“Combine practice with belief.”

And

“Competition got me off the farm and trained me to seek out challenges and to endure setbacks; and in combination with my faith, it sustains me now in my fight with Alzheimer’s disease.”

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“Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work.”

And

“Everyone thinks we might curl up and die, both programs. I don’t think it’s going to happen, so put away your hankies.”

And

“God doesn’t take things away to be cruel. He takes things away to make room for other things. He takes things away to lighten us. He takes things away so we can fly.”

And

“Group discipline produces a unified effort toward a common goal.”

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“Handle Success Like You Handle Failure. You can’t always control what happens, but you can control how you handle it.”

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“I can remember trying to coach, trying to figure out schemes, and it just wasn’t coming to me.”

And

“I didn’t leave her there for long. When a player makes a mistake, you always want to put them back in quickly—you don’t just berate them and sit them down with no chance for redemption.”

And

“I didn’t say a lot. I didn’t throw anything. That’s not my style. I did think about it though.”

And

“I don’t give out compliments easily.”

And

“I don’t want to sit around the house. I want to be out there. I want to go to practice. I want to be in the huddles. That’s me.”

And

“I hate to sound this way but, ‘Why me? Why me with dementia?”‘

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“I learned so much from Sue about the X’s and O’s of the game of basketball.”

And

“I think with the players who have been here, regardless of whether they’ve been in that No. 1 position, that’s what we’re always trying to be — the best team.”

And

“I won 1,098 games, and eight national championships, and coached in four different decades. But what I see are not the numbers. I see their faces.”

And

“I’d wake up in the morning and I would think, ‘Where am I?’ I’d have to gather myself.”

And

“If it doesn’t bother you, it won’t bother them.”

And

“If you want to be in the game you better shoot 75% from the line.”

And

“I’m interested to see where a combination of faith and science will take me.”

And

“In the absence of feedback, people will fill in the blanks with a negative. They will assume you don’t care about them or don’t like them.”

And

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts the most.”

And

“It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb, Continue to seek new goals.”

And

“I’ve got a great staff and great support system, and I’m going to stick my neck out and do what I always do.”

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“Kay very calmly and sweetly said, “You know, Pat, how much better do you think Lea Henry and Cindy Noble are going to get at this point?” She was saying ease up—it’s enough. I had reached
the point of diminishing returns. “I think they are both trying really hard to please you, but how much more can they possibly do?” she said. “I just wonder if you’ve really thought about that.’”

And

“Know your strengths, weaknesses, and needs.”

And

“Losing the way we lost is unacceptable in this program. We will learn from it.”

And

“Make Winning an Attitude.”

And

“Most people get excited about games, but I’ve got to be excited about practice, because that’s my classroom.”

And

“Obviously, this was a tough battle for both teams. A great basketball game I’m sure to watch, a challenging one to play in and coach.”

And

“Our philosophy has always been you better pack your defense and your board work on the road. Because those ugly nights and those poor shooting nights — you just have to grind games out.
Today, we just had to grind it out.”

And

“Our team respects Texas. They have beaten us four in a row and beat us by 10 last year in Knoxville. We were not surprised.”

And

“Parker has been handling the ball and bringing it up the floor, running some point as well. Ideally we’d like her closer to the basket, but it’s not like she has to stay on the perimeter.”

And

“Rebounding wins championships, you need to emphasize it and work with kids on it.”

And

“See yourself as self employed.”

And

“Silence is a form of communication, too. Sometimes less is more.”

And

“Sit up straight, listen and participate.”

And

“Someday, I suppose I’ll give up, and sit in the rocking chair. But I’ll probably be rocking fast, because I don’t know what I’ll do without a job.”

And

“Teamwork doesn’t come naturally. It must be taught.”

And

“There is an old saying: a champion is someone who is willing to be uncomfortable.”

And

“We feel like we get everybody’s best shot because we’re Tennessee, but we have to learn how to give everybody our best shot.”

And

“What this tells me is that facts are only the smallest components of memory.”

And

“When she took off, I thought she’s going to try to dunk the ball. I was good with it. I thought she just committed to it a little too early.”

And

“When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don’t take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, ‘No one can outwork you.’”

And

“You have to make shots. That’s the bottom line.”

Wikipedia:  Pat Summitt

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, October 19, 2018 – Tom Peters

“The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.”

And

‘Good managers have a bias for action.”

And

“Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.”

And

“Remember my mantra: distinct… or extinct.”

And

“Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing… layout, processes, and procedures.”

And

“Vision is dandy, but sustainable company excellence comes from a huge stable of able managers.”

And

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.”

And

“Creating in all employees the awareness that their best efforts are essential and that they will share in the rewards of the company’s success.”

And

“Transforming leadership, [is defined as] leadership that builds on man’s need for meaning, leadership that creates institutional purpose … he is the value-shaper, the exemplar, the maker of meanings … he is the true artist, the true pathfinder.”

And

“What gets measured gets done.”

And

“Every excellent company we studied is clear on what it stands for, and takes the process of value shaping seriously. In fact, we wonder whether it is possible to be an excellent company without clarity on values and without having the right sorts of values.”

And

The Big Four: Out-read ’em. Out-study ’em. Out-present ’em. Out-listen ’em.

And

“The Peters Principles: Enthusiasm. Emotion. Excellence. Energy. Excitement. Service. Growth. Creativity. Imagination. Vitality. Joy. Surprise. Independence. Spirit. Community. Limitless human potential. Diversity. Profit. Innovation. Design. Quality. Entrepreneurialism. Wow.”

And

“Leadership is all about love:

Passion,
Enthusiasms,
Appetite for Life,
Engagement,
Great Causes & Determination to Make a Damn Difference,
Commitment to Excellence
Shared Adventures,
Bizarre Failures,
Growth Beyond Measure,
Insatiable Appetite for Change.”

And

“Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.”

And

“Give a lot, expect a lot, and if you don’t get it, prune.”

And

“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.”

And

“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”

And

“The magic formula that successful businesses have discovered is to treat customers like guests and employees like people.”

And

“Winners must learn to relish change with the same enthusiasm and energy that we have resisted it in the past.”

And

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.”

And

“The best leaders… almost without exception and at every level, are master users of stories and symbols.”

And

“We found that the most exciting environments, that treated people very well, are also tough as nails. There is no bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo… excellent companies provide two things simultaneously: tough environments and very supportive environments.”

And

“There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity”

And

“If not excellence, what? If not excellence now, when?”

Wikipedia:  Tom Peters

www.tompeters.com

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, October 18, 2018 – H. L. Mencken

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

“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.”

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

“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.”

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

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

And

“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.”

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

“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.”

And

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

And

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

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

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

And

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

And

‘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.”

And

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

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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 – Wednesday,October 17, 2018 – Jim Lovell

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“Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.”

And

“Houston, we’ve had a problem here.”

And

“The moon is essentially gray, no color. It looks like plaster of Paris, like dirty beach sand with lots of footprints in it.”

And

“There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.”

And

“From now on, we live in a world where man has walked on the moon. It wasn’t a miracle, we just decided to go.”

Wikipedia:  Jim Lovell

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – George S. Patton

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”

And

“Always do everything you ask of those you command.”

And

“Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.”

And

“Americans play to win at all times. I wouldn’t give a hoot and hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost nor ever lose a war.”

And

“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.”

And

“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”

And

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”

And

“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”

And

“If a man has done his best, what else is there?”

And

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

And

“If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened.”

And

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

And

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.”

And

“The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!”

And

“There is only one sort of discipline, perfect discipline.”

And

“We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”

And

“You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.”

Wikipedia Page:  George S. Patton

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