Monthly Archive: May 2020

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, May 11, 2020 – David Ogilvy

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“A good advertisement is one which sells the product without drawing attention to itself.”

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“The consumer isn’t a moron; she is your wife. You insult her intelligence if you assume that a mere slogan and a few vapid adjectives will persuade her to buy anything. She wants all the information you can give her.”

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“In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.”

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“The more informative your advertising, the more persuasive it will be.”

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‘If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.”

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“Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it. Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.”

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“Leaders grasp nettles.”

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“The pursuit of excellence is less profitable than the pursuit of bigness, but it can be more satisfying.”

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“The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.”

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“Develop your eccentricities while you are young. That way, when you get old, people won’t think you’re going gaga.”

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“If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative.”

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“Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ball park. Aim for the company of immortals.”

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“Never write an advertisement which you wouldn’t want your family to read. You wouldn’t tell lies to your own wife. Don’t tell them to mine.”

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“Advertising is a business of words, but advertising agencies are infested with men and women who cannot write. They cannot write advertisements, and they cannot write plans. They are helpless as deaf mutes on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.”

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“First, make yourself a reputation for being a creative genius. Second, surround yourself with partners who are better than you are. Third, leave them to go get on with it.”

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“Ninety-nine percent of advertising doesn’t sell much of anything.”

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“I don’t know the rules of grammar… If you’re trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think. We try to write in the vernacular.”

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“There are very few men of genius in advertising agencies. But we need all we can find. Almost without exception they are disagreeable. Don’t destroy them. They lay golden eggs.”

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“Good copy can’t be written with tongue in cheek, written just for a living. You’ve got to believe in the product.”

Wikipedia:  David Ogilvy

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, May 10, 2020 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias

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“All of my life I have always had the urge to do things better than anybody else.”

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“Good golf is easier to play—and far more pleasant—than bad golf.”

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“Golf is a game of coordination, rhythm and grace; women have these to a high degree.”

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“The biggest weakness with my game is that I have fun with the galleries. I just love a gallery.”

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“As your golf improves, your concentration will improve with it.”

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“Don’t worry. Just leave everything in the hands of God.”

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“I expect to play golf until I am 90–even longer if anybody figures out a way to swing a club from a rocking chair.”

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“Some of us are fortunate enough to play championship golf, but this isn’t essential in the enjoyment of the game.”

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“There are times when a golfer is tempted to throw her clubs away and forget the whole ‘humblin’ business.’ At other times, she wouldn’t trade places with a queen–that’s when the shots are long and true, and putts are dropping.”

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“I played many sports, but when that golf bug hit me, it was permanent.”

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“When I start my swing, my paramount thought is to not quit hitting the ball.”

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“I was determined to play the game well or not at all.”

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“Study the rules so that you won’t beat yourself by not knowing something.”

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“You can’t win them all — but you can try.”

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“Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure.”

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“Practice should be approached as just about the most pleasant recreation ever devised, besides being a necessary part of golf.”

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“That little ball won’t move until you hit it, and there’s nothing you can do for it after it has gone.”

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“If you win through bad sportsmanship, that’s no real victory.”

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“The more you practice, the better. But in any case, practice more than you play.”

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“There are no shortcuts to good golf. The better players realize this.”

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“The mediocre golfer generally is one who is too lazy to play better.”

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“It’s not just enough to swing at the ball. You’ve got to loosen your girdle and really let the ball have it.”
(Babe Didrikson Zaharias’s reply when asked how she hits 250 yard drives.)

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“Before I was ever in my teens, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. My goal was to be the greatest athlete that ever lived.”

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“The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration.”

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“I don’t seem able to do my best unless I’m behind or in trouble.”

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“The Babe is here. Who’s coming in second?”

Wikipedia:  Babe Didrikson Zaharias

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, May 9, 2020 – Plato

“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”

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“A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.”

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“And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.”

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“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”

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“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”

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“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”

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“I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.”

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“Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.”

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“Life must be lived as play.”

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“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

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“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

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“If on the other hand I tell you that to let no day pass without discussing goodness and all the other subjects about which you hear me talking and examining both myself and others is really the very best thing that a man can do, and that life without this sort of examination is not worth living.”

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“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

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“Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”

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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

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“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”

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“There is truth in wine and children”

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“Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.”

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“Those who tell the stories rule society.”

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“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.”

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“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”

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“Death is not the worst that can happen to men.”

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“Character is simply habit long continued.”

Wikipedia:  Plato

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, May 8, 2020 – Aristotle

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“All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.”

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“All men by nature desire knowledge.”

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“Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.”

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“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

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“No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.”

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“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”

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“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”

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“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.”

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“Well begun is half done.”

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“Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.”

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‘Any one can get angry — that is easy — or give or spend money; but to do this to the right person, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive, and in the right way, that is not for every one, nor is it easy.”

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“Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.”

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“Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.”

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“A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange…. Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.”

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“The basis of a democratic state is liberty.”

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“With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.”

Wikipedia: Aristotle

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, May 7, 2020 – Steve Sabol

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“Life is great. Football is better.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wikipedia:  Steve Sabol

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, May 6, 2020 – Johnny Carson

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“Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place.”

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“Happiness is your dentist telling you it won’t hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.”

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“I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.”

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“I know you’ve been married to the same woman for 69 years. That is marvelous. It must be very inexpensive.”

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“I was so naive as a kid I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing.”

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“My success just evolved from working hard at the business at hand each day.”

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“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.”

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“Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: “Are your ready?””

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“The only thing money gives you is the freedom of not worrying about money”

Wikipedia: Johnny Carson

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, May 5, 2020 – Don Shula

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“The superior man blames himself.  The inferior man blames others.”

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“One thing I never want to be accused of is not working.”

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“I don’t know any other way to lead but by example.”

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“Sure, luck means a lot in football.  Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.”

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“I think what coaching is all about, is taking players and analyzing there ability, put them in a position where they can excel within the framework of the team winning.  And I hope that I’ve done that in my 33 years as a head coach.”

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“The ultimate goal is victory.  And if you refuse to work as hard as you possibly can toward that aim, or if you do anything that keeps you from achieving that goal, then you are just cheating yourself.”

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“You know it’s only 50 miles from Grand River to Canton, but it took me 67 years to travel that distance.”

Wikipedia Page:  Don Shula

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, May 4, 2020 – 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 – Sunday, May 3, 2020 – Jesse Owens

“A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.”

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“Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.”

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“I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.”

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“I always loved running – it was something you could do by yourself and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.”

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“If you don’t try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody’s back yard. The thrill of competing carries with it the thrill of a gold medal. One wants to win to prove himself the best.”

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“One chance is all you need.”

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“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.”

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“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”

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“I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn’t in Berlin to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. As I’d learned long ago from Charles Riley, the only victory that counts is the one over yourself.”

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“To a sprinter, the hundred-yard dash is over in three seconds, not nine or ten. The first ‘second’ is when you come out of the blocks. The next is when you look up and take your first few strides to attain gain position. By that time the race is actually about half over. The final ‘second’ – the longest slice of time in the world for an athlete – is that last half of the race, when you really bear down and see what you’re made of. It seems to take an eternity, yet is all over before you can think what’s happening.”

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“I fought, I fought harder . . . but one cell at a time, panic crept into my body, taking me over.”  –on almost not qualifying for the Olympic finals in long jump

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“I decided I wasn’t going to come down. I was going to fly. I was going to stay up in the air forever.”  –on his final leap in long-jump competition, a record-breaking 26 feet, 5 and 5/16 inches

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“It dawned on me with blinding brightness. I realized: I had jumped into another rare kind of stratosphere – one that only a handful of people in every generation are lucky enough to know.”  
–on his Olympic achievements

Wikipedia:  Jesse Owens

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, May 2, 2020 – Warren Buffett

 

“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”

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“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.  If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

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“It’s better to hang out with people better than you.  Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”

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“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”

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“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”

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“Risk is a part of God’s game, alike for men and nations.”

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“You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.”

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“The first rule is not to lose.  The second rule is not to forget the first rule.”

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“It’s never paid to bet against America. We come through things, but its not always a smooth ride.”

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“A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.”

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“Our favorite holding period is forever.”

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“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”

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“Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”

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“Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.”

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“We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.”

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“You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideas come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.”

Wikipedia:  Warren Buffett

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