Monthly Archive: August 2020

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, August 31, 2020 – Ernest Shackleton

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“By endurance we conquer.”

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“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.”

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“Superhuman effort isn’t worth a damn unless it achieves results.”

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“We had seen God in His splendors, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.”

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“Optimism is true moral courage.”

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“Leadership is a fine thing, but it has its penalties. And the greatest penalty is loneliness.”

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“A man must shape himself to a new mark directly the old one goes to ground.”

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“I have often marveled at the thin line which separates success from failure.”

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“You often have to hide from them not only the truth, but your feelings about the truth. You may know that the facts are dead against you, but you mustn’t say so.”

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“If you’re a leader, a fellow that other fellows look to, you’ve got to keep going.”

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Shackleton’s Leadership of the Endurance Expedition, Charles Chappell, Wharton Exeutive MBS Program (pdf)

Lessons in Leadership

1. Put your people first
2. Be flexible in tactics
3. Choose your people carefully – for character, not just competence
4. Sustain optimism in the face of adversity
5. Lead by example
6. Strive for equal treatment
7. Exercise caution in pursuit of the goal
8. Balance optimism with realism

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Leadership Lessons From the Shackleton Expedition, Nancy F. Koehin, New York Times

Wikipedia: Ernest Shackleton

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, August 30, 2020 – Eddie Robinson

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“Coaching is a profession of love. You can’t coach people unless you love them.”

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“My players can wear their hair as long as they want and dress any way they want. That is, if they can afford to pay their own tuition, meals and board.”

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“People talk about the record I’ve compiled at Grambling, but the real record is the fact that for over 50 years I’ve had one job and one wife. I don’t believe anybody can out-American me.”

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“I’ve learned more about what the players meant to me and what they meant to the game. I never won a game – they did. You learn from every player because they’re not the same.”

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“Everything I’ve done, I think I dreamed of it first.”

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“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

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“Coach each boy as if he were your own son”

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“Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you”

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“They call me the greatest. I know that the greatest football coach who ever stepped on the field is Coach Eddie Robinson. I have admired what he has done in turning boys into men. He is a credit to his sport as well as a credit to humanity.” Muhammad Ali

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“First time I met Eddie was around 1968 up at Uniontown, Pa. I was an assistant coach at West Virginia, and he was the head coach at Grambling and very successful. He came up there and spoke at a banquet. I heard him speak, and he’s the kind of guy that you get close to immediately. … He was a people’s person. You can’t help but like him … I doubt if there is a coach in the United States that people have more respect for — and loved — than for Eddie Robinson.” Bobby Bowden

Eddie G. Robinson Museum

Wikipedia: Eddie Robinson

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, August 29, 2020 – Nelson Mandela

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“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

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“It always seems impossible until its done.”

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“Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.”

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“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”

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“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

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“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

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“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”

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“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”

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“I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.”

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“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”  Long Walk to Freedom

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“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

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“Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.” Refusing to bargain for freedom after 21 years in prison

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“I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.” Speech on the day of his release, Cape Town, February 11, 1990

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“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”

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“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

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“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

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“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

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“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

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“Gandhi himself never ruled out violence absolutely and unreservedly. He conceded the necessity of arms in certain situations. He said, “Where choice is set between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence… I prefer to use arms in defense of honor rather than remain the vile witness of dishonor …”

Wikipedia:  Nelson Mandela

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, August 28, 2020 – Paul Newman

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“I had no natural gift to be anything — not an athlete, not an actor, not a writer, not a director, a painter of garden porches — not anything. So I’ve worked really hard, because nothing ever came easily to me.”

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“Study your craft and know who you are and what’s special about you. Find out what everyone does on a film set, ask questions and listen. Make sure you live life, which means don’t do things where you court celebrity, and give something positive back to our society.”

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“A man with no enemies is a man with no character.”

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“Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”

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“Newman’s first law: It is useless to put on your brakes when you’re upside down.”

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“Newman’s second law: Just when things look darkest, they go black.”

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“If you’re playing a poker game and you look around the table and and can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you.”

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“Every time I get a script it’s a matter of trying to know what I could do with it. I see colors, imagery. It has to have a smell. It’s like falling in love. You can’t give a reason why.”

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“The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is outgrossing my films.”

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“You gotta have two things to win.  You gotta have brains and you gotta have balls.  Now, you got too much of one and not enough of the other.”  Paul Newman as Eddie Felson, The Color of Money, 1986

Wikipedia Page:  Paul Newman

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, August 27, 2020 – Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.”

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

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

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

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

Wikipedia:  Ray Bradbury

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – Ernie Banks

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“It’s a beautiful day for a ball game…. Let’s play two!” 

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“But it all comes down to friendship, treating people right.”

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“I learned from Mr. Wrigley, early in my career, that loyalty wins and it creates friendships. I saw it work for him in his business.”

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“It’s a kind of philosophy of my own life, to create the energy enough to keep on going.”

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“Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I’ve ever thought I’d have.”

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“Mr. Wrigley believed in this: Put all your eggs in one basket and watch the basket. They don’t do that today. This is the old-fashioned way I’m talking about. He carried it on to his business. Do one thing and stay with it.”

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“The riches of the game are in the thrills, not the money.”

Wikipedia Page:  Ernie Banks

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – George S. Patton

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

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

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

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“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.”

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

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“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”

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

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

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

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

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“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.”

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

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

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“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!”

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

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

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“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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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, August 24, 2020 – 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 – Sunday, August 23, 2020 – Chuck Noll

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“A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning.”

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“Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it.”

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“It’s not pleasant when you lose your whole football team.”

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“The key to a winning season is focusing on one opponent at a time. Winning one week at a time. Never look back and never look ahead.”

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“The thrill isn’t in the winning, it’s in the doing.”

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“Good things happen to those who hustle.”

Wikipedia Page: Chuck Noll

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, August 22, 2020 – Clint Eastwood

“I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.”

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“I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”

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“I’m interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.”

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“I’ve never met a genius. A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates. Anybody can do well at something he loves – it’s just a question of finding the subject.”

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“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.”

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“Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands.”

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“Go ahead, make my day”

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“I tried being reasonable, I didn’t like it.”

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“I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we – we own this country. We – we own it. It is not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours.”

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“The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.”

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“I’m not really conservative. I’m conservative on certain things. I believe in less government. I believe in fiscal responsibility and all those things that maybe Republicans used to believe in but don’t any more.”

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“You have to feel confident. If you don’t, then you’re going to be hesitant and defensive, and there’ll be a lot of things working against you.”

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“I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.”

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“I’ve never met a genius. A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates. Anybody can do well at something he loves – it’s just a question of finding the subject.”

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“I’ve taken advantage of a few breaks that came along and moved along with them.”

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“My old drama coach used to say, ‘Don’t just do something, stand there.’ Gary Cooper wasn’t afraid to do nothing.”

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“I was always respectful of people who were deeply religious because I always felt that if they gave themselves to it, then it had to be important to them. But if you can go through life without it, that’s OK, too. It’s whatever suits you.”

Wikipedia: Clint Eastwood

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