COACHES HOT SEAT

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, December 19, 2015 – Bill Russell

 

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“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.”

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“Durability is part of what makes a great athlete.”

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“The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.”

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“To me, one of the most beautiful things to see is a group of men coordinating their efforts toward a common goal, alternately subordinating and asserting themselves to achieve real teamwork in action. I tried to do that, we all tried to do that, on the Celtics. I think we succeeded.”

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“What do you think of the Chicago Bulls winning three in a row?” — Russell: “Not much.” In perspective, Russell won eight times in a row with the Celtics.

Wikipedia:  Bill Russell

Kevin Sumlin In the Middle of A Total Disaster In College Station and Owed A $20 Million Dollar Buyout….Oh….$20 Million Dollars Is NOTHING To Texas Oil Boys…and There Is A TOP College Football Head Coach Who Will Accept the Texas A&M Head Coaching Job For the Right Amount of Money…And “Incentives” Of Course! – Gig ‘Em Aggies

As we detailed in this Coaches Hot Seat Blog just a few weeks ago about how Completely Average LSU Football has become under Les Miles…

11 College Football Head Coaches Facing CANNOT Lose Games in Week Thirteen, Coaches Hot Seat Blog

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….with Miles posting a record of…

10 – 10  (.500)

…in his last 20 games against SEC Conference schools with records of .500 or better there is yet another school in the SEC Western Division that has fallen off the Earth in the last couple of years in the…

Texas A&M Aggies under Head Coach Kevin Sumlin

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…..who in some ways has an even WORSE resume than Les Miles in recent years and with that let’s…

Go Joe Friday and get “Just the Facts Ma’am…Just the Facts”

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….on Kevin Sumlin’s FOUR years at Texas A&M:

Kevin Sumlin, Head Coach Texas A&M – 2012 – 2015

Overall:  36 – 15

SEC:  17 – 15

In the last FOUR seasons under Kevin Sumlin Texas A&M has played…

36 FBS Teams with .500 or better records

…and in those 36 games Sumlin has posted a record of…

21 – 15

Hmmmm….for someone that has made OVER…

$16 Million Dollars over the past FOUR seasons

….we would classify a record of 21 – 15 against FBS teams with .500 or better records as…

Average at Best

….but wait until you see Kevin Sumlin’s record against SEC Conference teams with .500 or better records….Oh…it’s Very Damn Ugly Indeed!

Over the past FOUR seasons Kevin Sumlin has played 28 SEC Conference teams with .500 or better records and in those 28 games Sumlin has posted a record of…

13 – 15

Yes…you read that right…the $16 Million Dollar Plus Man even with Johnny Manziel for TWO seasons is now sitting on a record of…

13 – 15

….against SEC Conference Teams with .500 or better records over the past FOUR seasons and that coupled with….

The Total and Complete Meltdown of the Texas A&M Football Program right now in College Station

…has rightfully led to Kevin Sumlin’s rear-end being on the No. 1 Hot Seat after an…

Emergency Meeting at Coaches Hot Seat on Thursday to consider Kevin Sumlin’s Job Status which included plenty of cold beer, chips & salsa, chocolate chip cookies, and Kentucky bourbon!

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Oh…here’s the kicker for fans of Texas A&M Football…yesterday someone who we will call…

“A Person DEEP in the Know”

….called a Coaches Hot Seat member in the wake of Texas A&M quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray transferring from the school and said…

“Blue Horseshoe loves Bluestar Airlines!”

No…that’s not right….”A Person DEEP in the Know” actually said to the Coaches Hot Seat member relative to the current situation at Texas A&M….

“A Top and I mean TOP head coach in college football will take the Texas A&M job if offered.”

Coaches Hot Seat Member: “I know which TOP head coach you are talking about….but how much money would A&M have to throw out to land this TOP head coach?”

A Person DEEP in the Know: “$7.5M plus over 6 seasons plus…incentives.”

Coaches Hot Seat Member: “Guess those incentives would be an interest in some oil wells or something similar?”

A Person DEEP in the Know: “Exactly.”

Oh…this TOP College Football Head Coach is NOT Houston head coach Tom Herman who we have heard is waiting for the Texas job and might or might be interested in Texas A&M if they came calling….rather this TOP College Football Head Coach we are talking about has a LONG track-record of success and is in our opinion…

One of the FIVE best College Football Head Coaches in America

So let’s update the Total Disaster that is Texas A&M Football as of December 18, 2015:

Kevin Sumlin who has been paid OVER $16 Million Dollars over the past FOUR football seasons is sitting on records of…

21 – 15 against the 36 FBS teams with .500 or better records he has played

13 – 15 against the 28 SEC teams with .500 or better records he has played

…and…

One of the TOP head coaches in College Football would accept the Texas A&M job in January if offered…for the right amount of money and “incentives” of course

Is there anyone else thinking what we are thinking right now?

Kevin Sumlin has FOUR years left on his Fully Guaranteed Contract at…

$5 Million Dollars Per Year x 4 Years = $20 Million Dollars Total

…and somewhere there are some oil boys near Houston sitting in a cigar smoke-filled with room saying something like…

“We can raise the $20 Million to pay Sumlin off easy by passing the pot around…but can we land a TOP coach to replace Sumlin and what will that cost us?”

Memo to the Oil Boys in that Cigar Smoke-Filled Room from Coaches Hot Seat:

Yes…you can raise the $20 Million to pay Sumlin off easily.

Yes…you can land a TOP College Football Head Coach for…

$7.5 Million Per Year x 6 Years = $45 Million Dollars

PLUS

“Incentives” that we would value at $7 to $10 Million Dollars over the next 25 years.

Signed: Coaches Hot Seat

Kevin Sumlin and his Texas A&M football team play Louisville on Wednesday, December 30 in the….

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee

….which with a loss to a very AVERAGE Louisville team would turn the Total Disaster in College Station into…

A Roaring Complete and Total Disaster

….and by our back-of-the-envelope figuring Texas A&M could have a new head coach in place by….

January 12, 2016

….at the latest!

Gig ‘Em Aggies!

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – December 18, 2015 – John McKay

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – December 18, 2015 – 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

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, December 17, 2015 – Michael Jordan

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, December 17, 2015 – Michael Jordan

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“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”

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“As athletes, we’re used to reacting quickly. Here, it’s ‘come, stop, come, stop.’ There’s a lot of downtime. That’s the toughest part of the day.”

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“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

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“I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.”

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“I never thought a role model should be negative.”

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“I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.”

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“I realize that I’m black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody’s wish.”

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“I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.”

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“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.”

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“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

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“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

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“I’ve never been afraid to fail.”

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“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”

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“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

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“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”

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“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”

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“My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.”

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“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

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“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

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“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

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“There is no “i” in team but there is in win.”

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“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.”

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“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”

Wikipedia:  Michael Jordan

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, December 16, 2015 – Eddie Robinson

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, December 16, 2015 – 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

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, December 15, 2015 – John Wooden

 

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“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.”

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“Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.”

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“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

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“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

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“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”

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“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”

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“I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.”

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“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”

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“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”

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“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”

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“Never mistake activity for achievement.”

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“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”

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“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”

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“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”

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“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

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“What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player.”

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“Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.”

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“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”

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“We don’t have to be superstars or win championships…. All we have to do is learn to rise to every occasion, give our best effort, and make those around us better as we do it.”

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“The best competition I have is against myself to become better.”

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“Time lost is time lost. It’s gone forever. Some people tell themselves that they will work twice as hard tomorrow to make up for what they did not do today. People should always do their best. If they work twice as hard tomorrow, then they should have also worked twice as hard today. That would have been their best.”

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“Some of my greatest pleasures have come from finding ways to overcome obstacles.”

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“Earn the right to be proud and confident.”

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“The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.”

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“Approval is a greater motivator than disapproval, but we have to disapprove on occasion when we correct. It’s necessary. I make corrections only after I have proved to the individual that I highly value him. If they know we care for them, our correction won’t be seen as judgmental. I also try to never make it personal.”

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“You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for another without thought of something in return.”

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“There is no substitute for work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning.”

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“I believe it’s impossible to claim you have taught, when there are students who have not learned. With that commitment, from my first year as an English teacher until my last as UCLA basketball teacher/coach, I was determined to make the effort to become the best teacher I could possibly be, not for my sake, but for all those who were placed under my supervision.”

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“When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur…. Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens — and when it happens, it lasts.”

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“Be quick but don’t hurry.”

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“Leadership is the ability to get individuals to work together for the common good and the best possible results while at the same time letting them know they did it themselves.”

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“Profound responsibilities come with teaching and coaching. You can do so much good–or harm. It’s why I believe that next to parenting, teaching and coaching are the two most important professions in the world.”

Wikipedia:  John Wooden

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, December 14, 2015 – Bum Phillips

 

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“How do you win? By getting average players to play good and good players to play great. That’s how you win.”

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“The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.”

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“Two kinds of ballplayers aren’t worth a darn: One that never does what he’s told, and one who does nothin’ except what he’s told.”

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“Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half.”

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“You don’t know a ladder has splinters until you slide down it.”

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“You don’t win by making sensational plays; you win by not making mistakes.”

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“He can take his’n and beat your’n and take your’n and beat his’n.” About Paul “Bear” Bryant

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“When it’s first and a mile, I won’t give it to him.” On Earl Campbell’s inability to finish a 1 mile run in training camp

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“There’s two kinds of coaches, them that’s fired and them that’s gonna be fired.”

Wikipedia:  Bum Phillips

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, December 13, 2015 – LeRoy Neiman

 

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“I had a go at changing history – maybe not all by myself – I fought at the battle of Normandy, I slogged through the Ardennes, and I celebrated the liberation of Paris on the streets with beautiful French girls throwing flowers at me. I said good-bye to my first true love and discovered what I really wanted to do with my life.”

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‘Every time I started painting it was like a new experience, but they all came out the same.”

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“I hold doors open for all the women. Men can open the doors for themselves.”

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“Imagination comes of not having things.”

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“Boxing is my real passion. I can go to ballet, theatre, movies, or other sporting events… and nothing is like the fights to me. I’m excited by the visual beauty of it. A boxer can look so spectacular by doing a good job.”

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“I’ve met and sketched most of the great athletes from the past five decades and their movement, grace and energy have kept me captivated over the years. That’s what the ancient Greeks first saw and that’s what caught my interest.”

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“I always stayed in tune with my own ambitions and attitudes and I’m still my intractable old self, for better or worse.”

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“Eating is one of the great beauties in life. One of my favorite recreations… eating with friends, the service, the ambience.”

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“But ‘Playboy’ was liberating. I was drawn to it and went for it full throttle.”

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“I guess I created LeRoy Neiman. Nobody else told me how to do it. Well, I’m a believer in the theory that the artist is as important as his work.”

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“It’s a nice feeling to go out in the world and look for excellence – the best in man. My subject is very valid. It’s about people, and about life.”

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“I’ve got the public. I don’t care about the critics. I did at one time. I don’t any more. I did when I needed compliments. But if you get a lot of compliments, you don’t need a critic to tell you, ‘This should be done another way.'”

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“The businessman says ‘If I don’t do it first, somebody else will.’ The artist says ‘If I don’t do it first, nobody else will.'”

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“I can easily ignore my detractors and feel the people who respond favorably.”

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“It’s been fun. I’ve had a lucky life. Art has made me pull the best out of myself.”

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“I don’t know if I’m an impressionist or an expressionist. You can call me an American first… I’ve been labeled doing neimanism, so that’s what it is, I guess.”

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“I’ve zeroed in on what you would call action and excellence… Everybody who does anything to try to succeed has to give the best of themselves, and art has made me pull the best out of myself.”

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“The people who love my paintings, that respond to them the most, they’re spectators, they’re not viewers.”

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“I draw all the time. Drawing is my backbone. I don’t think a painter has to be able to draw, I just think that if you draw, you better draw well.”

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“I love the passion you go through while you’re creating.”

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“You can’t take yourself too seriously.”

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“No, I never had any dreams. The process of art is a dream in itself. The artist just doesn’t… you work out something. It’s yours. You don’t have to go to sleep to do that. You do that on the canvas.”

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“When I paint, I seriously consider the public presence of a person – the surface facade. I am less concerned with how people look when they wake up or how they act at home. A person’s public presence reflects his own efforts at image development.”

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“‘Playboy’ made the good life a reality for me and made it the subject matter of my paintings – not affluence and luxury as such, but joie de vivre itself.”

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“It has been difficult to hold onto many paintings but I have retained a few. Possibly the current favorite is titled ‘Big Band’ completed in 2005. It measures 13 feet x 9 feet. It has 18 nearly life size recognizable portraits of the biggest jazz stars that I knew and saw perform in the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and includes Wynton Marsalis.”

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“The most important thing is to just do it. If I work at a higher level I have responsibility to do better than what I’ve done before. Sometimes the best happens – beyond possibility. Just do it. Can’t worry about it.”

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“You know what I like about San Francisco? The women are beautiful, fashionable and smart. San Francisco is one of the only cities I like to visit. I love New York and Chicago – I studied there, and L.A. has the same people as New York.”

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“There’s no greatest moment in the arts. It’s a life, it’s a continuity thing. You can’t have a great moment because it’s spiritual. It’s a belief, it’s a calling. If you’re an artist, doing your own thing on your own, it’s while you’re doing it that counts. It’s a process. If you get too elated, you can get too depressed.”

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“The big shock of my life was Abstract Expressionism – Pollock, de Kooning, those guys. It changed my work. I was an academically trained student, and suddenly you could pour paint, smear it on, broom it on!”

Wikipedia: LeRoy Neiman

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, December 12, 2015 – Frank Sinatra

 

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

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

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“I’m gonna live till I die.”

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

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

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“The best revenge is massive success.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wikipedia: Frank Sinatra

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, December 11, 2015 – David Ogilvy

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, December 11, 2015 – 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