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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, May 22, 2015 – Bill Walsh

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, May 22, 2015 – Bill Walsh

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Bill Walsh’s Five Don’ts

“1. Don’t ask, “Why me?”

2. Don’t expect sympathy.

3. Don’t bellyache.

4. Don’t keep accepting condolences.

5. Don’t blame others.”

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“If you see players who hate practice, their coach isn’t doing a very good job.”

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“The absolute bottom line in coaching is organization and preparing for practice.”

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“A resolute and resourceful leader understands that there are a multitude of means to increase the probability of success. And that’s what it all comes down to, namely, intelligently and relentlessly seeking solutions that will increase your chance of prevailing in a competitive environment. When you do that, the score will take care of itself.”

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“I’ve observed that if individuals who prevail in a highly competitive environment have any one thing in common besides success, it is failure—and their ability to overcome it.”

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“The ability to help the people around me self-actualize their goals underlines the single aspect of my abilities and the label that I value most—teacher.”

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“Failure is part of success, an integral part. Everybody gets knocked down. Knowing it will happen and what you must do when it does is the first step back.”

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“When you stand and overcome a significant setback, you’ll find an increasing inner confidence and self-assurance that has been created by conquering defeat. Absorbing and overcoming this kind of punishment engenders a sober, steely toughness that results in a hardened sense of independence and a personal belief that you can take on anything, survive and win.”

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“Great players and great companies don’t suddenly start hunching up, grimacing, and trying to “hit the ball harder” at a critical point. Rather, they’re in a mode, a zone in which they’re performing and depending on their “game,” which they’ve mastered over many months and years of intelligently directed hard work. There’s only so much thinking you can isolate and focus on during that kind of extreme competitive pressure. It has to be tactical more than a conscious effort to really “try harder.” You just want to function very well, up to your potential, effortlessly—do what you already know how to do at the level of excellence you’ve acquired—whether in making a presentation or coaching a game or anything else.”

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“Everybody’s got an opinion. Leaders are paid to make a decision. The difference between offering an opinion and making a decision is the difference between working for the leader and being the leader.”

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“We all have in our mind inspiring examples of individuals who persevered beyond the point of reason and common sense and prevailed. We tend to ignore the more numerous examples of individuals who persisted and persisted and finally failed and took everybody down with them because they would not change course or quit. We ignore them because we never heard about them.”

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“You must be the best version of yourself that you can be; stay within the framework of your own personality and be authentic. If you’re faking it, you’ll be found out.”

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“The trademark of a well-led organization in sports or business is that it’s virtually self-sustaining and self-directed—almost autonomous. To put it in a more personal way, if your staff doesn’t seem fully mobilized and energized until you enter the room, if they require your presence to carry on at the level of effort and excellence you have tried to install, your leadership has not percolated down.”

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“Strong leaders don’t plead with individuals to perform.”

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“Make each person in your employ very aware that his or her well-being has a high priority with the organization and that the well-being of the organization must be his or her highest professional priority.”

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“The highest-paid, most talented people that you can go out and hire will not perform to their potential unless they feel as if they are part of something special—a family that treats them right.”

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“It was always my goal to create and maintain a working environment both on and off the field that had a sense of urgency and intensity but did not feel like we were in constant crisis mode.”

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“In evaluating people, I prize ego. It often translates into a fierce desire to do their best and an inner confidence that stands them in good stead when things really get rough. Psychologists suggest that there is a strong link between ego and competitiveness. All the great performers I’ve ever coached had ego to spare.”

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“Extra effort,” in whatever form it takes (mental, physical, emotional), cannot be sustained without eventual damage and diminishing returns. There has to be a very acute awareness on your part as to the level of exertion and the toll it’s taking on those you lead.”

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“By instinct we—leaders—want to run hard all the time; by intellect we know this is not possible. Reconciling those two positions in the context of leadership is an ongoing challenge.”

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“Concentrate on what will produce results rather than on the results, the process rather than the prize.”

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“Clear thinking and overly charged emotions are usually antithetical.”

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“People matter most—more than equipment, investors, inventions, momentum, or X’s and O’s. People are at the heart of achieving organizational greatness.”

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“Afford each person the same respect, support, and fair treatment you would expect if your roles were reversed. Deal with people individually, not as objects who are part of a herd—that’s the critical factor.”

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“If you care about how you’re perceived by others, including the public, it’s good to remember the following: Criticism—both deserved and undeserved—is part of the territory when you’re the one calling the shots. Ignore the undeserved; learn from the deserved; lick your wounds and move on.”

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“Calculated risks are part of what you do, but the idea that something completely crazy will work just because it’s completely crazy is completely crazy.”

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“One of the common traits of outstanding performers—coaches, athletes, managers, sales representatives, executives, and others who face a daily up/down, win/lose accounting system—is that a rejection, that is, defeat, is quickly forgotten, replaced eagerly by pursuit of a new order, client, or opponent.”

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“Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.” 

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“If you are worthy of emulation, you have left an unbelievable legacy. He was a great coach, a great friend, and I’m going to miss him terribly.” Former coach Dick Vermeil at Coach Bill Walsh Memorial Service

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“I came to the San Francisco 49ers with a specific goal – to implement what I call the Standard of Performance. It was a way of doing things, a leadership philosophy, that has as much to do with core values, principles, and ideals as with blocking, tackling, and passing; more to do with the mental than with the physical.”

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“The culture precedes positive results. It doesn’t get tacked on as an afterthought on your way to the victory stand. Champions behave like champions before they’re champions: they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners.”

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“For me, the road had been rocky at times, triumphant too, but along the way I had never wavered in my dedication to installing – teaching – those actions and attitudes I believed would create a great team, a superior organization. I knew that if I achieved that, the score would take care of itself.”

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“For me the starting point for everything – before strategy, tactics, theories, managing, organizing, philosophy, methodology, talent, or experience – is work ethic. Without one of significant magnitude you’re dead in the water, finished. I knew the example I set as head coach would be what others in the organization would recognize as the standard they needed to match (at least, most of them would recognize it). If there is such a thing as a trickle-down effect, that’s it. Your staff sees your devotion to work, their people see them, and on through the organization.”

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“In building and maintaining your organization, place a premium on those who exhibit great desire to keep pushing themselves to higher and higher performance and production levels, who seek to go beyond the highest standards that you, the leader, set. The employee who gets to work early, stays late, fights through illness and personal problems is the one to keep your eye on for greater responsibilities.”

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“All successful leaders know where we want to go, figure out a way we believe will get the organization there, and then move forward with absolute determination. We may falter from time to time, but ultimately we are unswerving in moving toward our goal; we will not quit. There is an inner compulsion – obsession – to get it done the way you want it done.”

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“Victory is produced by and belongs to all. Winning a Super Bowl results from you whole team not only doing their individual jobs but perceiving that those jobs contributed to overall success. The trophy doesn’t belong just to a superstar quarterback or CEO, head coach or top salesperson. This is an essential lesson I taught the San Francisco organization: The offensive team is not a country unto itself, nor is the defensive team or the special teams, staff, coaches, or anyone in the organization separate from the fate of the organization. WE are united and fight as one; we win or lose as one.”

Four Leadership Tips From Bill Walsh from…

The Score Takes Care of Itself:  My Philosophy of Leadership, Amazon.com

1. Making The Best Of What You Have

“What assets do we have right now that we’re not taking advantage of?”

E.g: Walsh took inventory of his Bengals’ struggling offense which was undersized (meaning running the ball was a big challenge) and not capable of passing for long yardage (quarterback Virgil Carter could not throw very far) (though he could throw decently for short yardage).

Walsh then took stock of what he had to work with in terms of field real estate and had an uh-huh realization that they had 53.5 yards of width on the field (about half the distance of the length of the field) and the availability of 5 potential receivers.

Thus the West Coast Offense was born: the idea of throwing more often, to more receivers, for short yardage.

2. Good Leaders Give a Healthy Mix of Positive Criticism (not just negative/constructive criticism).

“If you’re growing a garden, you need to pull out the weeds, but flowers will die if all you do is pick weeds. They need sunshine and water. People are the same.

They need criticism, but they also require positive substantive language and information and true support to truly blossom.”

3. Good Leaders Look For These Five Qualities In Their Hires

1. A fundamental knowledge of the area they’ve been hired to manage
2. A relatively high — but not manic — level of energy and enthusiasm and a personality that is upbeat, motivated and animated.
3. The ability to discern talent in potential employees.
4. An ability to communicate in a relaxed yet authoritative — but not authoritarian — manner.
5. Unconditional loyalty to both you and other staff members.

4. The Four Most Powerful Words In Leadership

“I believe in you” (or equivalent words of your own).

Walsh writes that even Joe Montana (who already had a bunch of confidence) benefited from his coach telling him he believed in him.

Providing confidence to your team is perhaps the most powerful lever you can pull to help them optimize their performance.

And Walsh adds: And nobody will ever come back to you later and say “thank you” for expecting too little of them.

Wikipedia:   Bill Walsh

The book of coach, Seth Wickersham, ESPN.com

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Bill Walsh’s “Ohio River Offense” – The Transfer of Everett Golson To FSU From Notre Dame and What Bill Walsh Would Make of Brian Kelly’s Behavior on the Sideline….In Our Opinion Of Course – As Always Missing Coach Walsh Terribly

Reading the below great piece by Chris Wesseling at NFL.com….

The Ohio River Offense

….which details the injury of Cincinnati Bengals phenom QB Greg Cook during the 1969 NFL season and the creation of the “West Coast Offense” by then Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Walsh and head coach Paul Brown has given us the notion to write this blog post about the transfer of Everett Golson to FSU from Notre Dame.

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Two dozen-plus Coaches Hot Seat members have had the opportunity to see Everett Golson both warm-up and play in person for Notre Dame on several occasions in the last few years and see close-up the “relationship” between Golson and Irish head coach Brian Kelly, and we have a comment or two from the peanut gallery on Golson’s talent and what went wrong with Golson and Kelly in South Bend.

Before we get to Everett Golson and Brian Kelly read the excerpt below from The Ohio River Offense by Chris Wesseling which is putting together a story and writing that story at its finest:

“As Brown saw it, however, the progressive-thinking Walsh was too soft to assume head-coaching responsibilities. When Brown tapped Bill “Tiger” Johnson as his successor, Walsh instinctively understood that he had to flee his mentor’s pervasive shadow — or risk being typecast as an assistant.

“His heart had been broken. He contemplated getting out of football,” Walsh’s son, Craig, said on NFL Network’s “Bill Walsh: A Football Life.” “He was just absolutely devastated and didn’t know if he could continue. … He learned later that Paul Brown had blocked him from a number of different coaching opportunities, by giving him a bad review, by saying things that flat out weren’t true.”

Armed with the belief that he was being blackballed as an intellectual lacking toughness, Walsh spent one year on the Chargers’ staff, then settled for the head job at Stanford. Soon thereafter, the DeBartolo family purchased the San Francisco 49ers and immediately began searching for the next Paul Brown.

“Eddie DeBartolo grew up in Northern Ohio, in Youngstown. He idolized Paul Brown,” former Bengals safety Solomon Wilcots said. “Paul Brown had gone to Miami of Ohio, he had won a national championship at Ohio State. After World War II, he started the Cleveland Browns and went to the championship game in 10 straight years. So the DeBartolo family admired Paul Brown. If they can’t get Paul Brown, they decided to get Paul Brown’s protégé. And they went and got him. That’s how Bill Walsh ended up there, and the rest is history.”

The DeBartolos recognized from afar what Brown failed to appreciate in eight years of partnership. Bolstered by new rules favoring the passing game, Walsh flooded the field with receivers and running backs in San Francisco, pioneering an up-tempo system that took defenses years to solve. He presided over the triumph of the more telegenic forward pass at the expense of an old-school, smash-mouth, grind-it-out style that had spectators and sportswriters pining for complexity and excitement in the 1970s.”

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Of course, Bill Walsh’s ability to craft an entirely new and unique approach like the West Coast Offense is no where near the entire story on what made Coach Walsh a great leader and a great coach, which brings us back to what went wrong for Everett Golson at Notre Dame beyond the year he had to sit out for academic issues.

As we try to imagine Bill Walsh calling a Notre Dame game as the analyst on TV with Brian Kelly as the head coach and Everett Golson as the Irish QB we are pretty sure what would be running through Coach Walsh’s head after he had seen Kelly pull one of his many childish tantrums on Golson which Kelly seems to inflict on all his quarterbacks on a regular basis.

In our opinion after seeing the above more than one time Coach Walsh would say to himself and probably hint on the TV broadcast as well something like:

“Hell, if you are going to yell at, cuss out and berate your quarterback every time he comes to the sideline in front of his teammates and the entire world then for Damn sure the head coach shouldn’t be surprised if he gets less than optimum play from his quarterback.”

Again this is just our opinion, but Brian Kelly is his own worst enemy when it comes to his childish and borderline outrageous behavior on the sideline for what are often issues that do not justify such idiotic behavior, and which in our opinion only hurt the Notre Dame players and team over the short and long-term which we can confidently say is an opinion that Coach Walsh would share.

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Getting back to Everett Golson the kid is a terrific talent that can make almost every throw a college QB needs to make, and he is incredibly effective when a play breaks down and he is able to get outside and either run or pass which is where Golson will make mistakes at times, but also makes him a very dangerous and tough QB to defend.

Now it could easily be said that FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher is also tough on his quarterbacks which no doubt Jimbo is, but watching Fisher on the sidelines close-up we have seen on multiple occasions where he has gotten after his QB coming off the sidelines after a mistake which is then followed shortly thereafter by Jimbo Fisher going back to coaching and making sure his QB is ready to go onto the field with a positive frame of mind the next time the offense gets the ball.

Not that we are into giving lessons to head coaches, but it is our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that Brian Kelly did a lot of personal damage to Everett Golson’s psyche in recent years when Golson made mistakes and Kelly reacted borderline crazy to Golson as he came off the field which a good psychologist would tell you has everything to do with Kelly’s ego being hurt rather than Kelly trying to make Golson and other Notre Dame quarterbacks better at their positions which is what football is all about…right?

Evidently not at Notre Dame.

Why then is Brian Kelly on the Hot Seat?

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The answer to that question is obvious and has everything to do with how wrapped-up Kelly’s ego is with what his Notre Dame players do on the field which leads to a Helluva lot of this…

…which not only does damage to the Notre Dame players in that particular game, but may end up with Brian Kelly’s getting his precious ass run right out of South Bend in 2015.

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We leave you with the Great Bill Walsh who we here at Coaches Hot Seat and Helluva lot of other people miss terribly….Gone but NEVER forgotten Coach Walsh…Gone but NEVER forgotten —->

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, May 21, 2015 – Joe DiMaggio

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, May 21, 2015 – Joe DiMaggio

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“When baseball is no longer fun, it’s no longer a game. “

And

“A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.”

And

“I’d like to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.”

And

“I can remember a reporter asking me for a quote, and I didn’t know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of soft drink.”

And

“I think there are some players born to play ball.”

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“I’m just a ballplayer with one ambition, and that is to give all I’ve got to help my ball club win. I’ve never played any other way.”

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“If anyone wants to know why three kids in one family made it to the big leagues they just had to know how we helped each other and how much we practiced back then. We did it every minute we could.”

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“The phrase ‘off with the crack of the bat’, while romantic, is really meaningless, since the outfielder should be in motion long before he hears the sound of the ball meeting the bat.”

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“There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time. I owe him my best.”

And

“We need a hit, so here I go.”

And

“You always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.”

And

“You start chasing a ball and your brain immediately commands your body to ‘Run forward, bend, scoop up the ball, peg it to the infield,’ then your body says, ‘Who me?'”

Wikipedia:  Joe DiMaggio

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – Alfred Hitchcock

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – Alfred Hitchcock

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‘A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.”

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“Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.”

And

“Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.”

And

“Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.”

And

“I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.”

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‘If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.”

And

“Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house.”

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“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.”

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“The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.”

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“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”

And

“There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.”

And

“What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.”

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“When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?, ‘ I say, ‘Your salary.””

Wikipedia:  Alfred Hitchcock

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Is Completely Damn Stupid A Reason to Put A Head Coach on the Hot Seat? Got Lane Kiffin? – Nick Saban Says Some Very Damn Stupid Things and Wakes-Up in the Middle of May With His Sorry and Ungrateful Ass on the Hot Seat – A Little Tip For You Nicky-Boy On How Much Alabama Should Be Rushing the Ball In 2015…You’re Welcome – Go Giants BEAT the Bastard Dodgers!

With two-dozen plus Coaches Hot Seat members in San Francisco this week for both work and the Dodgers – Giants three game series at AT&T Park starting on Tuesday there was an opportunity on Monday night to present the following question to the core Coaches Hot Seat group:

Is Completely Damn Stupid a reason to put a head coach on the Hot Seat?

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The obvious answer to that question is that Lane Kiffin was on the Hot Seat around 90% of the 4.5 years he was the head coach at Tennessee and USC and you don’t get on the Hot Seat that much at those two powerhouse football schools unless you are…

Completely Damn Stupid

….but then we have the below recent comments from…

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Nick “I live in a cocooned bubble where my precious ass is kissed pretty-much 24 hours a day 365 days a year” Saban who said last week (Nick Saban: What I most feared about the playoff happened, Nick Bromberg, Yahoo Sports)…

“I learned what I feared the most would happen,” Saban said via Al.com. “All the attention, all the interest would be about the four teams in the playoffs, which is exactly what happened, which was great to be a part of.

“But what I was most fearful of is college football is unique. A lot of young men get a lot of positive self gratification from being able to go to a bowl game and that’s always been a special thing. That by having a playoff we would minimize the interest in other bowl games, which I think is sort of what happened and I hate to see that for college football.”

Where in the Hell does one start with the above statement from Nick “I live in a cocooned bubble where my precious ass is kissed pretty-much 24 hours a day 365 days a year” Saban beyond starting by saying…

Nick our cocooned bubble boy….

The above is Completely Damn Stupid Son!

Of course, from across the room two Coaches Hot Seat members who happen to also be fathers with daughters playing 9 – 10 year old softball in the same league remark that….

Coaches Hot Seat Father No. 1: “Our 9 and 10 year old daughters are in a softball league where the top 25% teams get into the postseason playoffs and Saban is talking about the bowls being hurt by the College Football Playoff when average as Hell football teams are getting into bowl games with .500 records? What Freaking Planet does Nick Saban live on because it’s not America if you actually defend someone getting “self-gratification” after being average as Hell at best!”

Coaches Hot Seat Father No. 2: “So 9 and 10 year old girls softball players go to all their practices and play hard in their games to get into postseason play by finishing in the top 25% of the league but in college football we have a coach like Nicky-Boy crying because the College Football Playoff might….but it doesn’t really…take attention away from what will be in 2015 a record number of bowl games? Let’s put this Sorry Piece of Crap’s ungrateful ass back on the Hot Seat!”

See —–>

Nick Saban Gets His $7 Million Plus A Season….Do Nick and Terry Saban Feel “Appreciated” Now?, Coaches Hot Seat Blog, December 13, 2013

Coaches Hot Seat Member: I put forward the motion that we put Nick Saban’s Sorry and Ungrateful Ass back on the Hot Seat! Anyone against this motion?

The Room is completely silent

Coaches Hot Seat Member: How many for the motion to put Nick Saban’s Sorry and Ungrateful Ass back on the Hot Seat?

Everyone in the room yells out AYE!

Coaches Hot Seat Member: The Ayes have it and Nick Saban’s Sorry and Ungrateful Ass is going back on the Hot Seat. (Begins to hand out white pieces of paper) Please write down what number Hot Seat Nick Saban’s Sorry and Ungrateful Ass should sit on and turn them in at the end of the night along with your check for the supplies for the party on Friday night and the results will appear on the Coaches Hot Seat website in the morning!

Oh, by the way Nicky-Boy in the REAL world below is the actual REAL result from the first season of the College Football Playoff:

The 2014 – 2015 College Football Season Was A SMASHING Success Including the First College Football Playoff Which Revealed the Bogus and Un-American BCS For What It Really Was = A Complete Fraud!, Coaches Hot Seat Blog, January 13, 2015

Just for conversation’s sake let’s take a look at Alabama’s 2015 schedule:

Wisconsin (Arlington)
Middle Tennessee
Ole Miss
Louisiana-Monroe
At Georgia
Arkansas
At Texas A&M
Tennessee
LSU
At Mississippi State
Charleston Southern
At Auburn

Hmmmmm….that would seem to breakdown in the following way considering the amount of football talent in Tuscaloosa on the University of Alabama campus right now:

Total Cupcakes = 2  (La. Monroe and Charleston Southern)

Very Easy Games = 1  (Middle Tennessee)

Somewhat Tough Games = 2  (Wisconsin and Tennessee)

Tough Games = 4  (Ole Miss, Arkansas, LSU, at Texas A&M)

Very Tough Games = 3  (at Georgia, at Miss. State, at Auburn)

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How many games would Bozo the Clown win coaching Alabama in 2015 with an offensive coordinator that DID NOT throw even ONE pass in the upcoming season?

10 Games

How many games will Alabama win in 2015 with Lane Kiffin as the offensive coordinator with Kiffin in our opinion spending all of his time trying to show everyone that some Moron somewhere out there in America should hire his Sorry Ass as a head coach again?

Well, according to NCAA Statistics in 2014 the Alabama offense ran a total of 1018 plays which broke down to…

567 Rushes

451 Passes

….which means Alabama rushed the ball…

55.7% of the time in 2014

…and with the above 2015 schedule which is much tougher than the one Bama faced in ‘14 if Alabama doesn’t rush the ball more than…

60% of the time

….it is our opinion that Alabama could lose, 2, 3 or even 4 games in 2015.

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Oh, by the way…in 2014 Urban Meyer and Ohio State rushed the ball…

62.8% of the time

Oh, by the way….the last time that Nick Saban and Alabama won the National Title which would be the 2012 – 2013 college football season Alabama ran the ball…

63.5% of the time

You’re Sorry and Ungrateful Ass is welcome Nick and of course Nicky-Boy…

Welcome back to the Hot Seat at the No. 15 spot Nick and if you lose that opening game to Wisconsin expect to find your ass sitting at No. 1!

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Go Giants and BEAT the Sorry Dodgers!

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – San Francisco

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – San Francisco

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“San Francisco is a mad city – inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty.” Rudyard Kipling

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“I hope I go to Heaven, and when I do, I’m going to do what every San Franciscan does when he gets there. He looks around and says, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.'” Herb Caen

And

“Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me.” Anthony Bourdain

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“A city is where you can sign a petition, boo the chief justice, fish off a pier, gaze at a hippopotamus, buy a flower at the corner, or get a good hamburger or a bad girl at 4 A.M. A city is where sirens make white streaks of sound in the sky and foghorns speak in dark grays. San Francisco is such a city.” Herb Caen

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

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“San Francisco has always been my favorite booing city. I don’t mean the people boo louder or longer, but there is a very special intimacy. When they boo you, you know they mean you. Music, that’s what it is to me. One time in Kezar Stadium they gave me a standing boo.” George Halas

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“I grew up in Marin County north of San Francisco, and in the 1950s and ’60s it was a natural paradise.” Huey Lewis

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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.” LeRoy Neiman

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“You know what it is? San Francisco is a golden handcuff with the key thrown away.” John Steinbeck

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“San Franciscans are very proud of their city, and they should be. It’s the most beautiful place in the world.” Robert Redford

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“If you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco. If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life.” William Saroyan

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“San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.” Paul Kantner

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“The ultimate (travel destination) for me would be one perfect day in San Francisco. It’s a perfect 72 degrees, clear, the sky bright blue. I’d start down at Fisherman’s Wharf with someone I really like and end with a romantic dinner and a ride over the Golden Gate Bridge. There’s no city like it anywhere. And, if I could be there with the girl of my dreams, that would be the ultimate.” Larry King

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“Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible.” Walter Kronkite

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“What fetched me instantly (and thousands of other newcomers with me) was the subtle but unmistakeable sense of escape from the United States.” H.L. Mencken

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“Every man should be allowed to love two cities, his own and San Francisco.” Gene Fowler

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“God took the beauty of the Bay of Naples, the Valley of the Nile, the Swiss Alps, the Hudson River Valley, rolled them into one and made San Francisco Bay.” Fiorello La Guardia

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“I don’t think San Francisco needs defending. I never meet anyone who doesn’t love the place, Americans or others.” Doris Lessing

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” I don’t like San Francisco. I love it!” Dorothy Lamour

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“I like the fog that creeps over the whole city every night about five, and the warm protective feeling it gives…and lights of San Francisco at night, the fog horn, the bay at dusk and the little flower stands where spring flowers appear before anywhere else in the country…But, most of all, I like the view of the ocean from the Cliff House.” Irene Dunne

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“We’re crazy about this city. First time we came here, we walked the streets all day – all over town – and nobody hassled us. People smiled, friendly-like, and we knew we could live here……Los Angeles? That’s just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for a trip to San Francisco……And the beautiful old houses and the strange light. We’ve never been in a city with light like this. We sit in our hotel room for hours, watching the fog come in, the light change.” John Lennon and Yoko Ono

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“Cities are like gentlemen, they are born, not made. You are either a city, or you are not, size has nothing to do with it. I bet San Francisco was a city from the very first time it had a dozen settlers. New York is “Yokel”, but San Francisco is “City at Heart”.” Will Rogers

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“San Francisco is one of the great cultural plateaus of the world — one of the really urbane communities in the United States — one of the truly cosmopolitan places and for many, many years, it always has had a warm welcome for human beings from all over the world.” Duke Ellington

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“I have always been rather better treated in San Francisco than I actually deserved.” Mark Twain

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“It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world.” Oscar Wilde

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“Money lives in New York. Power sits in Washington. Freedom sips Cappuccino in a sidewalk cafe in San Francisco.” Joe Flower

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“I’m proud to have been a Yankee. But I have found more happiness and contentment since I came back home to San Francisco than any man has a right to deserve. This is the friendliest city in the world.” Joe DiMaggio

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“Chicago is the great American city, New York is one of the capitals of the world, and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic; San Francisco is a lady” Norman Mailer,

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“You wouldn’t think such a place as San Francisco could exist. The wonderful sunlight there, the hills, the great bridges, the Pacific at your shoes. Beautiful Chinatown. Every race in the world. The sardine fleets sailing out. The little cable-cars whizzing down The City hills~. And all the people are open and friendly.” Dylan Thomas

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“The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.” Mark Twain

Wikipedia:  San Francisco

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, May 18, 2015 – Willie Mays

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, May 18, 2015 – Willie Mays

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“Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what is most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.”

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“If you can do that – if you run, hit, run the bases, hit with power, field, throw and do all other things that are part of the game – then you’re a good ballplayer.”

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“In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism. Without one-hundred percent dedication, you won’t be able to do this.”

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“They throw the ball, I hit it. They hit the ball, I catch it.”

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“Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.”

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“If you can do that – if you run, hit, run the bases, hit with power, field, throw and do all other things that are part of the game – then you’re a good ballplayer.”

And

“It’s not hard. When I’m not hitting, I don’t hit nobody. But when I’m hitting, I hit anybody.”

And

“At ten I was playing against 18-year-old guys. At 15 I was playing professional ball with the Birmingham Black Barons, so I really came very quickly in all sports.”

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“In 1950, when the Giants signed me, they gave me $15,000. I bought a 1950 Mercury. I couldn’t drive, but I had it in the parking lot there, and everybody that could drive would drive the car. So it was like a community thing.”

Wikipedia Page: Willie Mays

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, May 17, 2015 – Henry James

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, May 17, 2015 – Henry James

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“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

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“Deep experience is never peaceful.”

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“Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.”

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“If I were to live my life over again, I would be an American. I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land.”

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“It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance… and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.”

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“Live all you can — it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven’t had that, what have you had?… What one loses one loses; make no mistake about that…The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have…. Live!”

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“To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one’s own.”

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“We work n the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”

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“True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self; but the point is not only to get out — you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.”

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“A tradition is kept alive only by something being added to it.”

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“To take what there is, and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived — to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that — this doubtless is the right way to live.”

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“I think I don’t regret a single ‘excess’ of my responsive youth – I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn’t embrace.”

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“The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.”

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“Ideas are, in truth, force.”

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“Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.”

And

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language”

Wikipedia:  Henry James

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, May 16, 2015 – B. B. King

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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!”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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 – Friday, May 15, 2015 – Jack Dempsey

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, May 15, 2015 – Jack Dempsey

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“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.”

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“A champion owes everybody something. He can never pay back for all the help he got, for making him an idol.”

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“A good fighter usually knows, to within a very few seconds, when a three-minute round is going to end.”

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“All the time he’s boxing, he’s thinking. All the time he was thinking, I was hitting him.”

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“By forgetting the past and by throwing myself into other interests, I forget to worry.”

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“I was a pretty good fighter. But it was the writers who made me great.”

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“Nobody owes anybody a living, but everybody is entitled to a chance.”

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“Tall men come down to my height when I hit ’em in the body.”

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“Tell him he can have my title, but I want it back in the morning.”

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“You know what a champion is? A champion is someone who’s ready when the gong rings – not just before, not just after – but when it rings.”

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“Nobody has to go hungry today. There is plenty of work for a man who wants to work. A kid can make plenty of dough for himself doing almost anything. I was hungry. I had to fight my way along. Freights and the like, fight, fight all the time. The life was tough, but it hardened you.”

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“When I was a young fellow I was knocked down plenty. I wanted to stay down, but I couldn’t. I had to collect the two dollars for winning or go hungry. I had to get up. I was one of those hungry fighters. You could have hit me on the chin with a sledgehammer for five dollars. When you haven’t eaten for two days you’ll understand.”

Wikipedia:  Jack Dempsey

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