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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – Walt Whitman

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – Walt Whitman

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“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”

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“Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul.”

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“I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.”

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“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains.”

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“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.”

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“If you done it, it ain’t bragging.”

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“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”

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“There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.”

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“The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.”

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“Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?”

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“Oh while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave, to meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.”

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“I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.”

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“I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.”

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“Be curious, not judgmental.”

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“I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.”

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“Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.”

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“The future is no more uncertain than the present.”

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‘Nothing endures but personal qualities.”

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“The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.”

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“All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.”

Wikipedia:  Walt Whitman

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – William James

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – William James

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“A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.”

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“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

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“Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.”

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“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

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“Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.”

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“An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.”

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“Belief creates the actual fact.”

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“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”

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“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”

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“Compared to what we ought to be, we are half awake.”

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“Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.”

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“Do something everyday for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test.”

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“Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.”

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“Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.”

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“Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.”

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“Genius… means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.”

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“How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.”

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“Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.”

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“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.”

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“If merely ‘feeling good’ could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.”

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“If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.”

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“If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.”

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“Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.”

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“It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true.”

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“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.”

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“The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.”

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“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”

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“The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.”

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“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

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“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”

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“The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.”

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“These then are my last words to you. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”

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“To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.”

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“We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.”

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“We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.”

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“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is “attitude.”

Wikipedia Page: William James

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, July 21, 2014 – Henry David Thoreau

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, July 21, 2014 – Henry David Thoreau

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“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”

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“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.”

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“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.”

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“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”

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“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”

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“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”

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“Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

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“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.”

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

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“How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.”

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“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”

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“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”

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“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.”

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“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.”

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“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.”

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“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”

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“Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.”

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“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”

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“Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.”

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“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”

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“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

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“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”

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“The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.”

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“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

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“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”

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“What is once well done is done forever.”

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“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”

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“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”

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“The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls — the worst man is as strong as the best at that game; it does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.”

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“I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.”

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“If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. As if a town had no interest in its forests but to cut them down!”

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“I wish to suggest that a man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. All great enterprises are self-supporting. The poet, for instance, must sustain his body by his poetry, as a steam planing-mill feeds its boilers with the shavings it makes. You must get your living by loving.”

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“Do we call this the land of the free? What is it to be free from King George and continue the slaves of King Prejudice? What is it to be born free and not to live free? What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom? Is it a freedom to be slaves, or a freedom to be free, of which we boast? We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defences only of freedom. It is our children’s children who may perchance be really free.”

Wikipedia:  Henry David Thoreau

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RIP to the Great James Garner – A Man That Re-Invented What It Means To Be A “Hero”

The decade of the 1970s seems so far away from 2014 that at times it is almost impossible to remember that time in anything beyond the haze that was our collective childhood here at Coaches Hot Seat, but today reminded us again of another time in America that was in our opinion a Helluva time to grow up in our country.

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Today we mark the passing of the Great James Garner who to all of us here at Coaches Hot Seat was “Jim Rockford” the wily if sometimes cowardly detective on The Rockford Files hit TV series that aired on NBC between 1974 and 1980.

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Los Angeles Times columnist Mary McNamara does a great job of explaining how James Garner changed our perception of what a hero could be as she relates what some of our wives have said a few times about James Garner over the years:

James Garner dies; actor changed what a hero could be like, Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times

“I secretly always wanted to marry James Garner, and was foiled only by the fact that, as humorist Jean Kerr once wrote of her designs on George S. Kaufman, he was already married and I never met him.

I cannot imagine I was alone in this desire — in her introduction to Garner’s 2011 memoir, Julie Andrews revealed a similar devotion and for pretty much the same reasons I had: Garner, who died at home Saturday at age 86, effortlessly combined strength and humility, humor and capability, frankness and empathy to create an ideal Alpha-male, of the sort that hadn’t existed before, at least not in drama. He constructed a new kind of hero, one who would much rather be playing cards or going fishing. But all right, if no one else was going to save the girl, or solve the case, or prevent the crime, well, then — here, hold this for a second — he’d do it.

When he brought this persona to life in “Maverick” and then again in “The Rockford Files,” he all but rebuilt an archetype. Before Garner, heroes were heroes, which meant, nine times out of 10, they were boring. After Garner, they could be funny, irritating, lazy, fearful and complicated. Without James Garner there would be no Indiana Jones, no Starsky and Hutch, no Gregory House, no Patrick Jane, certainly no Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes. Without James Garner, adventure heroes would be no fun at all.”

Amen to that Mary McNamara!

Over twenty years ago a Coaches Hot Seat member was working in the Los Angeles area in the entertainment industry and through his boss he got to meet and hang-out with James Garner a few times at a local golf course and that is something none of the other CHS members would have known if not for his boss years later telling a story about the two of them running into Garner a few times when we all were in LA for an Ohio State – USC football game.

When we heard our friend had met James Garner we all looked down the table with one of us saying the most obvious thing possible:

“So what the Hell is James Garner really like?”

CHS Member:  “As far as I could tell James Garner is like Jim Rockford, Bret Maverick or rather in real life James Garner is like… James Garner.”

Amen to that and RIP James Garner.

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We could gone for awhile about how much enjoyment we have gotten from watching James Garner on television and in the movies over the years, but we believe his own performances speak louder than anything we could say and below are some of our favorite episodes from The Rockford Files. Enjoy!

The Kirkoff Case – Co-starring a very young James Woods – Link to Hulu.com —> www.hulu.com/watch/12669

Aura Lee, Farewell – Co-starring the beautiful Lindsay Wagner – Link to Hulu.com —> www.hulu.com/watch/12905

Counter-Gambit – Co-starring the beautiful Mary Frann – Link to Hulu.com —> www.hulu.com/watch/12480

Coulter City Wildcat – Link to Hulu.com —> www.hulu.com/watch/34954

The Aaron Ironwood School of Success – Very funny!

The Farnsworth Stratagem

2 Into 5.56 Won’t Go

The No-Cut Contract – Co-starring a very young Rob Reiner as a professional quarterback!

Foul on the First Play – Co-starring Lou Gossett

The Real Easy Red Dog

Thanks for a Helluva life James Garner!

The Garner Files:  A Memoir, James Garner, Amazon.com

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, July 20, 2014 – Seve Ballesteros

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, July 20, 2014 – Seve Ballesteros

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“I look into their eyes, shake their hand, pat their back, and wish them luck, but I am thinking, ‘I am going to bury you.”

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“To give yourself the best possible chance of playing to your potential, you must prepare for every eventuality.  That means practice.”  

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“I know where I am and I know which way I’m going, … Only winning will satisfy me. You don’t think it is possible? It is very possible.”

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“I don’t see any players who really impress me from either side of the Atlantic, to be honest. There are a lot of players with great talent and a great future ahead. But impress me? I don’t get impressed that easily.”

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“I’d like to see the fairways more narrow. Then everyone would have to play from the rough, not just me.”

Wikipedia Page:  Seve Ballesteros

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, July 19, 2014 – Bum Phillips

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, July 19, 2014 – 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

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, July 18, 2014 – Gary Player

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, July 18, 2014 – Gary Player

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“The harder you work, the luckier you get.”

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“Each shot is important.”

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“Golf is a puzzle without an answer. I’ve played the game for 40 years and I still haven’t the slightest idea how to play.”

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“If there’s a golf course in heaven, I hope it’s like Augusta National. I just don’t want an early tee time.”

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“A good golfer has the determination to win and the patience to wait for the breaks.”

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“We create success or failure on the course primarily by our thoughts.”

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“You must work very hard to become a natural golfer.”

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Gary Player’s Ten Commandments

1. Change is the price of survival.
2. Everything in business is negotiable, except quality.
3. A promise made is a debt incurred.
4. For all we take in life we must pay.
5. Persistence and common sense are more important than intelligence.
6. The fox fears not the man who boasts by night but the man who rises early in the morning.
7. Accept the advice of the man who loves you, though you like it not at present.
8. Trust instinct to the end, though you cannot render any reason.
9. The heights of great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but that while their companions slept were toiling upward in the night.
10. There is no substitute for personal contact.

Wikipedia:  Gary Player

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, July 17, 2014 – Bart Starr

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, July 17, 2014 – Bart Starr

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“Athletic competition clearly defines the unique power of our attitude.”

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“Desire and dedication are everything!”

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“My dad never pushed me but the big thing is that he helped me by going out in the backyard and playing with me.”

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“If you work harder than somebody else, chances are you’ll beat him though he has more talent than you.”

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“Coach Lombardi showed me that by working hard and using my mind, I could overcome my weakness to the point where I could be one of the best.”

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“It takes me about a week and a half to really analyze a game – play by play.”

Wikipedia:  Bart Starr

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – Pat Dye

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – Pat Dye

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“Believe in honest, positive dissent.”

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Football is not an “I” game. It’s a “we” game.”

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“Nothing has changed about what makes a winner. A winner works his butt off and is dependable. He’s not always the most talented, but he gives everything on every play.”

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“At Auburn, practice is Hell. But when you line up across the big, fast, smart, angry boys from Florida, and Georgia, and Alabama, where there is no quality of mercy on the ground and no place to hide, you’ll know why practice is Hell at Auburn.”

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Don’t wait to be a great man. Be a great boy.”

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“I don’t believe in miracles. I believe in character”

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“Life is short, so don’t waste any of it carrying around a load of bitterness. It only sours your life, and the world won’t pay any attention anyway.”

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“If you’re a football coach, criticism comes with the territory. If it tears you up, you better get into another profession.”

Before the 1981 Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Pat Dye (Pat Dye coached for Paul Bryant for nine years on the Alabama staff):

Pat Dye:  “Coach Bryant, before you start hugging me, you ought to know that my boys are fixing to get after y’all’s ass.” 

Paul Bryant:  “You ain’t trying to scare me now, are you, Pat?”

Pat Dye:  “No sir, because I know you don’t get scared. I’m just telling you what we’re fixing to do.”

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“A game like this, Alabama players will remember it for the rest of their lives. Auburn players…it’ll eat their guts out the rest of their lives.” Former Auburn coach Pat Dye to a reporter after Van Tiffen kicked his 52 yard field goal to beat Auburn in 1985.

Wikipedia:  Pat Dye

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – General Robert Neyland

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – General Robert Neyland

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“General Neyland’s 7 Maxims

1.  The team that makes the fewest mistakes will win.

2.  Play for and make the breaks and when one comes your way – SCORE.

3.  If at first the game – or the breaks – go against you, don’t let up… put on more steam.

4.  Protect our kickers, our QB, our lead and our ball game.

5.  Ball, oskie, cover, block, cut and slice, pursue and gang tackle… for this is the WINNING EDGE.

6.  Press the kicking game. Here is where the breaks are made.

7.  Carry the fight to our opponent and keep it there for 60 minutes.”

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“You never know what a football player is made of until he plays Alabama”

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“The team that makes the fewest mistakes wins”

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“To defeat a weak opponent is not the problem: The problem is to win when he is as good or better than you”

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“Gentlemen, touchdowns follow blocking as sure night follows day”

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“If my teams win, my press will be good. If we lose, the press can’t help me anyhow.”

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“People think I’m the greatest damn coach in the world,” said the great Bear Bryant, “but Neyland taught me everything I know.”

Wikipedia Page:  General Robert Neyland

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