Playing Sports

Puzzle 10-1

I have only one superstition. Touch all the bases when I hit a home run.

Babe Ruth

Puzzle 10-2

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.

Jacques Barzun

Puzzle 10-3

Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.

Ted Williams

Puzzle 10-4

Baseball is the favorite American sport because it's so slow. Any idiot can follow it. And just about any idiot can play it.

Gore Vidal

Puzzle 10-5

Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.

Scottie Pippen

Puzzle 10-6

Basketball is like photography: if you don't focus, all you have is the negative.

Dan Frisby

Puzzle 10-7

One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Puzzle 10-8

When I dunk, I put something on it. I want the ball to hit the floor before I do.

Darryl Dawkins

Puzzle 10-9

Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.

Red Auerbach

Puzzle 10-10

Football features two of the worst aspects of American life, violence and committee meetings.

George Will

Puzzle 10-11

The way you motivate a football team is to eliminate the unmotivated ones.

Lou Holtz

Puzzle 10-12

You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four.

Dan Birdwell

Puzzle 10-13

Football isn't a contact sport, it's a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.

Duffy Daugherty

Puzzle 10-14

Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that.

Bill Shankly

Puzzle 10-15

Golf is the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off.

Chi Chi Rodriguez

Puzzle 10-16

If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.

Jack Lemmon

Puzzle 10-17

If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don't waste energy going back to pick it up.

Tommy Bolt

Puzzle 10-18

Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.

John Updike

Puzzle 10-19

One hundred percent of the shots you don't take don't go in.

Wayne Gretzky

Puzzle 10-20

Ice hockey is a form of disorderly conduct in which the score is kept.

Doug Larson

Puzzle 10-21

I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out.

Rodney Dangerfield

Puzzle 10-22

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.

Gordie Howe

Puzzle 10-23

Hockey's a funny game. You have to prove yourself every shift, every game. It's not up to anybody else. You have to take pride in yourself.

Paul Coffey

Puzzle 10-24

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.

Arthur Ashe

Puzzle 10-25

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.

Robert Frost

Puzzle 10-26

If someone says tennis is not feminine, I say screw it.

Rosie Casals

Puzzle 10-27

Tennis is an addiction that once it has truly hooked a man will not let him go.

Russell Lynes

Puzzle 10-28

Tennis belongs to the individualistic past — a hero, or at most a pair of friends or lovers, against the world.

Jacques Barzun

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