The 09/15/13 Joy Jar

16 Sep

Sports rivalries are sometimes about the sport, but always about the egos. Today the San Francisco 49ers came to Seattle to do war with the Seattle Seahawks. There was reportedly bad blood between the coaches and Seahawk player Sherman and Jim Harbaugh. Whether true or not,who knows. Still, the fans were there during the lightning, thunder and one hour delay. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the 12th man sports fan.

Sport is where an entire life can be compressed into a few hours, where the emotions of a lifetime can be felt on an acre or two of ground, where a person can suffer and die and rise again on six miles of trails through a New York City park. Sport is a theater where sinner can turn saint and a common man become an uncommon hero, where the past and the future can fuse with the present. Sport is singularly able to give us peak experiences where we feel completely one with the world and transcend all conflicts as we finally become our own potential.
George A. Sheehan

If you make every game a life-and-death thing, you’re going to have problems. You’ll be dead a lot. Dean Smith

Winning is overrated. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war.
Al McGuire

I think you enjoy the game more if you don’t know the rules. Anyway you’re on the same wavelength as the referees.
Jonathan Davies, 1995

The essence of sports is that while you’re doing it, nothing else matters, but after you stop, there is a place, generally not very important, where you would put it.
Roger Bannister

Officials are the only guys who can rob you and then get a police escort out of the stadium.
Ron Bolton

Losing streaks are funny. If you lose at the beginning, you get off to a bad start. If you lose in the middle of the season, you’re in a slump. If you lose at the end, you’re choking.
Gene Mauch

It may be that all games are silly. But then, so are humans.
Robert Lynd

All sports are games of inches.
Dick Ritger

Losers quit when they’re tired. Winners quit when they’ve won.
Unknown

It is not how big you are, it’s how big you play.
Author Unknown

The key is not the “will to win” – everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important. Bobby Knight

Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence. The mounting of this illusion defines the purpose and accounts for the immense wealth of American sports. It is the ceremony of innocence that the fans pay to see – not the game or the match or the bout, but the ritual portrayal of a world in which time stops and all hope remains plausible, in which everybody present can recover the blameless expectations of a child, where the forces of light always triumph over the powers of darkness.
Lewis H. Lapham, Money and Class in America, 1988

[T]he finish line is sometimes merely the symbol of victory. All sorts of personal triumphs take place before that point, and the outcome of the race may actually be decided long before the end.
Laurence Malone

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