Top 2637 Sports Quotes

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“Major sports are major parts of society. It’s not anomalous to have people who love sports come from other parts of that society.”

― A. Bartlett Giamatti

“You just can’t compare the WWE to anything else when it comes to sports entertainment. There is nothing like the WWE, nothing like this machine I am working for and I’m proud to work for.”

― A.J. Styles

“I watch a lot of sport on television. I only watch certain sports, and I only watch them live – I don’t think I’ve ever been able to watch a replay of a match or game of which the result was already decided. I feel bound to cheat and look up what can be looked up.”

― A. S. Byatt

“I think sports and bodybuilding were the only things that saved me from getting beat up. People are not pleased, for whatever reason, when you can answer all the questions in class. If not for the respect I got from track, cross-country, wrestling and bodybuilding, it would have been a disaster.”

― Aaron Patzer

“I’ve got to be honest and say that, growing up, I wasn’t a big sports guy, but I love the camaraderie. I just love people getting together, fighting for a team and getting super-emotional about it.”

― Aaron Paul

“I was on the snowboard team at my school, but that was the only sports team I was on. I played soccer growing up in elementary school.”

― Aaron Paul

“I’m not one of those people who goes home and has to put football on the TV straight away or has to watch Sky Sports News.”

― Aaron Ramsey

“I wanted to really ingrain myself in the culture and the people. And I apologize about having an allergy to dairy products that gives me some irritable bowels, but other than that, I mean, I’ve embraced just about everything else Wisconsin – especially when it comes to sports, but also the people and the interactions with our fans.”

― Aaron Rodgers

“I’ve gotten to know a lot of great people here in all the different sports. It’s fun. It’s fun to get involved where you live. And this is where I live. I’m a registered voter here. I have my Wisconsin driver’s license.”

― Aaron Rodgers

“I get the ‘The New York Times’ and ‘Los Angeles Times’ thrown at my door every morning. I’ll read the front page of ‘The New York Times,’ then the op-eds, then scan the arts section and then the sports section. Then I do the same with the ‘L.A. Times.’”

― Aaron Sorkin

“There have been times – and not just on ‘The Newsroom,’ but on ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Sports Night,’ ‘Studio 60’… – where it was hard to look the cast and crew in the eye, when I put a script on the table that I knew just wasn’t good enough.”

― Aaron Sorkin

“I didn’t grow up a theatre kid, going to theatre camps. I played sports, and that was my main direction. But luckily, I never had to choose between sports and theatre.”

― Aaron Tveit

“In all kinds of sports, you have to get the confidence going within before you can start proving people wrong or right.”

― AB de Villiers

“I know my game pretty well, and that is the secret to success in most sports.”

― AB de Villiers

“I often speak about tennis being one of the most important sports when I was growing up, for my hand-eye coordination and quick feet.”

― AB de Villiers

“When you’re a pro athlete, life is very narcissistic – everything relates back to you and how you play. When you are getting out of pro sports, you suddenly have to get a little more mindful of what’s going on around you and how you affect the rest of the world.”

― Abby Wambach

“The growth of women’s soccer and women’s sports all around the world has been slow.”

― Abby Wambach

“I am a sports enthusiast, and if given an opportunity, I want to be a sportsman, even today. I want to promote the sport that is indigenous to India. Kabaddi is a matter of national pride. Why can’t cricket, hockey, football and kabaddi be given equal platforms and co-exist? I believe that can happen.”

― Abhishek Bachchan

“I still feel that in India we look upon sports as a recreational activity – which it is – but people have to understand that there is a career in sports. It’s not just necessary to be a doctor or a lawyer or an engineer, as most of us Indians appear to think that our children should grow up to be.”

― Abhishek Bachchan

“I think every school in the world should have a sports program.”

― Abhishek Bachchan

“You realize, as time goes on, there is a certain expectation now in 2018 where fans want to see cool, exciting, hard-hitting sports entertainment or hard-hitting pro wrestling, and there are ways to give them that without necessarily putting yourself in the hospital that night or not being able to move the next morning.”

― Adam Cole

“Any time guys move to ‘Raw’ and ‘SmackDown,’ I think that is what has kept NXT so relevant and has kept the fans so invested because they are now conditioned that whoever leaves or comes in, NXT, as a product, is going to give really exciting sports entertainment every time.”

― Adam Cole

“I never played sports or got into the whole guy camaraderie of, like, ‘I love you, man! Seniors forever!’ So suddenly being in the military with these guys who were under these very heightened circumstances, isolated from their families, living this very kind of Greek lifestyle, it changed my life in a really big way.”

― Adam Driver

“My brother Barry was into all sports, and so was my late father. For me, hockey was the one sport I loved and played. I didn’t really pay much attention to the other sports.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“Swimming and all other sports have got to get to that place where you have the trust of the people watching it.”

― Adam Peaty

“I think that in figure skating, and in sports in general, that when you’re young, it’s considered a huge advantage because you’re fearless, and you also don’t have bad past experiences. But with age comes experience, and I have found that my experience is a huge advantage to me as a competitor.”

― Adam Rippon

“I enjoyed playing the other sports. I just sucked at them.”

― Adam Rippon

“The Cleveland Cavaliers are forced to play in something called the ‘Quicken Loans Arena.’ This is a terrible name for a sports venue.”

― Adam Schlesinger

“I watch college basketball and sports in general. I’m also a runner. I live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan near Central Park, so I try to squeeze in runs through Central Park when I can.”

― Adam Silver

“I’m not coming in as an advocate of sports gambling. I’m trying to be more of a realist to say it’s going on in a massive way… and I think the right course would be therefore to legalize it and regulate it.”

― Adam Silver

“While, to me, daily fantasy is in no way sports betting, it’s certainly a cousin of sports betting in that it attracts many of the same type of people who would otherwise choose to bet on sports.”

― Adam Silver

“I would say I was into two sports as a kid: basketball and baseball.”

― Adam Silver

“I ran track. I ran cross country. But I did not play organized basketball in high school, at least on our team. But I played a lot of sports.”

― Adam Silver

“Even if I did have, you know, a ‘Sports Illustrated’ body, I’d still wear elegant clothes.”

― Adele

“Most normal boys, as they’re growing up, they – in order to become attractive, they might, you know, get good at sports or join a rock band or develop good social skills, and for some reason, I thought that drawing comic books might be my route.”

― Adrian Tomine

“I leave work by 6:30 P.M. so I can spend some time with the children. Inevitably, we’ll end up watching basketball or football. I live in a house of boys, and they’re all sports mad, so I don’t stand a chance.”

― Aerin Lauder

“I grew up in New Jersey and played sports and rode my bike around. It was a really nice time – kids didn’t have cellphones then – and you knew everyone in the town.”

― Aileen Lee

“In sports, I refused to do any interviews that were just going to become human-interest stories. Don’t turn me into a tragic heroine.”

― Aimee Mullins

“I’m an athlete, and I have been interested in sports films.”

― Aishwarya Rajesh

“My father was a very special human being. He was brilliant in academics, sports and the arts. He wrote, performed and directed plays in English and Hindi/Urdu at his regiment.”

― Ajay Mehta

“I would not say I was not interested in studies – it just wasn’t there in me to pursue academics. I would open a page in the textbook and start thinking about everything under the sun except what was there in the book. I was more into extra-curricular activities and sports like NCC, rifle shooting, aero-modelling, bike racing, etc.”

― Ajith Kumar

“My love for sports will never die. I love martial arts and I want to promote it in whichever way I can. I am a fighter first, then an actor.”

― Akshay Kumar

“Have you ever noticed what golf spells backwards?”

― Al Boliska

“One reason outfielders don’t have stronger arms might be they don’t practice as much as we did. Most teams today don’t take outfield practice. Another reason is baseball has to compete with other sports now – basketball, football, soccer – for the better athletes that might have more skills and stronger arms.”

― Al Kaline

“I don’t know why people question the academic training of an athlete. Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their classes.”

― Al McGuire

“Monday Night Football started in 1970, and when it started, it was something extremely special because sports had not been aired in prime time. So, it was a novelty, and a lot of people thought it wouldn’t work, and, of course, it worked spectacularly well.”

― Al Michaels

“I think the Cowboys are one of only two teams in all of sports that engender love and hate to that extreme. The other is the Yankees. You love the Yankees or you hate the Yankees.”

― Al Michaels

“Baseball is a man maker.”

― Al Spalding

“My favorite way to spend Saturday is in and out of bed, watching sports on TV and eating.”

― Alan King

“I’m delighted about the track’s success in the sports world, but the frustrating thing is, I don’t think I got rich on it. The labels and publishers did very cheap deals on our songs.”

― Alan Parsons

“Of course, in our grade school, in those days, there were no organized sports at all. We just went out and ran around the school yard for recess.”

― Alan Shepard

“My priority is to turn people – especially kids – on to sports and being active so they don’t even have to think about it being good for their health. If people participate for the fun of it, and believe me – it is fun, then fitness programs will be much more successful.”

― Alan Thicke

“On a selfish basis, I really enjoy sports and activity.”

― Alan Thicke

“Oh, ‘Sports Night’ was tough because ‘Sports Night’ was… Well, you know, it’s like Mamet. It’s Sorkin. And I didn’t realize that you had to immediately be off of the other actors’ last line in their dialogue.”

― Alanna Ubach

“We should confine booing in sports arenas to sport. I love a good boo as much as the next football fan.”

― Alastair Campbell

“My brothers were funny, and there was a lot of shtick and comedy and nastiness and violence and fighting and sports.”

― Alec Baldwin

“I had kind of left college. I wanted to study to be a sports teacher, but I had that little inner voice within me that said, ‘You should be doing something else,’ and I followed that gut instinct.”

― Alesha Dixon

“Good spectator sports share certain fundamentals. Their competitors battle head-to-head. Their winners are determined objectively: fastest runner, most points. They are refereed, not judged.”

― Alex Berenson

“Downhill track sports like luge are technology battles, as exciting as a NASCAR qualifying day.”

― Alex Berenson

“I’m a sports junkie, and I am interested in athletic will – how you exceed the expectations of your own performance when it counts to deliver something beyond yourself so that you can win.”

― Alex Gibney

“When I was a kid, I played sports a lot. My mom and dad were divorced, but I hung out in the neighborhood a lot, and it was all about sports. I would be out all day on the sand lot or on the hockey rink. My dad would take me to baseball games, but he worked so hard, and he would always fall asleep.”

― Alex Gibney

“Sports are the ultimate secular religion. Instead of being worried about whether your kids will be okay or how your job is going, you have your team, and you can focus all of your angst and your hopes and dreams on your team. I am in no way saying it always relieves any of this!”

― Alex Gibney

“I was, and am, a frustrated filmmaker and film student, and my passion and love for movies was so broad that, in the earlier part of my career, I stumbled into doing ‘Sports Night’ and was a comedy director.”

― Alex Graves

“The diet for climbing all the time isn’t really different from the diet for living. It’s not like cardio sports where you’re burning a bajillion calories every day.”

― Alex Honnold

“It’s an honour to be an Ambassador for DStv. Their passion for promoting sports is unrivalled across Africa.”

― Alex Iwobi

“Sportsmanship is definitely an important thing in all sports. In soccer, we all respect each other on such a high level, between Sweden and Brazil and Japan or whatever team it is.”

― Alex Morgan

“It wasn’t until 1999 when my idols Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly took home the women’s World Cup trophy at the Rose Bowl in front of 40 million TV viewers that I remember thinking how rare it was to see women play sports on TV.”

― Alex Morgan

“I think it’s huge, especially in team sports, for players to be able to rely on each other and to really trust in each other.”

― Alex Morgan

“I rarely felt or noticed any real divide between girls and boys when I was growing up. Maybe it was because I was so involved in sports and competed with the boys. Maybe it was my mom and dad, who constantly instilled confidence in me and never made me feel as though there were boy activities and girl activities.”

― Alex Morgan

“I have done ‘Sports Illustrated,’ but I don’t regret it because it portrayed me in a positive way – as an athlete.”

― Alex Morgan

“I started off playing sports when I was five years old. I played three or four sports all throughout the year.”

― Alex Morgan

“My senior school didn’t play football. It was a rugby and cricket school, and as I was on a sports scholarship, I was forced to play rugby.”

― Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

“Babe Ruth is an icon, in sports and in our society.”

― Alex Rodriguez

“My body shape has transformed as sports science research has developed. It used to be thought that footballers needed to be big and do lots of weights and little cardio.”

― Alex Scott

“You’re never going to make everybody happy; there are always going to be people that, yeah, aren’t with you. That’s the nature of sports.”

― Alex Smith

“I think the quarterback position, moreso than in all of sports, no other position compares – you rely on so many people to do your job.”

― Alex Smith

“In the America that I grew up in, men of Asia placed last in the hierarchy of manhood. They were invisible in the high-testosterone arenas of politics, big business, and sports. On television and in the movies, they were worse than invisible. They were embarrassing. We were embarrassing.”

― Alex Tizon

“I did everything – I did newscasts, I did sports, I did dramas.”

― Alex Trebek

“I’m 5’3”, and not often you get to see that in a magazine. I think that what is so cool about ‘Sports Illustrated’ is it’s all different body shapes, all difference sizes. You have actresses, sports figures, musicians, so it’s all about skin deep beauty sort of radiating to the outside, and that’s what’s so special.”

― Alexa Ray Joel

“My heart lies in music and acting, however, my inspiration comes from adrenaline rush I get from sports… and life.”

― Alexander Ludwig

“Belarus is not a superpower, but we pay a lot of attention to sports.”

― Alexander Lukashenko

“I grew up in a very urban, bohemian family where everyone was a hippie or a pacifist. It was artistically and intellectually stimulating, but they were definitely not into outdoor sports or activities.”

― Alexander Skarsgard

“I never really did sports growing up. Maybe that’s why they intrigue me. The technology that goes into that clothing is steps ahead, so it’s always been something I look towards.”

― Alexander Wang

“I’m not going to change and get the emotions out of my game. It’s important to have emotions in sport. If you don’t have emotions, it’s like you don’t really care. Because if you care about something, you’re always going to be emotional. Doesn’t matter if it’s sports or personal life.”

― Alexander Zverev

“When I was growing up, I played a lot of different sports. There was a time when I was playing field hockey, tennis, and soccer at the same time. I was actually quite good at all of those sports.”

― Alexander Zverev

“Booing – I never like it. We see it in other sports all the time, but in tennis, it’s rare.”

― Alexander Zverev

“I just loved going fast. I still enjoy go-karting. I was also good at rugby, and my dad wanted me to be a sportsman, but I never thought I could do sports professionally.”

― Alfie Allen

“I like to get home, flop on the couch, and watch Sky Sports News. I’m just your average bloke.”

― Alfie Allen

“My dad has always played and coached, so that’s what I knew. I played other sports but always turned toward soccer and had the same love for it as my father. They never forced me to play; I always wanted to. I was always around it.”

― Ali Krieger

“No matter how little we think anatomy should matter to one’s social and political rights, surely we can’t pretend biology doesn’t matter in sports. Surely there’s a reason we don’t let adults play in the t-ball leagues, and a reason most women athletes want their own leagues.”

― Alice Dreger

“I think it is fine to have sports divided into men’s and women’s, just as it is fine to say a fifteen-year-old is incapable of consenting to sex. But we should recognize these are social distinctions based on biology, and not categories foisted upon us by nature.”

― Alice Dreger

“Rio was always going to be on the schedule for me, whether I had won in London or not. Triathlon is one of those sports where the Olympics is always the most important and the most interesting race, and I always wanted to have a crack at Rio and defend my title.”

― Alistair Brownlee

“I don’t know whether endurance sports attract obsessional people, or training for endurance sports makes people obsessional… it’s the chicken and the egg.”

― Alistair Brownlee

“Schools are really, really important. It gives you access to every kid in the country. It gives you a massive pool of people to see who might be talented at different sports. It allows kids to try sports. Kids can be inspired all they want, but if they can’t go out and try a sport, then it’s no good.”

― Alistair Brownlee

“I have stated many times that one of my goals was to become K-1 champion. K-1 is, in our country Holland, very popular, and it’s a big opportunity to become the first person that holds two world titles in two different sports.”

― Alistair Overeem

“I really love all sport. I watch sports when I can, but when push comes to show, I think I know it’s entertainment.”

― Alistair Petrie

“Especially with sports cars, when you have got so many cars on the track with various degrees of competitiveness, then something will happen. It’s the nature of racing, the law of averages. If you want to be a front-runner then you are going to have to push very hard, and collisions can happen.”

― Allan McNish

“I put so much pressure on myself to be perfect. Between homework and sports and drama and being social, I slept about four hours a night through high school and college.”

― Allison Williams

“I myself am frustrated in just where sports are at. It’s a hard thing when you’re out there working every day, and you know that someone else is cheating and they may not necessarily get caught.”

― Allyson Felix

“I think that kids aren’t even exploring the option of sports anymore, and they don’t even know what they could do.”

― Allyson Felix

“In the field of sports you are more or less accepted for what you do rather than what you are.”

― Althea Gibson

“In sports, you simply aren’t considered a real champion until you have defended your title successfully. Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best.”

― Althea Gibson

“I think I have done enough for sports and made enough of a name for myself to deserve some sort of backing – most of the other girls have it.”

― Althea Gibson

“I enjoy going to the Y. I take all the fitness classes that my dad takes; that’s sort of our bonding – anything athletic, anything sports related.”

― Alyson Stoner

“My parents never forced things on my brother and me: not our faith, not our sports, not our friends. Yet they taught us about surrounding ourselves with the right people: the kind of people we want to be.”

― Amanda Borden

“Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“When I was young, I never thought I was going to be a writer! I was academically orientated and active at sports, but I didn’t have one creative bone in my body.”

― Amish Tripathi

“Whatever free time I get, I love to catch news and sports shows.”

― Amitabh Bachchan

“We live in a social world now, and there’s no denying the power that Twitter has yielded across all verticals. Sports is a perfect fit because fans are highly emotionally charged and things happen quick.”

― Amy Jo Martin

“There are many benefits to a sports entity breaking news directly to their recipients: the entity has full control over the message and how it is shared versus previously relying on a media outlets to translate or distribute as they choose. Also, there’s no quicker place for valuable information to spread than Twitter.”

― Amy Jo Martin

“My dad was a sports writer when I was younger and then he became just a general columnist. But I grew up with him literally getting into brawls with football coaches.”

― Amy Klobuchar

“I never was a great sports player. In fact, in fourth grade, I had the second to the worst softball throw.”

― Amy Klobuchar

“Pfizer’s actually teamed up with my nonprofit organization, which is called Adaptive Action Sports. I cofounded this organization in 2005 to help people with physical disabilities get involved in action sports, go snowboarding, skateboarding.”

― Amy Purdy

“There is a growing interest in team ownership and promoting sports beyond cricket in India. I always felt it is important to encourage other sports, especially those that bring communities together and promote active lifestyles to Indian youth.”

― Anand Mahindra

“I kind of tried my hand at sports and school, and I wasn’t very apt at either one of those things.”

― Anderson East

“In every sector of business, it’s really hard to build something where you can get on a good run. In sports, it’s even harder because you only have a small window for an athletic career.”

― Andre Iguodala

“When I was a child, I saw in the news that a person from Belitung had done well in sports in Jakarta, and I just couldn’t imagine that it was possible for someone from here to become famous, and it’s still very isolated out here.”

― Andrea Hirata

“I have to confess I’m addicted to Sky Sports News. Just the music can pull me in. And then whether it’s badminton in the Czech Republic, snail pushing or mole hopping, I’m hooked.”

― Andrew Buchan

“I made a series for ITV, just after I retired from Tests in 2009, called ‘Flintoff Versus the World.’ The idea was that I would attempt a series of extreme sports – rodeo riding, jumping out of aeroplanes, paragliding, cliff diving. I thought, ‘Yeah, it looks fun. It’s six weeks having a laugh.’”

― Andrew Flintoff

“I drink a lot of Body Armor – it’s a sports drink. It offers great hydration, and it’s the best before/after drink for workouts. Orange mango is my favorite. Strawberry banana is a close second.”

― Andrew Luck

“I was always one of those people who would watch the Super Bowl as much for the sports as I did for the ads. I was always just sort of fascinated by the fact that when you turn on the TV, there was motion, there was moving pictures on it.”

― Andrew Ross Sorkin

“I started, actually, in journalism when I was – well. I started at the ‘New York Times’ when I was 18 years old, actually, but really got into journalism when I was 15 years old and had started a sports magazine which was trying to become a national sports magazine.”

― Andrew Ross Sorkin

“I have always looked at the world through the prism of money to some degree. If you could follow the money, it explains a lot of things, in all sorts of aspects of the world. You can look at politics through the prism of money. You can look at art through the prism of money. You can look at sports through the prism of money.”

― Andrew Ross Sorkin

“I’m not a real sports guy, but I check ESPN.com just so I know what people are talking about.”

― Andrew Ross Sorkin

“The biggest lesson from Africa was that life’s joys come mostly from relationships and friendships, not from material things. I saw time and again how much fun Africans had with their families and friends and on the sports fields; they laughed all the time.”

― Andrew Shue

“Winning isn’t everything, but playing and competing and striving and going through things can be a lot of fun and really important. As long as you’re doing it in a way that’s healthy, sports can be an incredible opportunity.”

― Andrew Shue

“I know that Boston is one of the great centers of intellectual culture as well as sport. It’s one of the centers of America, with a great orchestra, great sports, great hospitals, and great universities.”

― Andris Nelsons

“I loved all sports, and New York’s a pretty good sports town, and the Giants – I don’t know why we chose the Giants over the Jets, but we chose the Giants.”

― Andy Grammer

“Everyone has to try to give back as much as possible because I think in all sports it helps kids to have role models or people to look up to. Someone like Jess Ennis, I know a lot of young girls have started to get into athletics stuff because of her, because of her success.”

― Andy Murray

“A lot of athletes use sports psychologists.”

― Andy Murray

“Boxing, mixed martial arts and tennis are the hardest sports to train for.”

― Andy Murray

“I used a lot of sports psychologists when I was younger… sometimes it helped, sometimes it didn’t.”

― Andy Murray

“In the States, tennis is sixth or seventh on the totem pole as far as sports go.”

― Andy Roddick

“I played basketball in high school, and I love watching sports – I’ll watch everything except maybe hockey.”

― Andy Roddick

“You get into comedy because you are insecure, and you communicate with the world through comedy to sort of alleviate the tension of those insecurities and to find a way to make people like you other than the way you look or how good you are at sports. I don’t think that really goes away.”

― Andy Samberg

“Speaking from personal experience, I watch zero shows when they air. The only shows I watch live are awards shows or sports. Shows like ‘True Detective’ and ‘Game Of Thrones,’ I watch every episode, but I don’t watch them as they air, and I think that’s becoming the case for people more.”

― Andy Samberg

“It certainly is dangerous that there are only a few clubs left in Europe that can afford to pay millions. At the end of the day however, the spectators decide the rates of pay – by watching the games and consuming the goods and services advertised on sports TV programmes.”

― Angela Merkel

“I’m in the perfect position. It’s a sports position and a political position where I can help better the lives of athletes around the world.”

― Angela Ruggiero

“The Women’s Sports Foundation holds a unique position in developing opportunities for girls and women of all abilities to be active whether recreationally or competitively, and I’m excited to help lead the organization to impact even more lives. It is an honor to continue to build the legacy created by Billie Jean King and all of our leaders.”

― Angela Ruggiero

“I’ve told Billy if I ever caught him cheating, I wouldn’t kill him because I love his children and they need a dad. But I would beat him up. I know where all of his sports injuries are.”

― Angelina Jolie

“I work out, I play sports, I go to concerts.”

― Angie Everhart

“I spend way too much time watching television, going to sports games, going to movies. It struck me that there’s an awful lot of data in the public domain for these sectors. The movie industry publishes weekly sales numbers – not many industries do.”

― Anita Elberse

“I played sports. I had boyfriends. I loved high school.”

― Ann Coulter

“I would advise kids not to play any sports, such as tackle football, where they are exposed to repeated blows to the head.”

― Ann McKee

“My three children played soccer and lacrosse. I grew up as a Green Bay Packers fan. I am not against sports. We want kids to play sports, but we want them to be safe.”

― Ann McKee

“I love sports, OK? But I think we really need to take it on ourselves to not be so crazy about sports, not to risk someone’s future just because we think they might be the next star.”

― Ann McKee

“I just want to make sports safe for our kids.”

― Ann McKee

“When you’re a child, no matter if you’re doing show business or sports or school or anything, you just want to make the adults happy.”

― Anna Chlumsky

“In real life I am a bit of a tomboy. I like the footy and sports. I am more comfortable in running gear than I am in heels, because I usually trip up in them.”

― Anna Hutchison

“At 16, 17, you have no fear. You don’t think or analyze. You just play on automatic. You can get smarter as you get older, but in sports you can be too smart, you know?”

― Anna Kournikova

“I grew up a little girl in the Soviet Union playing at a small sports club. Tennis gave me my life.”

― Anna Kournikova

“I grew up in Cleveland, so my heart got attached at a young age to the freight train of sadness that is Cleveland sports.”

― Anthony Doerr

“I really love sports.”

― Anthony Gonzalez

“I’m a team player. I’ve, you know, played team sports my whole life, at least as a kid. And I believe that you have to subordinate yourself to the greater good of the team.”

― Anthony Scaramucci

“I grew up on the East Coast, and we always used to say, ‘Go get your hustle on,’ whether it was playing sports or making money. You do what you have to do to do what you want to do.”

― Antoine Fuqua

“The NFL is the only sport where you can be on a team five years, and your contract’s not guaranteed. You can go through the whole process of training camp, and then as soon as it’s the season, it’s a week-to-week job, and they can cut you at any moment, or you can get hurt at any moment. It’s not like that in other sports.”

― Antonio Brown

“I was born in a poor family, a lower middle class family. My father was a clerk in the forest department. I was very bad at studies. I was not very good at sports, also.”

― Anupam Kher

“I was neither good in sports nor at studies, but I always wanted to stand out and be noticed.”

― Anupam Kher

“It is not up to me whether I win or lose. Ultimately, this might not be my day. And it is that philosophy towards sports, something that I really truly live by. I am emotional. I want to win. I am hungry. I am a competitor. I have that fire. But deep down, I truly enjoy the art of competing so much more than the result.”

― Apolo Ohno

“Whether it was with drag or with sports or in school or whatever I was interested in, my parents were always supportive of me.”

― Aquaria

“I was the girl who got out of my athletic requirement by managing the boys’ sports teams. Which is pretty ingenious, because when I was a sophomore, I got a prom date out of it. That was really strong planning on my part.”

― Ari Graynor

“I think it is easier for thinner people to build on a frame once you get lean muscle. I get bored lifting weights at the gym, and it isn’t enough as your body becomes stiff. So I train in different ways such as core training, cardio with weights, playing sports such as tennis, cycling, swimming and running 10 km once a week.”

― Arjun Rampal

“Americans’ addiction to sports, with the NFL at the top, is based on the excitement generated by the potential for the unexpected great play which can only happen with honest competition from great athletes.”

― Arlen Specter

“Sports nurtures dreams of achieving self confidence and masculine striving for the skinny kid watching a boxer dance around the ring with sublime ease.”

― Armstrong Williams

“What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.”

― Arnold Palmer

“There is a syndrome in sports called ‘paralysis by analysis.’”

― Arthur Ashe

“My commitment to Atlanta and passion for sports and competition make this acquisition a perfect fit for me.”

― Arthur Blank

“You know you have a gambling problem when it’s 4 A.M. at the Mirage Sports Book and you’re walking around going, ‘Hey you get the lacrosse scores?’”

― Artie Lange

“’Course the world of sports takes itself way too serious. Sports writers are all high and mighty.”

― Artie Lange

“Alexander Wang is a young designer, and his style is so profound. He took sports and street and kind of combined it into upscale high fashion. He made a white T-shirt a luxury.”

― ASAP Ferg

“I always felt second best. I was never the prettiest, never the skinniest, never the fastest in my sports. Never the smartest, because I have dyslexia. Then, all of a sudden, people were like, ‘You’re gorgeous.’ And I was like, ‘What?’”

― Ashley Graham

“’Sports Illustrated’ decided to have curvy women not only in their magazine but on the cover of their magazine. Now, that means size diversity is here, and it’s real, and it’s not a trend.”

― Ashley Graham

“I wasn’t put on the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated’ as a plus-size model; I was put on the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated’ as a model, as a rookie, as Ashley Graham.”

― Ashley Graham

“Baseball fans! Good lord! I feel like sports fans get mad at you easier than country music fans. It scares me. I’m glad that country fans don’t get mad every time I mess up.”

― Ashley Monroe

“I spent my whole childhood in leotards, tutus, sports bras; I was showing my midriff from the age of three.”

― Ashley Roberts

“My sister is totally my dad’s daughter because she loves sports.”

― Ashley Tisdale

“Skating is one of those sports you unfortunately see people get stuck in.”

― Ashley Wagner

“I want to stay involved in sports in one way or another.”

― Ashley Wagner

“I love hockey. That’s actually one of my favorite sports.”

― Ashley Wagner

“My mom devised a plan to get me out of the house and gave me the choice between ballet or skating. She knew both of those sports were time-consuming and would keep me busy with hours of practice.”

― Ashley Wagner

“I remember growing up, having sports to go to, having recess, those were the things I looked forward to. Yes, I’m an athlete, but I had buddies who weren’t, and they looked forward to it, too.”

― Ashton Eaton

“If somebody wants me to do something I’ve never done, I can do it more easily because of all of the years of sports I’ve played.”

― Ashton Eaton

“I was skinny and black and didn’t play sports. And I was bullied.”

― Ashton Sanders

“I definitely wasn’t the kid playing sports. I was super different.”

― Ashton Sanders

“Anything that’s outside the standard of the average black male is looked down upon. For me, I wasn’t raised playing sports. I was artistic, so that was looked down upon by people in my church, and I was teased for that growing up in school, so it goes both ways.”

― Ashton Sanders

“I wasn’t like the rest of the kids. I was an artist. Living in a black society, when you’re raised around a bunch of boys who plays sports and chase girls, there’s this perception of masculinity that’s super hard to fit into. I wasn’t the stereotype of that like a lot of my peers were.”

― Ashton Sanders

“The Tour de France would make a great movie. Drugs, corruption, political chicanery, guys risking their lives – everything you need for a great sports drama.”

― Asif Kapadia

“I wanted to make a film that wouldn’t just appeal to Formula One fans. That’s what the great sports documentaries do – ‘Hoop Dreams,’ ‘When We Were Kings’ – they’re human dramas first, sport second, if at all.”

― Asif Kapadia

“I was a sports fan long before I had any interest in film-making.”

― Asif Kapadia

“Sport must be amateur or it is not sport. Sports played professionally are entertainment.”

― Avery Brundage

“The Olympic Games must not be an end in itself, they must be a means of creating a vast programme of physical education and sports competitions for all young people.”

― Avery Brundage

“The only introduction to sports that I had before meeting my husband was Buffalo Bills football and Doug Flutely Flakes. My dad grew up in Buffalo and has been a Bills fan all his life.”

― Ayesha Curry

“When I was 11, I went to a sports school about an hour from home and stayed there during the week, only going home at weekends. That was hard, but it prepared me before I left for Bilbao; it made me stronger.”

― Aymeric Laporte

“Colleges produce more sports therapists than engineers. Perhaps because America is a sporty country: a lot of outdoors.”

― Azim Premji

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”

― Babe Ruth

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

― Babe Ruth

“Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.”

― Babe Ruth

“I had grand visions of being in professional sports. But when reality set in, I went, ‘Oh, OK. I’ll just move to Hollywood and be an actor.’ I didn’t want to look back on my life and wonder, ‘What if I had done this? Or I had done that?’”

― Bailey Chase

“Cleveland, as a whole, is a great sports town. People love the Browns here.”

― Baker Mayfield

“Not many countries establish a prize for peace. The Seoul Peace Prize has its roots in the 1988 Summer Olympics when this country opened its doors to people and athletes from more than 160 countries. Korea did so in part because it believes in the power of sports for peace and development.”

― Ban Ki-moon

“These ‘Sports Illustrated’ people, they know how to hold a secret.”

― Bar Refaeli

“If I manage to leave my bedroom and get to the gym, that makes me feel good about myself! For me, the most difficult part is getting out of bed, but once I’m out, I really enjoy playing sports.”

― Barbara Palvin

“I do Pilates. And that’s best for me… because I can’t really do any other sports any more because of my muscles.”

― Barbara Palvin

“The sports page records people’s accomplishments, the front page usually records nothing, but man’s failures.”

― Barbara Walters

“Football and boxing helped me immensely. Those sports helped me become dangerous.”

― Baron Corbin

“For me, growing up, I’d always been a part of team sports, except for when I was boxing.”

― Baron Corbin

“I hope I inspire younger ones. Whatever you’re into – sports, whatever – just go and do something.”

― Barry Keoghan

“I thought I was going to be a footballer or a boxer or something like that – I was into sports.”

― Barry Keoghan

“The stance I took was there is no room for racial bias anywhere in sports. I believe that was basically all I said about it. Certainly I was cast as an abolitionist. Death threats came. Hate mail came.”

― Barry Larkin

“Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.”

― Barry Switzer

“One player’s influence in football is not as big as in other sports: it’s 11 players vs. 11 players.”

― Bastian Schweinsteiger

“I hated having my hair down because it got into my face when I was playing sports. My mom would always put my hair down and make it all pretty, and by the time I got to school, I would have it up in a ponytail.”

― Bayley

“And then I got into sports and gave my guitar to my brother Jeff who was just a little kid at that time.”

― Beau Bridges

“When I’m thinking of sports, when I’m thinking of a boy growing up and being a man, I’m thinking of three things – honor, integrity, and toughness.”

― Ben Askren

“When someone decides to come into the UFC, and they don’t have a combat sports background, you’re kind of thinking, ‘Does he really understand what he’s getting into?’”

― Ben Askren

“Don’t let anyone turn you into a slave. You’re a slave if you let the media tell you that sports and entertainment are more important than developing your brain.”

― Ben Carson

“I’m a Hollywood writer, so I put on my sports jacket and take off my brain.”

― Ben Hecht

“Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.”

― Ben Hogan

“Relax? How can anybody relax and play golf? You have to grip the club, don’t you?”

― Ben Hogan

“The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight.”

― Ben Hogan

“I hit my knees and I went to him with that and I said God I want to do what you want. I don’t want sports to be an idol in my life.”

― Ben Zobrist

“I think having a vision can make someone an influential man. I’m not talking about acting or anything like that, I’m talking about people I admire, whether it’s a writer or a musician or a sports figure or a politician, whatever.”

― Benicio Del Toro

“The first car I ever owned was an Italian sports car, a convertible, and I’ve kind of owned everything under the sun since then.”

― Benjamin Bratt

“I clearly remember my father cutting our jumpers and our sports clothes with scissors – because he didn’t want us to wear jogging bottoms and hoodies. He thought that would somehow set the police on us.”

― Benjamin Clementine

“I think all good sports movies aren’t really about sports.”

― Bennett Miller

“I’m so unhappy with electoral politics that I switched to sports radio.”

― Bernadine Dohrn

“Books had instant replay long before televised sports.”

― Bernard Williams

“That’s the difference between golf and many other sports. You go to some other sporting events, they just leave you or give you the cold shoulder and move on.”

― Bernhard Langer

“I’ve always been a reserved cat. When I play sports, there’s people used to get mad at me because I didn’t hang out and things like that. I’ve never been that kind of person. Nothing has changed in that regard. I’ve never been posse, and all that. I’m a quiet storm.”

― Bernie Mac

“I hate to let people down. I was like that in sports and I was like that in comedy. I was like that at work. When I worked General Motors and stuff like that, when I say something, I mean it.”

― Bernie Mac

“Not only do the majority of senior women executives have sports in their background, they recognize that the behaviors and techniques learned through sports are critical to motivating teams and improving performance in a corporate environment.”

― Beth Brooke

“There’s no doubt about it that my participation in sports allowed me to compete in the business world in a very gender-neutral way.”

― Beth Brooke

“Growing up in Minnesota, I had a lot of freedom to run around, and we had go-carts and four-wheelers and all that stuff. I like that adrenalin-rush stuff. I did a little bit of dance, but mostly sports.”

― Beth Riesgraf

“My background is in dance. No, I’m kidding. I was actually really uncoordinated as a child, when it came to dance, but I did play a lot of sports, and I do some break-dancing from time-to-time. No, I really don’t.”

― Beth Riesgraf

“When we had segregated schools and when we had a time when, you know, girls weren’t allowed to have the same kind of sports teams – I mean, there have been important inflection points for the federal government to get involved in some of the areas around protecting students and ensuring safe environments for them – there is a role to play.”

― Betsy DeVos

“Philosophically, I don’t believe in public funding for private sports.”

― Betsy Hodges

“I’m a sports lover. Not just cricket – I play badminton and football, too. When I get some time off, I prefer to play sports rather than working out.”

― Bhuvneshwar Kumar

“What the canons of beauty transmit is an idea of taking care of yourself. Eating well, living healthily, doing sports. It’s a way to highlight the natural beauty in each of us. The natural body that all of us are born with.”

― Bianca Balti

“Going back about 10 years ago, the only thing a black kid could do to get out of the ghetto was being a sports star. Now we can add music to that, which is a good achievement in itself.”

― Big Narstie

“Natural hydration is a key factor in any type of sports performance.”

― Bikram Choudhury

“I guarantee you, yoga will compete with computers, music, sports, automobiles, the drug industry. Yoga will take over the world!”

― Bikram Choudhury

“Sports is a metaphor for overcoming obstacles and achieving against great odds. Athletes, in times of difficulty, can be important role models.”

― Bill Bradley

“Eventually you won’t think of ‘the Internet business.’ You’ll think of it more like news, weather, sports, but even that taxonomy isn’t clear.”

― Bill Gates

“I come from a very athletic family. But I didn’t have the typical Jewish sports heroes. I mean, like lots of Jewish kids I admired Sandy Koufax. But I didn’t look up to him as the one person who gave me the desire to push on and succeed. My brothers did that for me.”

― Bill Goldberg

“In Tulsa, it was sports or nothing.”

― Bill Hader

“I like to feel that I understand little things about sports.”

― Bill James

“I would never encourage my children to be athletes – first because my children are not athletes and second because there are so many people pushing to get to the top in sports that 100 people are crushed for each one who breaks through. This is unfortunate.”

― Bill James

“When cerebral processes enter into sports, you start screwing up. It’s like the Constitution, which says separate church and state. You have to separate mind and body.”

― Bill Lee

“I got to direct a human interest sports drama – to this day, one of my proudest achievements in my career and a source of undying pride.”

― Bill Paxton

“I was the kid who would join a sports team and be the biggest liability at first and a star player by the time the game got going. I just move very slowly.”

― Bill Pullman

“What’s more important than who’s going to be the first black manager is who’s going to be the first black sports editor of the New York Times.”

― Bill Russell

“You always hear that tragedies put sports in perspective, that they prove we shouldn’t care this much about the successes and failures of a bunch of wealthy strangers. I’m going the other way – sometimes, sports put everything else in perspective.”

― Bill Simmons

“I always wanted to create a site that was sports and pop culture. ’30 for 30′ had a big impact because I loved how that was about finding, empowering and working with these incredible directors, and I thought the same thing could work for writers.”

― Bill Simmons

“My family knew, but most of the sporting world did not realize that my right hand been some 75% paralyzed.”

― Bill Toomey

“Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can’t get you off.”

― Bill Veeck

“There are only two seasons – winter and Baseball.”

― Bill Veeck

“Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.”

― Billie Jean King

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”

― Billie Jean King

“Sports are a microcosm of society.”

― Billie Jean King

“I wanted to use sports for social change.”

― Billie Jean King

“There is no life for girls in team sports past Little League. I got into tennis when I realized this, and because I thought golf would be too slow for me, and I was too scared to swim.”

― Billie Jean King

“Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.”

― Billie Jean King

“When they take surveys of women in business, of the Fortune 500, the successful women, 80% of them, say they were in sports as a young woman.”

― Billie Jean King

“Women’s sports is still in its infancy. The beginning of women’s sports in the United States started in 1972, with the passage of Title 9 for girls to finally get athletic scholarships.”

― Billie Jean King

“In the seventies we had to make it acceptable for people to accept girls and women as athletes. We had to make it okay for them to be active. Those were much scarier times for females in sports.”

― Billie Jean King

“The things that people do now in sports, you can’t even believe. These are complete total athletes. To see what human beings can do in the highest level is amazing.”

― Billie Joe Armstrong

“I’m sort of like a lame, single guy in a red sports car.”

― Billy Corgan

“What passes for sports coverage is terribly sycophantic.”

― Billy Crystal

“The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.”

― Billy Graham

“I was always into sports and a lot of physical activities. My dad was a kickboxer and a body builder. My mom was an aerobics teacher.”

― Billy Magnussen

“I ran the high school newspaper and was in student government. I played sports my whole life but was never picked as captain.”

― Bing Gordon

“I want to do a movie on sports – like a movie on a racer or a marathon runner – as I feel I’ll fit that bill perfectly.”

― Bipasha Basu

“Thus so wretched is man that he would weary even without any cause for weariness… and so frivolous is he that, though full of a thousand reasons for weariness, the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient enough to amuse him.”

― Blaise Pascal

“I think the worst thing that’s happened to sports is ‘sources say.’”

― Blake Griffin

“Partnering with EA Sports and being on the cover of ‘NCAA 10 is’ very exciting. And to be on the list of guys who have been on the cover before me is exciting.”

― Blake Griffin

“That’s the good thing about sports – it’s very clear-cut. You either win, or you don’t.”

― Blake Griffin

“Don’t sell yourself short because without that you can’t go far in life because after sports the only thing you know is sports and you can’t do anything else with that.”

― Bo Jackson

“I think track is still one of the most exciting participant sports, but we haven’t been able to capitalize on that excitement through television and the print media.”

― Bob Beamon

“Sometimes when you’ve reached a peak experience, you look for other peak experiences… I’d always been interested in art. I was looking for other experiences outside of sports. Art was a form of expression I had always liked a great deal.”

― Bob Beamon

“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.”

― Bob Feller

“Baseball is only a game, a game of inches and a lot of luck. During a time of all-out war, sports are very insignificant.”

― Bob Feller

“Some of us have been told what we want our whole lives. We’ve been told we should want to go out for sports or not. We should want a college education or a graduate degree or a particular career. We should want to date this person and not the other.”

― Bob Goff

“I’m thrilled, I’m grateful, I’m blessed. I played for the world’s greatest professional sports team in history. Once a Dallas Cowboy, always a Dallas Cowboy.”

― Bob Hayes

“If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.”

― Bob Hope

“Even though I started off being interested in news, and I spent 13 years of my career working in television sports, I always was passionate about television and movies.”

― Bob Iger

“The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen.”

― Bob Lemon

“My band is so dedicated, everybody works very hard. The No. 1 priority is the show, and it’s pretty cool because we all pull together, and it’s fun. It’s like being on a sports team or something.”

― Bob Seger

“The bell that tolls for all in boxing belongs to a cash register.”

― Bob Verdi

“What’s unfortunate about buying a pitcher for $12 million is that he carries no warranty.”

― Bob Verdi

“I’m a chilled-out guy, and I really like sports and to play badminton and squash.”

― Bobby Deol

“I hate ready-made suits, button-down collars, and sports shirts.”

― Bobby Fischer

“When somebody asks about the greatest players in history, I start with Bill Russell. More than the best player is the MVP, and the MVP in the history of team sports is Bill Russell.”

― Bobby Knight

“You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.”

― Bobby Knight

“When we created Overwatch at Blizzard, it was always with the expectation that we would be able to celebrate and recognize our players in a way that would be consistent with traditional sports.”

― Bobby Kotick

“Professional gaming competitions are creating celebrities who are recognized and revered as athletes were in prior generations. Spectator gaming is becoming as popular as mainstream sports.”

― Bobby Kotick

“My dad demanded results. I wasn’t expected just to be a student, I was supposed to get straight A’s. My dad didn’t want me just to play sports, he pushed me to win state championships in high school and national championships.”

― Bobby Lashley

“If you play college sports, it’s not like you have to – the next step in your career is another sport. You don’t have to go into another sport. If you play college sports, you obviously graduated with a degree.”

― Bobby Lashley

“Minor sports in the community is fun and recreation for everyone, not just the elite. I think back to my days in minor hockey and those are my fondest memories, having fun.”

― Bobby Orr

“Growing up, if I hadn’t had sports, I don’t know where I’d be. God only knows what street corners I’d have been standing on and God only knows what I’d have been doing, but instead I played hockey and went to school and stayed out of trouble.”

― Bobby Orr

“We’re going to have more kids playing, and we’re going to have a better chance of finding those players Minor sports in a community is for fun and recreation. For everyone.”

― Bobby Orr

“The one thing I’ve learned in sports entertainment is that nothing is for certain, and you never say never.”

― Bobby Roode

“The WWE is the be-all and end-all of sports entertainment. They just do things right.”

― Bobby Roode

“I was in TNA for over a dozen years. I had a great run there – I had a great career – but obviously, WWE has always been the be-all, end-all of sports entertainment. Until you get there and experience it on a personal level, you just don’t know.”

― Bobby Roode

“I was a huge fan of Rick Rude and Arn Anderson. There’s many guys, many performers in the past who turned me into the sports entertainer I am today.”

― Bobby Roode

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”

― Bobby Unser

“I don’t put anything in front of taking ski racing and sports seriously.”

― Bode Miller

“I was a huge athlete as a kid. I was on every sports team.”

― Bonnie Bassler

“I’ve done a lot of training in martial arts. I started out in warring tempo, I did sports jujitsu, and I’ve also practiced extreme martial arts.”

― Booboo Stewart

“I watch all sports in some shape or form. When you grow up in a small town, sports becomes a form of you.”

― Booger McFarland

“In professional wrestling, I’m sure in combat sports, there’s always gonna be testosterone.”

― Booker T

“Over the years, I’ve enjoyed working for WFAN and MSG – two sports giants in the industry. There couldn’t be a better fit due to the long-standing history both entities have had with NY sports.”

― Boomer Esiason

“Athletics are not my wheelhouse because sports were mean to this uncoordinated kid growing up, a 6-foot-2 14-year-old who never could do a layup.”

― Brad Garrett

“Sports were never my thing.”

― Brad Garrett

“I liked sports but I never really had the confidence. I was always coordinated and it came easy to me, but I didn’t have the confidence to go along with the physical skill.”

― Bradley Cooper

“I grew up very much in a sporting background. I always wanted to be an actor, but my escapism always came in sports.”

― Bradley James

“I like watching baseball on TV. I love watching all the sports.”

― Bradley Steven Perry

“Ethnic prejudice has no place in sports, and baseball must recognize that truth if it is to maintain stature as a national game.”

― Branch Rickey

“I have a 16 year-old son, so I’m now a soccer mom. I stand on the sidelines and I hear the things parents are saying, so I want them to understand what it is their kids are feeling in any sports environment.”

― Brandi Chastain

“You’ll be dedicated and that’s what you should want to be in anything in life – whether it’s sports or academics or your relationship. It all stems from finding that fun, that thrill, that excitement.”

― Brandi Chastain

“Julie, Mia and I just met for a couple days, doing some work but really under the guise of having fun. We do events like the Women’s Sports Foundation Dinner, where we get to not only do a good thing for the community but we get to hang out with one another again.”

― Brandi Chastain

“Great performers – in sports, the arts, business, or whatever field – have undertaken massive amounts of training. And when that training is complete… they train some more, and harder than they expect to perform. Why? Training builds confidence and ensures peak performance.”

― Brandon Webb

“I always had two or three jobs at the same time. I started doing yard work when I was 7 or 8. When I was 13, I got my first state job doing road construction. Between working, sports and school, I hardly ever had free time.”

― Breaux Greer

“Everyone I know who is successful has issues with their father, regardless of whether it was sports or business or entertainment.”

― Bret Easton Ellis

“I am very proud to align myself with Miken – a brand known as an innovator and leader in the development of high performance sports equipment.”

― Brett Hull

“My dad went to law school at night while working full-time. He has an unparalleled work ethic and has passed down to me his passion for playing and watching sports. I love him dearly.”

― Brett Kavanaugh

“Fortunately, I have always played a lot of sports, so I keep my lungs in good shape. That translates to singing as well.”

― Bria Skonberg

“For me, it is about creating a career – I’m very interested in the sports side and want to continue to do more stuff in that. But ultimately, what I consider myself to be is an actor, and the more variety I can play will continue to round me out.”

― Brian Baumgartner

“I like sports. I’m a big football fan. When I was a kid, I was a… I don’t even know how to describe it… I was an obsessed Brooklyn Dodgers fan. And I think when they left Brooklyn, which was simultaneous with me starting college, everything changed, and I haven’t had the same passion for sports.”

― Brian Dennehy

“I went to Dartmouth College, graduated, and had the opportunity to play two professional sports – I played for the New England Patriots in the NFL and professional lacrosse for the Boston Blazers. I had an injury, so I had to stop so I could heal. But when I was playing football, I wasn’t making a lot of money; I wasn’t a superstar.”

― Brian J. White

“My belief is that sports in school is not an extracurricular activity.”

― Brian Kilmeade

“You can’t just buy the sports section of ‘The New York Times.’ You take the whole paper.”

― Brian L. Roberts

“I bought my wife Leighanne a silver BMW Z8 sports car one Christmas and tied it up with a big red bow in the driveway of our house.”

― Brian Littrell

“I enjoyed being involved in team sports and making close friendships.”

― Brian McBride

“I am just a guy that watches sports all day.”

― Brian McKnight

“I am just like all the jerks and idiots you know. I am just a guy that watches sports all day.”

― Brian McKnight

“Team sports are very important for shaping personalities. It’s important that kids understand the mentality behind playing team sports and playing for one another and playing with friends.”

― Brian O’Driscoll

“I had come across a few sports psychologists, and I had no time for nearly all of them. I just don’t think they work in a team environment.”

― Brian O’Driscoll

“I’ve never bought a sports car.”

― Brian O’Driscoll

“I’m not a sports fan, but I remember watching highlights with post-rock guitar instrumental music over these slow-motion shots of football players. It’s triumphant, and it’s emotional, and that’s what sports are for.”

― Brian Reitzell

“I love the benefits I get from drinking Obrigado. It’s naturally high in potassium and low in sodium and calories, so it’s a great alternative to sports drinks.”

― Brooke Sweat

“The ‘Sports Illustrated’ cover was the last thing I shot. That week, I told my agent, ‘You know what, I really… I don’t want to be a model anymore. I really want to do movies.’ And I think he wanted to wring my neck at the moment.”

― Brooklyn Decker

“Sports betting is all about money management, so the most money won on one event is not the most important thing.”

― Bruce Dern

“Every country wants to protect its athletes because it’s ultimately Germany vs. Spain, America vs. China; sports are an extension of the government because of national pride.”

― Bryan Fogel

“Clean sports becomes an ethical question, but I believe in it.”

― Bryan Fogel

“If the Russians masterminded fraud for 40 years at the highest state level in sports, operating behind the scenes to corrupt sports, what else are they capable of?”

― Bryan Fogel

“As I get older, I find myself way more into sports. I’m in a basketball league. You maybe know some of the people in it. They’re real people, not fake ones like me.”

― Bryan Greenberg

“I have been a sports fan my whole life. To be able to talk about sports in an intelligent, journalistic fashion and to do things of a serious nature is a dream job.”

― Bryant Gumbel

“We are essentially in the business of telling stories. We would like to think that most of our stories are basically human stories with sports as a backdrop.”

― Bryant Gumbel

“I’ve grown up in a small town, and I played a lot of sports, so it was always between music and sports. People would ask me, ‘What would you choose?’ And I was always like, ‘I don’t know.’”

― Brynn Cartelli

“The day after high school, I was off to basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Station. You gotta understand, we didn’t care about sports. We wanted to win the war. We wanted to win the war! And at the time, we didn’t know if we would.”

― Bud Grant

“I never use the word ‘hero’ in sports. Hero is way above ‘star.’ I save ‘star’ for sports. Sports is entertainment; that’s all it is.”

― Bud Grant

“First of all the name, and the color purple, I think those two things distinguish the Vikings as much as anything. You go anywhere in the country and say ‘Vikings,’ they know exactly where you are. You say ‘Cardinals,’ well, Cardinals who? There are a dozen Cardinals teams in the country in professional and amateur sports.”

― Bud Grant

“I happened to be in a position in Superior where I could play three sports, and when I came to Minnesota, I had the understanding they would allow me to play three sports. Kids now don’t have the same amount of time. You have coaches that think baseball is 10 months a year. Hockey is 11 or 12 months a year.”

― Bud Grant

“I really think more fledgling novelists – and many current and even established novelists – should get out into the real world and cover local politics, sports, culture, and crime and write it up on deadline.”

― C. J. Box

“I’m not really too big of a sports fan. Everything I watch is MMA, you know, great fights. But other sports, not really too much.”

― Cain Velasquez

“I didn’t have a hero playing in sports that looked like me.”

― Cain Velasquez

“I didn’t see anybody in the media or on TV that played sports that looked like me. I didn’t have those things growing up. Now that I’m in that position, I’m happy to be that person if I can.”

― Cain Velasquez

“Life wasn’t easy growing up; it was frustrating. If I had been a better reader, then that would have come easily, sports would have come easily, everything would have come easily, and I never would have realized that the way you get ahead in life is hard work.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“If I wasn’t dyslexic, I probably wouldn’t have won the Games. If I had been a better reader, then that would have come easily, sports would have come easily… and I never would have realized that the way you get ahead in life is hard work.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“I got into sports because that was a way to prove your masculinity. I was good at it.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“Sports saved my life.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“My greatest gift in life was being dyslexic. It made me special. It made me different. If I had not been dyslexic, I wouldn’t have needed sports.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“If I had not been dyslexic, I wouldn’t have needed sports. I would have been like every other kid. Instead, I found my one thing, and I was never going to let go of it. That little dyslexic kid is always in the back of your head.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“The difference between the more traditional sports clubs and Congress is that Congress doesn’t really compete against another team.”

― Cal Thomas

“I tried to get a baseball movie made a couple of years ago and I don’t think it didn’t happen because I was a woman, but because sports movie don’t sell internationally.”

― Callie Khouri

“We’re not doing outrageous fashion; I make sports clothes that are relatively conservative, clothes that everyone wears.”

― Calvin Klein

“I grew up playing sports, football, basketball, baseball, everything, and acting was such a different environment and different world for me.”

― Cam Gigandet

“I want to explore the world properly, to be able to write about and take pictures of all kinds of different cultures. Just be an explorer or adventurer. I also love extreme sports.”

― Cara Delevingne

“’Madden’ is all about speed, and the Falcons have it on both sides of the ball. I love playing sports games. I played my PlayStation so much, I pretty much wore it out.”

― Carl Crawford

“The best kids are going to become the best. But the best thing about it is that you’re going to learn lessons in playing those sports about winning and losing and teamwork and teammates and arguments and everything else that are going to affect you positively for the rest of your life.”

― Carl Lewis

“Life is about timing.”

― Carl Lewis

“Amateurism is the strongest form of discrimination in sports. Because it discriminates against the underprivileged, it discriminates against the poor. If we want sports to go back to the wealthy, let’s make it amateur again.”

― Carl Lewis

“I always separated sports and my personal life.”

― Carl Lewis

“When a sports movie really works, it gets you on all levels, because the stakes are high. It’s black and white. It’s win or lose.”

― Carla Gugino

“In men’s sports, people criticize coaches and managers all the time, call out teammates, too, and it’s not that huge of a deal. Often, the guy speaking out is even lauded for having the courage to tell the truth. When it happens in women’s sports, though, it always seems to be viewed as a nasty, claws-out cat fight.”

― Carli Lloyd

“Our philosophy is you need to give nonprofit money for health, nutrition, education, culture, and sports.”

― Carlos Slim

“Denver is home to me, and to be recognized for my achievements in the sports community here is a great honor.”

― Carmelo Anthony

“I just never had time to follow sports. When you’re working as often as I was, eight shows a week, you just don’t have time to develop interests outside of the theatre.”

― Carol Channing

“A female professional athlete has to have the whole package, as opposed to a guy who can just be good at sport. You have to have a job or go to uni or do three sports instead of one, you have to be a standout.”

― Caroline Buchanan

“I play a lot of sports. I played football for 12 years, I like tennis, I surf, I snowboard, and I ski. I always like to do an activity.”

― Caroline Winberg

“It’s always been such a big part of my life to be fit and healthy and be outside and run and play sports. It gives me energy. Sometimes, I have these days where I don’t do anything because I have the days off, and I just need to relax, and I actually get more tired.”

― Caroline Wozniacki

“I wrote poetry off and on in high school, when I could manage to get out of gym classes and sports – using my allergies as an excuse – and climb the hill behind school till I found a nice place to settle down with a notebook and look at Spokane spread out below.”

― Carolyn Kizer

“I never thought I’d make the pages of ‘Sports Illustrated’, because I’ve always been skinny.”

― Carolyn Murphy

“I’m girlie in the sense that I like makeup, but I also love sports and man food.”

― Carrie Underwood

“In 1964, when Lee Iacocca said, ‘Shelby, I want you to make a sports car out of the Mustang,’ the first thing I said was, ‘Lee, you can’t make a race horse out of a mule. I don’t want to do it.’ He said, ‘I didn’t ask you to make it; you work for me.’”

― Carroll Shelby

“I love to shop, especially in retro stores. I have about a million pairs of old-school sports shoes like Adidas, so that’s probably my biggest vice.”

― Carrot Top

“I was really short in high school. I was stuck on the bench in the baseball team, so I just thought I’d try out theater, and that was the last time I did sports.”

― Casey Affleck

“Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.”

― Casey Stengel

“The team has come along slow but fast.”

― Casey Stengel

“Most ball games are lost, not won.”

― Casey Stengel

“The NBA has been extraordinary in its use and embrace of social media; they are by far the leader in professional sports.”

― Casey Wasserman

“I operated a professional football team in L.A. By no means was it the NFL, but I understand what it takes on some level to build and operate a professional sports enterprise in Los Angeles.”

― Casey Wasserman

“My goal was to build a meaningful sports business that operates at the highest levels in the areas of business that we compete in. I have an intense desire to be successful, and I’m extremely competitive.”

― Casey Wasserman

“I had the freedom to choose my career. I had the opportunity to choose a career in sports. It’s what I’m most passionate about. It’s what I love.”

― Casey Wasserman

“I love the entertainment business. I have a lot of friends in it, but it wasn’t my passion. The sports business is what I am passionate about. I also wanted to define myself through something that wasn’t linked to my grandfather.”

― Casey Wasserman

“This is one of the last unique things to do in the business of sports, to return the National Football League to the city of Los Angeles. I happen to love the city of Los Angeles; I happen to love the NFL – and to somehow be a part of that, a helper in that process, is something I’ve always been interested in.”

― Casey Wasserman

“I also watched a lot of football and sports. I haven’t had much time to watch too much TV lately.”

― Casper Van Dien

“I think sports are meant to unite people.”

― Caster Semenya

“To me, I can be famous in sports. But to me, I cannot say it means a lot to be famous. Being famous is something I don’t like.”

― Caster Semenya

“I first got online in the late ’80s when I was an eccentric teenager in suburban New Jersey, in a town mostly interested in sports, popularity, and clothes. I was a reader, into Jorge Luis Borges, and I found, connected to, and delighted in a group of Borges scholars from Aarhus, Denmark, that I met online.”

― Caterina Fake

“I was an eccentric teenager in suburban New Jersey, in a town mostly interested in sports, popularity, and clothes. A fan of Jorge Luis Borges, I found a group of Borges scholars from Aarhus, Denmark – perfect strangers – whom I connected to online and immediately became enthralled by the idea of virtual communities.”

― Caterina Fake

“I like all the adventure sports but I like to do them in a safe way.”

― Catherine Bell

“We were sent outside to our backyard to play sports together all the time – no boy and girl differentiation, just two teams playing.”

― Cathy Engelbert

“From my early days of playing 2:2 in basketball against my three older brothers to my years playing Division 1 college basketball and lacrosse, sports have played a big role in my leadership development.”

― Cathy Engelbert

“I was lucky enough to watch my son hit a grand slam at sports camp, and that was great. Yes, I may miss some things, but honestly, I think I get to see more than a dad who works a daily 9 to 5.”

― CC Sabathia

“I’m a huge Bulls fan. I like an emotional backstory while watching sports. In my mind, all the players on the Bulls are really nice, decent guys. Especially that Derrick Rose.”

― Cecily Strong

“I was always a very athletic kid, and I always played as many sports as possible and always tried to do new things.”

― Cesaro

“Rugby and wrestling are sports for real athletes.”

― Cesaro

“In fact, there’s a lot to legitimately hate about pro sports and the way they are conducted.”

― Chad Harbach

“I was a ballplayer, but only for a limited time. I grew up playing in Wisconsin. It’s a very sports-centric part of the country that I grew up in and I played a lot of sports, but baseball first and foremost. I played through high school. I was a middle-infielder.”

― Chad Harbach

“YouTube and other sites will bring together all the diverse media which matters to you, from videos of family and friends to news, music, sports, cooking and much, much more.”

― Chad Hurley

“The reason swimming is one of the hardest sports is because you have to be in the pool by yourself every day, making that sacrifice. There’s no time to do anything else.”

― Chad le Clos

“I was always very different from the other kids. I have an I.Q. of 156. I didn’t play sports. I thought big. I thought I could achieve great things. I don’t want to sound megalomaniac, but my whole life is about doing something for the world, from as far back as I can remember.”

― Chade-Meng Tan

“I’m the kind of guy who comes home and checks scores for everything. I’m a sports fan in general, so I pretty much keep up with who’s ahead in a division and everything that’s going on.”

― Chadwick Boseman

“Sports are something that, for the most part, are for kids, and if you’re able to extend your career, you’re very lucky.”

― Chael Sonnen

“Of course there is school and sports, but I also like X-Box 360. ‘Black Ops 3’ is one of my favorites. I also like to play the guitar and piano.”

― Chandler Canterbury

“My parents couldn’t handle my energy so they enrolled me in every sport the school was offering. I didn’t resent it because I loved sports and picked them up easily.”

― Channing Tatum

“I’ve aways been good at picking up certain things, like sports and dancing.”

― Channing Tatum

“In various fields, such as science, technology, sports, business and the arts, immigrants enrich our culture every single day.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“I think sports has done a disservice for a lot of black kids thinking they can only be successful through athletics and entertainment. I want them to know they can be doctors, lawyers, teachers, fireman, police officers, etc.”

― Charles Barkley

“You know it’s going to hell when the best rapper out there is white and the best golfer is black.”

― Charles Barkley

“These are my new shoes. They’re good shoes. They won’t make you rich like me, they won’t make you rebound like me, they definitely won’t make you handsome like me. They’ll only make you have shoes like me. That’s it.”

― Charles Barkley

“If I weren’t earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.”

― Charles Barkley

“Access to sports is an important part of a well-rounded education, and it takes committed communities and companies like Dick’s to make a real difference in kids’ lives.”

― Charles Best

“Our partnership with Dick’s Sports Matter program aligns perfectly with our mission to address inequity in schools nationwide.”

― Charles Best

“Too often in this world, the things you root for – whether sports teams or spouses to recover from horrible diseases – don’t quite pan out.”

― Charles Bock

“Unlike other sports, which are largely determined by individual athletic ability or team strength, NASCAR requires its competitors to cooperate in order to win.”

― Charles Duhigg

“As most who have engaged in competitive sports know, there’s nothing to match the amplitude of emotion brought by losing.”

― Charles Krauthammer

“Auto designers usually have to think in terms of the standard categories: SUV, sports car, etc.”

― Charles Pelly

“I wasn’t the class nerd, but I was weird. I could tell long stories and be funny, but I couldn’t do sports. And I was always terrified of being held back.”

― Charles Ray

“There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them works.”

― Charley Lau

“I’m not into extreme sports or something. I just live a quiet life.”

― Charlie Kaufman

“If you offer athletes stipends, then you’re into pay-for-play, and that’s the ballgame. People should realize that, and they should realize that amateurism never has been a sustainable model for a sports-entertainment industry. It wasn’t in tennis. It wasn’t in the Olympics. And it’s not in big-time college sports.”

― Charlie Pierce

“I judge the jobs I’ve had in this business by the places they took me, and by that standard, there simply has been nothing to match ‘The National Sports Daily.’”

― Charlie Pierce

“The entire existence of the NFL – and of football at any level, for all of that – rests on whether or not the game can keep fooling itself, and its paying fan base, that it is somehow superior to boxing and to the rest of our modern blood sports.”

― Charlie Pierce

“I’ve always made weird sounds with my mouth. I’ve always been fascinated by the sound design, what you can do with your mouth. I was the kid dancing around in third grade on the basketball court. While everyone would be playing sports, I would be jumping around.”

― Charlie Puth

“Most people have a concentration in particular areas; it might be politics, it might be science, it might be business, it might be sports. I care about all of those, and that’s why I’ve chosen the formats I chose.”

― Charlie Rose

“Prejudice hasn’t changed to this day, not in golf. Maybe in other sports.”

― Charlie Sifford

“In high school, the drama program shifted to musicals, and that’s not a skill set I possess, so I let sports be my outlet, and I agreed to play football in college. I was invited to play at the University of Missouri, and I played there for a year, but when all of the talented people are plucked and put in one place, it’s scary; it’s tough.”

― Charlie Weber

“Competing in show jumping is a school of life. And it’s one of the few Olympic sports where men and women are equal.”

― Charlotte Casiraghi

“I think we’re actually the only sport that has a mix of men and women competing together. The majority of other sports are separated by gender.”

― Charlotte Dujardin

“I’ve played sports, and I’ve been a tomboy my whole life.”

― Charlotte Flair

“I’m really getting into acting and TV. ‘Sports Illustrated’ is a big, iconic brand I’d like to work for, too. But TV and acting is really funny and a bit more exciting than shooting all the time.”

― Charlotte McKinney

“It is surprising how many professional athletes, along with their families and friends, are gaga over movie and music stars, and the reverse is true with entertainers and sports stars.”

― Cheech Marin

“Loyalty and communication are always rewarded in sports.”

― Cheech Marin

“Hamdan Sports Complex is an amazing venue, and I think all the players will love it.”

― Chen Long

“You don’t hurt ’em if you don’t hit ’em.”

― Chesty Puller

“Radio is the art form of sports casting. If you’re any good, you can do a great job on radio.”

― Chick Hearn

“I grew up with six brothers, and I’m from Chicago, so princesses and Barbie dolls were not around the house. It was more like sports and comic books, so getting to work for Marvel is like my version of being able to be a princess.”

― Chloe Bennet

“Sports are my passion. They have been since I was a kid. So I think I’ll be involved in sports in some capacity no matter what I do.”

― Chris Borland

“I’ve been drawn to sports stories that have an emotional component to it. I’m happy to get a chance to tell a few.”

― Chris Connelly

“I wasn’t good in school. I didn’t do sports. I sat in the bedroom and listened to records. Because the Beatles did whatever they wanted to, I took that as a kid and said, ‘That’s what rock is.’”

― Chris Cornell

“I think team sports probably teach you more about giving – about being unselfish and being flexible.”

― Chris Evert

“Every child should have time for arts, music, sports, drama, robotics, school newspapers and the like, not to mention recess and play.”

― Chris Gabrieli

“I’ve never been big on sports coats and pants. I’m a suit guy. It makes it clear who’s in charge.”

― Chris Gardner

“While the liberal media elite depict the bowler as a chubby guy with a comb-over and polyester pants, the reality is that bowling is one of the most tech-heavy sports today. Robotic pinsetters and computerized scoring were just the beginning.”

― Chris Hardwick

“Bowling is all physics and energy distribution. It’s F = ma. So it is actually one of the most science-y sports, because it literally is just a ball and a surface and objects to knock down.”

― Chris Hardwick

“Comedy has sort of been my life-long obsession. I literally obsessed over comedy. I really didn’t play sports – for me it was just comedy, computers and chess club; those were my big things.”

― Chris Hardwick

“Actually, I always dreamed about getting a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle in Olympic swimming. I always thought that would be the epic award in sports to get.”

― Chris Klein

“All me and my brother knew was sports – music was never something I ever really thought of.”

― Chris Lane

“I grew up playing sports, and my dad was always really into that, very passionate about that, as was I, but even my passion for music far outweighs what it was for sports. That’s hard for me to believe. And it’s hard for me to believe that my parents’ passion for music far outweighs their passion for sports, but it does.”

― Chris Lane

“I used to sports gamble a lot and I was getting killed on that but then I found poker and really enjoyed it. But it was a hobby more than anything else. I played it every day but only on pretty small stakes.”

― Chris Moneymaker

“So many things in sports are out of your control, so I really don’t look too far ahead.”

― Chris Mullin

“As for my speed, I’m not the fastest, but just like in other sports, you learn to stay away from your weaknesses and make more use of your strengths: my shooting ability, court awareness, rebounding, and helping out defensively.”

― Chris Mullin

“I used to play lots of sports. I used to be a good tennis player. I used to be a decent golfer.”

― Chris Murphy

“I like a deep sports massage – a casual beating up. I try to get them whenever I can, usually more if I’m getting in shape for a role.”

― Chris Pine

“Black people dominate sports in the United States. 20% of the population and 90% of the final four.”

― Chris Rock

“I did a severe amount of plays in high school. I was in every single show that my drama club produced. Then in the summer I would do plays, and I was also playing sports. I was probably a hellish kid, come to think of it, for my parents’ schedule. But then I went to college in North Carolina.”

― Chris Wood

“’Sports Illustrated’ does extremely minimal retouching. Other publications, however… phew. They do a lot; I’ve watched myself be Photoshopped before. It. Is. The. Worst.”

― Chrissy Teigen

“When we do ‘Sports Illustrated,’ it starts the night before. You do a St. Tropez tan that night, then baby oil gel, then body color.”

― Chrissy Teigen

“Serena Williams is my sports idol.”

― Christen Press

“It’s important for girls to feel strong and powerful even when they’re playing sports.”

― Christen Press

“I think the American sports culture has the idea that professional athletes need so much, like flying private planes, which obviously we don’t, but that’s the American sports culture when they think of the NFL and the NBA.”

― Christen Press

“Anytime the premiere sports channel calls you and says they want to do a movie about you, you’re going to say, ‘Yes.’”

― Christian Laettner

“When I was a kid, I collected a lot of cards from all different sports.”

― Christian Pulisic

“I was always out playing sports in situations that didn’t matter with my friends.”

― Christian Pulisic

“It’s been a big flaw of ours in the soccer department that a lot of our best athletes go and play other sports. But I think young players have seen me, and others, go over to Europe and play in some of the best leagues – and MLS is improving so much, too.”

― Christian Pulisic

“I remember my first ‘Sports Illustrated’ shoot was with the photographer Walter Iooss, and Julie Campbell was the editor, and we were at the president of Mexico’s private house in Cancun – this was before anything else that’s now in Cancun even existed. And they told me to get a tan, so I spent all morning in the sun, and I was burnt.”

― Christie Brinkley

“When doing sports… on the water, it’s crucial to stop aging by protecting your skin.”

― Christie Brinkley

“I photographed all kinds of sports – Formula 1, Formula Atlantic. And anybody who knows me knows that, from the day they invented video cameras, I used to lug them around when you had to carry the pack here and the big camera here, plus the diaper bag and a baby and the purse or whatever.”

― Christie Brinkley

“We want to encourage the young ones to learn and get some confidence in sports. It’s fun and keeps you active and moving.”

― Christine Taylor

“I wanted to be a doctor in sports medicine; I was into sailing and all that sort of thing.”

― Christopher Atkins

“I talk to people of different ages, and a guy who’s 38 who says, ‘I could’ve played Major League Baseball, but I had this knee injury…’ Yeah, probably not. It’s a big thing with men and sports, where they think they could have touched that thing.”

― Christopher Guest

“I’m a father of four so whenever I’m not working my kids have their different sports, or plays, or school performances, so I don’t do a whole lot of other stuff besides being a dad.”

― Christopher Judge

“Movies, TV, sports, come and go, but what you stand for is what people remember. Mandela, Martin Luther King, John Kennedy are people who really stood for something and were willing to die for it. You don’t see a whole lot of that any more.”

― Christopher Judge

“I was never really a nerd. I’m not really into comic books or Dungeons and Dragons or any of that kind of stuff. I was in drama class, and I’m a big movie and music buff. And I’m into sports.”

― Christopher Mintz-Plasse

“Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of necessary evil to the luxury of baseball, like the odor that follows an automobile.”

― Christy Mathewson

“I grew up as a sports fan, and I know that a hall of fame is very different than an award for being the best of the year. It’s a nod to the longevity of our accomplishment.”

― Chuck D

“What Olympians eat can vary tremendously depending not only on the events they’re competing in, but also their body type and lifestyle outside the Olympic arena. Their diets are affected not only by the demands of their sports, but by everything else in their lives, things that are almost impossible to accurately measure and factor in.”

― Chuck Norris

“We don’t see a lot of models for male social interaction. There’s sports and barn raisings.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

“It’s become another dimension to who I am. I don’t think Sports Illustrated is going to be wanting me. But who cares? I’m at a different place in my life.”

― Cindy Crawford

“In sports, you play up to the level of your opponent, and I did some of my best work with Chevy, and I’m so grateful to have worked opposite him. He was a handful and a challenge, and he made me step up to the plate.”

― Cindy Morgan

“The sad thing is that I know no athletes’ names. I am not a sports girl at all.”

― Clara Mamet

“I hate the fact that public schools like the one I went to have fantastic sports facilities, and state schools don’t. That’s not fair. That’s outrageous.”

― Clare Balding

“Sports commentating is the answer for a restless brain like mine. I can never get bored because there is an infinite amount to know.”

― Clare Balding

“I think sports is one of the places where race plays itself out publicly. Although we pretend it doesn’t.”

― Claudia Rankine

“We’re a crazy country about sports, but for the longest time, only followed our own sports.”

― Claudio Reyna

“I think we have our sports within our own culture that are huge with baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. Those are the sports in America that we grow up with and soccer isn’t really there yet.”

― Claudio Reyna

“EA SPORTS has a strong partnership with adidas and through this relationship they approached adidas about using some of their top players from around the world.”

― Claudio Reyna

“Sometimes sports serves as a reprieve from politics, and sometimes it serves as an extension of it.”

― Clint Smith

“There is a solidarity that black people can find in celebrating the athletic success of our own, especially in sports where our existence is sparse.”

― Clint Smith

“In professional sports, things can change quickly. You keep your balance. You keep your perspective, and things will work out.”

― Clyde Drexler

“I don’t have the attention span for sports.”

― Colbie Caillat

“Growing up, all I did was play sports. I always loved music, but I never even thought I’d be on stage one day.”

― Cole Swindell

“After I went to college, I realized that no matter how much I loved sports, I was ready to have fun, and that was right when I started to sing.”

― Cole Swindell

“For a while, I was all sports all the time. Then, as I started to get into theater, they dropped away, but I hung on tight with a highly competitive Ultimate Frisbee team. It was probably less intense than I remember, but it was fun.”

― Colin Donnell

“I don’t watch too much TV when it comes to sports or news or things like that.”

― Colin Kaepernick

“I don’t generally follow sports. At an early age, I discovered that nature had apportioned me only a small reserve of enthusiasm. Best to ration.”

― Colson Whitehead

“I come from playing sports. I compete, so I gotta be better than I was last year. I gotta get better, and that better gotta come from just growing. From learning new stuff to working on it, experience it in life, and failing.”

― Common

“It’s our responsibility for the village to say, ‘Hey we’re going to create these programs,’ whether it’s sports, creative arts, music, we need some things to give young people positive things to do, and that’s including jobs.”

― Common

“Foreign policy simply cannot be judged by today’s headlines that chalk up victories and defeats like so many box scores in the sports sections.”

― Condoleezza Rice

“I am in the fighting game. I don’t care about anything else. I don’t watch the news, I don’t care about politics, I don’t care about other sports. I don’t care about anything I don’t need to care about. This is my sport: it is my life. I study it; I think about it all the time. Nothing else matters.”

― Conor McGregor

“It’s funny; I’m in some ways hopelessly masculine, but I don’t fish, I don’t hunt, I’m not that into sports. I can’t fix a car. I think it’s my point of view and the way I see the world.”

― Corey Stoll

“My grandmother is a huge Hawkeyes fan, so I, by proxy, have to be one. I’m more of a professional sports fan, and I’ve never been a huge college fan, but because of my grandmother, I’ve gotten into a lot of really good Hawkeye games. So, because I’m a good grandson, I’m a Hawkeye fan.”

― Corey Taylor

“I’ll go out, but I leave early, before the shenanigans. I don’t really do the Hollywood party thing. I’d rather watch sports or play videogames or work out or sleep, to be totally honest.”

― Cory Monteith

“Sports are supposed to be fun, and so I have fun with the way I dress.”

― Craig Sager

“Sports are in my soul. That’s what drives me.”

― Craig Sager

“I’m a kid from the small Illinois town of Batavia, who grew up on the Chicago Cubs and made sports his life’s work, although there’s never been a day where it actually seemed like work.”

― Craig Sager

“I look forward to continuing my work on the sidelines for Turner Sports.”

― Craig Sager

“As a young boy, I had the usual hobbies – sports, baseball cards, model airplanes and trains. But I always had a distinct fascination with trains.”

― Craig Sager

“I was a big sports fan, and I had been closely monitoring Hank Aaron’s home run totals since I was a kid playing on the sandlot adjacent to the Foundry and Machine Company in Batavia, Illinois.”

― Craig Sager

“Live TV is the future. It’s the only way you can beat the DVRing of America. Everything is DVRed, and no one watches stuff when it’s on. Awards shows and sports are watched when they’re broadcast.”

― Craig Zadan

“From a very early age, as far back as I can remember, I always played sports.”

― Cris Judd

“There’s not a long track record of people leaving professional sports to become a software developer.”

― Curt Schilling

“Some of the most racist things that I’ve ever heard come out of people that are on the air at ESPN. There are some of the biggest racists in sports commentating, and you take it for what it is.”

― Curt Schilling

“No matter how many years you play, it’s always something new and exciting. It’s sports, you never know what may happen.”

― Curtis Joseph

“Growing up, sports was my outlet, my way to portray a personality. I was very shy around people but, through sports, something I was good at, I was able to make friends.”

― Curtis Joseph

“When I played sports, if you lose the game, and then you complain, that makes you a sore loser. That doesn’t make you protester – that just makes you a whiner.”

― D. B. Sweeney

“I didn’t know anybody in show business, and I never thought it was the path I’d go down. I was hoping it was sports, like so many kids.”

― D. B. Sweeney

“I didn’t have any friends. I was bullied. I didn’t play sports.”

― Dacre Montgomery

“Business is just like sports: if you’re the best in the group that you run in, you’re never going to get any better. It’s the same thing in business. I surround myself with people who are smarter than me and have more experience than me, and I have gotten a lot of great advice.”

― Dakota Meyer

“You win some, lose some, and wreck some.”

― Dale Earnhardt

“If you work hard in real life, people tend to get in your way – either from inertia or prejudice – and they stop you achieving things. It’s the worst thing about real life compared with sports, where you generally get what you deserve: if you’re the fastest guy, you win; there are no other games being played.”

― Daley Thompson

“Coming where I’m coming from, really, my family name isn’t a pressure because, you know, music is not like sports, where you can go and do a hundred reps in a gym and come out and be all buffed up. Music is an expression of what’s inside of you. And that’s how I make music.”

― Damian Marley

“I’m about 5′ 10″, and my hair is the length of my whole body now. We grow our hair because of faith, but it’s getting heavy. Most of the rastas I know with hair my length are elders, and they keep it tied up, but for a young person who’s active and running around, the weight is a big thing. So to play sports, I put it in a backpack.”

― Damian Marley

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”

― Dan Gable

“When we grew up, we wanted to do two things: to own a sports team and a casino.”

― Dan Gilbert

“In today’s world, social media, people get judged so much by the last thing that happened, I almost feel, in a way, young people get to see that not only is it OK to fail – that’s the way you get to championship success, whether it’s sports or business or life.”

― Dan Gilbert

“When there were first rumors of us going after LeBron, some fans wondered how we could do that after all that happened. But after the ‘Sports Illustrated’ letter, every fan is thrilled to have him back. That was so heartfelt.”

― Dan Gilbert

“My dad was always at work running a business, so our mom really took care of us. She’d bring us all to our practices, and we all basically played four sports: baseball, hockey, football, and basketball.”

― Dan Gronkowski

“The key to any good sports story is identifying the defining moment. In football games or a boxing match, it’s usually pretty obvious. But in golf, sometimes it happens on Thursday. Usually it’s Sunday, but guys who don’t know the game, they can miss it.”

― Dan Jenkins

“Even as a little kid, I was fascinated by newspapers and magazines. They were my TV. I’d be the first one up to grab the morning paper, mainly to look at the sports pictures, the war pictures.”

― Dan Jenkins

“The first thing they gave me at ‘Sports Illustrated’ was a first-class air card. ‘And oh, by the way, there’s the petty cash drawer,’ they told me. ‘Take a few thousand dollars for expenses.’”

― Dan Jenkins

“Sally Jenkins of the ‘Washington Post’ is the best sports columnist in the country. Second best is Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN.com, and third is Dan Wetzel on Yahoo!”

― Dan Jenkins

“Bobby Knight told me this: ‘There is nothing that a good defense cannot beat a better offense.’ In other words a good offense wins.”

― Dan Quayle

“Now, I know you expected me to say that, well, I just kick back in the rocking chair, fished a little bit, listened to Willie Nelson tapes and watched old baseball games on the Classic Sports network. And, tell you the truth, I have done that for maybe about five total minutes.”

― Dan Rather

“Sports can unify the Iraqi people – no Sunnis, no Shiites, just sport for the country.”

― Dana Hussein

“I always think of it in terms of music. You’re not always going to be a huge rock star in music, but musicians can play until the day they die. With sports, it’s different. You can’t always do it until the very end, and that’s a hard reality of sports.”

― Daniel Bryan

“In combat sports, personalities are what draw.”

― Daniel Bryan

“I was into basketball, but then once I found contact sports, it was over. I never played basketball again in my life.”

― Daniel Cormier

“Buying sports cars, going to expensive nightclubs, spraying people with champagne and things like that – what I learnt is that it wasn’t for me, and, in fact, I feel pretty empty after doing that.”

― Daniel Ek

“I didn’t like books where people played on a sports team and won a bunch of games, or went to summer camp and had a wonderful time. I really liked a book where a witch might cut a child’s head off or a pack of angry dogs might burst through a door and terrorize a family.”

― Daniel Handler

“I’ve been playing sports since I was five. For me, there’s no happier moment than when I’m out in the woods on a bike or a run. I feel on top of the world, and nothing else makes me feel that way.”

― Daniel Humm

“Political columnists and sports pundits are rewarded for being overconfident.”

― Daniel Kahneman

“In my final year of attending a Christian sports camp in rural Missouri, the year before I started high school, they began to offer an elective Bible study group for young Christians who wanted a chance to read in the afternoons instead of learn to water-ski.”

― Daniel Mallory Ortberg

“I think, in general, the sport’s frustrating because I think it’s one of only a few sports in the world where you’ve got so many other variables. Not taking anything away from the winner, but the best man doesn’t always win. I think part of that makes the sport really exciting, and part of it makes it heartbreaking.”

― Daniel Ricciardo

“I grew up doing a lot of extreme sports.”

― Daniella Monet

“I’m a big sports fan. Football. Cricket.”

― Danny Boyle

“Museums are like sports stadiums, hotels and hospitals: they are in the category of captive-audience dining.”

― Danny Meyer

“Restaurants and chefs have become followed by such a broad swath of the public, in a way that used to be reserved for sports stars, movie stars, and theater actors. Restaurants are in the firmament of today’s common culture.”

― Danny Meyer

“I’m a huge, huge sports fan, and Marquette basketball is my No. 1 thing.”

― Danny Pudi

“I love all sports.”

― Dante Hall

“Sports are not for everyone.”

― Dante Hall

“We are raising today’s children in sterile, risk-averse and highly structured environments. In so doing, we are failing to cultivate artists, pioneers and entrepreneurs, and instead cultivating a generation of children who can follow the rules in organized sports games, sit for hours in front of screens and mark bubbles on standardized tests.”

― Darell Hammond

“As parents, we need to send our kids back to ‘old-fashioned’ outdoor summer camps, which have been on the decline as the demand for sports and academics-based camps has risen. We need to fight budget cuts to public parks programs and resist closures of public swimming pools and playgrounds.”

― Darell Hammond

“We’re taking sports too far and starting kids too early.”

― Darell Hammond

“Our country’s growing obsession with organized sports isn’t just hurting our children, but also our communities. As play is siphoned off to gyms and fields, fewer kids are playing in our streets, parks, and playgrounds.”

― Darell Hammond

“I’ve got some great stuff in my sports memorabilia collection. But my favorite thing by far is the robe. I actually have a Ric Flair robe with ‘the Nature Boy’ on the back. That’s awesome. When I look at it, it brings back so many memories of my childhood and my teen years.”

― Darius Rucker

“I got into sports, thankfully, because I didn’t listen to my mother.”

― Dat Nguyen

“Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.”

― Dave Barry

“The problem with winter sports is that – follow me closely here – they generally take place in winter.”

― Dave Barry

“I played a lot of sports and it’s the plays in basketball that weren’t worked out that are the ones that are just fantastic that you remember. We don’t know the power that’s within our own bodies.”

― Dave Brubeck

“I think extreme sports are really good for relieving stress.”

― Dave Chappelle

“The aura of soccer is very different from other sports.”

― Dave Checketts

“Sports fans have been mistreated for a long time. They have overpaid for inferior food and they have had poor service.”

― Dave Checketts

“I don’t plan on writing biographies of great sports stars who are still playing ball. But I did write one on Jackie Robinson, who was playing ball in the 20th century.”

― David A. Adler

“If you see in sports at a super high level, people get hurt or have injuries when there isn’t that pleasure, the true pleasure of the sport, when they’re tired or demoralized or they’re not quite focused.”

― David Belle

“Though I loved books as a young boy, I loved sports even more. I wanted to be a quarterback in the CFL.”

― David Bergen

“I’m a sports guy. Football, God, I flip out.”

― David Boreanaz

“I wanted to play sports my whole life. That’s all I really wanted to do.”

― David Boreanaz

“I’m a big sports fan.”

― David Chang

“For me, sports is a big part of my life. It helped me through high school. It helped me get better grades, because if you don’t have good grades, you can’t play sports.”

― David Charvet

“We might not make what athletes in other sports make, but we have greater longevity and we do have certain freedoms to do things they can’t do. Like stay home one week and play the next week.”

― David Duval

“Tennis doesn’t owe me anything. Tennis is one of the fairest sports. It’s given me so many extraordinary feelings.”

― David Ferrer

“The political hero is not like the sports champion or matinee idol or daring inventor; like the war hero, he is born only of tragedy.”

― David Grann

“I haven’t read a word of Proust. And I listen obsessively to sports radio.”

― David Grann

“On Sundays, I’m up at five and in the office by six. After the show, around midday, I flip the switch, and it’s all family. Our kids play sports, so we’re running around.”

― David Gregory

“The ’30 for 30′ strand started life as a series of behind-the-scenes docs for the sports channel ESPN. It has now spawned an equally fascinating series of podcasts. Like the films, these podcasts don’t rely on access, the usual currency of sports journalism, and are strangely excited by stories that are complicated and require telling at length.”

― David Hepworth

“The BBC sports department when I was there was seriously to the right of Ghengis Khan, and if people think I am strange, they should have met some of the production staff I worked with. Margaret Thatcher and the Queen were the pin up girls for many of them.”

― David Icke

“Why should sports men and women get punished harsher than people in the normal world?”

― David Millar

“This is sports. In sports, you win and you lose. That’s the nature of sports. You can’t get away from that part of it. And if you get too hung up on the losing part, then you miss the boat. The competition part, a game like that, is why you play sports. That is as good as it gets.”

― David Robinson

“Sports passion is deeply, infamously territorial: our city-state is better than your city-state because our city-state’s team beat your city-state’s team. My attachment to the Sonics is approximately the reverse of this.”

― David Shields

“I’m a sucker for sports movies.”

― David Shields

“The movie – any sports movie – becomes a praise song to life here on earth, to physical existence itself, beyond striving, beyond economic necessity.”

― David Shields

“Sports movies are often very good at dramatizing the intersection of public and private realms: the body politic.”

― David Shields

“When I was studying at the Iowa Writers School, I read a sports writer, Ron Maly, from the Des Moines Register. He was a good sports writer. I became real interested in the contrast between Lute Olson, who was the coach of Iowa at the time, and Ron Maly.”

― David Shields

“I think of sports writers as mediating between two worlds. Athletes probably think of sports writers as not macho enough. And people in high culture probably think of sports writers as jocks or something. They are in an interestingly complex position in which they have to mediate the world of body and the world of words.”

― David Shields

“A sports writer is a stylist of some kind. He is trying to convey mood and character and emotion.”

― David Shields

“Sports – especially the NBA – function as a place where American society pretends to discuss and pretends to solve questions and historical agonies that can’t possibly be solved within the realm of sports.”

― David Shields

“We need a system where all of our teams have the opportunity to compete and to make a few dollars. That’s not a bad desire for collective bargaining for a sports league, and it’s great for our fans.”

― David Stern

“I’m persuaded that sports is the one place where the rules are pretty well set out, where fans are equal. And if you got game or you’re a good official, you make it here, whether you’re white or you’re black.”

― David Stern

“I think it’s… I don’t want to become a social crusader on this issue, but I think sports, male sports, has traditionally not been an inviting environment for gay men to identify themselves. But eventually… we will get to a place where it is not an issue in sports.”

― David Stern

“Sports movies are a genre that I really respond to, but they can be done really poorly and really fall short. The good ones are just so good and inspiring and make you feel good.”

― David Walton

“All of my free time is made up of motor sports endeavors, be them motorcycles or off-road racing or track days. I just love anything with an engine. That is one of my main loves. Obviously, my other well-known love is Kristen Bell.”

― Dax Shepard

“I think I have always been a hard worker in school and in sports and everything. Growing up, my parents encouraged me to do that from day one.”

― Daya

“I love sports. Anytime I can combine sports with a film I’m a happy guy. It’s such a natural fit, because sports always seems to be a metaphor for life. Always, always, always.”

― Dean Cain

“I literally came out of high school thinking that I was going to do something in the sports world because I grew up with a very sports-oriented family. My last year of school, I got involved with playing guitar and singing, and I joined a band and I just decided that year somehow that I was going to play music.”

― Dean Geyer

“If you drink don’t drive. Don’t even putt.”

― Dean Martin

“The presidents of colleges have to have some courage to step forward. You can’t limit alcohol in college sports, you have to get rid of it.”

― Dean Smith

“Maybe because I am from a sports background, I don’t give up easily. I am a fighter.”

― Deepika Padukone

“I don’t care what they say about me when I’m through with sports. I don’t want to be known as anything else in life but a great father.”

― Deion Sanders

“You know how most kids have posters of sports heroes on their walls? They gave me reams of the old news copy, and I had those taped in my bedroom. And I would practice reading the news.”

― Delilah

“Sport was my absolute love. It was very sporty household. We had my – my brother and I both loved sports.”

― Delta Goodrem

“My dad always played sports. He played football. I always wanted to play football because my dad played football, but my mom never wanted me to play football because she said she couldn’t take me getting hit.”

― DeMar DeRozan

“I used to play sports. Then I realized you can buy trophies. Now I am good at everything.”

― Demetri Martin

“In my case, I played sports my whole life. I got out of college, and I didn’t bother to get health care coverage because I just figured I didn’t need it. But you know that if you blow out your knee on a basketball court or you get in a car accident, and you’re uninsured, it can bankrupt you.”

― Denis McDonough

“I’m not getting involved in sports anymore, except on film. I’m not agile unless a camera’s going.”

― Dennis Christopher

“I had fun pretending to be a sportscaster. People always think that was a down thing for me. I had the best job in sports broadcasting for two years.”

― Dennis Miller

“I’m nothing more than a sports slave.”

― Dennis Rodman

“There is so much hypocrisy in sports.”

― Dennis Rodman

“I would venture to guess that if I was a construction worker… who requested a transfer to another department for the betterment of his family, I would be commended for it. But because it’s sports, there’s just so much passion added to it.”

― Derek Fisher

“I worked at a daycare for a couple of years going through high school and college. I did youth sports camps. I ran all the camps through my college.”

― Derek Theler

“I wound up getting my degree in sports medicine and nutrition because I wanted to work in the medical field. But I wound up taking a trip to Los Angeles and decided being an actor sounds pretty cool, too.”

― Derek Theler

“I love eating it – grilled chicken, pasta, rice, and other foods that give me long term energy. Every once in a while, my sweet tooth gets the best of me and I have to snack on some candy. Beverage wise, I stick to sports drinks, water, milk, and juice.”

― Derrick Rose

“I have always been around sports my whole life.”

― Devon Cajuste

“My dad wanted to have a son, and then he ended up with my sister and I, so from the time we could walk, we were constantly playing sports.”

― Devon Windsor

“What better way to get to know a culture than to go there and learn their sports? And I say to people who tell me they can’t travel, ‘How much did you spend at the mall this year? How many times did you eat out? Take that money and go.’”

― Dhani Jones

“I don’t want to spoil this for anybody but wrestling, sports entertainment, is ‘pre-determined.’”

― Diamond Dallas Page

“My mom would keep all kinds of materials in her classroom for children for reading. She kept comic books, newspapers, sports magazines, and books of all kinds.”

― Diana Gabaldon

“Neither one of my parents played sports at a very high level when they grew up in Nicaragua.”

― Diana Lopez

“Swimming is probably the ultimate of burnout sports. It’s ironic because millions of people who swim as their regular exercise love the meditation aspect of it; you don’t wind up with any orthopedic injuries. But when you swim at a world class level for hours and hours – the loneness of the long distance runner.”

― Diana Nyad

“I’m a girl, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate greatness and the struggle of sports. My situation – and I’ve always said this, even in politics – is may the best man win. I’m not team-bound.”

― Diane Lane

“It’s so great to watch sports live. I think everyone should watch it up close once, if possible. I would like to see every sport live at least once to fully appreciate what’s happening on the court or on the field or on the ice or whatever the playing surface may be.”

― Diane Lane

“I am not a sports girl.”

― Dianna Agron

“I wanted to be a sportswriter because I loved sports and I could not hit the curve ball, the jump shot, or the opposing ball carrier.”

― Dick Schaap

“It’s kind of ironic that the two sports with the greatest characters, boxing and horse racing, have both been on the decline. In both cases it’s for the lack of a suitable hero.”

― Dick Schaap

“March Madness is an incredible three weeks. I firmly believe it’s the greatest three weeks in sports. You have the Super Bowl; you have the World Series.”

― Dick Vitale

“New York is great, but the New England fans are probably the most knowledgeable and ardent fans, and not just in baseball, but all sports. But Red Sox Nation is Red Sox Nation.”

― Dick Williams

“Seven has always been my lucky number. It’s on my guitar pick; in sports, that was always the number I was, and ‘Riser’ is my seventh album. With this album kind of coming to an end and having seven nominations at the ACMs, it feels like a bigger story in play for me, and it’s the perfect number. I wouldn’t have wanted eight!”

― Dierks Bentley

“When launching a product called an Energy Drink and named Red Bull, a product that stimulates body and mind, it is a short step to the roots where Red Bull came from. We have been doing this for 20 years – now it’s called adventure sports, extreme sports, and outdoor sports.”

― Dietrich Mateschitz

“There are almost no sports within which mortal accidents are not a reality.”

― Dietrich Mateschitz

“My becoming a film actor was more a twist of tale than a chosen course because I dared not to think I could ever become an actor. I couldn’t even walk up on a stage and say ‘Thank you’ when we were to receive trophies at our sports meets at college.”

― Dilip Kumar

“I definitely want to fight Breazeale. It doesn’t need to be PBC; it can be Matchroom and Sky Sports. If he wants to fight, we can fight. It’s an easy fight to make. Let’s make it.”

― Dillian Whyte

“I played all kinds of sports when I was young: tennis, handball, basketball, some soccer. I focused on basketball when I was 16 or 17 and then came to the U.S. when I was 20.”

― Dirk Nowitzki

“I was always into sports, and as a sportsperson, you need to be fit to survive and play from start to finish.”

― Disha Patani

“Even while modeling, I was still practicing kung fu and boxing as sports.”

― Djimon Hounsou

“When I get into a bad mood, I do sports and then everything’s OK. And then I go and make decisions, however painful they may be.”

― Dmitry Medvedev

“I’m always trying to make myself a better sports entertainer.”

― Dolph Ziggler

“In Romania, of course, gymnastics is among the most popular sports, and my parents had a dream of escaping the Ceausescu regime and giving their child a better life. So they came to the United States and put me in gymnastics.”

― Dominique Moceanu

“Most people think the character I do onstage is the way I am offstage, but I’m just a regular guy who spends time with his family and who turns on the television and watches a lot of sports.”

― Don Rickles

“In sports and in business, the greatest leaders are those who make the best decisions in the most crucial of situations. They are the ones who focus their energy on turning tough decisions into winning decisions.”

― Don Yaeger

“As the Olympic torch neared Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1980, signaling the opening of that year’s Winter Olympics, newspapers and magazines throughout the world offered predictions on who would win medals in the major sports. Not a single publication gave the American men’s hockey team a chance against the world powers.”

― Don Yaeger

“In sports, championships often define a person’s legacy.”

― Don Yaeger

“In the 1970s, professional sports found a different breed of team owner in George Steinbrenner of the New York Yankees.”

― Don Yaeger

“Commitment, belief and positive attitude are all important if you’re going to be a success, whether you’re in sports, in business or, as in my case, anthropology.”

― Donald Johanson

“I think that every single person should play sports.”

― Donovan Bailey

“In sports, big names and celebrities drive events, and that’s what people gravitate to.”

― Donovan Bailey

“Instincts are learned on the football field through experience. It’s vital in sports because things happen so rapidly that you have to rely on your instincts at times to make quick decisions.”

― Doug Baldwin

“Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points they almost always win.”

― Doug Collins

“I am huge water sports fan. I love to jet ski, speedboat, water ski. So I love to get away to somewhere sunny and just get on the water and have some fun with some friends.”

― Douglas Booth

“I turned six in 1977. Youth athletics then was nothing like this, and I wondered how things changed so much. I started looking at our societal emphasis on sports, using the most tangible metric by which we measure emphasis: money.”

― Douglas Brunt

“I was always the youngest person in class, skinny, scrawny, no good at sports. I asserted myself by being smart. But then I got to college and started to get C’s and D’s. That was fantastic. I no longer had to be the smartest person in the room.”

― Douglas Coupland

“To have a healthy culture, you have to have stable health care financing and stable arts financing and stable sports financing, and if you don’t have that, your culture becomes a parking lot.”

― Douglas Coupland

“Fantasy sports went a long way toward developing the sabermetrics formulas used not only by oddsmakers but general managers in hiring players. So the amateur fantasists ended up creating some of the algorithms that Oakland GM Billy Bean’s statisticians used to win games with less salary money available for star players.”

― Douglas Rushkoff

“The only athletic sport I ever mastered was backgammon.”

― Douglas William Jerrold

“I always loved the way music made me feel. I did sports at school and all, but when I got home, it was just music. Everybody in my neighborhood loved music. I could jump the back fence and be in the park where there were ghetto blasters everywhere.”

― Dr. Dre

“I like to play music and sleep. But most of all, I love to work… I don’t really play sports, so I like to spend my time playing guitar or piano.”

― Drake Bell

“Playing in New England and the Boston area, the fans are so passionate about their sports if you don’t play well, they’ll let you know so I know it’s not something that they take lightly.”

― Drew Bledsoe

“Being a celebrity you always get really good seats to sporting events but you never get as good seats as the photographers get. And I really love sports. So one of the scams I have going now is I want to learn sports photography so I can get better seats at a sporting event.”

― Drew Carey

“But sports photography isn’t something you just pick up overnight. You can’t do it once a year for fun and expect to do a good job. And I take pride in what I do.”

― Drew Carey

“International soccer has been a big part of my love for the sport. I love the Men’s National Team. I can say that they’re my favorite sports team.”

― Drew Carey

“Being a celebrity, you always get really good seats to sporting events, but you never get as good seats as the photographers get. And I really love sports.”

― Drew Carey

“ESPN has this problem with sports, it’s impossible to fill 24 hours with sports programming so they have to resort to things like poker and arm wrestling tournaments.”

― Drew Curtis

“All I know is professional wrestling and sports entertainment. This is all I know, and I wanted to give it everything that I had.”

― Drew McIntyre

“I have always been a huge sports fan, but more of the pedestrian and ‘homer’ sort.”

― Duff McKagan

“When I was growing up, I wasn’t particularly great at anything. I was in my own world, and my teachers felt I’d never reach my potential. Even in sports, I’d only play team games because I felt I was not good enough to outshine anyone.”

― Dulquer Salmaan

“Thank you for reminding Canada that I’m a disappointment to them. I like hockey, I love it, but I’m not an avid hockey – let’s face it, true Canadian – fan. I’ve always been more into snowboarding and skateboarding and sort of the alternative sports, I’m not crazy about hockey – but love it!”

― Dustin Milligan

“Just be patient. Let the game come to you. Don’t rush. Be quick, but don’t hurry.”

― Earl Monroe

“I started playing baseball and soccer. Those were my sports on the streets and in school when I was growing up. I didn’t even start playing basketball until I was 14.”

― Earl Monroe

“I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures.”

― Earl Warren

“And I realized that there was no sports reporter, so I started covering sporting events.”

― Ed Bradley

“Like great teams in sports and business endeavors, if there’s a chemistry among the participants, and they truly enjoy fellowship together, everybody wants to be there, stay involved, and just have fun together.”

― Ed Greenwood

“I went to Ohio University studying arts and history, and playing football. But I was only interested in girls, my pals and sports. I only did the minimum for school.”

― Ed O’Neill

“If you have spent any time with Barack Obama, you know he’s a funny guy. He’s a good guy. He knows sports.”

― Ed Rendell

“I’m very passionate about the use of sports in young people’s lives to build self-esteem and self-discipline and self-confidence. It’s been a big thing for me.”

― Ed Skrein

“I never went to stage school or anything like that. It was always plays, productions at school and things like that. The thing for me with acting was it was the only thing I could fully concentrate on. I loved playing sports. I didn’t really love studying.”

― Ed Speleers

“I think sports is a quest to find out what really is – not what perceptions are.”

― Eddie Alvarez

“Dad always enjoyed sports, and he decided to join a Guadalajara gym to learn how to box. What he didn’t realize was that they didn’t teach boxing at that particular gym – they taught ‘lucha libre.’”

― Eddie Guerrero

“Sports of every sort had always appealed to me.”

― Eddie Rickenbacker

“It’s a crazy world, so sports and athletics and music can be a form of escapism.”

― Eddie Vedder

“Boxing combines, in perfect proportion, strength, speed, and endurance. Normally, most sports are either about one of the three: either about speed or endurance or strength. Boxing combines all three of them. It’s really intense.”

― Edgar Ramirez

“Rio will have to look after the legacy of infrastructure. But it’s unclear who will run the sports centres after the Olympics.”

― Eduardo Paes

“My concentration level blocks out everything. Concentration is why some athletes are better than others. You develop that concentration in training and concentrate in a meet.”

― Edwin Moses

“I overcame size with mechanics.”

― Edwin Moses

“I was always a mean and lean athlete – not tall – not large.”

― Edwin Moses

“I’m not sure I’ll ever love softball as much as bobsled. It’s like having children: you don’t love one more than the other, you just love them differently, and that’s how my love for softball is vs. my love of bobsled – two totally different sports with different personalities.”

― Elana Meyers

“All sports have a zone, but ours is at 95 mph. You can feel the speed; you can feel the wind. It’s the most euphoric thing I’ve ever done.”

― Elana Meyers

“I played all kinds of sports growing up: soccer, basketball, track. You name it, I’ve probably played it.”

― Elana Meyers

“I grew up playing softball, and at the age of nine, I decided I was going to be an Olympian. I didn’t really know what that meant at the time. I thought it might be in a warm summer sport like softball, but I played a variety of sports growing up – basketball, soccer and track. I really didn’t care. I just wanted to be an Olympian.”

― Elana Meyers

“My mom has never cared if I did sports or not. Obviously, she’s proud of me, and she loves the fact that I’m an Olympian and she’s got these trinkets to hang around with the medals and whatnot. But if I wanted to do whatever, if I wanted to be a doctor or a lawyer or whatever, she was going to support me regardless.”

― Elana Meyers

“All growing up, the outside world wants to tell you what you can and cannot do as a female – what sports are acceptable, what sports are appropriate, what is appropriate to study, what is appropriate to say. But luckily, I have a strong family, and my mom is the most amazing mom in the world. She never let me worry about biases.”

― Elana Meyers

“I was always encouraged to participate in whatever sports I wanted to be in.”

― Elana Meyers

“Regardless of what you look like, regardless of where you come from, you can be involved in winter sports.”

― Elana Meyers

“I think the hardest thing is that all of us would love to just stick to sports – but if you want us to be role models to kids, then you need to stand for more than just sports.”

― Elana Meyers

“Having my dad play for the Falcons, what it did was really to expose me to a whole bunch of other elite-level athletes, which I think gives me an advantage and allowed me to understand what goes into sports. It is more than going out onto the field and going out onto the ice and competing.”

― Elana Meyers

“What’s funny is I still, more than anything, get recognized for ‘The Mighty Ducks.’ I love it. When I was younger, I would get embarrassed. I played sports growing up, and I’d be playing baseball, and the other team would be quacking at me and stuff.”

― Elden Henson

“A significant piece of the wealth that the NFL owners garner is a result of the enormous TV revenues they get – and those revenues are supported by a legislatively granted exemption from the antitrust laws that has been made applicable to sports leagues, primarily the NFL.”

― Eliot Spitzer

“I wasn’t into sports when I was younger. I was one of those kids who always tried to get a note from the doctor to say I had a cold so I didn’t have to go play hockey in bad weather and be miserable.”

― Eliza Doolittle

“My father is a huge horse racing fan, so I was introduced to the sport long before ‘Seabiscuit.’ But the role made me an even bigger fan. Horse racing is one of my favorite sports.”

― Elizabeth Banks

“I keep getting these extraordinary letteres, really weird ones from American sports stars – I’ve always thought you were one pretty lady and now that you’re single I want to meet you for a drink.”

― Elizabeth Hurley

“I don’t want someone to watch sports in bed. That drives me nuts.”

― Elizabeth Hurley

“Anyone could be in the orchestra, or sports team, or arts club at my school. It was precisely the kind of inclusivity that now meets with a sort of scorn and derision as a prizes-for-all culture that generates only mediocrity. There’s something so insulting about the idea that including lots of people means mediocrity.”

― Elizabeth Price

“I have a pretty expanded view of what art is. I include pop music and even some sports.”

― Elizabeth Price

“Many high school students are under so much competitive pressure. They are sometimes taught that if they don’t have a 4.0 GPA, score in the 99th percentile on admissions tests, and demonstrate leadership in sports and participate in clubs, they won’t get into college anywhere. Even highly credentialed professionals get caught up in this.”

― Elizabeth Thornton

“I love exercise, but I didn’t join a single sports club as a student – I have no hand-eye coordination. Things like yoga are amazing, but anything with a ball just isn’t for me.”

― Ella Woodward

“For a while I was on the cover of every Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which was regarded as the pinnacle of success in America.”

― Elle Macpherson

“I love sport, I grew up playing sports, that’s all I did, and it is so invigorating now that I’m supposedly adult to learn something completely new, from the bottom up.”

― Ellen Page

“I grew up playing sports, but now I feel like I can’t, because if I get injured, I’ll impair whatever film I’m working on.”

― Ellen Page

“I love music, and I love sports. I played sports all throughout school.”

― Elliot Knight

“Nobody wants to buy a $60,000 electric Civic. But people will pay $90,000 for an electric sports car.”

― Elon Musk

“Selling an electric sports car creates an opportunity to fundamentally change the way America drives.”

― Elon Musk

“Playing sports is great when you’re young. It teaches you how to focus, how to direct your energy, how not to think about a million other things that are going on.”

― Elsa Hosk

“I was always very physical, growing up, and did sports. I like to get out and do different things, and walk in different shoes. I like change. I like challenge.”

― Emily Bett Rickards

“I’m not a big sports fan, but I love it when they ‘slam dunk.’ That’s sexy.”

― Emma Bunton

“I am clumsy, a late and nervous driver, and despise all sports except a little gentle dancing or yoga.”

― Emma Donoghue

“You know how sports teach kids teamwork and how to be strong and brave and confident? Improv was my sport. I learned how to not waffle and how to hold a conversation, how to take risks and actually be excited to fail.”

― Emma Stone

“’La Marseillaise’ sounds best ringing around a packed sports stadium. Its lyrics evoke revolution, conflict, taking up arms, preparing for the fight – everything my music does not! Even in our largely peaceful times, it retains its rousing, martial air that gives it a power that hasn’t diminished.”

― Engelbert Humperdinck

“I am really passionate about sports in general – especially water sports.”

― Enrique Iglesias

“My name is an acronym for EA – EA All Day. It’s a persona that I developed over the years in sports as a caricature of myself. On the field, in practice, in the weight room, I was just a character and a personality.”

― Enzo Amore

“If you watching remember The Miz at the time when he was on ‘Real World,’ he was a character known as The Miz. He always wanted to get into sports entertainment, as did I. In a very similar likeness, I was EA All Day.”

― Enzo Amore

“Sports entertainment in general, it’s a very competitive business.”

― Eric Bischoff

“This isn’t a competitive sport. Wrestling is not the NFL or the NHL. It’s not really sports. It’s entertainment. And in order to be entertaining, you have to create emotion. And you can’t create emotion by simply having a wrestling match.”

― Eric Bischoff

“Hulk will always be a part of sports entertainment/professional wrestling history, and there’s nothing that’s gonna change that. His relationship with the WWE, whether it’s official or unofficial, is something that can’t really be erased.”

― Eric Bischoff

“The great thing about America, what I’ve loved about it, is how sports-friendly it is. In America, sports are respected and loved.”

― Eric Braeden

“Nah, I don’t watch TV either, apart from a few sports programmes. I just don’t have the time.”

― Eric Bristow

“Maybe it’s oldest-child syndrome, but I have always been competitive, even as a kid with sports. It spills into my career.”

― Eric Church

“Sports and politics don’t mix.”

― Eric Heiden

“God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”

― Eric Liddell

“The 2006 federal Internet gaming statute is not ambiguous. It does not prohibit gambling on fantasy sports.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“Our investigation has found that, unlike traditional fantasy sports, daily fantasy sports companies are engaged in illegal gambling under New York law, causing the same kinds of social and economic harms as other forms of illegal gambling and misleading New York consumers.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“Daily fantasy sports is neither victimless nor harmless, and it is clear that DraftKings and FanDuel are the leaders of a massive, multi-billion-dollar scheme intended to evade the law and fleece sports fans across the country.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“Daily fantasy sports is much closer to online poker than it is to traditional fantasy sports.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“Unlike most traditional, season-long fantasy sports sites, which make most of their money from administrative fees and advertising, FanDuel and DraftKings take a cut of every bet. That is what bookies do, and it is illegal in New York.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“When I got injured, I think I was starting to sense that there was more to the world than just sports. This dream of playing professional soccer probably wasn’t the best track for me.”

― Eric Swalwell

“I was an athlete when I was younger and played a lot of sports, including golf, but I always ended up throwing around my clubs in frustration.”

― Eric Winter

“I don’t cheer for anyone because my job is obviously more important, but the reason why I got into sports is because of my father. He’s a giant sports fan and we are from New England, so he cheered for the Celtics and the Red Sox.”

― Erin Andrews

“I played sports growing up in high school.”

― Erin Heatherton

“If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.”

― Erma Bombeck

“The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.”

― Ernest Hemingway

“The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.”

― Ernie Banks

“Life magazine ran a page featuring me and three other girls that was clearly the precursor of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues.”

― Esther Williams

“Three events. Three gold medals. I was news, big news, in the sports world.”

― Esther Williams

“The newspapers loved pinup pictures of pretty young swimmers, and as a national champion, I got more than my share of space in the sports pages.”

― Esther Williams

“I just mentioned how my sports car is European, and that is the extent of how I like Europeans, is in my cars.”

― Ethan Carter III

“I was such a dork in high school. I like – I played sports. I played in the symphony. I auditioned all the time. I was thrown off the sports teams for auditioning all the time.”

― Ethan Peck

“Girls can be funny and play sports and show how to do the perfect soccer kick if they want.”

― Eva Gutowski

“But I was very much into sports when I was a child.”

― Eva Herzigova

“I’m naturally athletic. I’ve been involved in sports since I could walk. So, for me to be sedentary is just unacceptable. Not only is it great for your physical body, but it gives me more energy during the day if I’ve worked out. I feel better. I look better.”

― Eva Longoria

“That’s the biggest problem with boxing in the United States. They do not promote it like they used to, when it used to be Howard Cosell and they showed it on ‘Wide World of Sports.’ Everybody knew all the fighters. Everybody was looking forward to the year when the Olympics came on.”

― Evander Holyfield

“I love sports. I love motorcycles. Just like most guys.”

― Fabio Lanzoni

“Immigrants use debt intelligently. They understand the difference between active debt: creating a business, or something to make business better, and dead debt: buying that new sports car or the 60 inch television. Those things don’t lead to the good life. They delay getting it.”

― Fabrizio Moreira

“Buenos Aires is less than an hour’s drive from the ranch, and in the evening, we might meet friends for dinner there. I get recognised a bit, but I’m lucky that polo isn’t as popular as other sports.”

― Facundo Pieres

“I have always been a movie buff and had no interest in any games and sports. I do not even watch cricket, which is one of the favourite games of most of my friends. However, I have become a wrestling fan after ‘Dangal.’”

― Fatima Sana Shaikh

“I have fought all over the world, and I am excited to be in ‘EA Sports MMA’ because this game is going to show the global appeal of mixed martial arts.”

― Fedor Emelianenko

“Good ideas are like Nike sports shoes. They may facilitate success for an athlete who possesses them, but on their own they are nothing but an overpriced pair of sneakers. Sports shoes don’t win races. Athletes do.”

― Felix Dennis

“I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself.”

― Ferdinand Porsche

“I have to wear two sports bras when I do my cardio. It takes a lot to hold these puppies up!”

― Fergie

“I was never a troublemaker, but I also was never a nerdy kid. I was never a cool kid or a sports kid. At lunchtimes, I never fit in with any cliques, so I’d end up just walking around the school by myself, listening to music.”

― Finn Jones

“As a kid in the projects, I always looked forward to spring break. We’d either have cousins visiting us for the week from up north, and we’d all play sports together, or sometimes I’d go to Vero Beach and hang with my cousins there.”

― Flo Rida

“That’s what I’d like to do on the President’s Council. Make sports and athletics available to every youth in America, not just one day a week like it was for me, but every day.”

― Florence Griffith Joyner

“Mayweather Promotions – we are the past, the present, and the future of sports and entertainment, and everybody knows Mayweather’s pay is better.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“You see now more girls getting involved in their sports because they can see it on TV and see these people playing, and I think – the more and more it’s exposed and is out there – it will continue to grow and grow. They watch it on TV and think, ‘Well, that could be me!’”

― Fran Kirby

“In sports, teams win and individuals don’t.”

― Fran Tarkenton

“I wasn’t into sports, but I was really into Shakespeare.”

― Frances McDormand

“I remember, when I was a little kid, I was good at sports, and I could jump off the high board. And then puberty hit, and suddenly I was looking to boys for direction. I remember that as a great loss.”

― Francine Prose

“Linguistics is a good way of defining the culture of a brand. The vocabulary used by sports and lifestyle brands – running, fitness, training, motorsports – is all about functionality, whereas the vocabulary of the luxury business – handbags, ready-to-wear – is all about the product.”

― Francois-Henri Pinault

“I checked on the Internet this morning, and I realized that with five individual world titles, I was level with my elders Florian Rousseau and Arnaud Tournant, who were the sprint leaders in France when I started at the French Institute of Sports and taught me everything. I had the chance to overtake them, and I did it.”

― Francois Pervis

“Every now and then, I get a free ticket from someone, and I look at the price, and it says $800, and I’m thinking, ‘A thousand dollars to see,’ I said, ‘There’s no ballgame in the world worth that kind of money,’ and yet the attendance for sports is more than it ever has been.”

― Frank Deford

“So much about big-time college sports is criticized. But the worst scandal is almost never mentioned: the academic fraud wherein the student-athletes, so-called, are admitted without even remotely adequate credentials and then aren’t educated so much as they are just kept eligible.”

― Frank Deford

“I get very envious of my general news colleagues who are always being handed sexy new stuff like global warming, China, and Donald Trump, while my sports colleagues and I must be eternally satisfied with the same old home-court advantage, soccer, and momentum.”

― Frank Deford

“I think we have enough trouble finding community in this country, and sport does provide that. It is a mediocrisy, the greatest mediocrisy. If you’re the best, it shows in sports. Nobody can say, ‘Well, he’s only there because of his connections,’ or whatever. In that sense, I suppose it upholds democracy and the best in us.”

― Frank Deford

“I remember, when I was growing up in Baltimore, we’d get on a streetcar and go down to see the Orioles, and for a couple of bucks, you could get a pretty good seat. Kids can’t do that anymore. So I think that changes the whole nature of sports.”

― Frank Deford

“By coincidence, this particular tiny show on earth that consists entirely of me talking about sports on NPR is also folding its tent flaps this May of 2017. Yes, this is my swansong, my farewell, my last hurrah. Adieu, adios, arrivederci, auf wiedersehen.”

― Frank Deford

“The wonderful thing about delivering sports commentary on NPR was that because it has such a broad audience, I was able to reach people who otherwise had little or no interest in sport – especially as an important part of our human culture.”

― Frank Deford

“NPR allowed me to treat sports seriously, as another branch on the tree of culture.”

― Frank Deford

“To compare writing an article for ‘Sports Illustrated’ to doing a piece for ‘Real Sports’, the article, it was all me. You know, I’m out there by myself with my pad and pencil. ‘Real Sports,’ I’ve got a producer, an assistant producer, and cameramen. It’s an individual game versus a team game.”

― Frank Deford

“All sorts of famous sports people have been suspended for extended periods.”

― Frank Deford

“Statues of sports stars are all the rage – especially in baseball.”

― Frank Deford

“It’s fascinating, isn’t it, that whereas so many of our statues have been of military leaders, now it may well be sports stars who are the ones more likely to be so honored.”

― Frank Deford

“We exalted that Michael Phelps-consecrated water. Rose petals were strewn in Peyton Manning’s path when he retired. But hey, that’s natural. As we should, we admire those in any craft, no less so in sports, who appear out of nowhere to achieve remarkable feats.”

― Frank Deford

“You can stand at a bar and scream all you want about who was the greatest athlete and which was the greatest sports dynasty, and you can shout out your precious statistics, and maybe you’re right, and maybe the red-faced guy down the bar – the one with the foam on his beer and the fancy computer rankings – is right, but nobody really knows.”

― Frank Deford

“The only thing we know for sure about superiority in sports in the United States of America in the 20th century is that Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics teams he led stand alone as the ultimate winners.”

― Frank Deford

“First and foremost, Howard Cosell is sports. There are all these people, these fans, who claim that when Cosell does a game on television, they turn off the sound on the TV and listen to the radio broadcast. Oh, sure. You probably know critics in your neighborhood who vow the same thing. Well, too bad for them.”

― Frank Deford

“Quickness and momentum. You take the whole last generation of sports, listening to them, even reading about them, watching the games, analyzing them, arguing about them, instant-replaying them, second-guessing them, and all you’ll distill from them is quickness and momentum.”

― Frank Deford

“I’m a writer. I’m moonlighting on television. I never made any pretensions to that. As much as I like being on ‘Real Sports,’ I have been a writer since I was a little boy, and that’s still my first love.”

― Frank Deford

“I can remember going to see the minor league Orioles. Until I was 15 years old, we’d go down with 3,000 people to watch them play the Syracuse Chiefs or the Jersey City Little Giants. That’s what passed for Baltimore sports.”

― Frank Deford

“In the summer of 1963, my second with ‘Sports Illustrated,’ Jerry Tax, the basketball editor, got the Celtics’ Frank Ramsey, the NBA’s first famous sixth man, to do a piece for the magazine revealing some of the devious little tricks of his trade. Things like surreptitiously holding an opponent’s shorts – nickel-and-dime stuff.”

― Frank Deford

“Gray skies are just clouds passing over.”

― Frank Gifford

“Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors.”

― Frank Gifford

“I think it is that parents just don’t kick their kids out the door as much as they used to. I think the demise of sandlot sports has had a lot to do with it.”

― Frank Shorter

“I grew up in the Boys & Girls Club. That’s where I really started playing all sports, and that’s why I’m a big advocate for the work they do.”

― Frank Thomas

“Because I’d grown up with this singular focus on sports, I just kind of did that with acting. That became an obsession. How am I going to make it? How am I going to figure that out?”

― Frankie Shaw

“We need a tough approach to make justice prevail and, also, because sports should not be damaged by the violence of hooligans.”

― Frans Timmermans

“Sports cars from the ’50s and ’60s are my favorites.”

― Franz von Holzhausen

“Sports is one of the keys to my life. It definitely kept me out of a lot of trouble and gave me a lot of discipline.”

― Freddie Gibbs

“My father took me to a lot of sports events as a child, and our TV stayed on ESPN.”

― Freddie Gibbs

“I’ve been engulfed in sports since I was a 2-year-old; I picked up any kind of ball – a basketball, baseball, football – I just loved to play something. I loved the energy of being in arenas and watching the game on TV.”

― Freddie Gibbs

“I’m just glad we get to see old records being broken. That’s what sports is all about.”

― Freddie Gibbs

“The Internet is changing what entertainment and sports is. It’s not just a few people authoring an experience for others. It’s really growing out of what everybody does.”

― Gabe Newell

“I love sports – if I’m not acting, I’m probably doing sports.”

― Gabriel Basso

“I learned early on, stay away from politics, stay away from religion and don’t talk about sports. Those three right there will get you in trouble.”

― Gabriel Iglesias

“The two most important things in my life were academics and sports. I had to do my schoolwork first.”

― Gabriel Luna

“Just like I find men who talk sports who don’t really know sports annoying, I think men might find women who don’t really have a true passion and knowledge of sports maybe not so attractive.”

― Gabrielle Union

“I’ve always had an interest in sports across the board.”

― Gabrielle Union

“I played sports year around: basketball, soccer, softball and I ran track year around, from the time I was, like, six, seven.”

― Gabrielle Union

“I think country needs to have a sporting culture. I think if sports were taken as curriculum in school and are encouraged in right way like government of Maharashtra and Haryana have done given Marks for Sports and encouraging them with good jobs.”

― Gagan Narang

“People need to take as much interest in other sports as they take in cricket, and that’s where we come across a vicious cycle of performance, sponsorship, recognition, jobs and TV visibility. It’s a typical chicken-and-egg story; each one is directly related to the other without an answer for what comes first.”

― Gagan Narang

“Not much is done to promote non-cricket sports in India. There is a lot of talk about how sports needs to reach the grassroots and how it should be introduced as a subject in school, but nothing has been done to that effect.”

― Gagan Narang

“Cricket pays well, so a lot of people are naturally drawn towards the game. But to carve a niche in non-cricket sports is not easy. So state governments need to be proactive. Indians need to be made aware of the power of an Olympic medal. It should be treated at par with an Oscars or a Nobel Prize.”

― Gagan Narang

“Sporting culture is needed where marks are given to students for sports in schools, jobs are assured for sportsperson, and sponsors are willing to support them through rough times.”

― Gagan Narang

“To compare Olympic sport with cricket would not be fair. Years back, cricket was a sport only for the classes, and we will also have to make other sports masses from classes like cricket.”

― Gagan Narang

“Cricket is a self-sustaining industry; but corporates need to realise that other sports don’t have that luxury. This is the time when they need to invest, and keep the faith. Every sport has the potential to create world champions. Imagine India as a country full of world champions. Why imagine? Let’s just make it happen.”

― Gagan Narang

“Bin Laden wasn’t all that central to the terrorist network any more, but taking him down created a kind of national catharsis. It’s been a really, really long time since we had something to celebrate that didn’t involve a sports team. I’d rather it had been a non-death-related occasion, but we’ll take what we can get.”

― Gail Collins

“I grew up in a very strong, nuclear family. My father was a sportsman. He represented South Africa in a couple of sports, so he was a very positive person and someone who encouraged you to be your best and give your best with everything that you do.”

― Gail Kelly

“I also have a soft spot for spicy chicken wings. They are always best eaten at dives and sports bars, like Wogie’s in the West Village, New York City, near my house.”

― Gail Simmons

“It really doesn’t matter to me whether it’s defensive end or linebacker. I just want to play the game of football. I’ve been working on linebacker drills since I got out to Fischer Sports in Phoenix.”

― Gaines Adams

“I danced for 12 years, and I played a lot team sports: basketball, volleyball.”

― Gal Gadot

“Now that sports science is more advanced, we know that there are so many off-pitch factors that can affect how good you can become. If people are telling you to sleep a certain number of hours, eat specific foods, and drink a certain volume of fluids, then you have to be prepared to listen and learn.”

― Gareth Bale

“My happiest moments of growing up in the Bronx were when my mom would bring home a new sports magazine from the candy store. I would jump out of bed and grab it from her. Then I’d rip the front cover right off and tape it to my bedroom wall.”

― Garry Marshall

“I like to follow my favorite team and talk sports with my band or fans. You won’t believe how many musicians are sports fans. We have so much time on tour that we need these outlets for relaxation.”

― Garth Brooks

“Sports, as a media property, is increasingly valuable because it’s something you have to have live. As a result, we’re a better touch point for sponsors and advertisers because our commercials typically don’t get zapped out.”

― Gary Bettman

“What you want to do, particularly when you’re dealing with a professional sports league and franchises and people’s passionate commitment to the game and for the team they root for is, it has to be sustainable.”

― Gary Bettman

“I believe that the Greater Phoenix Area is a terrific sports market; it’s a terrific hockey market.”

― Gary Bettman

“Young people, particularly in their teens and 20s, are not consuming sports the way my generation did. They are doing lots of things; they are multitasking. They are getting downloads; they are getting alerts on their computers or on their cellphones, and they are consuming sports in a more real-time but less full-time basis.”

― Gary Bettman

“I would hope there would be a greater appreciation by casual sports fans of the incredible skill and passion of our players.”

― Gary Bettman

“If you’re a sports fan, it is really cool when you see the best-on-best for hockey at the Olympics.”

― Gary Bettman

“I know when you’re in the business of cover sports, you look for 60-minute games and a result. It’s never that simple.”

― Gary Bettman

“When you look at the team that Jimmy Rutherford has put together and the players that he has, this is just a great story of excellent in professional sports.”

― Gary Bettman

“I’m a huge fan of sports movies.”

― Gary Cole

“From Enve Composites to Bluehouse Skis, Utah companies are making breakthrough products for biking, winter sports, water sports and more.”

― Gary Herbert

“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”

― Gary Lineker

“We’re all concerned about sports rights being so expensive. Obviously, we are funded by the licence fee payers, so it’s not always easy to compete with those who can get greater revenue.”

― Gary Lineker

“If I hadn’t have been good enough at football, I’d have been a sports journalist – which is what I do now anyway. Or a cricketer. I might have been a cricketer.”

― Gary Lineker

“In all sports, people get competitive; things happen that shouldn’t happen.”

― Gary Lineker

“In the old days, you had an audience of about 400, half of whom were committee members from somewhere or other sitting in their suits. It’s become a real sports event with sports fans now.”

― Gary Lineker

“I know people think that a lot of sports stars are a little bit up themselves, but they all have their heroes, too.”

― Gary Lineker

“He hits the ball a long way and he knows how to win.”

― Gary McCord

“He’s got an overall flair for the game. It looks to me like he really loves what he does and he can’t wait to get up in the morning, go hit some balls and go play.”

― Gary McCord

“Our parents helped us, or we wouldn’t be here. Lacy Van Zant and my mother used to sign for amps or loan us money to get to the gig or take us in their car. It’s just like little sports guys – Little League and football players – whose parents help them. That’s why they get good.”

― Gary Rossington

“I know I could be the host of ‘SportsCenter’ in two years if I changed my show today to sports.”

― Gary Vaynerchuk

“Broadcasts from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange have propelled once-obscure financial journalists such as Maria Bartiromo to celebrity status and made CNBC to investors what ESPN is to sports fans.”

― Gary Weiss

“I’m a huge sports guy, so getting messages from guys I grew up watching and following – Scott Van Pelt, Chris Paul, Charles Barkley, Adam Schefter – was really special.”

― Gary Woodland

“It took me a lot to learn to control adrenaline; and other sports you use adrenaline to your advantage.”

― Gary Woodland

“I’ve trained since I started walking, I’ve played sports, I’ve competed. I’ve learned how to win, even if I haven’t done it as much as I’d like.”

― Gary Woodland

“I played other sports, so when I played golf, I wanted to have fun. And hitting it far is fun.”

― Gary Woodland

“Life of people of this country is far more important than any sports or any other thing.”

― Gautam Gambhir

“For most Democrats, politics is sports to them because they have no stakes because they don’t pay tax.”

― Gavin McInnes

“From when I was 7 until I was 22, I played football. That was always my struggle as a kid. I always wanted to be an artist, but my parents were divorced, and my dad really wanted me to play sports, and that’s how I got to see him. He would come pick me up or take me to practice, and he was always at my games.”

― Gavin O’Connor

“Film as a medium has a power that sports like wrestling lack.”

― Geeta Phogat

“The media attention does not bother me. I am very happy that the media is at least interested in sports other than cricket.”

― Geeta Phogat

“It’s not easy to juggle between studies and sports but yes, if you are clear about your goals and have passion, you can definitely succeed.”

― Geeta Phogat

“Politicians should talk about sportspersons and sports, and it should surely be in the agenda when they go out asking for votes.”

― Geeta Phogat

“Don’t just set a goal for your child but ensure that they play outdoor sports for overall development.”

― Geeta Phogat

“I want to settle down and start an academy in a rural area, because I feel that’s where most champions come from. If you have everything in life, why would you wake up at 3:30 A.M. to train? I feel there’s a lot of talent that goes untapped there, especially in women sports.”

― Geeta Phogat

“Wrestling is different from other sports. It is not just about physical strength. It is more of a mind game as during matches we have to read the mind of opponents and outwit them.”

― Geeta Phogat

“I am very happy that Indian women are making their mark in sports be is Sakshi Malik or even PV Sindhu who also won a medal for the country. We talk about women empowerment and there cannot be any bigger example than this.”

― Geeta Phogat

“I love to talk about sports. I love sports; it’s just something that’s in my nature.”

― Genesis Rodriguez

“Every guy should have a fantasy sports team.”

― Genesis Rodriguez

“The older kids, if they wanted something from you, whether it was cash or sports equipment, they would just take it. My older brothers used to say, ‘If someone tries to take something from you, never give it to them.’ So we fought all the time.”

― Gennady Golovkin

“I’m incredibly competitive in all sports in a way that is so mystifying to my wife because she grew up playing the violin and piano. I’ve always been like that.”

― Geoff Dyer

“In sports, every day you can be the hero or the goat.”

― Geoff Stults

“Video games offer violent messages, and even the sports video games include taunting and teasing.”

― Geoffrey Canada

“Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing you grandmother with her teeth out.”

― George Brett

“The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can’t improve your lie.”

― George Deukmejian

“I’ve had a lot of sports cars.”

― George Eads

“Sports are sports. Its all about how we carry ourselves out of the ring.”

― George Foreman

“I’d have to say losing the title to Ali in ’74 was the lowest moment in sports for me. It was the most devastating thing in my boxing career, and it still hurts to this day.”

― George Foreman

“So I developed very early a massive inferiority complex, and I’ve told the story often about how that inspired me later in life to get involved in other things, because I couldn’t out-do my brothers in sports, and it’s a very competitive relationship.”

― George J. Mitchell

“I had a great interest in sports. I had three older brothers who were great athletes. I was not.”

― George J. Mitchell

“Competition is the spice of sports; but if you make spice the whole meal you’ll be sick.”

― George Leonard

“Sailing a boat calls for quick action, a blending of feeling with the wind and water as well as with the very heart and soul of the boat itself. Sailing teaches alertness and courage, and gives in return a joyousness and peace that but few sports afford.”

― George Matthew Adams

“I wasn’t that great in sports. I started doing children’s theater and loved it. I thought I had a great thing going with musicals. I thought, ‘I can do this. It’s fun.’ I wanted to go for it, and I thought I’d like to make a living doing this.”

― George Newbern

“Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.”

― George Orwell

“No one pretends anymore that the Olympics are just about sports. It’s routine to talk about what effect holding the Games in this or that capital will have on the host country’s international reputation, how a nation’s prestige can be raised by its medal count.”

― George Packer

“The Olympics are never just about sports.”

― George Packer

“If the presidential nominating process were an international sports competition, one would assume that top officials of both parties were taking envelopes of cash from town chairs in Durham and precinct captains in Waterloo.”

― George Packer

“When I was a kid in the ’60s, I went shopping in downtown Silver Spring. Hecht’s, JCPenney, the little retailers – they sponsored all my sports teams.”

― George Pelecanos

“Believe it or not, I worked four summers in college as a sports writer covering baseball for a parks and rec department in Bayonne, N.J.”

― George R. R. Martin

“Sports is a bunch of people gathering around, watching something that they’re not actually connected to – they’re just emotionally connected.”

― George Stroumboulopoulos

“A lot of people don’t realize that I started my career in sports and was a sports reporter long before I was on television. I used to be an NBA reporter and an NHL reporter.”

― George Stroumboulopoulos

“Sports is entertainment.”

― George Stroumboulopoulos

“Sports and music are the same thing to me. When done wrong, they are really frustrating; when done right, they can change your day.”

― George Stroumboulopoulos

“Some anthems are great for sports. You’ve got the Russian national anthem… ‘O Canada,’ how wonderful is that for hockey… but I chose the Italian national song because at my first World Cup, I saw the Italians play four times, and they won all four times – they won the championship.”

― George Vecsey

“I would never tell anybody to give up hockey – the great sports we have here – basketball, lacrosse – rugby coming into its own – we’ve got so many great team sports, and I say hold on to them.”

― George Vecsey

“There may not be much future for the kind of sports column I did.”

― George Vecsey

“I know, I know – men have that extra hero gene in their foolish makeup; it’s part of our charm. But I happen to know some women who have their inner sports hero, too.”

― George Vecsey

“When I was a kid, my father brought home the autobiography of Sid Luckman, the great Chicago Bears quarterback – probably an extra copy from the sports department where he worked. It was the first sports biography I ever read.”

― George Vecsey

“This occasional sports columnist, who has been to his share of Super Bowls, had been glad to be home on Super Bowl Sunday, but the scary commercials made me want to be in the melee of the arena, where you are not aware of commercials.”

― George Vecsey

“Television is making sports universal; for the same reason, big-time soccer is growing more popular in the United States.”

― George Vecsey

“I will always treasure the privilege of writing the ‘Sports of The Times’ column.”

― George Vecsey

“In recent generations, women’s sports have been a blessing. Some of us can remember the bad old days in the ’50s, when we would discover in casual schoolyard play that a girl could outrun most of us or hold her own in basketball or hit a softball – but there were no teams, no coaches, for girls.”

― George Vecsey

“Some religious guys in sports give the impression, ‘I’ve got something you don’t have.’”

― George Vecsey

“Some of the most inspiring moments in sports have come from players with physical defects. Tom Dempsey, born without toes on his right foot, kicked a 63-yard field goal in 1970, using a straighter, wider shoe.”

― George Vecsey

“Youth sports could not exist without millions of volunteers and modestly paid coaches who teach our children how to skate and catch and dribble and also how to get along with others.”

― George Vecsey

“Hockey suffers from being compared to itself in ways that other sports are not. Every four years, some of us fawn over Olympic hockey, a great event with bigger rinks, minimal goonishness and national pride in addition to the heightened skills of veritable all-star squads.”

― George Vecsey

“I just got hooked on the radio, the voice of it all. It was my connection to metropolitan America, if you will. Sports, in particularly baseball then ’cause of its rich sediment of numbers, was one of the first things a young person could peg up with adults on – that is, you could know as much about Jimmy Fox as your father did.”

― George Will

“I’m a massive sports fan and have a lot of energy, so I’m always running around doing crazy amounts of exercise.”

― Georgia King

“I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today.”

― Gerald R. Ford

“I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.”

― Gerald R. Ford

“I love sports. Whenever I can, I always watch the Detroit Tigers on the radio.”

― Gerald R. Ford

“All of the sports have a safety net, but boxing is the only sport that has none. So when the fighter is through, he is through. While he was fighting his management was very excited for him, but now that he is done, that management team is moving on.”

― Gerry Cooney

“I played basketball, baseball, and football. I never had much downtime. But I think playing multiple sports helped tremendously in my baseball career. I have the agility of all three combined into one.”

― Giancarlo Stanton

“You want to stick with one sport and master one thing and be good, yeah, you might be able to go to more combines, but the life experiences and athleticism you get from playing three sports or whatever will stick with you and help you progress.”

― Giancarlo Stanton

“I recommend multiple sports for sure. The memories I have bouncing around for each sport, having to juggle some in the same day, it’s tough; it’s difficult.”

― Giancarlo Stanton

“I’m kind of the model that everyone thought would always be the Guess, ‘Sports Illustrated’ girl. Then, when I started to do high fashion stuff… people were like, ‘Oh, so we can have a girl with, like, thighs and a butt in a Tom Ford campaign. Cool.’”

― Gigi Hadid

“I started modeling when I was about 2 or 3 years old; I started with Baby Guess, and I did Guess Kids, and that was the extent of my modeling career as a kid. I took all of my elementary, middle and high school years off to focus on school and sports.”

― Gigi Hadid

“I love sports – I used to play volleyball really competitively…I went to Junior Olympic qualifiers, and I’ve ridden horses my whole life.”

― Gigi Hadid

“I’m 19 now, and I go to The New School in New York, where I study Criminal Psychology. My first week of second semester was during Fashion Week when my first editorials in ‘CR Fashion Book’ and ‘Sports Illustrated’ came out. It was crazy!”

― Gigi Hadid

“I never imagined that I would see my face on the cover of an EA Sports videogame.”

― Gilbert Arenas

“It is an honor to join the ranks of sports icons such as Muhammad Ali and Tiger Woods by being immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C.”

― Gilbert Arenas

“I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.”

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“When you’re young, you need to be silly and be stupid and not be trying to do that when you’re 40 in a red sports car.”

― Gin Wigmore

“With ‘Love & Basketball,’ I played ball my whole life and did track at UCLA. So, I’m an athlete. And it was very important for me to get it right. I started with casting: As an athlete, there’s nothing worse for me than watching a sports movie and the woman that they hire can’t run or can’t shoot. It sets women’s sports back years.”

― Gina Prince-Bythewood

“I enjoy sports, and love being involved in any outdoor sport from volleyball to softball. I’m not being immodest when I say I’m a natural athlete.”

― Ginger Rogers

“I designed a sports car, the Cizeta-Moroder, with Marcello Gandini from Lamborghini; he did the Countach, of course. The Cizeta cost $600,000, but we could bargain – if a Japanese businessman says he wants it for three, fine.”

― Giorgio Moroder

“I was involved with a sports car called Cizeta-Moroder, which was the first 16-cylinder car, beautiful. I think we sold about eight cars, and then in ’92 the economic crash came, and we had to close the shop.”

― Giorgio Moroder

“I’m one of these people that likes adrenaline and new things, like extreme sports. It makes me feel alive.”

― Gisele Bundchen

“I love outdoor sports, like volleyball, and I play them whenever I can.”

― Gisele Bundchen

“The sneaker comes from sports, but it’s couture now. It’s not made in Asia: it’s made in my little village in Italy. I can customize everything. I use silk and diamonds and crystals. I think my sneakers have a lot of good vibrations.”

― Giuseppe Zanotti

“When I first moved out to L.A. to be an actor, this family knew that I was a pretty big athlete back in Texas, and they said, ‘You can live in our house for free if you coach our kid in football, basketball, and lacrosse.’ So I was coaching all these sports teams, and I got to live at this house in Bel Air – this nine-acre estate – for free.”

― Glen Powell

“To have five brothers be successful in sports is awesome.”

― Glenn Gronkowski

“I believe in greater self-sufficiency. International sport is tough, no doubt, but there shouldn’t be too many crutches. In most cases sports psychologists are crutches, and they tend to soften rather than harden the players.”

― Glenn Turner

“Our parents gave us an opportunity to play sports but never really forced us to play. I actually – when I turned 11, decided, you know, I just didn’t like playing baseball the year before and, you know, I didn’t want to play. And they actually said, hey, if you didn’t want to play, take the year off, you know, go enjoy time with your friends.”

― Gordie Gronkowski, Jr.

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

― Gordie Howe

“I still believe it is important that children have a chance to play other sports because they all offer learning experiences. Soccer is a growing sport and would be a good complement to hockey.”

― Gordie Howe

“If I learned one thing by playing professional hockey for thirty-two years, it’s that you have to love what you do. And that’s not just true for sports.”

― Gordie Howe

“Trends suck you in, anywhere in the world, patterns you don’t even see. It’s so easy. Look at Wall Street – look at any sports team in the world – there are trends. Look at exercising. Nothing but patterns and trends, and that’s what I started to see. Like a flock of birds all flying in one direction.”

― Grace Potter

“In football, time and space are the same thing.”

― Graham Taylor

“You go to Holland, France, Germany, every community, the tiniest village, they have magnificent, pristine sports facilities.”

― Graham Taylor

“I stopped doing any organized sports at 10 and started dancing.”

― Grant Gustin

“Regardless of the obstacles or hurdles that are ahead of you, regardless of the opponent, regardless of the odds, your goal and objective always is to win. I think that’s part of sports.”

― Grant Hill

“The great thing about sports is you constantly have to prove yourself. You constantly have to go out there and do it, day in and day out.”

― Grant Hill

“Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.”

― Grantland Rice

“I have always thought you could take the measure of a man by his sports manners – that is to say, the way in which he conducts himself on the playing field, or even over a game of chess or cards.”

― Graydon Carter

“You prevent kids from joining gangs by offering after-school programs, sports, mentoring, and positive engagement with adults. You intervene with gang members by offering alternatives and employment to help redirect their lives. You deal with areas of high gang crime activity with real community policing. We know what works.”

― Greg Boyle

“At issue when professional sports teams take the name of Native Americans is the problem of mimicry: having appropriated the land and wealth of America’s vanquished peoples, settler culture then appropriates the supposed values and spirit of the vanquished as well.”

― Greg Grandin

“Perhaps the single most important element in mastering the techniques and tactics of racing is experience. But once you have the fundamentals, acquiring the experience is a matter of time.”

― Greg LeMond

“You don’t suffer, kill yourself and take the risks I take just for money. I love bike racing.”

― Greg LeMond

“The Games are just a nice, positive way to build friendships, camaraderie and, of course, self-esteem. Plus, the Games are a great opportunity for people to participate in sports who normally wouldn’t.”

― Greg Louganis

“In sports, people reach their peak very early. You have to move on. I don’t know if I will ever surpass what I did at the Olympics, but I’m still doing the work I always wanted to do.”

― Greg Louganis

“When you’re a kid growing up, and you think you’re gay, you know that you’re different; you’re often teased and it can really destroy your self-esteem. But sports can be great for building self-esteem.”

― Greg Louganis

“What’s a good tournament for him? Winning it. He’s good enough.”

― Greg Norman

“People forget that track and field is one of the hardest sports because we compete against all the world. There are many sports when you are up against only 15 or 20 countries.”

― Greg Rutherford

“I was quite lucky: although my dad worked a lot, whenever he was free, he would play sports with me and my brother, and I can’t wait to do that with my child.”

― Greg Rutherford

“It will be good fun finding out what sport baby’s good at; perhaps it will be something obscure. My parents were fantastic at taking me to training sessions and letting me try lots of different sports, so I want to do the same.”

― Greg Rutherford

“Middle grade fiction, to me, is really about emergence of self. It’s about expressing the idea that the world is going to start affecting you more, and your parents’ influence is going to wane. Middle grade is when a lot of kids discover their passions – art, music, sports, what have you.”

― Greg van Eekhout

“I don’t think there are many larger lessons to be found in sports.”

― Gregg Easterbrook

“I think professional sports, football, to use it as an example, it’s fundamentally a form of entertainment.”

― Gregg Easterbrook

“Ever since I was young, I played sports.”

― Gregg Sulkin

“I know when I have kids, when I’m older, I’m going to encourage them to play sports because I think it teaches you a lot. It teaches you discipline, teamwork, and that there’s really no ‘I’ in team.”

― Gregg Sulkin

“I love sports, and when I was playing soccer, I was always trying to be the leader on the team and the one who takes control.”

― Gregg Sulkin

“I think whenever you get out and do something different, like mountain biking or surfing, it just makes you more aware of your body and balance. For me, I’ve always loved anything that involved sports, so I’ve always just tried different things.”

― Gretchen Bleiler

“It sucks. When you’re a woman in sports, people want you to show some skin.”

― Gretchen Bleiler

“Being involved in sports, you think less about how your body looks and more how it performs.”

― Gretchen Bleiler

“Growing up with brothers, I’ve always been a very competitive person and also very involved in sports. So when I was younger, whatever sport I was involved in, I wanted to go to the Olympics for that!”

― Gretchen Bleiler

“’Potato-chip news’ is news that’s repetitive, requires little effort to absorb, and is consumable in massive quantities: true crime, natural disasters, political punditry, celebrity gossip, sports gossip, or endless photographs of beautiful houses, food, or clothes.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“Tennis is one of those sports: whatever you put in, you get out.”

― Grigor Dimitrov

“I like playing many other sports, such as basketball.”

― Guan Tianlang

“I don’t really have a specific Olympic crush. There were a couple of guys during the Olympics in Sochi that were super fit. And during the summer games, any of the sports where people have their shirts off if they’re diving or swimming or whatever, it’s like eye candy.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“I don’t think that one thing defines me, but I know that by coming out the way that I did, sort of almost pioneering it in action sports – to take that stand – that it’s always going to be a label that is stuck with me, and I know that I’ll always be the ‘gay skier,’ and it actually doesn’t bother me.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“As a kid, I just felt like I didn’t really have anyone to look up to that I felt like I could really relate to, someone that was out and gay and also competing in sports and finding success.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“I was always interested in skateboarding, BMX bike riding, flipping, gymnastics. Anything with tumbling, turning, twisting, and extreme sports.”

― Gza

“I’m not a sports person, but every now and then, I incorporate sports in my rhymes because I’m always grabbing from certain things and getting inspired by something whether I’m totally involved in it or not.”

― Gza

“I worked at my high school newspaper at Andover, which came out weekly, unusual for a high school paper. Then my first day at Penn I went right to the ‘Daily Pennsylvanian’ and pretty much spent most of my college career working both as the sports editor and then editor of the editorial page.”

― H. G. Bissinger

“The uglier a man’s legs are, the better he plays golf – it’s almost a law.”

― H. G. Wells

“I hate all sports as rabidly as a person who likes sports hates common sense.”

― H. L. Mencken

“I tried to play sports, which was a disaster and probably one of the reasons I ended up being an actress.”

― Haley Bennett

“For reasons that baffle me still, my high school sports coaches put me in the first division of the rugby, cricket, and soccer teams.”

― Hamish Bowles

“Americans have a profound longing for heroes – now perhaps more than ever. We need our explorers, our sports icons, our Medal of Freedom winners, our Nobel laureates. We need our Greatest Generation warriors, our ‘Sully’ Sullenbergers, our Neil Armstrongs. On some level, we still subscribe to the myth of the man in the white hat.”

― Hampton Sides

“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”

― Hank Aaron

“The triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them.”

― Hank Aaron

“You cannot win if you cannot run.”

― Hank Stram

“On television, I have watched countless athletes from different countries, sports and Olympics stand proudly at the top of the podium and shed tears. They symbolized the Olympics for me because Olympic medals represent all of the hard work and sacrifices made by the athletes as well as the people who helped them reach the top of their sports.”

― Hannah Kearney

“I loved to do sports when I was young. We were on a family holiday and went sailing. I just loved it. And there, you can say, life began to change for me.”

― Hannah Mills

“I literally couldn’t get anyone to hire me. Having a woman do sports was seen as too risky.”

― Hannah Storm

“The sports space is so full of opinion that you aren’t hearing from the athletes just speaking for themselves. We are such a Twitter-oriented society with radio talk shows, TV talk shows and social media – what you are missing is the authentic, unfiltered aspect of who these people are.”

― Hannah Storm

“It’s no surprise that I ended up in sportscasting. I lived this world with my father, Mike Storen. Dad was a sports executive for most of my childhood.”

― Hannah Storm

“J.J. Watt is larger than life and Houston’s newest sports hero, in every sense of the word. He is a guy who spends NFL Fridays at high school football games and actively seeks out those in need of his kindness.”

― Hannah Storm

“Action sports is just in a new era: thinking outside the box, being creative, and inventing new things. I just think people dig that. It’s a new way of being an athlete.”

― Hannah Teter

“If I ever have downtime, I’m usually sitting in my place playing video games. Or eating sandwiches somewhere, or watching sports some place.”

― Hannibal Buress

“I am just enjoying what cricket has given me. In sports, it’s obviously really important for all of us to remain fit – and health is wealth, so health comes with the sport.”

― Harbhajan Singh

“I have entered the sports equipment business with ‘Bhajji Sports.’ I am applying for ICC clearance so that cricket bats with ‘Bhajji Sports’ logos could be used for international matches. In domestic circuit, the Punjab team is already wearing Bhajji Sports dresses for the Ranji Trophy matches.”

― Harbhajan Singh

“Politics and sports are the same thing in some ways. I like sports; I don’t like the sports aspect of politics. The conventions are basically the playoffs, and the election’s the Super Bowl. To me, it doesn’t feel important.”

― Hari Kondabolu

“I’m not a big sports fan.”

― Harlan Coben

“I don’t necessarily love the sports per se, I love the stories behind them. Also in a kind of perverse way I like to study what it does to us, why we care so much. It’s caring about something that’s utterly meaningless.”

― Harlan Coben

“The public schools I attended were dominated by athletics and rarely inspiring intellectually, but I enjoyed a small circle of interesting friends despite my ineptitude at team sports and my preference for reading.”

― Harold E. Varmus

“You know they’re not going to lose 162 consecutive games.”

― Harry Caray

“Don’t play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty.”

― Harry Vardon

“Sports teaches you there is always a second innings in life. If you fail today, there’s a second innings maybe two days later. Maybe there’s another opportunity coming up three or six months later. If you look at mistake as learnings and commit never to make a same mistake again, then you actually get better with every mistake that you make.”

― Harsha Bhogle

“Sports and management are not as diverse as people think.”

― Harsha Bhogle

“In sports teams, apart from talk of sporting prowess and the imparting of inspirational thought, an extraordinary amount of time is spent discussing, and flaunting, material possessions.”

― Harsha Bhogle

“Team sports aren’t my thing. I find it easier to pick something up if I can do it at my own speed. And you don’t need a partner to go running, you don’t need a particular place, like in tennis, just a pair of trainers.”

― Haruki Murakami

“It doesn’t matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline.”

― Harvey Mackay

“It’s not good if owners of sports teams are talking to sports journalists, bypassing the manager. That goes in the wrong direction wherever it happens. Therefore, I’ll refrain from doing this at all.”

― Hasso Plattner

“I have never seen a wrestling match or a prize fight, and I don’t want to. When I find out a man is interested in these sports, I drop him.”

― Hedy Lamarr

“The main thing is healthy eating, exercise, which I do for special events, like if it’s Sports Illustrated, or the swim suit catalogue for Victoria’s Secret, or my own calendar that I did for the year 2000.”

― Heidi Klum

“Both sexes like the exercise and challenge of sports, but for men it’s also a basic display behavior for impressing and winning a mate.”

― Helen Fisher

“I believe there is room in the market for a daily driver that embodies all the attributes of the best track racing car and the comfort of a luxurious sports car.”

― Henrik Fisker

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

― Henry David Thoreau

“I never cared about money. When I was at school, I never wanted a car. I was focused on sports, studies, camping, being outdoors.”

― Henry Paulson

“As all of us with any involvement in sports knows, no two umpires or no two referees have the same strike zone or call the same kind of a basketball game.”

― Herb Kohl

“Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.”

― Herbert Hoover

“I don’t read a lot of the sports, because I think people sometimes either build it up, or you have this guy that hates sports that is going to write bad about it, so I figure I’m not going to read it. Because I’m not going to let him put an idea into my head.”

― Herschel Walker

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”

― Heywood Broun

“Girls are breaking barriers and boundaries every day in everything from sports and science to business and the creative arts.”

― Hilary Knight

“Here I am just trying to fund myself to play a sport, but the greater picture is that I’m a female athlete really pushing the envelope for women in sports.”

― Hilary Knight

“I think, without question, the way someone plays sports shows something about inherently who they are, you know?”

― Hill Harper

“I am fortunate to be on board with one of India’s top sports management group.”

― Hima Das

“Our village is very small, so I wasn’t surprised when I heard some negative comments from my neighbours on my interest in sports. But nothing mattered, as I always knew what I was doing and why I was doing it.”

― Hima Das

“When brands advertise with sports players, it inspires people to be part of and play sport.”

― Hima Das

“I hate the cliche of ‘just have fun,’ but what I’ve seen in today’s sports, especially with parents, is they put so much pressure on the kids.”

― Hope Solo

“Badminton in Beijing is huge – it’s one of their top three sports.”

― Howard Bach

“Sports is the toy department of human life.”

― Howard Cosell

“Sports is human life in microcosm.”

― Howard Cosell

“The importance that our society attaches to sport is incredible. After all, is football a game or a religion? The people of this country have allowed sports to get completely out of hand.”

― Howard Cosell

“I wouldn’t dream of watching motor racing, cycling, or golf – which aren’t truly sports anyway.”

― Howard Jacobson

“My son is trying to be a sports writer, and my daughter is a college student. She wants to be a comedy writer, and she’s at film school. I discouraged both of them early on from getting involved in Starbucks. I didn’t think it would be fair; plus, they didn’t have any interest anyway.”

― Howard Schultz

“After ‘Sports’ came out in the fall of 1983, everything changed for me. Four of the album’s singles became top-10 hits, and by the end of June in 1984, the album was No. 1 on the Billboard chart. It was quite a ride, and for the first time I had enough money to live the way I wanted.”

― Huey Lewis

“In ’87 – four years after ‘Sports’ was released – my family and I began vacationing in Montana. I soon bought my first piece of land in Ravalli County, in the western part of the state.”

― Huey Lewis

“Back in the day you wanted your albums to have a theme, and ‘Sports’ theme was really a collection of singles. It was really a record for its time.”

― Huey Lewis

“One afternoon when I was 9, my dad told me I’d be skipping school the next day. Then we drove 12 hours from Melbourne to Sydney for the Centenary Test, a once-in-a-lifetime commemorative cricket match. It was great fun – especially for a kid who was a massive sports fan.”

― Hugh Jackman

“I’m a mad lover of sport. You cannot say a bad word to me about sports. So I know business is involved and I know it can be cynical, and, of course, I watch it, but for me it’s pure.”

― Hugh Jackman

“When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn’t play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.”

― Hugo Black

“I have long understood that losing always comes with the territory when you wander into the gambling business, just as getting crippled for life is an acceptable risk in the linebacker business. They both are extremely violent sports, and pain is part of the bargain. Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“One of the most basic factors in sports is that winning becomes a habit, and losing is the same way. When failure starts to feel normal in your life or your work or even your darkest vices, you won’t have to go looking for trouble, because trouble will find you. Count on it.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“The best thing about the Kentucky Derby is that it is only two minutes long. It is the quickest event in sports, except for Sumo-wrestling & Mike Tyson fights. Maybe Drag-racing is quicker, but I have never been attracted to it.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“February is always a bad month for TV sports. Football is gone, basketball is plodding along in the annual midseason doldrums, and baseball is not even mentioned.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“To me, it doesn’t matter how good you are. Sport is all about playing and competing. Whatever you do in cricket and in sport, enjoy it, be positive and try to win.”

― Ian Botham

“Soccer and cricket were my main sports growing up. I had trials as a soccer player with a few clubs interested, Crystal Palace being one, but it was cricket which became my chosen profession.”

― Ian Botham

“I’ve been lucky to ride 10 different horses at the Olympics. I’d like to think that of all of them, Big Ben – who was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame – would still be competitive in the contemporary sport.”

― Ian Millar

“My first Olympics was Munich in 1972. I am better now than I was then, in knowledge and experience. The age of top riders generally tends to be older than in other sports because it takes a lot of time to be consistent.”

― Ian Millar

“As we know, all sports evolve tremendously, and our sport is no different. It’s really not the same thing at all as it was in 1972. It’s a different type of horse we’re using. The style of riding is quite evolved, the way the courses are built, the materials used… it’s virtually unrecognizable.”

― Ian Millar

“When all the other kids were playing sports after school, I wanted to sing and dance and act.”

― Ian Ziering

“Sports without music, it’s nothing but a game. Music adds the emotion.”

― Ice Cube

“Sports without music is just a game. Music makes it entertaining.”

― Ice Cube

“Music has done a lot to enhance the emotions of sports. It’s played in arenas. Whenever there is footage cut together they’re always using music. And it goes together, you know.”

― Ice Cube

“People think I’m more wild than I am… I like going to theme parks, play sports or just hanging out with my friends.”

― Iggy Azalea

“A weightlifter should be able to do everything and borrow things from other sports to beat competitors.”

― Ilya Ilyin

“I used to play football at school, and I enjoyed really physical sports, but I now try to avoid any sports that might build up different muscles. That might have a negative impact on my archery.”

― Im Dong-Hyun

“I think that for my sport, the core is the most important. I mean, really in all sports, but especially in the sport I play, I keep my core right and try and keep that up no matter what I’m doing.”

― Iman Shumpert

“Look at the way sports, music and film have become driving forces of popular culture. Fashion is the fourth pillar.”

― Imran Amed

“I don’t think it is difficult to balance professional sports with practising your faith. It is very easy if you follow the right path.”

― Imran Tahir

“When it comes to women, there has been a tendency to define women in sports in the context of their relationships – they watch games because their husbands watch. They’re interested because their kids play a sport. They buy tickets to a sporting event because it’s a way to spend time with family.”

― Indra Nooyi

“When I came to America in 1978, I was a huge sports fan – the problem was, my sport was cricket. Shockingly enough, no one wanted to talk cricket with me!”

― Indra Nooyi

“You would never see me driving around in a sports car. I feel like you’re so low and squish-able by transport trucks.”

― Inga Cadranel

“It’s not that I don’t want a fast car. I like the speed. I’m just not the type of person who finds a sports car a sexy car.”

― Inga Cadranel

“Sports have always been a really important part of how I energize myself, as well as how I relax. I spend a lot of my spare time with my family playing tennis, biking and rollerblading.”

― Irene Rosenfeld

“I started my career as a swimsuit model. My first big break in America was 2007, ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Issue.”

― Irina Shayk

“Boxing is one of the few sports that is one on one.”

― Irwin Winkler

“For me, I feel empowered when I use my body to exercise, play sports, and explore the world. My body allows me to sing, dance, talk, feel – and eat a damn good piece of cheesecake.”

― Iskra Lawrence

“Because I was a swimmer, I felt like sports did help me to realize that my body was more than what it just looked like… and if didn’t eat, then I couldn’t swim fast.”

― Iskra Lawrence

“You have to list all your special skills on a form when you get an agent. There’s fencing, stage combat, horse riding, motorbike riding, Spanish, French, German, whatever. I just ticked everything. I talk about 10 languages according to that form. I even ticked the extreme sports box.”

― Isla Fisher

“I’m a great sports fan, you know. I love to watch tennis and basketball and baseball and so on.”

― Itzhak Perlman

“Tennis is not like other sports where the coach is hired by an independent entity, and that makes a huge difference in the dynamic.”

― Ivan Lendl

“A part of me feels very Swiss: I follow Swiss sports – curling, for example – and I support Swiss teams. I love Roger Federer.”

― Ivan Rakitic

“Sports have always been a big part of my life. At school, I played a lot of different sports, and I was competing with other schools. I did everything: running, volleyball, basketball, soccer, Olympic-style gymnastics, and more! My history with sports gave me good concentration, focus, strength, and motivation to stay healthy.”

― Izabel Goulart

“There’s a whole lot more to the African-American community than entertainment and sports.”

― J. C. Watts

“I would love to be associated with some sports organization. I was a journalism major. That’s kind of intriguing, to do something in the political-commentary arena.”

― J. C. Watts

“Making movies was more a reaction to not being chosen for sports. Other kids were out there playing at whatever; I was off making something blow up and filming it, or making a mould of my sister’s head using alginating plaster.”

― J. J. Abrams

“I get a lot of letters that say, ‘I’m a normal, down-to-earth girl. I love to cook, and I love sports.’ What I also get are letters from a whole bunch of moms saying, ‘My daughter is awesome,’ and, ‘My daughter is a great daughter.’”

― J. J. Watt

“The biological factors underlying race differences in sports have consequences for educational achievement, crime and sexual behavior.”

― J. Philippe Rushton

“There’s that old journalism rule that sunshine is the great disinfectant – which is how reporters bust their way into meetings and such all the time. In sports, I really think winning is the great disinfectant.”

― J. R. Moehringer

“I’m not super into sports.”

― Jack Antonoff

“Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.”

― Jack Benny

“I regard sports first and foremost as entertainment, so dry documentary narration is not for me.”

― Jack Brickhouse

“Sports are one of the main cultural activities on the face of the earth.”

― Jack Kent Cooke

“The American people are sheep. They’re comfortable, rich, working. It’s like the Romans, they’re happy with bread and their spectator sports. The Super Bowl means more to them than any right.”

― Jack Kevorkian

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

― Jack Lemmon

“I’m fascinated by sports, the buzz of winning, and the buzz of losing.”

― Jack Lowden

“Delaware is the only state east of the Rockies that is allowed under federal law to offer sports betting.”

― Jack Markell

“There isn’t a flaw in his golf or his makeup. He will win more majors than Arnold Palmer and me combined. Somebody is going to dust my records. It might as well be Tiger, because he’s such a great kid.”

― Jack Nicklaus

“He has the finest, fundamentally sound golf swing I’ve ever seen.”

― Jack Nicklaus

“He’s going to be around a long, long time, if his body holds up. That’s always a concern with a lot of players because of how much they play. A lot of guys can’t handle it. But it looks like he can.”

― Jack Nicklaus

“I was playing sports all the time, and my parents, Anne and John, encouraged me to play in grade school and high school.”

― Jack Ramsay

“I changed my car completely – I was in a sports car and changed to a Jeep, which is more stable for the back and doesn’t put too much stress on it.”

― Jack Rodwell

“I was always very independent and looked out for myself. I think that ability really helped me in later years both in sports and in theatre.”

― Jack Wagner

“Almost every single commercial on television for shampoo, sports shoes, drinks, food, clothes, perfume, cars, etc., is a short fairy tale, for they are given magical qualities.”

― Jack Zipes

“You cannot mix sports with politics.”

― Jackie Chan

“We live in a world where sports have the potential to bridge the gap between racism, sexism and discrimination. The 2012 Olympic Games was a great start but hopefully what these games taught us is that if women are given an opportunity on an equal playing field the possibilities for women are endless.”

― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Growing up in the time of Title IX – it was passed when I was 10 – I got a front-row seat to so many great moments in women’s sports. Of course I didn’t know it at the time.”

― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“When I was in elementary school, we weren’t allowed to do sports other than cheerleading. By junior high, they let us play, but we had to come back after 6:30 p.m. to practice because there was only one gymnasium and the boys used it first.”

― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Competing in both track and field and basketball for the Bruins I have a lot of great memories to choose from. But my all-time favorite moment in collegiate sports has to be in 1982 when we won UCLA’s first NCAA title in track.”

― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I was someone who was trying to make it into the world of glamour. On the other hand, Tiger has also been an athlete and a sports person. He is making his own choices instead of being under my shadow.”

― Jackie Shroff

“Here in California, it’s living the life, going to school, playing sports and hanging out with my friends. But, when I’m in North Carolina, its all work, work, work.”

― Jackson Brundage

“In corporate culture, in sports culture, in the media, we honor those who win at all costs.”

― Jackson Katz

“I was an athlete growing up. I did a lot of sports: soccer, basketball, so I was always so used to hardcore training, a lot of running. I got to a point where I felt like I just wanted to get toned; I didn’t need to shed pounds, so now I do Pilates.”

― Jacquelyn Jablonski

“Let’s face it. There is no setup in Pakistan to train and groom young players at the grassroots level in different sports. Those of us who did make a name for ourselves and became champions did it with our own initiative – there was no academy to back us till we reached a certain level on our own.”

― Jahangir Khan

“I grew up with four brothers. I used to play sports with them. And I liked wearing their clothes. I’d run around in T-shirts, jeans, and baseball caps.”

― Jaimie Alexander

“There’s food and supplements that you can take legally that will better your body and help you stay healthy. Shortcuts are something that’s always been around all sports, but as a union, we’re trying to do the best we can to weed those guys out of the game.”

― Jake Arrieta

“I think flexibility in general is something that needs to be reinforced, and not only baseball players but all sports.”

― Jake Arrieta

“Sports psychology or mental training has been viewed as a weakness, and I think that’s a pretty silly way to look at it.”

― Jake Arrieta

“I was a jock, hardcore sports all the way down the line, but I heard that if you auditioned for this arts school, you got time off school, and that sounded good to me.”

― Jake Epstein

“I am big into water sports and just being out on the water. That is second nature to me, being from Florida.”

― Jake Owen

“I come from a small town in Ohio and was always into sports.”

― Jake Paul

“A lot of times, when you see someone do something, whether it’s sports or multimedia or whatever their profession is, you think it just starts when you see them; you don’t realize all of the sweat equity that goes into it.”

― Jalen Rose

“Sports happen in dog years.”

― Jalen Rose

“I get to talk about sports on television for a living.”

― Jalen Rose

“Like a lot of people, I pray for a sick relative or that kind of thing, but I don’t pray to make my next flight connection at the airport. I find prayers before sports contests to be insensitive and kind of demeaning, at least when someone prays to beat the other team or something like that.”

― James Carville

“I always wanted to be a sports broadcaster.”

― James Carville

“The thing I love about politics and sports is that there is an end goal – winning – and there are indeed winners and losers.”

― James Carville

“If I had a personal wish for the new ideas in this new book it would be that every parent, every counselor, every teacher, every professor, every sports coach that deals with young people would understand the three circle concept.”

― James Collins

“I was going to design sports cars, but my father came to my college to visit me. At the time he was making a picture in Sweden and he took me there with him. I got to see Ingmar Bergman’s company and I thought, ‘Gee, filmmaking is a lot more fun than sports cars,’ so I decided to follow him and go into acting.”

― James Cromwell

“Academics often discount the value of top-rated sports programs in helping to develop a campus life and in contributing to the overall success of a college or university. Like it or not, the sports programs a college or university has are the front page of that university.”

― James E. Rogers

“People spend money on sports, and I just don’t do golf, I hate it. But I love sailing and the technology aspect.”

― James H. Clark

“We are honored to host the greatest players in the NBA in the newly transformed World’s Most Famous Arena for the 2015 All-Star Game. Over its 134-year history, Madison Square Garden has been privileged to host some of sports most defining and enduring moments and we are thrilled to add this prestigious event to The Garden’s illustrious history.”

― James L. Dolan

“I love being on Sky Sports, the big hype around the games and stuff like that.”

― James Maddison

“There was no question that in our house doing well, doing it the right way, school, sports – there was an expectation. One of the things I’ve taken away from that is that I’m unafraid to expect a fair amount from people. It makes them so much better – you’re doing them a disservice if you don’t.”

― James McNerney

“My sports were team sports: ice hockey and baseball. The whole team dynamic is similar in business. Leadership is earned – the captain earns that role; it’s not because he’s the coach’s son. These are all things we know, but in today’s world, it’s not a bad idea to remind ourselves.”

― James McNerney

“Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire’s eye or on the ball.”

― James Patrick Murray

“I’m a sports fanatic. It’s hard for me to commit to the weekly, episodic nature of television, so for me, anytime that I can put a game on, that’s what I do.”

― James Roday

“As an example, one of the schools I have been studying is too small to compete effectively in most sports, but participates with vigor each year in the state music contests.”

― James S. Coleman

“It’s great to listen to men talk about sports or fights or war or even hunting sometimes, but the presence of the other, the presence of art and beauty, which crude masculinity seems to discount, is essential. Real civilization and real manhood seem to me to include those.”

― James Salter

“The ban on sports betting does exactly what Prohibition did. It makes criminals rich.”

― James Surowiecki

“Nike used to be known as Blue Ribbon Sports. What’s now Sara Lee used to be Consolidated Foods. And Exxon was once Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. These were name changes that worked. But for all the ones that do, there are 10 or 20 that don’t.”

― James Surowiecki

“I love sports and I love sports movies.”

― James Van Der Beek

“My sisters were very successful and confident. It was, ‘Oh, you are Pippa’s brother! Are you Catherine’s brother?’ And so I was automatically put into the top sports teams and academic sets.”

― James William Middleton

“I personally am not a shorts-wearing guy. That goes for any form of shorts, beside sports shorts, that I have to wear.”

― James Wolk

“’30 for 30s’ are amazing. They’re little documentaries and can be anywhere from half an hour to an hour-and-a-half – great sports stories.”

― James Wolk

“I was a team sports guy, but I don’t do that anymore. When I work out, it’s alone.”

― Jamie Bamber

“I’ve been a sports fan all my life, and like most other actors, I’m convinced I could have been a pro athlete if Hollywood hadn’t come calling.”

― Jamie Foxx

“I love sports. So if I was like a sports anchor or something like that. I would love to do that.”

― Jana Kramer

“Seems like most of the kids today are into other sports other than tennis.”

― Jana Novotna

“I went to some sports camps when I was really young and hated it. So I changed and went to camps where I could dance all morning and act all afternoon.”

― Jane Badler

“The world is not kind to whistleblowers – a term of art with particular resonance in football, the most hierarchical and repressive of organized sports, a world of ‘systems’ and ‘programs’ and scripted plays, where reading a medical report requires a security clearance, and practice fields are patrolled like Guantanamo Bay.”

― Jane Leavy

“Mantle didn’t want to stick out, but he did. He didn’t wish to be treated as special, but he was. He was uncomfortable being the center of attention, but he was the centerfielder for the most famous franchise in sports.”

― Jane Leavy

“News writing and sports writing have become synonymous. And it started with, you know, free agency, and now it’s in the concussion debate.”

― Jane Leavy

“By the time I joined the ‘Washington Post’ sports staff in 1979, Red’s Runyonesque notion of sports writing was obsolete.”

― Jane Leavy

“Sports journalism is in the midst of an identity crisis so profound that we no longer know whether we’re made up of one word or two.”

― Jane Leavy

“I lived in a town of 400 until I was like nine or ten. My dad coached all the sports – he was a gym teacher and health teacher for grades K-12.”

― January Jones

“Growing up, around the dinner table my father and I didn’t talk sports. We talked business.”

― Jared Kushner

“I did a shoot for ‘Sports Illustrated,’ and my grandpa called me and asked when my issue of ‘Playboy’ was coming out. It was hilarious as well as embarrassing.”

― Jasmine Tookes

“I played a ton of team sports growing up, and team wins are just incredibly gratifying.”

― Jason Bateman

“Of course the first version of an all-electric sports car is going to be expensive.”

― Jason Calacanis

“You shouldn’t turn on C-SPAN to get your sports update.”

― Jason Chaffetz

“I did play other sports growing up. I played cricket and all those other things, but I was just so much more talented in golf, and that’s all I wanted to do.”

― Jason Day

“I’m a big sports guy – golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, snowboarding – and I love games.”

― Jason Dohring

“I watch a lot of sports. One of the reasons I watch is to see how these guys handle pressure, how they respond to situations.”

― Jason Dufner

“The idea of growing up in the South and being a man is an interesting thing; there’s a lot masculinity involved, with hunting, fishing, and playing sports that rural people take pride in, but at the same time, I grew up really not wanting to hate anybody.”

― Jason Isbell

“Growing up in Huntington Beach, you were either a traditional sports athlete, a skateboarder, or a surfer. I got my first skateboard when I was five and skated off and on over the years, did a little BMX racing as a kid, and then in my freshman or sophomore year I started getting a little bit more into skateboarding.”

― Jason Lee

“When I did play team sports, I was into soccer and hockey. I loved hockey. And then rock climbing became the thing that got me out of Iowa, and I traveled the world for rock climbing. I really loved the, I guess you would say, dirtbag lifestyle of not eating much and traveling the world and slipping into different cultures and just observing.”

― Jason Momoa

“I like a few vintage Rolexes, and Panerais are good. I’m not into sports watches – I like chronometers.”

― Jason Statham

“I used to play a lot of racket sports, tennis and squash.”

― Jason Statham

“I had played sports all my life, and I thought that was going to be the way. But I saw where the potential in football was going to end. When it comes to decision-making, I just follow my gut at the end of the day. And if I don’t, I get in trouble. I wanted to become a filmmaker.”

― Jason Wiles

“I think sports makes for good drama because it has all the same ingredients as anything worth reading or listening to or watching. Conflict, desire, heartbreak – it’s all there.”

― Jay Baruchel

“All I want to know is that I can keep this house for the rest of my days and I want to make good music… and have the odd sports car in the garage, obviously!”

― Jay Kay

“Not everyone likes sports. Gandhi and Malcolm X come to mind.”

― Jay Mohr

“I always seem to get parts where I play the sports professional – and that’s not me at all!”

― Jay Ryan

“Sports and education, I think they overlap.”

― Jaylen Brown

“You’ve got athletes who are politicians, venture capitalists, musicians, rappers, etcetera. It’s becoming more of a popular thing to have other interests outside of basketball, and I think that’s normal. Just like when people work day jobs, they have interest in sports, they do investments, they do all these other types of things.”

― Jaylen Brown

“Sports is a unique thing in our country. It’s so influential. It’s almost like a sacrament for religion.”

― Jaylen Brown

“When I create a sports costume, I remember that it must not look – how do you say? – ‘bedraggled.’”

― Jean Patou

“Here’s my take: People watch sports to get away from day-to-day stresses, work, illness, financial worries. We don’t need to be reminded of political divisions.”

― Jeanine Pirro

“The ESPN complex is a 255-acre playland, as beautiful and perfect as the Magic Kingdom itself down the road – except it’s sports!”

― Jeanne Marie Laskas

“I have been requesting the government because it is the government which has to allocate the land to build public courses. I am willing to meet the minister and discuss ways to make courses public and more accessible to the regular sports enthusiasts.”

― Jeev Milkha Singh

“Unless you’re a vegan freak of nature like Tony Gonzalez, I don’t think you can play sports much past your early 30s.”

― Jeff Ament

“People try to read a lot into what ‘digital’ means. It’s just another platform. There are very attractive things that happen if you invest in content – movies, TV production, acquired series, specialty genres, digital distribution of our magazines, sports rights.”

― Jeff Bewkes

“Well, I’m not a big sports fan.”

― Jeff Bridges

“It’s my personal opinion, and I firmly believe, that it’s important that I keep sports and politics separate.”

― Jeff Fisher

“Part of my growing up was always trying to make my parents proud and always trying to keep them happy. I think part of what held them together was my involvement in sports.”

― Jeff Garcia

“I grew up in New York City, where we played highly unorganized sports: stick ball, stoop ball, and the occasional game of baseball with no adult supervision.”

― Jeff Greenfield

“I can’t divorce myself from my childhood. I try to write as much fiction as I possibly can, but there are so many things that are touchstones of my childhood like being on the swim team and playing soccer and the particularities of sports season and environments that make their way into my books.”

― Jeff Kinney

“If sports science really has a beat on what’s healthy for the players, then they need to tell the league how many games that is healthy for players to play and then only play that many games.”

― Jeff Van Gundy

“I think that there are three incredible brands in the news and information space. I think ESPN owns sports; I think the Weather Channel owns weather, and I want CNN to own news and information in the global digital video space.”

― Jeff Zucker

“I’d like to run a professional football team. I’d love to run the USTA, be the sports editor of the ‘New York Times.’”

― Jeff Zucker

“I never really felt like I quite fit in. Other boys were playing sports and into hunting and stereotypically masculine activities. I was always more attracted to the arts. I loved to dance, I loved to sing, and I always knew I would be an actor. I don’t really know why.”

― Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

“As the National Football League and other pro sports increasingly reckon with the early dementia, mental health issues, suicides and even criminal behavior of former players, the risk of what’s known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), is becoming clear.”

― Jeffrey Kluger

“The families of many athletes – incensed at the sports leagues and hoping to make games safer overall – are increasingly making the brains of players who die prematurely and suspiciously available for study. Some athletes are even making the bequest themselves.”

― Jeffrey Kluger

“When it comes to matters of pro sports, politics or palate, disparate sides claim their party, team and cola to be superior.”

― Jen Lancaster

“I was sports editor for my high school newspaper, but I think I shied away from journalism.”

― Jenna Bush

“It is incredible how far women have come and women in sports have come.”

― Jennie Finch

“Growing up, I looked up to major league baseball players, and now these young women have amazing, incredible women all across the board, from swimming to gymnastics to softball to basketball. It is incredible how far women have come and women in sports have come.”

― Jennie Finch

“I have a great deal of respect for any women that will enter the world of little boys of sports.”

― Jennifer Garner

“I went to dance class as a girl because I didn’t like sports, but I never did a dance recital in my life. Never, ever, ever. I felt comfortable dancing, and I was happiest dancing, but I was never the best person in the class.”

― Jennifer Grey

“I was into sports and dancing. I ran track. I have a lot of stamina.”

― Jennifer Lopez

“I probably got more out of sports in high school than I did out of classes.”

― Jeremiah P. Ostriker

“Acting was always something fun to do on the side growing up, but I never really took it seriously. I would do a commercial every few months, and that paid my school tuition. But in high school, I was mostly into sports and didn’t go out for stuff during those seasons.”

― Jeremy Howard

“Faith, family, academics and then sports was the order of priorities in my family. My parents really stuck to these principles when raising me and my two brothers. As long as we took care of everything, they let us play as much basketball as we wanted.”

― Jeremy Lin

“I love extreme sports, I like snowboarding and motorcross and rollerblading and hockey.”

― Jeremy London

“I intend to explore emerging trends, not only in fashion but also in music and everything related to sports.”

― Jerome Boateng

“While writing my first 90 books, I was magazine editor, publisher, book publisher, executive, etc., so I was established in publishing. three of my seven or so books were biographies of sports stars and really opened doors for me in that area.”

― Jerry B. Jenkins

“Let’s face it: in advertising, you are paid more, but you die younger. It’s not very forgiving. Like sports stars, you’re in it during your better years, and then you’re out looking for work.”

― Jerry Della Femina

“I do appreciate a woman who has a passion for sports and knows their stuff.”

― Jerry Ferrara

“My biggest pet peeve are just girls who go to sports bars who have no intention on caring what teams are playing, like they’re looking for just a night out. That drives me more crazy than anything else. Like, don’t pretend to be a sports fan.”

― Jerry Ferrara

“We in the NFL unquestionably are in sports and competition, but we’re also in entertainment, and that’s the entertainment capital of the world. It just bowls you over when you see the opportunity in L.A.”

― Jerry Jones

“I paid more for the Dallas Cowboys than anyone prior than that had ever paid to get involved in sports. But I wanted to be a part of the future of the Dallas Cowboys.”

― Jerry Jones

“I can tell you, I grew up with great coaching, and it had nothing to do with sports. I had great parents. I really got some great input from there. They were entrepreneurial, middle-class business people.”

― Jerry Jones

“Sports gives us the grandest opportunity of all to talk about reaching down and helping up or getting on somebody else’s shoulders.”

― Jerry Jones

“We’ve finally told the world that this is sports entertainment, and I think one of the best forms of entertainment is anything that’s fun or funny, something that you really enjoy watching or listening to.”

― Jerry Lawler

“Discrimination and prejudice of any kind have no place in sports or in our society.”

― Jerry Reinsdorf

“You get into sports with the idea that you want to win. If you aren’t trying to win, what’s the point in being involved? Once you do get involved, you realize the team draws so much from the community, and it would be nothing without the support of it. You’ve got to give back. It needs to be a two-way street.”

― Jerry Reinsdorf

“I only had one player in my 33 years of sports that couldn’t be traded. He wore No. 23 – and 45 when he played baseball.”

― Jerry Reinsdorf

“I never heard of anyone saying they want to deploy their capital wisely and go buy a sports franchise. What you want to do is just not lose money. You see, I don’t have to work anymore. I tell people I don’t have a real job. On the other hand, I learned long ago that you can’t go broke if you turn a profit.”

― Jerry Reinsdorf

“We strongly believe that children should not be exposed to smokeless tobacco or see such products being used by their on-field sports heroes.”

― Jerry Reinsdorf

“You get into sports with the idea that you want to win. If you aren’t trying to win, what’s the point in being involved?”

― Jerry Reinsdorf

“The only thing about sports is making sure you don’t read the papers too often.”

― Jerry Reinsdorf

“Any other business, you want your competitors to go out of business. In sports, you just don’t want them to have as good a record as you do.”

― Jerry Reinsdorf

“I watch sports and cable news. I’m a political junkie, so that’s my interest.”

― Jerry Springer

“To be candid with you, free agency hurts all sports. It’s great for athletes making an enormous amount of money. But to say it helps the sports, I don’t believe that.”

― Jerry West

“I don’t follow sports that much now, but I was a Phoenix Suns fanatic in the early ’90s.”

― Jesse Eisenberg

“Before I left for American University, my mother told me to sign up for everything I could: to take advantage of everything from on-campus lectures to sports and social events to the amazing D.C. culture.”

― Jesse Itzler

“I remember being, like, 5 years old, and my dad took me to a Yankees-Mets game. My dad had me on his shoulders and taught me one of the most important lessons about sports. He said, ‘Jesse, just remember one thing, the Mets suck.’”

― Jesse McCartney

“I didn’t really watch ‘Dallas’ growing up, as I was a bit young and into other things, like sports.”

― Jesse Metcalfe

“A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.”

― Jesse Owens

“The thing that all sports have in common is that they have no fantasy elements, which is a little weird.”

― Jesse Schell

“Wrestling is ballet with violence.”

― Jesse Ventura

“I’ve been involved with sports my whole life, which made clothes and makeup and handbags not that important as a kid. I just didn’t care.”

― Jessica Biel

“At the end of the day, if we don’t show female sports on TV, how are sponsors going to want to sponsor women? And if we don’t support the women, how do you expect us to get results? It’s a bit of a catch-22.”

― Jessica Fox

“My parents gave up on their dreams in sports because they were athletes, and they had me at such an early age. I didn’t want to do that.”

― Jessica McDonald

“Eric has pro athletes on both sides of his family – plus, I used to play sports – so I’m sure our son will develop athletic ability.”

― Jessie James Decker

“I didn’t go to normal children school. I went to sports school when I was 8. So I studied martial arts.”

― Jet Li

“It feels silly to watch endless hours of winter sports every four years, when we never watch them any other time, and we don’t even understand the rules, which doesn’t stop us from scoring everyone, every run, every skate, every race.”

― Jill Lepore

“When I was at AOL, I was always on the web media side while much of the company was focused on the ISP business. We focused on big categories like celebrities and sports, and we created brands around that category like AOL Celebrities, AOL Movies and Fanhouse.”

― Jim Bankoff

“Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun.”

― Jim Bishop

“You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.”

― Jim Bouton

“Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?”

― Jim Bouton

“If you want experiences to make you a better person, then you play two or three sports.”

― Jim Brown

“The guy who enters pro sports hasn’t run scared from the 7th grade on. Until he enters the pros, it’s been nothing but roses.”

― Jim Finks

“You know, we – we start with a mentality that we’ll take a sports project if its good. And we’re certainly not on the lookout for them, because to be honest we don’t have to. They walk in the door.”

― Jim Lampley

“I think Bob Costas is terrific. He’s so knowledgeable. He can talk about any subject, not just sports.”

― Jim McKay

“Far and away, the question I’m asked most often is, ‘What’s your favorite sporting event to call?’ I can’t say I’ve ever answered the question well, simply because the three biggest events I broadcast for CBS Sports – the Super Bowl, the NCAA Men’s Final Four and the Masters – each are incomparable.”

― Jim Nantz

“I’m not an agate type ESPN Sports Center highlight, in-your-face kind of a sports fan.”

― Jim Nantz

“Any time you factor in the enthusiasm that comes with college sports, it comes with a whole new level. It is less corporate, it’s more of an unharnessed kidlike enthusiasm.”

― Jim Nantz

“I used to write letters to Jim McKay in college. ‘Wide World of Sports’ was this travelogue, really, that introduced us to sports and it introduced us to parts of the world that we had never seen before. And no one was a bigger tour guide than Mr. McKay.”

― Jim Nantz

“These days the temptation to use steroids in sports has become too great for many young athletes.”

― Jim Sensenbrenner

“Football, basketball, and the Olympic sports all have their problems with banned substances.”

― Jim Sensenbrenner

“Several professional athletes have wrongly taught many young Americans by example that the only way to succeed in sports is to take steroids.”

― Jim Sensenbrenner

“Trump survives by Corum’s Law. This is a famous, well-tested theory and is named after Bill Corum, who once wrote sports for the Hearst papers when they were in New York.”

― Jimmy Breslin

“A rabid sports fan is one that boos a TV set.”

― Jimmy Cannon

“I was totally dominated and revered my father. I admired everything he did. He was a great sports person. He loved me. I was his only boy at that time, before my brother Billy came along.”

― Jimmy Carter

“New Yorkers love it when you spill your guts out there. Spill your guts at Wimbledon and they make you stop and clean it up.”

― Jimmy Connors

“Thank you… fantasy football draft, for letting me know that even in my fantasies, I am bad at sports.”

― Jimmy Fallon

“If you’re a sports fan you realize that when you meet somebody, like a girlfriend, they kind of have to root for your team. They don’t have a choice.”

― Jimmy Fallon

“In 1967, London Weekend Television asked me to head up their sports coverage. I got to work with guys like Brian Moore and Dickie Davies. We were the first ones to come up with the idea of the pundits’ panel. Although, since I was one of the pundits, it’s debatable how good an idea that was.”

― Jimmy Hill

“I think as far as any kind of pressure on a football team or on an individual in professional sports really depends not only on that individual but the leadership they have on the team and the leadership they have on the coaching staff. A lot of times, they can divert some of those pressures off of the individual and off of the team.”

― Jimmy Johnson

“I have zero interest in sports of any kind – professional, college or international.”

― Jimmy Wales

“WWE is the epitome of Sports Entertainment; it gets no bigger than this. So, whether you are on ‘Raw’ or on ‘SmackDown,’ the level of talent that we have on both sides is second to none.”

― Jinder Mahal

“I was really into sports, playing track and field, amateur wrestling, volleyball, and soccer. I was a very active kid and teenager.”

― Jinder Mahal

“One of my goals is definitely to motivate the youth towards sports. Whether it’s arts or academics, I just want to let them know that anything is possible. To think that I grew up as a WWE fan and now I’m a WWE champion proves that through hard work anything really is possible.”

― Jinder Mahal

“New York is always claiming East, and Los Angeles is always claiming West. It’s in everything: acting, hip-hop, sports. But I love it. That rivalry makes you work harder.”

― Jo Koy

“In most sports, your brain and your body will cooperate… But in rock climbing, it is the other way around. Your brain doesn’t see the point in climbing upwards. Your brain will tell you to keep as low as possible, to cling to the wall and not get any higher. You have to have your brain persuading your body to do the right movements.”

― Jo Nesbo

“You look at the sports pages and you’d often be forgiven for thinking women didn’t do sport.”

― Jo Swinson

“Can they do both? That’s a huge balance, I think, with kids- trying to find the right- it’s everything, you know, it’s social life, it’s academics, it’s sports.”

― Joan Cusack

“I love sports. I love animals. I love kids. I want to save the world. So how do I combine all those things? I don’t know.”

― Joan Jett

“There are kids who get on a BMX bike when they’re eight years old and they go, ‘Whoa, this is incredible,’ and grow up to do extreme sports. It’s the same for me with acting.”

― Joaquin Phoenix

“We decided that sports, lifestyle and fashion were three elements that could be mixed together to a very unique formula. That’s what we did: make Puma a very sports-fashion brand when, at the times, everybody talked about sports and sports performance and functionality. We said, ‘Well, it’s about more.’”

― Jochen Zeitz

“We always try to reinterpret sport in an innovative, fashionable way, and when we do fashion, we’re always trying to bring our sports heritage into the fashion world.”

― Jochen Zeitz

“We all have limitations. I don’t have the right genes to be an Olympic weightlifter. I don’t have the right genetics to be an Olympic sprinter. Or gymnast. Sure, if I trained my whole life, perhaps I could have become fairly decent in those sports.”

― Jocko Willink

“Trying to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster.”

― Joe Adcock

“Amateur boxing is one of the safest sports around.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“I grew up in New Jersey and my father was a golf pro, so I was groomed for sports, but I wasn’t very good, so my interests lay elsewhere.”

― Joe Dante

“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.”

― Joe DiMaggio

“I play in the low 80s. If it’s any hotter than that, I won’t play.”

― Joe E. Lewis

“One thing you learned as a Cubs fan: when you bought you ticket, you could bank on seeing the bottom of the ninth.”

― Joe Garagiola

“Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.”

― Joe Garagiola

“I went through baseball as ‘a player to be named later.’”

― Joe Garagiola

“It’s a very competitive thing, pro sports. The hardest thing in pro sports is staying up there.”

― Joe Gibbs

“I had great football players. To be quite truthful, my great football players, the ones who wanted the ball at the end of the games, they weren’t focused on money. They want to do something great. They want to go to Pro Bowls. They want to win Super Bowls. Those are the people that succeed in sports – or in business.”

― Joe Gibbs

“I remember when I was growing up, I always wore glasses and so if I was on-stage or just being able to move around playing sports, I was never really able to because I had glasses holding me back. Wearing contacts has just been very helpful.”

― Joe Jonas

“I really liked sports and athletic stuff, but I was a total nerd.”

― Joe Keery

“Well, if I hadn’t have been an actor I would have gone on to play college sports.”

― Joe Manganiello

“In sports… you play from the time you’re eight years old, and then you’re done forever.”

― Joe Montana

“Yeah, I think it motivates you as people start to count you out. It doesn’t make you play any harder, because every time you go out on the field you give 110 percent, but it does give you more of an edge mentally, knowing that you were in the same situation, because in sports you always find yourself behind.”

― Joe Montana

“I was focused on athletics, outdoors, sports.”

― Joe Namath

“I was lucky enough when it came to sports and work ethic to be taught some basics that continue to be important.”

― Joe Namath

“Where I came from, sports were the only way to get out front.”

― Joe Namath

“Until my senior year, baseball and basketball were my best sports; and even when I was a senior, I still wanted to play baseball professionally. But the family wanted me to go to college, and I guess I agreed with them, or else I would have accepted some of the offers I got.”

― Joe Namath

“I am a sports fanatic and being able to perform at halftime for the fans of the Steelers and the Jets is such a thrill for me.”

― Joe Nichols

“That’s what we need nowadays, is more children that have goals other than being a sports figure or some kind of celebrity.”

― Joe Nichols

“Being wrong on facts, that’s something you have a real responsibility to correct. But being wrong in the fun sports way is part of the interplay.”

― Joe Posnanski

“Every time you write anything, at least half your readers are going to disagree with you. A big part of sports writing is how you respond to that tension.”

― Joe Posnanski

“I never in my wildest imagination dreamed that I would somehow become a sports commentator.”

― Joe Rogan

“Your body’s really only meant to compete at the highest levels of combat sports for a few years.”

― Joe Rogan

“I was a judo athlete, while taking modeling as my side job, before I eventually quit my professional sports career over a knee injury.”

― Joe Taslim

“Pittsburgh felt like the perfect size of a city to me. There’s enough to do, but it’s not like living in a circus. I also really loved how sports-enthusiastic Pittsburgh people are: how proud of their sports they are.”

― Joel Edgerton

“E! didn’t like it when we’d make fun of clips from ESPN – they’d be like, ‘That’s sports! That’s not our audience!’”

― Joel McHale

“I always excelled in sports, so I knew I had advantages there. That really gave me, like, confidence and self-esteem.”

― Joel McHale

“I knew I was good at sports, and I knew I loved acting and performing, so I really dove into that, and school always became secondary.”

― Joel McHale

“E! always wanted me to keep it to entertainment news or entertainment and no sports or anything like that, and don’t get too weird.”

― Joel McHale

“I like sports, and I enjoy playing basketball and lifting weights.”

― Joel Osteen

“When I used to play sports, I’d be the one cheering the team on, ‘Come on, we can beat these guys!’ That’s just in me.”

― Joel Osteen

“I never really was that passionate about playing sports. But when I was at this Mt. Herman school, I did have the ability to throw the frisbee. So when this sport evolved, it was fun because I was good at it.”

― Joel Silver

“I play sports – like, I play a little bit of tennis, swimming, like a normal kid. I watch movies.”

― Joey Alexander

“I spend most of my life in sports kit, so it usually shocks people when they see me in casual clothing – let alone dressed up with make-up on. I’ve walked past people from my own family who don’t recognise me.”

― Johanna Konta

“When I’m at home, I do get recognised more often, and I don’t need to be in sports clothes to be recognised, which is different.”

― Johanna Konta

“Some people go off to an ashram or they, you know, have a midlife crisis and buy a sports car. For me, I do ‘Hedwig,’ and I see it’s a midlife crisis maybe, and I see what’s next. And it’s a good trampoline, maybe, into the next part of my life.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“My dad is the reason I actually started watching wrestling. My dad was never big into sports; we were all big into sports as kids, and he’d go to our Little League games or whatever and not really know what was going on, because he didn’t know about sports, but he knew about wrestling.”

― John Cena

“My dad is not a sports guy but was drawn to the theatrics of wrestling.”

― John Cena

“The ESPYS are about appreciating moments in sports and not looking down on it because it’s maybe not your favorite athlete or your favorite team.”

― John Cena

“I’m actually a fan of all of the EA Sports titles like ‘Tiger Woods,’ ‘Madden,’ and I’m really looking forward to buying ‘NBA Street V3.’”

― John Cena

“I was always a sports nut but I’ve lost interest now in whether one bunch of mercenaries in north London is going to beat another bunch of mercenaries from west London.”

― John Cleese

“I always had this curiosity about acting, but I was really into sports, and I never really thought about acting as a career. My senior year, I tried out for the high school production of ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ and that was it for me.”

― John DeLuca

“Mom would talk about Eric Sevareid and Murrow and Howard K. Smith the way other parents talk about sports figures.”

― John Dickerson

“I always liked to write and had fun writing, but I didn’t have any pretensions about being a writer. I liked to read and liked to putz around and write little stories or poems, but my thing was sports.”

― John Edgar Wideman

“In sports, the confluence of the 1989 Oakland vs. San Francisco World Series and the Loma Prieta earthquake notwithstanding, the earth rarely moves.”

― John Gregory Dunne

“Retirement is purgatory for the former sports star. The world outside organized sports is unforgiving.”

― John Gregory Dunne

“The self-image of many contemporary sportswriters seems to depend on maintaining that were it not for sports, athletes would be pumping gas, if they were not sticking up the gas station.”

― John Gregory Dunne

“Writing well about sports is as difficult as writing well about sex.”

― John Gregory Dunne

“Politics generally doesn’t mix with sports very well.”

― John Hickenlooper

“As you know, the thing that I know the least about is the topic of sports.”

― John Hodgman

“All I can ask from society is that it please stop telling me why I should like sports.”

― John Hodgman

“I try not to make a habit of spending the whole year losing in the first rounds of events, but tennis is one of those sports where nothing is guaranteed.”

― John Isner

“Broadway shows in New York draw two times the attendance of all New York sports teams put together.”

― John Lahr

“I think they need to get a more reliable way of watching television on the laptop. Because I travel so much, if I want to watch my favorite sports team it might not be showing in that place, so I want a reliable way to watch whatever I want to watch on my laptop.”

― John Legend

“Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.”

― John Leonard

“The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break.”

― John Madden

“Trip Hawkins – and this was the early 1980s – was saying there’s going to be a day when everyone has a computer and they’re going to want to do more on it, including playing games. So he started up a company, EA Sports, and he was going to have three games, football, basketball and baseball. So I was the football game.”

― John Madden

“One of the biggest gaps in sports is the difference between the winning and losing teams of the Super Bowl. They don’t invite the losing team to the White House. They don’t have parades for them. They don’t throw confetti on them.”

― John Madden

“That’s the biggest gap in sports, the difference between the winner and the loser of the Super Bowl.”

― John Madden

“Sports has always been a pass-through. You pay for something, and then you pass it through to television, you pass it through to advertisers, or you pass it through to season-ticket holders, luxury boxes and then the fans. Then it all adds up, and you take in more than you pass out.”

― John Madden

“I tried golf for a while, but I wasn’t very good at it, so I didn’t play a lot of golf. I enjoy all sports, not just football. I like basketball, baseball, and I got into the World Cup. So really, sports in general are my life, and football specifically.”

― John Madden

“I was an old tackle riding around talking to people about sports. Like I’ve said to a lot of people over the years, ‘I only go where old tackles go, and if an old tackle does not belong there, I’m not going.’”

― John Madden

“If you look at things that really affect people’s lives – sport, the arts, charities – they were always at the back of the queue for government money – health, social security, defence, pensions were all way ahead. And each of those areas – sports, the arts, the lottery – got relatively petty cash from the government.”

― John Major

“I’ll let the racket do the talking.”

― John McEnroe

“We should reach out to people to try to go after the fans the way other sports do. Because we can’t just depend on the fact that it is a great game.”

― John McEnroe

“Tennis was a white, upper-class sport, and I wanted it to be treated like other sports were.”

― John McEnroe

“I’m not a huge fan of improv theater or improv sports or whatever, because it still just looks like a tool. It looks like a technique to me.”

― John Michael Higgins

“In the field of outdoor sports, the American boy is easily capable of devising his own amusements, and until some proof is adduced that baseball is not his invention, I protest against this systematic effort to rob him of his dues.”

― John Montgomery Ward

“Character is everything. The reason people watch sports entertainment is to see people who are larger than life, but at the same time, there’s something real about them.”

― John Morrison

“I think the reason that I’ve been able to succeed is that I was a fan of sports entertainment when I was a kid – that’s what I wanted to do.”

― John Morrison

“I don’t do sports, and my idea of hell is being dragged around ruins/museums/famous buildings, so I guess I’m a beach bum.”

― John Niven

“The only reason professional sports teams – I shouldn’t say the only reason, but the most important reason professional sports teams exist – is to win. And if you’re not aiming to win, then you really don’t belong owning a sports team, in my opinion. So you’ve got to be moving there.”

― John S. Middleton

“Sports is a mass product, and it’s a non-replicable product. You can’t knock it off.”

― John Skipper

“The consumption of highlights on ESPN is greater than everybody else’s combined. Fifty-six percent of all news and information consumed in sports is consumed on the ESPN platforms.”

― John Skipper

“Brand matters. And ESPN is, by far, the most popular sports brand. People trust ESPN.”

― John Skipper

“Things that are unique and rare will cost a lot of money. Houses in East Hampton and Malibu will cost a lot of money because there just aren’t that many of them. The value of sports has appreciated because it’s the only thing that people have to watch live.”

― John Skipper

“Chess is a competition. Checkers is a competition. Mostly, I’m interested in doing real sports.”

― John Skipper

“Sports fans have an unbelievable ability at the end of the day, when the game comes on, to kind of put everything aside and watch the game.”

― John Skipper

“Sports occupies a central place in our society, and, as such, it is unavoidably cultural in nature and often engaged in societal issues.”

― John Skipper

“With the polarization of points of view around significant political and social issues, sports is a place where people can sort of talk about something together. And I think that is important to people.”

― John Skipper

“Every bit of knowledge we have demonstrates that there is a complete correlation between playing sports and success and potential for success. Playing sports is good for you physically, mentally, spiritually, psychologically.”

― John Skipper

“Sports, entertainment and aviation are three of the most exciting professions in the world; you are dealing with the same magnitude.”

― John Travolta

“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

“My life in Hollywood surrounded by celebrities became a point of view for me – sports, fashion, music, film, arts, and politics as a media play.”

― John Van Hamersveld

“Sports were a big part of my life. I was the captain of the basketball team in high school, and captain of the basketball team at Princeton.”

― John W. Rogers, Jr.

“I think that in any group activity – whether it be business, sports, or family – there has to be leadership or it won’t be successful.”

― John Wooden

“I was a huge theater geek growing up, and that was not the easiest thing in the world, especially growing up in Chicago, where sports are really the norm. I was always off to the theater at night, from 7 years old on. Friends there in the Midwest who could talk to you about the idiosyncrasies of ‘Pippin’ were few and far between.”

― Johnny Galecki

“I’ve been lucky to combine my two loves quite frequently: that of Marvel Superheroes and Sports Entertainment.”

― Johnny Gargano

“I’ve paid the price over the years, though: a lot of injuries and surgeries related to my sports career; my hips and knees took a lot of wear and tear.”

― Johnny Mathis

“I have a couple of friends who have gone pro in sports, and if you are off by an inch, it’s an entire mindgame for the next week. That’s how it works: like, your whole world is based around an inch. Being an actor, your whole world turns on an inch, too.”

― Johnny Simmons

“Michael Phelps is a sporting god among men. It is hard to say if anyone will ever match his accomplishments, but it has been an honor to see him become a legend. He makes me proud of the American sports institution and proud of the sports that get mass attention only every four years.”

― Johnny Weir

“My mother passed away when I was 14, so there were certain things I missed in terms of upbringing. Maybe my mother would have said, ‘You have to get a real job.’ I don’t know because I didn’t have that experience. My fortes in school were Spanish, sports, reading and theater. That’s what they encouraged.”

― Joie Lee

“I played sports in high school and in college.”

― Jon Bernthal

“I got a lot of the greatest values in life from playing sports, from playing football – teamwork, sportsmanship, my work ethic, resiliency, dedication – I got it all by being on a team.”

― Jon Gruden

“Editorial imagery licensing includes celebrity, entertainment, sports, and news images that capture what is happening in the world around us.”

― Jon Oringer

“I always step back and look at – you know, look at my background in playing team sports my whole life and taking that approach into Congress. It’s not about me going, and you know, feeding my ego going to Congress.”

― Jon Runyan

“I was very into swimming, but I was never into contact sports. I think it was because I knew I wasn’t going to get damaged.”

― Jonathan Anderson

“The variety of training is a major selling point of triathlon. Different sports, different venues means it’s always interesting, and you can always switch things round if the weather messes your plans up.”

― Jonathan Brownlee

“If you want to perform at your ultimate best, if you want to be the best you can be in sports and in school, mentally, physically – chiropractic is the way, because everything has to do with your nervous system.”

― Jonathan Lipnicki

“I grew up in Westlake Villiage, a suburb of L.A. There was a guy there who was a fighter and was like, ‘I’ll teach you to box.’ I started a little bit of boxing, then it crossed over into jiu-jitsu. I was into it for a little while, but then I started doing basketball, baseball, team sports.”

― Jonathan Lipnicki

“My family actually owns an MMA promotion company, so it’s kind of a family deal. It’s called Fight Sports Entertainment, and they throw amateur fights in California. Because of that, I’ve given my mom a lot of the fighters to fight in a show.”

― Jonathan Lipnicki

“Though little known in the U.S., the Dakar is a sports juggernaut in Europe, where France’s state broadcasting company runs more than 25 hours of coverage, and the leading drivers and riders are accorded the same status we give to Super Bowl quarterbacks.”

― Jonathan Miles

“Driving a race car isn’t too far a cry from driving any other sports car, but driving one through Africa in the middle of the night offers a wide scree of new sensations.”

― Jonathan Miles

“I love sports – I am a die-hard fan of soccer, and I am always at Maracana Stadium in Rio watching Flamengo play. I am also a big fan of basketball; I stay up at night to watch Lebron James play whenever I can.”

― Jose Aldo

“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.”

― Joseph Chilton Pearce

“I had to decide if I was going to try a junior college or walk on somewhere. I even thought about changing sports. But I eventually decided that football was my passion.”

― Josh Allen

“I grew up in Baltimore. And yes, I am a big sports fan, especially when it comes to my local teams.”

― Josh Charles

“I was a subscriber to ‘Sports Illustrated’ like so many of us, and I was overwhelmed by a toxic mix of naivete and arrogance, and just thought to myself, ‘I think I can write like this.’”

― Josh Elliott

“If a day goes by that I’m not on television, I don’t look at it as a lesser day, nor do I look at changing from a news world to a sports world as any sort of step other than a step in a new direction.”

― Josh Elliott

“I played sports because I think it’s mandatory in the greater Boston area regardless of your aptitude. It’s like, well, what else would you be doing?”

― Josh Gondelman

“I appreciate how central religion is in the lives other people, but it has never resonated with me. I imagine this is how lots of people feel about things I love, like rap music or, it turns out, sports.”

― Josh Gondelman

“I like both athletic girls and girly girls. It depends on their personality. I like girls who can go out and play sports with me and throw the football around, but you don’t want a girl who’s too much tougher than you. I like brainy girls who can respond to what I’m saying.”

― Josh Hutcherson

“I play sports.”

― Josh Hutcherson

“I’m sure there are many women in this world who would hate me because all I watch is sports. But I found the one girl who loves watching with me.”

― Josh Segarra

“There were only 75 people in my graduating class at the school I attended in Hannah, S.C. It was a small school and that translated into not a lot of opportunities when it came to music. We had academic and sports programs but we never had a consistent music program. We would have a band one year, and a chorus one year, but nothing ever lasted.”

― Josh Turner

“I grew up playing sports, so I think of what it would be like to be in the NBA if you were a great player when Michael Jordan was playing. You could’ve been a phenomenal player, but you’re in the Jordan era. That’s the unfortunate thing about the competitive nature of entertainment. But we know what we signed up for.”

― Joshua Henry

“A lot of people stop me to say nice things about ‘The West Wing,’ nice things about ‘Sports Night’ – so many people that I’m like, ‘Where were you when it was on?’”

― Joshua Malina

“One of my true dreams is to do a sports talk radio show and take calls.”

― Joshua Morrow

“The Sooners are my religion. I’ve been back to watch the games several times. I’m into all their sports. I’m a tremendous fan.”

― Joshua Morrow

“Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“Boxing has become America’s tragic theater.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“At school I pretended I had a normal life, but I felt lonely all the time and different from everyone else. I never felt like I fit in, and I wasn’t allowed to participate in after-school activities, go to sports events or parties or date boys. Many times I had to make up stories about why I couldn’t do anything with my classmates.”

― Joyce Meyer

“I stopped watching sports because I didn’t want to watch someone running up and down the field making millions and I’m not doing anything about it. That methodology made me go harder and take control of my career.”

― Joyner Lucas

“Olympism is the marriage of sport and culture.”

― Juan Antonio Samaranch

“When I’m doing sports, I always think of how it’s related to singing, and when I watch tennis, I learn a lot for my singing: how the players are focused, how they use their technique, and, in the case of Roger Federer, how effortless it is and how beautiful it is to watch – like bel canto, in a way. That’s how singing should be.”

― Juan Diego Florez

“There are people who love on weekends to go out when the sun comes out. I just want to lie in bed and watch sports and relax.”

― Juan Pablo Galavis

“I think it’s good for sports cars to be united, to be just one. I think it’s good for the fans. When you have two different series, fans don’t know which way to go, when you only have one I think it’s good for the sport.”

― Juan Pablo Montoya

“Soccer and ping-pong are my two favorite sports to play.”

― Judah Friedlander

“I like every single actor or actress in the world, because we never know what the conditions are like when they are working. I give everyone the benefit of the doubt and root for them like a psychotic sports fan.”

― Judd Nelson

“Winter sports aren’t my thing. You can have your boards and blades and your glacier-gripping cleats: My feet prefer to negotiate the ground on a pair of dependable soles.”

― Julia Glass

“I didn’t play any extreme sports growing up. I never surfed, and I grew up in Santa Cruz. I was very good at doing what I was told, taking direction, and staying middle of the road. I mean, they called me ‘grandma’ in college.”

― Julia Hartz

“I work out a lot, but I like to do action sports. A lot of surfing, mountain-biking.”

― Julia Mancuso

“It’s been a privilege to get to watch one of sports greatest athletes prepare and get to play with him; honestly… it’s a dream. I remember being in eighth grade saying, ‘I’m Tom Brady,’ on the asphalt at recess, you know, playing football.”

― Julian Edelman

“My dad was just a little trailer trash white dude that worked his tail off, didn’t have a dad. He started working at 14, didn’t get to play sports. He dedicated his life to his kids to let us live our dreams.”

― Julian Edelman

“I was always an athlete; my grandfather and my dad are basketball players, and I played sports my whole life.”

― Juliana Harkavy

“The truth is that for those 86 long years when the Red Sox went without a World Series win, fans were not only in a recession, but trapped in a longstanding, deeply entrenched sports depression.”

― Julianna Baggott

“I read a lot growing up. It was kind of my comfort, you know; I loved it. I love story. I love narrative. I was academic. I wasn’t particularly athletic. I didn’t make the drill team. I didn’t go out for sports.”

― Julianne Moore

“Sports build good habits, confidence, and discipline. They make players into community leaders and teach them how to strive for a goal, handle mistakes, and cherish growth opportunities.”

― Julie Foudy

“Sports not only build better athletes but also better people.”

― Julie Foudy

“Sports help women stay in school longer and make them less likely to use drugs, break the law, or get pregnant at an early age.”

― Julie Foudy

“Most sports federations, corporations, and governments don’t change voluntarily. Change is brought by the disenfranchised demanding better.”

― Julie Foudy

“I remember the day I met Cammi Granato, a former star on the U.S. women’s hockey team. We were at a Women’s Sports Foundation dinner in 1996, and she came over to introduce herself. She had watched the U.S. women’s soccer team win gold at the Atlanta Olympics and was hopeful the U.S. women’s hockey team could do the same.”

― Julie Foudy

“The kind of boy’s club I’m used to? It is definitely not a jock-y, frat-y kind of thing. They say, ‘I’m sensitive and nerdy,’ but actually, it’s like, ‘You’re a huge child and you’re terrified of women, but you don’t like sports, so you think that makes you less of a misogynist.’”

― Julie Klausner

“One of the things in the back of my mind is that, after my sports experience, I never want to be, totally consumed by any one endeavor, other than my family life.”

― Julius Erving

“I liked the game, I enjoyed the game, and the game fed me enough, and gave me enough rewards to reinforce that this is something that I should spend time doing, and that I could possibly make a priority in my life, versus other sports.”

― Julius Erving

“Since my induction into the Sports Hall of Fame, I have wanted to have my No. 3 Chevy on exhibit for sports fans to see. I hope others will enjoy the car as much as I have.”

― Junior Johnson

“When my TV show, ‘Sports Jobs with Junior Seau,’ assigned me to be a ‘Sports Illustrated’ reporter for a weekend, I didn’t realize I’d have to squeeze it in around another sports job. I had planned to retire from the NFL to enjoy the cushy lifestyle of a full-time reality TV star, but I wound up getting run over by a bull.”

― Junior Seau

“I wanted to perform well for my mom and dad, because in high school, I didn’t have a job. My brothers, they worked at Pizza Hut or places like that, but sports, that was my way of giving back.”

― Junior Seau

“As a sophomore, I wanted to play varsity in three sports. And I accomplished that. It was a great feat that year, and something I held special. I wanted to bring a championship team to Oceanside High School, and it happened. It was a great year that I will never forget.”

― Junior Seau

“We coaches have to learn how to deal with that: How do I get to each one best – with a talk, with video analysis? And what sort of tone? We need our own coaches for that. The sports psychologist coaches me too.”

― Jurgen Klinsmann

“I come from a family of four brothers, so I like sports.”

― Jurnee Smollett-Bell

“When kids are 15 or 16, they should be playing more sports. I played football, basketball, cricket… Name any sport, and I played it.”

― K. L. Rahul

“I’d just like to be good at sports. I’m extremely competitive with absolutely nothing to back it up.”

― Kaitlin Olson

“I love adventure sports. And, I love cooking.”

― Kajal Aggarwal

“The water cooler conversation in every job I’ve had is sports, it’s what did you do this weekend, it’s ‘How are your parents doing?’”

― Kal Penn

“I’m not a girly girl. I go to the bar. I like to get dirty. I love sports. I’m like the son my dad never had.”

― Kaley Cuoco

“For me to be with someone, he’s got to be fit. Or at least doing something he loves. Following your passion – whether it’s hiking or sports or whatever – is super sexy.”

― Kaley Cuoco

“If reality TV is bad, so is Colosseum, so are the gladiators, so are sports. I think cricket is bad. But that’s a point of view.”

― Kamal Haasan

“My parents didn’t want me to do this. My dad, when I told him I wanted to wrestle, he told me no, if you’re going to play any sports, play baseball.”

― Kamaru Usman

“Apart from education, you need good health, and for that, you need to play sports.”

― Kapil Dev

“Sports should not become routine. It should be about passion.”

― Kapil Dev

“Good sports facilities are a blessing.”

― Kapil Dev

“Maybe a day will come when we may have to just put on a pair of glasses and see sports events.”

― Kapil Dev

“Though teenagers are generally very interested in sports, they must realise that education is the most important thing in their lives. They must find the right balance.”

― Kapil Dev

“Sports is my passion.”

― Kapil Dev

“I grew up thinking that I would become a fighter pilot and was fascinated by aircrafts as I had grown up around that. But my father encouraged me to not become an Air Force person, given the varied interests I had, be it books, movies, sports or fighter flying.”

― Kapil Sharma

“Sports can’t be run by governments.”

― Kapil Sibal

“Governments getting involved in sports activities would ultimately damage sports.”

― Kapil Sibal

“If there are malpractices in sports, part of the solution lies in the organisations themselves taking a very strong view and cleaning up the mess from within.”

― Kapil Sibal

“I started off dancing and playing sports, and I joined the drama stuff, the theatre stuff in middle school because my friends were involved, and it was kind of the cool thing to do.”

― Kara Lindsay

“You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.”

― Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Sports and entertainment are the only places where inner-city kids see themselves being able to succeed. Their intellectual development is something they don’t relate to.”

― Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“There were some coaches, some teammates, some sports psychology people who I could trust and rely on. They were very important to keep me focused on the right things – the things which would be beneficial to me instead of catastrophising things and worrying about things which were not in my control.”

― Karen Bardsley

“I’ve always been into sports and yoga and running. I actually study a martial arts self-defense program called Krav Maga. I can’t quite say it’s easy, but it’s fun for me and I love to do it.”

― Kari Matchett

“My son has taken liking for sports and is most of the time playing cricket and football. It is so much fun being with them, as I’m enjoying every phase of motherhood.”

― Karisma Kapoor

“That’s why esports is so awesome: it’s just like professional sports.”

― Karl-Anthony Towns

“I don’t watch shows. I watch a lot of sports. Not soccer. I hate soccer.”

― Karolina Pliskova

“I can’t mix different sports brands together. I would never go to the gym wearing a Nike sweatshirt and Adidas shoes.”

― Kartik Aaryan

“Money was never the motivation. It never should be in sports.”

― Katarina Witt

“My style has been pretty much like a newspaper. It’s got politics in it, it’s got media, sports, family relations, you know, all the sections you would expect, and wonderful religion things.”

― Kate Clinton

“My dream was always to be on the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated.’”

― Kate Upton

“After my first ‘Sports Illustrated’ cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month. People deal with models like they are children. They think they can pull one over on you. I’m not a toy; I’m a human. I’m not here to be used.”

― Kate Upton

“I know that some of the finest writing I’ve ever read has been sports writing, whatever the topic was, whatever the sport they were writing about. It seems to be an area where people are allowed a little more leeway than when they’re reporting on traffic jams and city-council meetings.”

― Katherine Dunn

“’The Iliad’ includes some snappy sports reporting, and writers ever since have been probing athletes for signifiers, for metaphor amped by grit under pressure.”

― Katherine Dunn

“When I was younger, I played sports and went to camp. As I got older, my parents began to instill in us the importance of giving back to the community, especially those places around the world that are less fortunate than my very privileged life growing up in Los Angeles.”

― Katherine Schwarzenegger

“Every single model wants to be in ‘Sports Illustrated,’ and I feel extremely blessed to have that opportunity.”

― Katherine Webb

“My first car was a Chevy Cavalier. My dad somehow convinced me that it was a hot sports car because it was red.”

― Katheryn Winnick

“Sports teaches you to understand the meaning of a team. You need to be able to work with everybody; you don’t have to be their best friend. You can experience the fun of competition and driving toward a common goal without pushing to bond in some major way with each individual on a project.”

― Kathleen Kennedy

“I started out as a camera operator. I was doing news, and I was doing sports – baseball games and football games. And I was acutely aware of women not really being in those roles then.”

― Kathleen Kennedy

“I know my strengths. Painfully aware of the weaknesses. There’s many. I love sports. So working towards a common goal, that’s exciting to me.”

― Kathy Ireland

“I love sports. I was an athlete in high school, and my school was so small we didn’t have a football team, so it’s the one sport I didn’t bother to learn the rules to because I never went to game.”

― Katie Aselton

“A lot of people like to justify women’s supporting role in sports media by saying, ‘Well, they’ve never played the game, so they just aren’t qualified to speak about it.’”

― Katie Nolan

“People are confused when you work for a national sports outlet and they’ve never seen you on a local affiliate.”

― Katie Nolan

“Women in sports television are allowed to read headlines, patrols sidelines, and generally facilitate conversation for their male colleagues. Sometimes, they even let us monitor the Internet from a couch.”

― Katie Nolan

“I wanted to be good at sports, even though I wasn’t.”

― Katie Stevens

“I’m honoured and delighted to be named the ‘Irish Times’/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year 2014. This has been an amazing year for me and for Irish women in sport, and I would like to congratulate all the finalists in their respective fields who have excelled at major sporting events.”

― Katie Taylor

“I was the ultimate tomboy because my oldest brother used to always beat up on me and wrestle and make sure I was engaged in sports, because I was his excuse to be able to go hang out with his friends.”

― Katrina Adams

“Changing the dialogue and behaviors around race and equality in sports starts with removing barriers and creating opportunities.”

― Katrina Adams

“Northwestern was never known as a sports school. I was proud to add a national title to the school.”

― Katrina Adams

“I think tennis is very different than most of the other sports when you have the opportunity to go pro. For me, it was pretty simple. Tennis was always an individual sport, and your direct results determined where you could go and what you could do.”

― Katrina Adams

“Cheerleading gave me a love of sports, which I brought to the Senate. I can talk to the good ol’ boys about college sports because I follow it like they do.”

― Kay Bailey Hutchison

“My parents were not big sports fans, but my mother loved Barry Sanders, but she wasn’t a huge fan. Now she likes Calvin Johnson. He’s such an amazing athlete and such a wonderful, humble guy.”

― Keegan-Michael Key

“I’m really into extreme sports and just having fun.”

― Kellan Lutz

“I am so fidgety – I swear I have ADD – and I always need to be doing something or being outside, just playing sports.”

― Kellan Lutz

“I was involved with sports and student government, the regular stuff. I liked movies and all, but I did love the singing and putting on musicals, and I was always comfortable with that. I liked it.”

― Ken Howard

“Sports is a terrific metaphor that’s hardly been touched on TV.”

― Ken Howard

“I watch a lot of ESPN. I just kind of keep it on for long periods of time and watch guys yell at each other about sports things.”

― Ken Marino

“When I was really young, I can remember being into fashion, but I was really into horses and sports.”

― Kendall Jenner

“When I was younger, I used to bite my nails so bad. I used to play sports; I played, like, every sport. I would be playing soccer, and I’d be in the middle of the field just zoned out, biting my nails, and I’d, like, miss the ball going past me.”

― Kendall Jenner

“We used to flock to watch gladiators, public torture and executions. In more recent times, our appetite for mortal violence has been sublimated in sports, photorealistic video games, film and literature.”

― Kenneth Oppel

“It sounds like a cliche, but it… you do sing about what you know about. And I grew up in a small town, and I grew up in a place where your whole world revolved around friends, family, school, and church, and sports.”

― Kenny Chesney

“In high school, despite my involvement on four different sports teams, I threw my duties of being a jock out the window and spent my spare time in wrestling training or on the PS2.”

― Kenny Omega

“What made it so special was the city of Houston had never won a sports championship. I think the championship changed people’s thinking about their own city. It made them feel like their city had some significance that it hadn’t had before.”

― Kenny Smith

“I think sports are extremely beneficial for our youth. They parallel life in so many ways.”

― Kerri Strug

“I definitely try to live my life in a very fearless manner, but there are no other sports that you jump from a three-story building and land on your hands! Diving is a lot like life. You just have to trust in what you know and allow it to happen.”

― Keshia Knight Pulliam

“Sports exact too harsh a toll on our beautiful women. Like engendered species, they should be protected, and instead, we exploit them and demand they fly too close to the sun for our amusement. We send them into the arena for an exhausting three-setter, an 18-hole playoff, a 200th lap. The burnout factor is insurmountable.”

― Kevin Bleyer

“It’s amazing what we remember as sports fans, right?”

― Kevin Connolly

“I’m a rah, rah guy’s guy. I like to talk about sports and put people in headlocks.”

― Kevin Connolly

“I don’t really pretend to know what’s going on, but I’ve been immersed in the excitement of watching sports, particularly football. I like baseball, probably more than football.”

― Kevin Corrigan

“I enjoy sports. I get a real joy from playing sports but I don’t look for those movies. Oliver Stone wanted to know if I would do Any Given Sunday and it just didn’t appeal to me.”

― Kevin Costner

“Theater and sports are connected. You’ve got your team – or ensemble – your goal and your determination to win.”

― Kevin Daniels

“The voice of Vin Scully has become the song of summer for generations of Los Angeles baseball fans and aficionados of excellence in sports broadcasting.”

― Kevin de Leon

“A lot of reporters don’t have conversations – they just fire off questions. I’m going to listen to what you’re saying. If you start giving me a pat answer, I’m going to challenge you. That’s where my sports background helps, because athletes do it all the time. So you have to stop them… and sometimes they’re going to yell back at you. So what?”

― Kevin Frazier

“Sports are basically our way of feeling sorry for ourselves. Most men can’t become athletes. We’re watching guys who actually made it. We see them dunking and making touchdowns. Then we think about ourselves when we were younger.”

― Kevin Hart

“When you look at how the sports world is changing, you have to figure out how to become different than everyone else.”

― Kevin Harvick

“I had my boy in Boston on Easter Sunday. That kills me, from a sports perspective. He’s a Boston baby and I’m a New York guy.”

― Kevin James

“I love the military, of course, but it wasn’t my thing. Sports was my thing.”

― Kevin Knox

“I grew up playing sports. But I always celebrate Veterans Day.”

― Kevin Knox

“My whole family growing up played sports, so I’m definitely from a strong sporting background.”

― Kevin Knox

“I play a lot of sports. I’m not real good at any of them. I’m above adequate.”

― Kevin Nealon

“All I can say is that Triple H is literally the most dedicated man in sports entertainment. Nobody works as hard as he does.”

― Kevin Owens

“The sports apparel industry was dominated by the big shoe companies. But there was a void in apparel and I decided to fill it.”

― Kevin Plank

“Basketball is one of my favourite sports; I love playing it and watching it on TV.”

― Kevin-Prince Boateng

“Thanks to the competence, love of God, our country’s security and stability, endowed wealth, integrated infrastructure and quality services, the U.A.E. turned into the world’s renowned destination for tourism, investment and business management: the interface of choice for hosting major cultural events, artistic and sports, in the world.”

― Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

“There’s nothing I missed out on. I do everything a normal kid does. My parents keep me grounded. I still play sports. I still go to a rec center every day.”

― Khleo

“You always want all of your sports teams at your school to do well.”

― Khris Middleton

“I have my parents to thank for that, they raised me to be active and play all sports. They taught me the importance of staying healthy, being focused and setting goals in whatever I do.”

― Kiana Tom

“A supermodel needed to be able to be on ‘Sports Illustrated,’ to be able to walk runways, to be able to do beauty ads, to be on covers. And the girls now can no longer be on covers and be in the ads because your actresses have taken over all the jobs. I don’t know what happened, but we want our jobs back.”

― Kim Alexis

“I gave birth to my first son in April 1986. I thought it would be a good goal to get back in shape after having a baby if I ran the New York City Marathon. I ran in it November 1986. I had just shot the ‘Sports Illustrated’ swimsuit issue, so I was in great shape.”

― Kim Alexis

“I struggled with math and had no interest in sports.”

― Kim Brooks

“Sports play a very important role in consolidating the national strength, adding lustre to the country’s prestige and honour, inspiring people with national dignity and pride, and imbuing the whole society with revolutionary mettle.”

― Kim Jong-un

“The great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, putting forward the development of sports as a matter that has an important bearing on the prosperity of the country and nation, indicated the road ahead of the Juche-based sports and wrote a new chapter in the history of building a sports power by dint of outstanding ideas and leadership.”

― Kim Jong-un

“In order to develop the country’s sports in line with the great leaders’ ideas and plan of developing Juche-based sports, our Party directs great efforts to the work of the sports sector.”

― Kim Jong-un

“Building a sports power is a patriotic undertaking aimed at translating into reality the plan and wish of the great leaders, who devoted their efforts to building ours into a country that prospers and grows stronger on the strength of sports.”

― Kim Jong-un

“In my sports or workout life, I like to prove to myself I can do something, whether it’s a half marathon or whatever it is. I like to take challenges that scare me because then once we’ve accomplished it, we feel stronger.”

― Kim Raver

“Where there is peace, there is sports; where there is sports, there is peace. Peace is what allows us, especially young people, to dream, go after one’s goals and prepare you for the next challenge in life.”

― Kim Yuna

“I am much more wired to be an athlete than anything else. I understand the ‘hard work = payoff’ equation in sports. I run marathons and I box. And that’s my Puerto Rican flag hanging in Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing gym. I gave it to him. My last N.Y.C. marathon time I ran in three hours flat.”

― Kirk Acevedo

“Sports broadcasting is very open now. In the beginning you did encounter more traditional attitudes and get comments. But I’m talking about 12 years ago.”

― Kirsty Gallacher

“I come from a sports family and my husband is a rugby player.”

― Kirsty Gallacher

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.”

― Knute Rockne

“Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences.”

― Kobe Bryant

“I’ve realized the extraordinary power of sports to heal, unite and inspire. I believe the Olympics will serve as the ultimate platform to provide positive changes and I hope to inspire all of Japan through my strong showing there.”

― Kohei Uchimura

“I am a huge sports fan.”

― Kris Allen

“I love that men like to look at women, that they love sports, that they need to know the inner workings of mechanical objects. I love the whole makeup of men – that they never mature and are always just boys.”

― Krista Allen

“Like the rabid fans of sports, the same goes for fans and their actors, TV shows and movies. You love what you love, and it bonds you with others who love the same thing.”

― Kristoffer Polaha

“I’m not much involved in sports, and I don’t play, either.”

― Kriti Sanon

“It took me a few years to explain to my colleagues and my mentors and the people that I looked up to and I wrestled that I’m not in wrestling anymore. I’m in sports entertainment. Pro’ wrestling doesn’t mean that we’re saying we’re a step up above amateur wrestling, because there’s nothing above Olympic wrestling.”

― Kurt Angle

“Pro wrestling is not fake; it’s sports entertainment. We go out there and we perform, and a lot of what we do out there is real, but we’re not going to insult anyone’s intelligence – there is a predetermined winner. It’s just the fans don’t know who it is, and that’s what makes it so intriguing.”

― Kurt Angle

“There’s steps that I’ve taken already, and each week, talking with the sports psychologist on a routine basis and working with the different programs that we’re going through. This is all stuff that you can say you’re going to make a difference, but I’m putting it into action.”

― Kurt Busch

“I started playing ball when I was a kid. My dad was a pro ball player and he passed on his knowledge to me.”

― Kurt Russell

“I played professional level sports. When you’re playing for money, it’s a whole other level.”

― Kurt Russell

“For guys playing sports at a high level, for money, I can’t put my finger on it, but in a man’s world of sport, there is something visceral to beating another man.”

― Kurt Russell

“My dad was disappointed in me because I was obese, and he was a sports guy. As a result, I spent a lot of time in that basement. I could go down there and escape and be whatever I wanted to be. I had a huge fantasy life. It always involved vengeance.”

― Kurt Sutter

“Sports have an amazing way of banding people together from all walks of life, building relationships that would have never happened.”

― Kurt Warner

“I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, so in Iowa, we didn’t have a pro sports team, so it was all about the Hawks, and everybody was a Hawkeyes fan, and everybody had their black and gold and had something Hawkeye related.”

― Kurt Warner

“I’ve been a sports fan forever.”

― Kygo

“The mental side of sports, it’s huge. It’s such a massive part of the game.”

― Kyle Korver

“Chicago is an amazing place for sports.”

― Kyle Korver

“I’d love to be more involved in sports. There’s so much positive energy – I have to be around it. Especially as I get older.”

― Kyle

“I like to walk around my apartment naked. I like sitting around in the nude watching sports, actually.”

― Kylie Bax

“When it comes to sports, it requires a lot mentally and physically.”

― Kylie Bunbury

“I think what endurance sports teach you is to stay dedicated, stay focused, and also to understand you’re going to have ups and downs, but you need to keep running right through them.”

― Kyrsten Sinema

“My life was very serious. I didn’t have time for fantasy. I didn’t watch movies or TV or anything else. It was always strict and business. I went to school. I did sports. I went to work. I joined the military.”

― Lacey Evans

“It takes a lot of nerves to be a sports entertainer and to be in front of those big crowds.”

― Lacey Evans

“I’m not a team sports person type person, so I probably would have been good at tennis, because I like tennis. But my parents really didn’t push me. I think if my parents would have guided me and stay committed, I could have played any sport I wanted to, but I never did.”

― Laila Ali

“I’m a big sports fan – mainly basketball.”

― Lamorne Morris

“I love film; I love sports.”

― Lamorne Morris

“We went through this month camp, learning how to bump and hit the ropes. I just fell in love with WWE and sports entertainment. It was the perfect world of the merge in sports, action, acting, and entertainment. I felt like I finally found my place.”

― Lana

“I’ve never met anybody who says they don’t like the World Cup. If you’re a soccer fan or not, everybody loves watching it, and I think it could be the same for other sports.”

― Landon Donovan

“I would probably say that being a commissioner in sports is one of the hardest jobs in the world.”

― Landon Donovan

“I grew up playing video games. And the cool thing about the EA Sports games is they took me through the whole motion-capture thing, where they put little sensors on my body so the video game really is me. It actually moves the way I move.”

― Landon Donovan

“When you’re a sports figure and people dislike you, they’re going to look for the negatives.”

― Lane Kiffin

“I don’t know if God is a sports fan or not, but I do know this: He loves a good comeback.”

― Lane Kiffin

“I love sports. I love being active. I love challenging myself. I was a jock growing up from the time I could walk.”

― Lara Spencer

“I don’t watch a lot of television. Sports and news, that’s it.”

― Larry Hagman

“I thought I would be a sports announcer. All I was was a curious kid who wanted to be on the radio.”

― Larry King

“If they asked me, I did two shifts. I did sports, I did news, because I loved it.”

― Larry King

“I did everything when I started. In Miami I did news, I did weather, I did sports, I did disk-jockeying. And I did a sports talk show every week – every Saturday night.”

― Larry King

“Sports are my favorite. It’s the first thing I turn to every day.”

― Larry King

“Louie and Seabiscuit were both Californians and both on the sports pages in the 1930s. I was fascinated. When I learned about his World War II experiences, I thought, ‘If this guy is still alive, I want to meet him.’”

― Laura Hillenbrand

“I don’t remember my first race, but I do recall various school sports days where I became way too competitive. We were seven or eight years old, and I had a very stern conversation with my relay team-mates about how crucial it was for us to win.”

― Laura Robson

“I’d always loved sports, and the Olympics were something I thought about often as a kid, but those dreams felt like a lifetime ago.”

― Lauren Gibbs

“One of the most common misconceptions about Olympic sports is that they only happen at the Olympics.”

― Lauren Gibbs

“I went to a good school, played sports; things came relatively easy for me. Whenever I would get faced with adversity, I would always go do something else.”

― Lauren Gibbs

“I first worked on sports photography, and it was until 2002, when I was already 32 years old, that I really started working and enjoying Africa’s wildlife.”

― Laurent Baheux

“My heroes, I couldn’t imagine them practicing. Like Bob Dylan, you know? Bob Dylan’s a very, very good guitar player, but it’s like he’s trying to hide it. I always loved this attitude. When you’re very good… it’s like being an athlete – and I always hated sports!”

― Laurent Brancowitz

“Many sports, not just football, have kind of the macho meathead mentality where innovation is almost frowned upon.”

― Lawrence Jackson

“The most important thing you learn as a sports photographer is anticipation – not where the action is taking place, but where it’s going to take place. Not where the subject is now, but where they’re going to be.”

― Lawrence Schiller

“I know, in India, specially in Bollywood and the sports fraternity, there is a lot of negative media attention on prominent public figures.”

― Leander Paes

“But sports carried me away from being in a gang, or being associated with drugs. Sports was my way out.”

― LeBron James

“When did I know I had talent? I think it started when I first started playing sports, organized sports.”

― LeBron James

“As the proud father of two teens and past Chairman to the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, I am committed to educating parents and especially young people on ways to live a long, healthy and active life.”

― Lee Haney

“I am a fan of winter sports.”

― Lee Min-ho

“You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work.”

― Lee Trevino

“You know, we don’t look much alike, but Denzel Washington would make a great sports agent.”

― Leigh Steinberg

“I never played sports. I wasn’t any good at them.”

― Leighton Meester

“I think the fun of following the movie box office and stocks is very similar to the fun of sports – all three combine passion and unpredictability.”

― Leonard Mlodinow

“Guys do not have a genetic blueprint that allows them to understand or love sports.”

― Lesley Visser

“My schedule has slowed a little. I’ve cut back on some of my assignments. But I still have the enthusiasm for the sports world that I had 38 years ago.”

― Lesley Visser

“Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence.”

― Lewis H. Lapham

“Every successful sports season I had included detailed daily itineraries. We received one in the morning and one before practice, and they set us up to win.”

― Lewis Howes

“One thing I get from competitive sports is that I am fiercely ambitious.”

― Lexi Alexander

“What I mean by being real is just when you are doing dance celebrations, sports celebrations, like the cooking dance or anything like that. When you’re an artist, you want to always try your best to do the homework and see where it originated from.”

― Lil B

“I feel like the Philadelphia sports teams are really good at having my back.”

― Lil Dicky

“I’m just not no kid… I was always consistent with everything: school, sports, music, everything. I made sure. That’s how I am.”

― Lil Skies

“Honestly, I don’t listen to nobody else’s music but my own. It’s kind of like sports to me. You don’t see Kobe Bryant at a LeBron James game – he just works on his own game. And that’s what I do. I only listen to me, so I can criticize and analyze and all those things.”

― Lil Wayne

“I’ve always loved being active, and I used to do sports – basketball, soccer, volleyball – growing up.”

― Lily Collins

“It is hard to compete with other sports. Badminton is a sport which, when compared with football and tennis, still needs promotion.”

― Lin Dan

“In the United States, we spend millions of dollars on sports because it promotes teamwork, discipline, and the experience of learning to make great progress in small increments. Learning to play music does all this and more.”

― Linda Ronstadt

“I’ve used my experience from playing sports in almost every aspect of my life. Playing soccer is where I found my voice, and playing softball was where I learned precision, and in every game I learned to play as a member of a team – to work not for my own glory, but for a shared goal.”

― Linda Sanchez

“The thing about sports movies is, they can’t help but feel epic – putting music to images, etc.”

― Lindsey Shaw

“It’s so important for kids to get involved with sports in general at a young age.”

― Lindsey Vonn

“Since childhood, sports has been one of the most important influences in my life.”

― Lindsey Vonn

“There were always plenty of newspapers in the house. ‘The Times’, ‘Guardian’, ‘Daily Telegraph’ and ‘Daily Mail’ were all regular fixtures on the coffee table. I used to enjoy reading ‘The Times’ editorial pages and the ‘Daily Mail’ sports pages.”

― Lionel Barber

“I’ve always been around dudes and sports.”

― Lisa Guerrero

“In the morning, I reach for the sports page.”

― Lisa Guerrero

“On my morning run, I listen to sports talk radio.”

― Lisa Guerrero

“Most people compliment me on maintaining my femininity while I’m on the court. People like the fact that I model. My fans or little girls always say they want to play sports, but also want to be a model like me and I think that’s great.”

― Lisa Leslie

“Some people train for certain sports and I want to train to be able to hold a super heavy electric guitar and carry luggage around myself because I always have to have 7,000 pairs of shoes. Who cares about sports?”

― Lisa Loeb

“When I grew up we had gym at school, two or three dance classes after school, ice skating lessons, and all sorts of sports at our finger tips. We weren’t glued to computers because they didn’t exist, so being active was all we knew.”

― Lisa Loeb

“Outside the Olympics, there are massive discrepancies within all sports. But the positive side for me is that the Olympics are the biggest platform there is, and there’s total equality across all sports.”

― Lizzie Armitstead

“At school, I would read the City pages before I read the sports pages.”

― Lloyd Dorfman

“We knew it was going to be the biggest event scheduled in the history of women’s sports, but we didn’t ever fathom we would be playing before sold-out stadiums all over the country.”

― Lorrie Fair

“At home I have a copy of the April 21, 1986, issue of ‘Sports Illustrated.’ I’m on the cover with the blurb, ‘Can Lou Do It?’ I’d just arrived at Notre Dame, and with spring football underway, I was the focal point of that week’s coverage.”

― Lou Holtz

“I look at athletes in all sports and try to picture what kind of football player they’d be, what position they’d play and so on.”

― Lou Holtz

“The long-term value of amplifying the intelligence of people is a lot more important than betting on sports.”

― Louis B. Rosenberg

“Breaking records is not something you expect to be doing. That’s like a sports thing, it’s not usually a comedy and writing thing.”

― Louis C. K.

“That’s one thing you learn in sports. You don’t give up; you fight to the finish.”

― Louis Zamperini

“We all know that girls who compete in sports perform better in school, are physically healthier and have a stronger self-esteem.”

― Louise Slaughter

“We’re extremely excited about the assets that Yahoo has in the areas of Sports and Finance and Email and News. You match those up with AOL, and we’ve just made an exponential leap in capabilities here.”

― Lowell McAdam

“When I’m playing football, it’s what I know; it’s what I’m good at. The spotlight is not just on you: you’re with 10 of your team-mates. I could have done other sports, like tennis and athletics, but I like being part of a team where it’s not just about you; it’s about everybody.”

― Lucy Bronze

“Funding for sports (and the arts) are often the first things facing the chop in difficult times.”

― Lucy Powell

“I’m riveted by extreme sports like big-wave surfing, ‘megaramp’ skateboarding and half-pipe snowboarding. I’m fascinated partly because the sports are so exhilaratingly acrobatic. But I’m also captivated by the fear that a terrible accident might happen at any moment. And accidents do happen.”

― Lucy Walker

“The world of extreme sports is also one of big business. Kids might think that snowboarding is the ultimate freedom, but this freedom is being marketed to them by commercial sponsors.”

― Lucy Walker

“Extreme sports tricks are becoming increasingly complex, the courses ever more challenging and crashes all too common.”

― Lucy Walker

“I see similarities in the sports I played growing up in the sense of how I tackle a role when I get a job. A lot of effort goes in on an individual basis. There is a lot of time spent by yourself working on your craft and what you have to do. But, at the end of the day, you’re there to serve the movie just like you would the rugby team.”

― Luke Bracey

“I’m a big sports fan in general.”

― Luke Bryan

“I’m not knocking the other sports; I love other sports. There’s a competitive and a technical level of them that I won’t understand, probably, to a certain extent, but I’ve done a lot of other sports competing on college teams, and there’s just nothing like fighting.”

― Luke Rockhold

“I believe God created sports for a good reason. It’s recreation. It’s something that we enjoy. It teaches us a lot as well… I believe God is a sports fan.”

― Luke Scott

“At 13, I concentrated on my school work and playing sports, which, to this day, is something I still believe is very, very important.”

― Luol Deng

“Daily fantasy sports operators claim that they operate legally under Alabama law. However, paid daily fantasy sports contests are, in fact, illegal gambling under Alabama law.”

― Luther Strange

“I played rugby in the winter, cricket in the summer, and for a brief period was on the books at Cardiff City. Athletics was only sports day for me. In fact, I never really liked it. I was never too keen on a sport that didn’t have a ball at your feet.”

― Lynn Davies

“I don’t want to have to say, Honey, you know, could you turn off the sports channel because I’m not a big sports fan, and I don’t love the television being on just for the sake of turning on. I’d like turning on for some thing specific.”

― Lynn Redgrave

“Sports is all about money.”

― Lynn Samuels

“Sports and entertainment have always been windows of opportunity for African Americans, when other doors were closed.”

― Lynn Swann

“Professional sports is a business.”

― Lynn Swann

“Most remember the groundbreaking first in sports; few remember the third or fourth to follow in those tracks. That’s not downplaying anyone’s achievements but rather recognizing that there comes a time when simply being there is no longer good enough for the record books.”

― LZ Granderson

“Don’t use your advance to buy an antique sports car, diamonds by the yard, or a bottle of wine from Thomas Jefferson’s cellar instead of investing in your book.”

― M. J. Rose

“My brothers and I love playing outside and climbing trees. We really love sports, too – I think football’s probably my favorite.”

― Madeline Carroll

“Predominantly I’m an Adidas guy who walks around in sports gear all the time because there’s always a ball right next to me somewhere. I do a lot of sports, but I do enjoy wearing a lot of suits.”

― Mads Mikkelsen

“I haven’t watched that much TV, to be honest. To be honest, I don’t watch that many films anymore – partly because I don’t have time; secondly, because I watch a lot of sports, and I love watching sports.”

― Mads Mikkelsen

“I go to the pub, hang out with my family – that’s pretty much it. I also do a lot of sports when I get the chance. I’m actually a pretty mellow guy.”

― Mads Mikkelsen

“I was into sports and swimming as a kid and didn’t spend a whole lot of time sitting down. I was a gymnast.”

― Mads Mikkelsen

“Everyone thought I was going to die like a year later, they didn’t know. So I helped educate sports, and then the world, that a man living with HIV can play basketball. He’s not going to give it to anybody by playing basketball.”

― Magic Johnson

“My work ethic is from sports.”

― Magic Johnson

“When you think about the NASCAR brand, it resonates everywhere. They have the No. 1 sports brand.”

― Magic Johnson

“I have a fond place in my heart for Seattle, so I hope that an NBA team comes back to this great city, this great sports city.”

― Magic Johnson

“When I was a little kid growing up in Iceland, I always dreamed about creating something that could have an impact on the whole world, and even as a young boy I was passionate about fitness and sports.”

― Magnus Scheving

“I was a sports kid.”

― Mahershala Ali

“Most Indians go into education. Their parents just push them into education like parents in Australia push them into sports.”

― Mahesh Bhupathi

“It’s amazing how sports is a way to control the masses. But it also unites people.”

― Malcolm Brogdon

“When you write about sports, you’re allowed to engage in mischief. Nothing is at stake.”

― Malcolm Gladwell

“The paradox of endurance sports is that an athlete can never work as hard as he wants, because if he pushes himself too far, his hematocrit will fall.”

― Malcolm Gladwell

“Sports is something that transcends generations, transcends backgrounds, cultures, races. And so the power of sports is real.”

― Malcolm Jenkins

“I come from an area where it’s mostly, like, football and basketball, those are the sports. So my brother started surfing… I used to make fun of him for it, and then he challenged me to do it, and I’m a huge competitor, and I did it ,and I got hooked.”

― Manny Montana

“I’m a huge sports fan.”

― Marc Anthony

“You see so many different personalities and mind-sets in the world of sports, just like you do with actors.”

― Marc Blucas

“Team sports, there’s always some kind of sacrifice happening… A team, if we lose, if Michael Jordan has a bad night, you hang it on him a little bit… but if you lose as a tennis player, you have no one to blame but yourself, and that’s a different beast.”

― Marc Blucas

“For many sports fans, the onset of fall only means one thing: It’s football season!”

― Marcus Samuelsson

“Before Huey was 5, I could take him to work with me. Now, though, he has sports and lessons and friends, and it’s not fair to remove him from his whole life.”

― Marg Helgenberger

“Canadians see the Americans as cousins. We love the same sports: Canadians are crazy about baseball and basketball, and our beloved game of hockey is played all over the U.S.”

― Margaret MacMillan

“I get very into my sports.”

― Margot Robbie

“If your man is a sports enthusiast, you may have to resign yourself to his spouting off in a monotone on a prize fight, football game or pennant race.”

― Marilyn Monroe

“I have never cared especially for outdoor sports and have no desire to excel at tennis, swimming, or golf. I’ll leave those things to the men.”

― Marilyn Monroe

“The day of parochialism in sports is over. The world is too small for what people like to call ‘the good old days.’ Fans want the best, wherever they come from.”

― Mario Andretti

“I love all motor sports at the top level.”

― Mario Andretti

“There’s three things men always talk about – women, sports, and cars.”

― Mario Lopez

“As a child I was very involved with sports and I knew at age 9 that I wanted to be an Olympic champion.”

― Marion Jones

“The ultimate would be to compete in a couple more Olympics, hopefully break some world records and wind up my sports career with a couple of years in the WNBA.”

― Marion Jones

“Baseball was the darling of all sports back then.”

― Marion Motley

“I’m very down-to-earth and approachable, and I can be one of the guys and watch sports… I like to cook – I’m like the girl next door.”

― Marisa Miller

“When I first started playing team sports, I was a little too sweet for my own good. I’d be in tears because I wasn’t doing well. But the healthy competition really toughened me up.”

― Marisa Miller

“I think my appeal is that I’ve always tried to stay very grounded to my fans and to be accessible – not being this unattainable thing. I think doing sports and riding motorcycles has made me more approachable and more real and down to earth.”

― Marisa Miller

“If there was a template for success in sports, everyone would follow it. You do the best you can and trust the people you trust.”

― Mark Cuban

“Owning a popular sports team is very different than any other type of business. They don’t throw parades when Apple has the biggest quarter in corporate history. People don’t call and email asking for anyone from the team to come visit their sick child. They don’t cry as they request a jersey of their child’s favorite player to be buried with them.”

― Mark Cuban

“When I started really playing music, I pretty much quit sports. I quit everything.”

― Mark Foster

“Wooden was the coach for the UCLA Bruins, arguably the greatest sports coach we ever had.”

― Mark Frost

“Buying involves decision-making. It’s a performance activity, like sports or acting.”

― Mark Goulston

“To know that you will be in the International Sports Hall of Fame and that people for hundreds of years will know who you are and what you did, it means everything.”

― Mark Henry

“The last few years I became a lot more into sports. Growing up, the sports I liked were independent sports, like skateboarding. I was really into skateboarding, and not necessarily team televised sports.”

― Mark Hoppus

“All the major sports have video reviews, and for some reason, the Premier League, which is watched all around the world, is still in the dark ages.”

― Mark Hughes

“What sets baseball apart from other sports is the array of skills that every player needs: the speed, the power, the agility.”

― Mark Kurlansky

“Writing/reading is like visiting another person’s brain. And a short book or article is like a short stay. You come in, have a coffee, talk about the weather or sports, and then move on.”

― Mark Manson

“Video games and outdoor sports – that was my childhood.”

― Mark Pincus

“One of the most difficult things for people who have been successful in sports is adapting to the daily world where you can’t get an answer from someone until 5 o’clock tomorrow. There is always an excuse. Living 40 or 50 years like that doesn’t get too exciting after a while.”

― Mark Spitz

“I’ve been very fortunate to play for four great organizations, but New York really takes the cake. Wearing the pinstripes is something that’s very special to me, and it’s the greatest organization in sports history.”

― Mark Teixeira

“My greatest memories as a kid were playing sports with my dad and watching sports with my dad.”

― Mark Teixeira

“It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.”

― Mark Twain

“Golf is a good walk spoiled.”

― Mark Twain

“Tiger Woods is the only sports star who’s worth every penny he makes.”

― Mark Wahlberg

“Drama is played at the pace of chess… or billiards… or poker. Engrossing? Sure. But comedy is played at the jubilant, high-octane speed of sports like basketball or hockey.”

― Mark Waters

“I love sports. When I’m not playing, I’m watching, reading, or otherwise obsessing about them. This probably stems from growing up in Indiana, where if you didn’t at least attempt to play basketball, you were considered of dubious moral character.”

― Mark Waters

“When I’m directing actors, I often find myself slipping in sports metaphors, like: ‘Don’t go for the punch line here, just put it up on a T-ball stand so she can hit it out of the park.’”

― Mark Waters

“My first inkling that I might have a yen for directing came when I realized I enjoyed creating plays for my various sports teams more than I actually liked playing the game.”

― Mark Waters

“I only have two things in my life, my family and work. If there’s any time left over, then I play sports.”

― Mark Zandi

“People aren’t familiar with wheelchair sports. The only film crew in Athens for the Paralympics was the documentary crew.”

― Mark Zupan

“I know if you get mad, and in a world with all the competitors I’ve been around in my life, either from fighting or wrestling or other sports, you have to learn to breathe.”

― Markwayne Mullin

“I was the nerd. Because I was reading. I wasn’t into sports. I was really into art. Very geekish about comics. Assumed gay.”

― Marlon James

“Some boys accepted me, some didn’t. And my family had comments made to them. Brazil is still a very macho society, and sports are mainly for boys, so people would say to them: ‘What is this girl doing? Why is she always out there in the soccer games with the boys?’”

― Marta

“For watching sports, I tend to drink Guinness; early evenings always begin well with a Grey Goose and tonic with plenty of lime; and on a cold winter’s night, there’s nothing quite like a glass of Black Maple Hill… an absolute peach of a bourbon.”

― Martin Bashir

“They wanted me to play more sports because they were acutely sensitive to their children being one hundred percent American, and they believed that all Americans played sports and loved sports.”

― Martin Lewis Perl

“I come from a very sporting family and played many sports as a lad.”

― Martin McGuinness

“The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass.”

― Martin Mull

“Psychology is much bigger than just medicine, or fixing unhealthy things. It’s about education, work, marriage – it’s even about sports. What I want to do is see psychologists working to help people build strengths in all these domains.”

― Martin Seligman

“I’m glad you’re doing this story on us and not on the WNBA. We’re so much prettier than all the other women in sports.”

― Martina Hingis

“In any small town, sports are really important to the high school, and I wasn’t very good at sports.”

― Martina McBride

“The goal for the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation is to give kids an opportunity to be involved in sports and hopefully learn some lessons along the way. We want to put them in a safe environment, help them if they need it and maybe they will get a scholarship to a school because of the skills that they learn. Sport is just a starting point.”

― Martina Navratilova

“People in the States used to think that if girls were good at sports their sexuality would be affected.”

― Martina Navratilova

“I’ve given many lessons in many sports over the years to many different people.”

― Martina Navratilova

“I can teach many sports, but obviously, tennis is the one. When you do other sports, you see things from different perspectives: different footwork drills, body positions, angles and geometry. All that stuff is helpful, and so when I do other sports, I can see things, because once you know one sport, then the other sport becomes more clear.”

― Martina Navratilova

“I played sports growing up, and I worked out a lot. Then, when I moved back to L.A., I just fell off everything.”

― Martine Syms

“My father was an athlete, a great athlete, fought in the Marines in World War I. He was all sports and activity. My mother was all academics. I still have the complete works of Shakespeare that she had.”

― Marv Levy

“Whenever I think of baseball, the first name that comes to mind is Babe Ruth. What the Babe was to baseball, Shula is to football coaching. There are certain figures in sports who are larger than the games they play or coach, and Don Shula is one of those.”

― Marv Levy

“I was brought up to believe that it’s family first. Of all the people my parents knew, the family was most important. You always turn to your family, and the family supports you. We do what we can to support our young and go and see the grandchildren if they’re doing plays at school and their sports events.”

― Mary Berry

“You won’t find me in a sports bra and low-slung leggings.”

― Mary Helen Bowers

“Watching boxer Dingko Singh’s performance at the Asian Games, Bangkok, where he won gold, was the defining moment. I was 15 and enjoyed sports more than anything else. Singh’s performance changed my life and inspired me to follow boxing.”

― Mary Kom

“Companies that support sports developmental programs in our communities should also be applauded.”

― Mary Lou Retton

“Sports like sailing, rowing, and bobsled have long vexed spectators and television producers.”

― Mary Pilon

“As the issue of youth fitness – from obesity to proper exercise regimens – takes on more resonance in schools and communities across the country, CrossFit Kids and other preschool fitness programs are raising questions about when and how children should start playing organized sports or hitting the gym.”

― Mary Pilon

“Because sports are a religion, it’s difficult to imagine a world without the Olympics, and to be sure, they have given us many glorious moments.”

― Mary Pilon

“Sports fandom transcends gender, race, language, political preference, socioeconomic status, or any other way you can think of slicing this planet.”

― Mary Pilon

“Banning sports is a ludicrous proposition.”

― Mary Pilon

“Something amazing happens when you tell people you write about sports for a living. You begin to feel like you’re in a scene from ‘Dawn of the Dead.’ The way people change when talking about ‘their team’ can be nothing short of zombiefication.”

― Mary Pilon

“Ultimately, the joy of sports is social and psychological, both in the ballpark and around a television on Super Bowl Sunday.”

― Mary Pilon

“VR could, in theory, connect sports fans in different geographical locations so they could watch a game together. Instead of a group text or Twitter stream of commentary playing out across time zones when a team is playing, our avatars could inhabit virtual stands, side by side with the rest of our digital tribe.”

― Mary Pilon

“For years, women in India were largely discouraged from participating in high-level sports – and, unless the women were wealthy, good facilities were hard to come by, anyway.”

― Mary Pilon

“Women’s combat sports have been on a good run in the United States. Claressa Shields won a gold medal in women’s boxing at the London Olympics in 2012, when it became a medal sport. American women won medals in taekwondo and judo as well.”

― Mary Pilon

“One of sports journalism’s great ironies is that covering an Olympics can be wildly unhealthy. NBC shows athletes in peak health performing on the ice and snow, but not the haggard reporters subsisting for three weeks on stadium starches, cheap beer, deadlines, and little sleep.”

― Mary Pilon

“I think most people don’t even know what ‘woo pig sooie’ is if they’re not a sports fan or they’re not from Arkansas.”

― Matt Besser

“I used to go to sports camp every summer. I’d make a lot of new friends, and it was all athletic. It was basically a place for parents to send their kids to run out all their summer energy for two weeks.”

― Matt Bomer

“Playing athletics, playing a lot of different sports, going to drama school… I was one of those kids who wanted to do everything, so I ended up being pretty average at everything.”

― Matt Bomer

“I’m from a very athletic family, and I thoroughly enjoyed sports as a kid, but acting was a way of expressing myself and having fun. It was something I found on my own.”

― Matt Bomer

“It is bizarre to see the NFL attacking an America that has treated it so well over the years. Taxpayers pay over 70 percent of the cost of stadiums. Our citizens pay more and more for tickets, and valuations of professional sports franchises have skyrocketed. Player compensation keeps growing.”

― Matt Gaetz

“Why should ‘big sports’ get tax breaks that businesses and families across America don’t get?”

― Matt Gaetz

“The black market poses a greater risk to the integrity of sports than open, visible, and regulated betting.”

― Matt Gaetz

“I was a pretty normal high school kid. I just loved to play sports and had opportunities, and the Lord blessed me with talent, and I just tried to take advantage of it.”

― Matt Holliday

“There is no place like in all of sports, in my opinion, like game day at Lambeau Field.”

― Matt LaFleur

“Being in front of the camera – first of all, when I wanted to get into television, it was as a producer. I never had an idea that I would do anything in front of the camera, and that kind of happened by accident. But I wanted to be a producer or give me a job with the Yankees or play for the Knicks. I was a sports nut when I was a kid.”

― Matt Lauer

“I knew I wanted to work in television because some friends of mine, when I went to high school – their fathers worked for, as a matter of fact, for NBC Sports at the time.”

― Matt Lauer

“In sports entertainment, you can be larger than life.”

― Matt Riddle

“You don’t pick up things, get to the top of multiple industries and sports without working hard.”

― Matt Riddle

“In wrestling, sports entertainment, I get to fight in front of people; I get to wrestle in front of people; I get to entertain people sometimes four times a week – all around the country, all around the world.”

― Matt Riddle

“Growing up, my family wasn’t really into sports, so we didn’t really watch sports, and then one day I stumbled across the TV: pro wrestling.”

― Matt Riddle

“I’m a huge fan of Chicago sports and Chicago food, and I love going home and my family is still there. I guess it’s pretty easy to have a normal life in Chicago.”

― Matt Walsh

“A lot of these angles are really about trying to mimic broadcast sports angles in order to anchor the scene, to sort of normalize it before it becomes abstracted.”

― Matthew Barney

“I’m a football fan, a sports fan, a fan of competition.”

― Matthew McConaughey

“I’m a golfer, and what are the two sports you can do till you drop? Golf and surfing. They’re great for you limber-wise, they’re great for you health-wise, and they put you in sweet locations.”

― Matthew McConaughey

“In America, we have three major sports – baseball, football and basketball. They get the most coverage. Then there’s things like golf which mop up most of what is left. But track and field? We are way at the bottom of the totem pole.”

― Maurice Greene

“There is danger involved in combat sports, but this is the purest form of competition. It’s all about finding the truth. When you put someone in a cage or a ring, you’re going to find out the truth – not only about your opponent but about yourself as well.”

― Mauro Ranallo

“I’ve called all sports. I was a radio DJ, club DJ, talk show host, hockey, basketball, football; you name it, I’ve done it.”

― Mauro Ranallo

“We all know the difference between sports entertainment and the combat sports that I call, but at the end of the day, they are all spawned from the same source, and there’s a lot of mutual respect between the two bodies.”

― Mauro Ranallo

“All combat sports are connected.”

― Mauro Ranallo

“I love pop culture. I love sports. I love entertainment. The fact that I get paid to be a part of this is like, ‘Woah.’”

― Mauro Ranallo

“I’m a huge sports fan, and I’m a huge entertainment fan.”

― Mauro Ranallo

“I was as much at first probably against Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather as anyone else but… as soon as I turned off the purity of the combat sports thing, this is a business. Guys, we’re all trying to make a living, we’re all trying to entertain people and guess what, it’s the second-biggest PPV in history regardless of how you feel about it.”

― Mauro Ranallo

“As a writer, I live in the world of literature and ideas, but I entered that world as an emigre from a medieval fiefdom, the sports world of Michigan.”

― Max Apple

“I think, in general, not only in Formula One but just in a lot of sports, when younger people come in and they do well, there’s always a bit of talk going on. I think that’s pretty normal.”

― Max Verstappen

“I’m the youngest of four, and they were all very into sports. I was the first one to express an interest in the arts. I took piano lessons and singing lessons, acting lessons. So it was all new to them, but my parents were great.”

― Max von Essen

“About 1998, when ‘Wide World of Sports’ and the ‘Footy Show’ came to an end for me, I couldn’t type. When I started architecture, it was a very aesthetic, creative, an almost art process, where lettering and thick line were how you expressed yourself on the paper.”

― Max Walker

“I’m not good at sports, but I do exercise because we have to move. Besides walking my dog four times a day, I go to the gym and do 30 minutes on a stationary bike while reading a book because I get bored, then 10 minutes of weights and 10 of stretches.”

― Maye Musk

“With sports, there’s no entitlement on the field. It’s about numbers. It’s about results. It’s about outcomes.”

― Maynard Webb

“I’ve always had a foot in everything. As a kid, I was active in sports and theater. Now, I’m learning I have to focus a bit. I’m trying to get to next projects, like writing a screenplay. Once that comes together, I could put my mind to another book – maybe a fun kids’ book.”

― Maz Jobrani

“Honestly, I feel like we are a walking protest. The fact that we’re women professional athletes says that in and of itself. We’ve been feeling the inequality; we’ve been struggling with pay equality or whatever it is, or sexism in sports.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“There are plenty of sports teams that say they’re very open and super accepting in the locker room. But are they really? Is it really a safe environment? Have they preset that environment to make these players feel comfortable for coming out? I don’t think so because there’s none out.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“In female sports, if you’re gay, most likely your team knows it pretty quickly. It’s very open and widely supported. For males, it’s not that way at all. It’s sad.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“Our team, in general, is in a position where people look up to us, and kids look up to us. I embrace that, and I think I have a huge LGBT following. I think it’s pretty cool, the opportunity that I have, especially in sports. There’s really not that many out athletes. It’s important to be out and to live my life that way.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“Homophobia in male sports is much stronger than in women’s sports; the locker room environment is a lot different. It’s going to be much more of a brave step, an earthshaking move, for a gay male athlete to come out.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“I think our existence in professional sports is almost a protest in and of itself in sometimes the very sexist society that we live in. For us, it’s just kind of right in line with what we always do.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“I think there’s a lot of gay women in sports, and it’s widely known in the team; they can live a pretty open lifestyle without being open in the media.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“For a kid, self-esteem can be as close at hand as a sports victory or a sense of belonging in a peer group. It’s a much more complicated and elusive proposition for adults, subject to the responsibilities and vicissitudes of grown-up life.”

― Meghan Daum

“I always tell writers that it’s good to have an area of expertise. It’s a really practical answer, I know, but know about science or about sports or about medicine, so you can work as a science writer or a sports writer. Don’t just know about yourself.”

― Meghan Daum

“I’ve played sports pretty much my whole life, and that teaches you how to work with anyone, whether you like that person or you don’t, and whether you get along with them or you don’t. The circumstances don’t matter. Team work is part of life.”

― Mehcad Brooks

“I’m such a huge sports video game fan. These games are getting so realistic, it’s amazing.”

― Mehcad Brooks

“I love kids, outings, camping, sports, Legoland, all the Daddy stuff. I love it. I wish I could just do that, but I have to work, too.”

― Mekhi Phifer

“My first waitress job was at Johnny Rockets in New Jersey, and then I waited tables at a sports bar.”

― Melissa Rauch

“Watching baseball under the lights is like observing dogs indoors, at a pedigree show. In both instances, the environment is too controlled to suit the species.”

― Melvin Maddocks

“I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.”

― Mia Hamm

“Sports have become increasingly more specialized, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be fun.”

― Mia Hamm

“I love sports. I’ve played basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, track and field growing up.”

― Michael B. Jordan

“Being named Michael Jordan – I think growing up playing sports and having a name like Michael Jordan – and I was extremely competitive – I used to get teased a lot. But it made me want to strive for greatness and be able to compete at whatever I decided to do.”

― Michael B. Jordan

“By the time I was 8 years old, sports had pretty much taken over my life.”

― Michael Bergin

“Fighting is different than other sports because you’re not competing as regularly.”

― Michael Bisping

“I always support British athletes of all sports, including Tyson Fury. I think he’s a great boxer. However, if he’s calling out UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez, then quite frankly, he’s living in a fantasy world and needs to come back to reality.”

― Michael Bisping

“I’m doing things in Manchester with the Trafford Sports Park in partnership with the Manchester United foundation and I’m also doing things in Newcastle as well. It’s something I’m passionate about.”

― Michael Carrick

“My tastes in all things lean towards the arty and boring. I like sports documentaries about Scrabble players, bands that play quiet, unassuming music, and TV shows that win awards. In that way, I am an elitist snob.”

― Michael Ian Black

“The mind is absolutely instrumental in achieving results, even for athletes. Sports psychology is a very small part, but it’s extremely important when you’re winning and losing races by hundredths and even thousandths of a second.”

― Michael Johnson

“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.”

― Michael Jordan

“The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I’ve always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It’s been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It’s a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.”

― Michael Jordan

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

― Michael Jordan

“I wasn’t really a work-conscious type of person. I was a player. I loved to play sports.”

― Michael Jordan

“I won’t have any competitive instincts in any sports, other than golf. I can’t see being competitive in sports any more.”

― Michael Jordan

“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.”

― Michael Jordan

“I played a lot of sports when I was a kid so I get in that ballgame mindset of being really, really respectful, but at same time saying to yourself, ‘Don’t back down a single inch, hang with these guys if you can.’ If they throw it high and tight you have to stand in there, you can’t take yourself out of that moment.”

― Michael Keaton

“I’m getting more and more bored with professional sports, but I still watch.”

― Michael Keaton

“If you’re a dope like me, you get every sports channel you can get. I’m watching, you know, Netherlands soccer.”

― Michael Keaton

“The sports world is an echo chamber. All it takes is one quote from a general manager and a thousand sports columns bloom.”

― Michael Lewis

“People who think they know what they are talking about when they talk about baseball include the announcers and all of the sports press – no matter how much evidence you present them to the contrary they will continue to think that what they think is right.”

― Michael Lewis

“If architecture is, as is sometimes said, music set in concrete, then football and basketball may be said to be creativity embodied in team sports.”

― Michael Mandelbaum

“Read the news section of the newspaper and there is confusion and uncertainty, a world buffeted by large forces people neither understand nor control. But turn to the sports section and it’s all different.”

― Michael Mandelbaum

“The cardinal sin in sports, what could really wreck it, is not cheating to win, which has gone on forever, but cheating to lose. That threatens a fundamental aspect of sports’ appeal, which is their spontaneity. If games are fixed, they’re no different from movies; they’re scripted.”

― Michael Mandelbaum

“I think that people who have played sports have an ability to relate to people because when you’re playing you have to work on teams and with opposing players.”

― Michael Michele

“I come from a background of hanging out with friends and shooting videos with them, with funny stuff coming out of the group. I guess we got the same charge jocks get out of sports.”

― Michael Patrick Jann

“I grew up reading the newspapers, mostly the sports section. I was a wrestler and would check to see if I was ranked.”

― Michael Pena

“I won’t predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible.”

― Michael Phelps

“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”

― Michael Phelps

“Being No. 1. It’s talked about all of the time in hip-hop. ‘I’m still No. 1! I’m the best! I’m the greatest of all time!’ It’s the same mentality in sports.”

― Michael Rapaport

“Your ups and downs in sports, I think they are as normal as daily life: One day you wake up and feel great, the next day you wake up and feel maybe less great.”

― Michael Schumacher

“One of the reasons I’m an actor is because I was no physical specimen as a child. I wasn’t athletic and didn’t have any prowess in that regard. Growing up in Kentucky, most little boys were trying to get into sports, and it was very competitive, so that was not to be. But I did want to do something.”

― Michael Shannon

“My chief gifts are – naturally good at all sports with a raw talent for pretty much everything, which if nurtured could develop into improper talent.”

― Michael Sheen

“The great thing coming from sports is you understand the concept of a team. It leaves no room for being selfish, and that’s something I picked up from home.”

― Michael Strahan

“I’ve always loved sports and hockey is a sport I play as much as I can. I love it. In a weird way it’s like church and therapy and exercise all rolled up into one. I mean when I play hockey I don’t think about anything.”

― Michael Vartan

“Sports don’t define us; it is not what we live for.”

― Michael Wilbon

“People here don’t identify themselves by their sports team.”

― Michael Wilbon

“Even from their infancy we frame them to the sports of love: their instruction, behavior, attire, grace, learning and all their words azimuth only at love, respects only affection. Their nurses and their keepers imprint no other thing in them.”

― Michel de Montaigne

“For truly it is to be noted, that children’s plays are not sports, and should be deemed as their most serious actions.”

― Michel de Montaigne

“Sports provides that tool kit to be successful in life. Because it’s not always going to be smooth sailing.”

― Michelle Kwan

“As an athlete, that’s something I always take with me. You fall every day, whether it’s in a job, or you miss something else, but you learn how to do it better next time. You learn it in sports. That’s a life lesson.”

― Michelle Kwan

“I would encourage people to participate in sports. You don’t have to dream of being an Olympic or a professional athlete.”

― Michelle Kwan

“Girls, in particular, benefit from sports.”

― Michelle Kwan

“The Women’s Sports Foundation has empowered so many young girls and women across the U.S. I benefitted from WSF with a travel and training grant when I was 12 years old. It really helped my family financially.”

― Michelle Kwan

“Years before ‘Tough Enough’ came out – and I still have the papers – I filled out the entire application but never sent it in. I was like this is perfect, it’s sports, I’m competitive, I could do that.”

― Michelle McCool

“I can’t say this enough – the food that you put into your bodies can actually help you get better grades. And it can also affect your performance in sports and other activities too. You see, when you give your body the best possible fuel, you have more energy, you’re stronger, you think more quickly.”

― Michelle Obama

“I’m not really interested in sports psychology. It makes me feel like a crazy person.”

― Michelle Wie

“We’ve seen the kind of social impact a professional sports team has on a city. A team brings high-profile role models into your community who are healthy and they’re great images for the city to gravitate toward, especially for kids.”

― Mick Cornett

“I’m training at Phase 1 Sports in Las Vegas, and it’s a very high-end training facility for a lot of top-level athletes. I have been able to add a lot of power and the endurance to keep that power going. I’ve always been powerful, but the muscle conditioning I’ve been able to add has been a tremendous amount of help.”

― Miesha Tate

“I did see the Yahoo Sports story Kevin Iole wrote about how the ratings for TUF go up when there’s a women’s fight in the episode. I can’t lie: it felt really good to see that the UFC fans – not only MMA fans but fans of the UFC who maybe hadn’t seen any female fights before February of this year – look forward to watching the women fights so much.”

― Miesha Tate

“I think sports can help any country get together.”

― Miguel Cabrera

“I think sports can bring a lot of happiness to people.”

― Miguel Cabrera

“I love my homeland, but it’s an absurd country. Politics in the Philippines is like spectator sports!”

― Miguel Syjuco

“Some sports, you see some athletes just walking around the gym not really doing anything, eating food. They’re first to the lunchroom, never lifting weights.”

― Mikaela Shiffrin

“For the tiny percentage of people who are negatively affected by our embracing of standards, they can just get their sports somewhere else in the meantime. It’s not like we’re denying them hospital care.”

― Mike Davidson

“I probably went into sports with a sense of competitiveness and came out of it even more competitive.”

― Mike Duke

“I would say my first golf memory was asking who Arnold Palmer was when he was always on the Pennzoil commercials. When I was a little kid I watched a lot of sports, but I didn’t watch a lot of golf, and this guy was always on a tractor.”

― Mike Greenberg

“When we talk about reviews, what we are really talking about is just a market report – it’s like reading about the new Lexus. You have to know what the guy writing the review cares about to understand his take. Does he like sports cars, or does he like Bentleys?”

― Mike Nichols

“I have three kids, and I’m a coach for a lot of their sports, so I’m around them a lot, but I see friends of mine with older kids and they don’t really interact so much, other than giving them a place to live.”

― Mike O’Malley

“I love how professional sports unite a city and a group of people.”

― Mike O’Malley

“I long for the days when athletes were revered. I want to see the romance return to sports, to see people enjoy the game purely for the game and the players.”

― Mike Piazza

“When Michael Jordan quit, I suddenly found myself without a sports hero.”

― Mike Royko

“They read their sports pages, know their statistics and either root like hell or boo our butts off. I love it. Give me vocal fans, pro or con, over the tourist types who show up in Houston or Montreal and just sit there.”

― Mike Schmidt

“Snowboarding and skiing are big adaptive sports, so that’s kind of a market that I wanted to make our equipment used for.”

― Mike Schultz

“It’s kind of mind-blowing what some of us adaptive athletes can accomplish as far as physical sports.”

― Mike Schultz

“I am the owner of my prosthetic manufacturing business, BioDapt, which manufactures lower-limb prosthetics for sports.”

― Mike Schultz

“After snowboarding a fair bit in 2011 and 2012 to test equipment, I got pretty good at it, and some friends at Adaptive Action Sports talked me into competing at the exhibition event at the Winter X Games in the adaptive boardercross. I was able to step up my game pretty quick and compete. I took last place, but knew I could improve.”

― Mike Schultz

“For my equipment, we’re not about running. We’re about wheels, action sports, and that type of thing. So we want range of motion and shock absorption. The foot itself has 28 degrees of ankle motion as you press into it or you put weight into it. A typical running or walking foot has kind of around 10 to 12, at max, flex at the toe.”

― Mike Schultz

“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”

― Mike Singletary

“I want to rip out his heart and feed it to Lennox Lewis. I want to kill people. I want to rip their stomachs out and eat their children.”

― Mike Tyson

“By showing myself being out with my dog or playing sports, it motivates people to get active.”

― Mikhail Varshavski

“The thing about ballet that I never knew about is that it’s one of the most excruciating sports that I’ve ever been a part of. I say sports because they train constantly, every single day.”

― Mila Kunis

“My father was a very fun dad. He was always coaching our soccer sports teams; he made sure that we had activities to do. He was kind of goofy and fun. But at the same time, he had a lot of lessons to teach us so that we didn’t grow up and just not be good people.”

― Milo Ventimiglia

“To be honest, I’m shocked the University of Washington’s sports teams are called the Huskies. Why haven’t the Leftists that run this entire state demanded they be renamed the ‘Athletes of Size’ so as to not fat shame anyone?”

― Milo Yiannopoulos

“I’m not good at anything except writing jokes. I wasn’t good at sports, I wasn’t good at anything artsy, ever. I think there was a real worry for a while about what I would be good at. I was just this chubby little Indian kid who looked like a nerd.”

― Mindy Kaling

“Maybe Asians are switching from studying to sports.”

― Mirai Nagasu

“A long time ago, a sports reporter wrote that I wasn’t strong in the free-skate, that I was more of a short-program skater. And that bothered me because I work so hard every day just for a person to judge me on a couple of bad skates and deem me a bad free skater. That’s absurd!”

― Mirai Nagasu

“Sports are evolving and always evolving, and people have that determination to keep going and coming back. I think I’m one of those athletes. I stand to show that people shouldn’t give up. You’ve got to just keep going until you succeed.”

― Mirai Nagasu

“Sports is expensive, and you have to find a way to pay for it.”

― Mirai Nagasu

“I’m really into beaches, but I also enjoy a bit of culture. An ideal holiday would have a nice balance of the two, but I’m definitely not into adrenalin sports, nor would I enjoy spending a month solid on a beach.”

― Miranda Raison

“I get bored with working out, so I’m more into playing sports like soccer and basketball.”

― Mischa Barton

“I find interesting characters or lessons that resonate with people and sometimes I write about them in the sports pages, sometimes I write them in a column, sometimes in a novel, sometimes a play or sometimes in nonfiction. But at the core I always say to myself, ‘Is there a story here? Is this something people want to read?’”

― Mitch Albom

“Some of the companies we helped start are names you know. An office supply company called Staples – where I’m pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons. We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised.”

― Mitt Romney

“I’ve never been in the top three of Sports Personality. And I won’t be in the top three again. You have just got to accept what it is.”

― Mo Farah

“I wish I had played team sports. I think every kid should. Teamwork builds character – teaches people about leadership and cooperation.”

― Mo Rocca

“Cricket was a splendid chapter of my life; indeed, it made me what I am today. However, cricket alone isn’t the only flavour of life. Sometimes, indeed, we tend to take sports too seriously and life too casually.”

― Mohammad Azharuddin

“I approach everything, including sobriety, with the same mentality I approached sports with. You’re going to put in the time. You’ve got to suit up, show up, and keep your eyes on the win.”

― Molly Bloom

“In sports, especially skiing, you have to be comfortable with risk. You have to have a relationship with fear, and it can’t dominate the decision-making process.”

― Molly Bloom

“I’m blessed to work in sports every day.”

― Molly Qerim

“Obviously, I’m a female in sports. You work really hard, you prep really hard, you put a lot into the show, so when you have certain comments, and people are saying, ‘Oh you add nothing,’ or, ‘You got your job because of this.’ Really? Why don’t you look at my master’s degree?”

― Molly Qerim

“I think New York is the greatest sports town there is, and I feel like we’re a part of the buzz.”

― Molly Qerim

“I grew up with sports, but I was definitely not good enough to become a professional athlete – I just loved the storytelling aspect of it.”

― Molly Qerim

“TV is changing in terms of how we are consuming sports. Appointment viewing no longer exists, as between social media and the Internet, people already have the news and can get the highlights – so now people want the opinions.”

― Molly Qerim

“It’s tricky when you have people tuning in to hear about sports, not politics, but I think in issues where they intertwine, that is not something ‘First Take’ is not going to shy away from and potentially will go to another level than another sports show.”

― Molly Qerim

“I could go right now and work for a non-profit organization, but I have a passion for sports, and I love to write and speak.”

― Molly Qerim

“I always felt that I had a mission in life. I thought I was born to play sports. Even now, I still feel that must have been my mission because I came through so many close calls where my life could very easily have been ended.”

― Monte Irvin

“I was all-state in four sports in New Jersey, but sometimes I couldn’t get served at a restaurant two blocks from my high school. There were no job opportunities then… the only thing a black youth could aspire to be was a bellboy or a pullman or an elevator operator, or, maybe, a teacher. There was a time when all we had was black baseball.”

― Monte Irvin

“I’ve always been into sports and being physical.”

― Moon Bloodgood

“After one Olympics, if we invest in sports and say we will get a gold medal in the next Olympic, it doesn’t work like that in sports. How it works is that you provide the infrastructure, provide education about nutrition and health.”

― MS Dhoni

“What we have seen is that sports is definitely developing in India. I can see a lot of positive things happening in India. It may take a bit more time, but with proper guidance and people having passion for sports, I don’t think we are far away from becoming a good sporting nation.”

― MS Dhoni

“I played all sports when I was young. I was into wrestling, basketball, baseball, football, and I ran track. But wrestling was my main sport because there was no criterion height-wise.”

― Muggsy Bogues

“It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.”

― Muhammad Ali

“From the very beginning, I wanted to be the best, whether it was sports or poetry.”

― Myles Garrett

“When I’m doing sports, I don’t feel anything at all. I enjoy the moment. It’s a safe haven. But once you try to let someone inside your soul, you become vulnerable. You have to be comfortable in your own skin. I don’t open myself up like that to a lot of people. It takes courage.”

― Myles Garrett

“I made the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated,’ ‘Newsweek’ and ‘Time’ all in one week, and I didn’t even know what that meant.”

― Nadia Comaneci

“My childhood was a happy one. I was captain of the school sports team and played cricket after class. I had five younger siblings and a large loving family that lived together. We are still very close.”

― Naeem Khan

“If you look at the coverage of female sports and athletics across any of the broadcasters that participate in league rights and/or sports programming, women are underrepresented, and it’s a chance and an opportunity for Lifetime to support that movement and the importance of athletics and competition for girls and women.”

― Nancy Dubuc

“As a former college athlete, I know the importance of sports in the lives of women and girls, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to join forces with NWSL and U.S. Soccer to ensure professional women athletes are elevated as the entire country can watch and be inspired by their strength and athleticism.”

― Nancy Dubuc

“On the court, Jason Collins is not a huge basketball star, but he has already claimed his place in civil rights history as the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the four major U.S. sports leagues.”

― Nancy Gibbs

“I hated sports at school. Almost everyone did.”

― Naomi Alderman

“Competitive sports may be where exercise becomes ‘fun’ for children who are good at it, but for those who are less talented, it is where exercise becomes not only physically demanding but also emotionally painful and socially humiliating.”

― Naomi Alderman

“Nike was the essence of sports, transcendence through sports.”

― Naomi Klein

“You can easily get depressed. Usually, if you play sports, you think that one match or one game is very important, and when you lose it, you think your whole world is over.”

― Naomi Osaka

“Now, everybody knows my music. So that’s really cool. A lot of kids know it. Now, when I go to a sports game, everybody knows my name.”

― Nat Wolff

“My dad excelled at so many sports in his life. Everything from professional football to being a world-class shot putter, but nothing meant as much to my dad as what he accomplished in the ring as a WWE Superstar.”

― Natalya Neidhart

“Lake Pend Oreille is definitely my favorite place to be while in Sandpoint. I love to get out on a boat to enjoy water sports, camping, fishing, or just to relax and catch a sunset.”

― Nate Holland

“The X Games have done night and day for snowboarding and action sports.”

― Nate Holland

“I try and find fun activities like mountain biking, hiking, or water sports for a workout rather than pushing weight in the gym.”

― Nate Holland

“My mother raised me very clearly that if you cross the street, you will die. If you go outside, you will die. If you play sports, you will likely die. That’s what I was getting at home.”

― Nathan Englander

“I got amazing training both with Theatre Sports… back in Edmonton, Alberta – I can’t give those people enough credit – and the daytime drama I did. Incredible training, both of them.”

― Nathan Fillion

“I do enjoy playing some sports, even though none of them are organized. I enjoy football most of all.”

― Nathan Kress

“As a father, I believe that involving children in sports at a young age is generally, a wise proposition. I believe that healthy competition is… well… healthy; that sporting events foster a spirit of teamwork that far surpasses the events themselves; and that active participation keeps children moving and is good for their self-esteem.”

― Naveen Jain

“What separates sports from entrepreneurism, however, is that in business we constantly have to overcome undefined and unpredictable challenges. Athletes train for specific events and conditions, whereas entrepreneurs generally have little idea what they will encounter along the way.”

― Naveen Jain

“I believe that investment in sports is investment in youth. And that, in turn, is investment in the future.”

― Naveen Patnaik

“Team sports is the best for bonding. These sports lessons are also true for startups. You want to be at the top of every endeavour, but you win some and you lose some. As a team, however, you always pump each other up and move forward.”

― Naveen Tewari

“I never got into sports at all until I was in my early 20s, after my music career got going.”

― Neal Schon

“I remember I would always study at the eleventh hour, but still manage to get good marks. I was very active in sports, and I was an extrovert.”

― Neha Dhupia

“On hindsight, I feel I should have given more time to sports. But I really got bitten by the acting bug.”

― Neha Dhupia

“I would love to do a sports biopic. I love sports and I think it would be amazing to be a part of a true story and play an athlete.”

― Neha Dhupia

“It was actually drumming that gave me the stamina to get into sports later. I started playing drums at 13, and when I got to the international touring level… I got interested in cross-country skiing, long-distance swimming, bicycling… things that require stamina, not finesse.”

― Neil Peart

“I had spindly little ankles, and growing up in Canada, I couldn’t skate. I was no good at any sports so was very much a pariah through those adolescent years.”

― Neil Peart

“Sports is the only entertainment where, no matter how many times you go back, you never know the ending.”

― Neil Simon

“As you become a legend in the game, you build more doubters than you build supporters. And that’s fine. I think that comes with anything that’s challenging. I think it even comes with sports. The older that Michael Jordan got, I think the more doubted he became.”

― Nelly

“Our schedule is intense. We do this for five nights a week, so injuries can happen very easily with the demands of the job. It’s just the nature of what we do and sports in general.”

― Neville

“Wrestling in Japan is very much sports based.”

― Neville

“Sports helped me become super, super confident in my body growing up, especially in my high school and college careers. I wasn’t going to be a hot prom chick that everyone wanted to go on dates with, but I was a stellar athlete.”

― Nia Jax

“My parents always kept my brothers and I in sports to keep us out of trouble.”

― Nia Jax

“I’m an athlete; my dad had made sure I played all the same sports as boys growing up, so I was always super competitive.”

― Nia Jax

“I’m not into sports, and politics is kind of my sport. I love talking about it and debating it and getting into it. I also think people on both sides of the aisle have real exaggerated, incorrect views of the other side, and that is fascinating to me.”

― Nicholas Stoller

“He hits it long. His shoulders are impressively quick through the ball. That’s where he’s getting his power from. He’s young and has great elasticity.”

― Nick Faldo

“In sports, everything is a process.”

― Nick Foles

“Any time you’ve played different sports – for me, it has always been basketball; that is an instinctual sport. You’re dribbling the ball, passing. I’m sure that has helped me a lot along the line with helping with my football instincts.”

― Nick Foles

“I think the Winter Olympics are definitely on a smaller scale than the summer games, but with the inclusion of cool new sports like slope style skiing and snowboarding, it is going to breathe new life into them and attract a whole new crowd.”

― Nick Goepper

“Contrary to popular belief, there are actually quite a few guys in the action sports community that have faith and are Christians.”

― Nick Goepper

“Overall the fundamentals seem to be there and he’s obviously got a very mature head on his shoulders. He’s got a kind of presence.”

― Nick Price

“He’s got everything. He’ not a great player yet because he hasn’t won any major championships, but it’s a matter of time. He’s an outstanding talent. I didn’t realize how tall he is.”

― Nick Price

“When I think about dropping team sports and picking up surfing and also then geeking out radio control planes and gadgetry and all that stuff I love, that’s what really now has led me in big part to GoPro.”

― Nick Woodman

“I always say that MTV cribs is what brought straight men into the fashion world. Once they sort of saw sports guys and music guys had, like, a billion sneakers, they realized, ‘Oh, you mean I can have more than one?’”

― Nick Wooster

“It isn’t just sports people that need someone to look up to – everyone needs that: LGBT people, the general public. To be honest, it’s nice to feel that I can inspire so many people in so many areas of public life.”

― Nicola Adams

“I’ve always been a mediocre student, so I never won an award in school. I’m not very athletic, so I’ve never won a sports award. So, I’m a mediocre person.”

― Nicole Byer

“I am like the huge percentage of Indians who follow majorly cricket when it comes to sports.”

― Nikita Dutta

“I recently started my own NP17 Academy within Liverpool Community College, which gives 16-19-year-old girls an opportunity to embark on a sports career, whether it be as a coach, player, physio, or nutritionist.”

― Nikita Parris

“Completing my degree in Sports Development at Liverpool’s John Moores University while being full-time at Manchester City is one of my greatest achievements.”

― Nikita Parris

“You can’t just be anyone who is off the streets and come do what we do. You have to train, and there has to be something within you. You have to have athletic ability… What we do is 100 percent athletic. I feel like it’s one of the top athletic programs out there when you consider professional sports.”

― Nikki Bella

“I’m into outdoor sports like hiking, windsurfing, water-skiing.”

― Nikki Reed

“When you’re together, you can do anything, be it in sports or in society.”

― Niko Kovac

“I love team sports.”

― Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

“At Reliance Foundation schools, we lay special emphasis on value-based education, sports, and overall development of students. That is why the teacher-students ratio is kept at a healthy 1:20 so that all children get proper attention in class.”

― Nita Ambani

“American sports are quite masculine. And football – although it’s still played by men all over the world – football compared to American football is quite feminine in its artistry. And there’s no padding. It’s America’s loss, though.”

― Noel Gallagher

“My first motion capture game was with Sony – ‘NBA: The Life.’ It was very ahead of its time. Brandon Akiaten, he was the writer and director. He had a real vision of what this game was meant to be; it was a basketball game where I was the Jerry Maguire sports agent type guy. And it was great!”

― Nolan North

“Baseball life is a tough life on the family.”

― Nolan Ryan

“I like the order and simplicity of sports. They have an ending. You can argue with your friends about it, but in the end, you still like sports. I almost love the fantasy world of sports more than the real world.”

― Norm MacDonald

“I don’t really like politics that much. And I like the order and simplicity of sports. They have an ending. You can argue with your friends about it, but in the end you still like sports. I almost love the fantasy world of sports more than the real world.”

― Norm MacDonald

“Compared to politics, I think sports is funnier, because it’s inconsequential. And politics can be real important and all that. The more pointless something is, the funnier it is, you know?”

― Norm MacDonald

“I don’t like sports where it’s like, you watch a guy on a motorcycle flip or something, then another guy does it, it looks exactly the same, and then at the end one guy gets higher points! It seems so arbitrary; I don’t know who’s ahead ever.”

― Norm MacDonald

“In terms of merit, sports has mathematical statistics. That’s how you know who the best player is.”

― Norm MacDonald

“I’m a huge sports fan but have no interest in minutiae. I don’t remember who won Super Bowls five years ago or listen to sports talk radio.”

― Norm MacDonald

“I sort of try to write everything for me. I’m a huge sports fan but have no interest in minutiae. I don’t remember who won Super Bowls five years ago or listen to sports talk radio. I’m trying to make sure the jokes are self-contained so they’re accessible to everyone.”

― Norm MacDonald

“Compared to politics, I think sports is funnier, because it’s inconsequential. And politics can be real important and all that. The more pointless something is, the funnier it is, you know? And the more grave or important things are… You know, some comedians can get this disease where they get serious all the time.”

― Norm MacDonald

“I went through a significant illness in 1991 and had some major surgery, and I made up my mind that I have to get my life in order, and the first thing that I would try to accomplish was to get out of the sports business.”

― Norman Braman

“We, in the business world, invest our money to make a profit. Sports teams make a good profit. That’s the way the system should work, not taxpayers forking over these dollars to for-profit enterprises.”

― Norman Braman

“Bulls do not win bull fights. People do.”

― Norman Ralph Augustine

“The tradition in Serbia has always been team sports – football, basketball, handball, volleyball and water polo, individual sports are not supported.”

― Novak Djokovic

“At school I was always taller than the rest of my class, and because I was an only child, I was comfortable with adults but shy and awkward with other kids. I was quiet, bookish, and in spite of my size, hopeless at sports. In short, I was different. And even in the earliest grades, I got pounded for it.”

― Octavia E. Butler

“I started doing sports when I was 13 and competitively doing sports – where I was actually training – when I was 17.”

― Oksana Masters

“Sports were a way for me to get comfortable with my body. I learned to appreciate everything I could still do.”

― Oksana Masters

“I definitely went through a period where I don’t want to say I hated myself, but I hated what I saw in the mirror. I would try to cover it up, and it wasn’t until I started doing sports – until after London 2012 – that I kind of started getting more of that confidence in my body and appreciating my body.”

― Oksana Masters

“I definitely did not like my body when I first started sports. I didn’t like my body just in general as a teenager. Being a girl and a teenager with two prosthetic legs and two hands that were misshapen that had so much reconstructive surgery on them, I thought my world was over – put a zit on top of that, and then my life is completely over.”

― Oksana Masters

“There are two different kinds of spectacular fighters. One is a subtle counter puncher who shows the work like chess. It’s kind of an art, sports art. The other kind is when a guy has blood on all his body. That’s a second kind of spectacular fighter, and people enjoy both. Both kind of fighters need to be respected.”

― Oleksandr Usyk

“I love all sports! I’m always impressed by athletes. I also love watching the Olympic Games. In high school, I played co-ed soccer and basketball. I really enjoyed both of those sports, but I have to admit basketball wasn’t my calling.”

― Olga Fonda

“The word ‘geek’ today does not mean what it used to mean. A geek isn’t the skinny kid with a pocket protector and acne. There can be computer geeks, video game geeks, car geeks, military geeks, and sports geeks. Being a geek just means that you’re passionate about something.”

― Olivia Munn

“A geek isn’t the skinny kid with a pocket protector and acne. There can be computer geeks, video game geeks, car geeks, military geeks, and sports geeks. Being a geek just means that you’re passionate about something.”

― Olivia Munn

“I think communication is massive in football and in all sports in general.”

― Olivier Giroud

“I played sports. The acting thing was just a direct blessing from the Lord, because I lost my discipline to play sports, and I had this really cool professor grab me and kind of take me under his wing, and the ball just started rolling. Another professor introduced me to my first agent, and the next thing you know, I got to start doing films.”

― Omar Benson Miller

“I have a very round mound of rebound thing going on. I was a surprisingly good shooter, too. If I could have any job in sports, though, I’d want to be playing first base for the Yankees.”

― Omar Benson Miller

“Boxing, for me, it’s the beginning of all sports. I’m willing to bet that the first sport was a man against another man in a fight, so I think that’s something innate in all of us.”

― Omar Epps

“I grew up in a two-parent household. We all played sports, all sports, which cost a lot of money. My pops was an attorney; he went to College of the Holy Cross with Clarence Thomas. My mom worked a bit, then gradually came home and took care of us full time.”

― Omari Hardwick

“I’m a black Catholic raised in Decatur, Georgia, which was very gang-infested. Then, I went to an all-white private high school and excelled in sports and wrote poetry, then played football at the University of Georgia, minoring in drama.”

― Omari Hardwick

“That you get booed belongs to professional sports.”

― Ottmar Hitzfeld

“To find a man’s true character, play golf with him.”

― P. G. Wodehouse

“When I was fifteen, I dreamed of living in the big city, as many a young person does if he is artistic and sensitive. By ‘artistic and sensitive’ I mean short, skinny, unkissed, bad at sports, and carrying a C average in high school.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“There are a few things that people all around the world need to admit to themselves. Trade restraints slow economic growth, the euro is not a reserve currency, and scoreless sports ties are boring.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“The purpose of sports – even foreign sports – is not to bore people.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“I have a Stella McCartney Adidas sports bra. I feel like I’m totally comfortable running. No problem. I have support where I need it.”

― Pamela Anderson

“Your child probably won’t get into the Ivy League or win a sports scholarship. At age 24, he might be back in his childhood bedroom, in debt, after a mediocre college career. Raise him so that, if that happens, it will still have been worth it.”

― Pamela Druckerman

“I thought the sports law sector would be boring, but it was unexpectedly interesting.”

― Park Ji-sung

“When we had a good relationship between North Korea and South Korea, we always connected with sports.”

― Park Ji-sung

“I like people who are enthused about things they do, like travel, sports, work. I like being with people who have things they’re excited about.”

― Parker Stevenson

“At the high school level, the coaches get these kids in revenue-driven sports and take them away from baseball. There’s so much pressure on these kids to even play spring football. We need to get the African-American players back in the game, which I think would make it not only a better game, but more exciting and entertaining for everyone.”

― Pat Gillick

“I think the XFL has a good chance. With the way sports gambling is coming to be and the people they have running that league, I think Vince does not want to fail again.”

― Pat McAfee

“Deion Sanders played two sports, and Bo Jackson played two sports. I’m not athletic enough to do two sports, but I think I’m good enough to do two professions and do them pretty well at a high level.”

― Pat McAfee

“It’s a little bit in the genes because my brother is a journalist and my father was a sports writer.”

― Patricia Heaton

“Males have probably always enjoyed watching the defeat of other males, but without the invention of numerals and the subsequent invention of the concept of keeping score, we could never have had a million sports channels.”

― Patricia Marx

“There isn’t quite a feeling you get from playing video games that you get when you’re playing sports, which is like a sense of euphoria. You just get the satisfaction of doing something active and feeling good after.”

― Patrick Chan

“If you look at all the sports in China, the government is extremely involved and they are extremely proud of their athlete.”

― Patrick Chan

“I tried all kinds of sports when I was a kid, like soccer and tennis and golf, and, in fact, started skating to be able to play hockey.”

― Patrick Chan

“It’s great to be able to continue my career in Chicago. Playing with the best organization in sports and the best fans in the game is a blessing.”

― Patrick Kane

“Kids in sports – it makes such an impact in life with the lessons that you learn.”

― Patrick Mahomes

“I’m truly passionate about basketball. I’m not as passionate about baseball as I am about basketball, but I watch baseball and I watch football. I love sports in general.”

― Patrick Soon-Shiong

“Everyone thinks I’m this jock of a woman, but I didn’t play any sports. I didn’t even let my kids play baseball because I was afraid they were going to get hit by balls.”

― Patti Hansen

“You’ve got to enjoy time with your family and friends, and if you’re involved in sports franchises, those peak moments in playoff games. You have to enjoy life.”

― Paul Allen

“Traditionally, Seattle has been a great sports town and great football town. What the Huskies have achieved over the years has been pretty amazing. That’s how I got my first taste of football – when I went with my father to Husky Stadium.”

― Paul Allen

“At one point, I was the youngest owner in major league sports.”

― Paul Allen

“Sports is such a cyclical thing; it’s often feast or famine. But what you try and do as an owner is build a winning organization.”

― Paul Allen

“I have to admit, between the Seahawks games and the Blazer games and playoffs games, we’re talking about close to 100 games a year, so I don’t really follow other sports a lot.”

― Paul Allen

“Your dream, when you buy a sports franchise, is to win the championship, the Super Bowl.”

― Paul Allen

“It’s part of the juice of sports that you tend to find certain sports figures that you cheer on from other cities and others that you’re a bit skeptical about.”

― Paul Allen

“Continuity is important in sports.”

― Paul Allen

“There are so many websites I read; I look at everything from Slashdot to Ars Technica to the business technology sites, major newspapers like the ‘New York Times,’ and my local papers where I live, which cover the sports teams I’m involved with. There are about 20 sites we go to regularly, and I do use Twitter and Facebook as well.”

― Paul Allen

“I think I’ve got such a diverse set of interests – movies, aviation, technology, sports teams.”

― Paul Allen

“Even in the most peaceful communities, an appetite for violence shows up in dreams, fantasies, sports, play, literature, movies and television. And, so long as we don’t transform into angels, violence and the threat of violence – as in punishment and deterrence – is needed to rein in our worst instincts.”

― Paul Bloom

“Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top.”

― Paul Coffey

“Leadership is one of sports’ intangibles. Guys can score, guys can fight, guys can skate faster than anybody else. But not everybody can say, ‘Follow me.’”

― Paul Coffey

“That feeling in the dressing room after you win – nothing comes close to that. You can’t get that in any other career. Maybe in the stock market back in the ’80s when people were making tons of money, maybe they felt something similar. Maybe. But look at the market now. Nothing gives you that emotion like sports. Nothing. Am I wrong?”

― Paul Coffey

“The more violent the body contact of the sports you watch, the lower the class.”

― Paul Fussell

“Golf is a game in which you yell ‘fore,’ shoot six, and write down five.”

― Paul Harvey

“Ronda Rousey is a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, and anything that Ronda Rousey does is going to come with extreme scrutiny because she is such a pivotal figure in not only American sports but in global sports as well.”

― Paul Heyman

“Ronda Rousey is a groundbreaker. She is one who charts through territory that has never been explored before and is one of the biggest sports stars in the world, male or female.”

― Paul Heyman

“The Dangerous Alliance consists of the following – ‘The Advocate’ Paul Heyman and ‘The Beast’ Brock Lesnar. That Dangerous Alliance is the single most formidable faction in the history of sports entertainment. We don’t need Four Horsemen. We don’t need three Freebirds. We don’t need a Legion of Doom.”

― Paul Heyman

“I took the antiquated, outdated, passe role of the wrestling manager, and I upgraded it into the upper echelon of sports entertainment to be known as an advocate.”

― Paul Heyman

“I don’t feel 50. I’m still ambitious, and I’ve only just got my licence to race sports cars. I race for an Aston Martin team called Beechdean, and it’s a huge challenge.”

― Paul Hollywood

“God made me to be a sports player. He didn’t make me to be a professor or any of that other crap.”

― Paul Orndorff

“I like contact sports like football. I like collisions, and I was good at it.”

― Paul Orndorff

“Mostly I play sports games – football and basketball. ‘Inside Drive’ and ‘NFL Fever.’”

― Paul Pierce

“The fans of New York are very knowledgeable about the game of basketball. They love their sports here.”

― Paul Pierce

“Through the years I have received my share of recognition for efforts in the fields of sports, the arts, the struggle for full citizenship for the Negro people, labor’s rights and the fight for peace.”

― Paul Robeson

“I can talk about sports and stuff, but I have a season pass for ‘Antiques Roadshow’ on my TiVo.”

― Paul Rudd

“I’m a pretty agile guy, especially being taller and having done martial arts from about the age of 13, but parkour is one of those sports that I wish I’d discovered sooner. When my nephew first showed me, I thought, ‘Damn – I’m too old for this.’”

― Paul Walker

“I live by ‘Go big or go home.’ That’s with everything. It’s like either commit and go for it or don’t do it at all. I apply that to everything. I apply that to relationships, I apply that to like sports, I apply that to everything. That’s what I live by. That’s how I like it.”

― Paul Walker

“I think exercise tests us in so many ways, our skills, our hearts, our ability to bounce back after setbacks. This is the inner beauty of sports and competition, and it can serve us all well as adult athletes.”

― Peggy Fleming

“I’m always fascinated by the use of the first-person plural talking about sports.”

― Penn Jillette

“My whole family is missing that sports gene. I hope I didn’t screw that up by marrying a great golfer.”

― Penn Jillette

“All good sports reporters know that the best stories are in the loser’s locker room.”

― Pete Hamill

“Sports are trivial compared to matters of war and peace, but some parallels apply.”

― Pete Hoekstra

“Just as sports teams recognize the potentially game-changing benefit of calling time-outs, failing to do so in matters of warfare is a surefire way to continue losing.”

― Pete Hoekstra

“It’s a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square.”

― Pete Rose

“I like Barack Obama as a person. He’s articulate, he knows sports, his brother-in-law’s a coach. He always has the athletes to the White House. But I don’t know about some of his policies and some of these people in Congress.”

― Pete Rose

“I’m a huge sports fan. I love the psychology of athletes and the culture of athletics. I’m constantly drawn to those kinds of stories.”

― Peter Berg

“I’m a big watcher of sports, consumer of sports content, so I love documentaries; I love the format.”

― Peter Billingsley

“When I was a kid, the idea of gettin’ paid to paint your face… listen, I grew up in Ossining, New York, a nice little town by the Hudson, and nothin’ ever interested me except being your usual high school big shot, which I was an’ loved it, played all the sports and goofed around, always out on the street with the guys, everything was funny t’me.”

― Peter Falk

“We really love all sports, but we don’t think in the long term. The reason we did Kingpin was because there was a script we really liked and we saw the possibilities.”

― Peter Farrelly

“I really wasn’t into sports at an early age. I couldn’t wait to get home from school and go straight to my bedroom and pick up the guitar and play it. It became an obsession with me. That’s all I wanted to do was play guitar and learn every lick I heard on the radio.”

― Peter Frampton

“Social cohesion was built into language long before Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter – we’re tribal by nature. Tribes today aren’t the same as tribes thousand of years ago: It isn’t just religious tribes or ethnic tribes now: It’s sports fans, it’s communities, it’s geography.”

― Peter Guber

“I’m apparently attracted to things that are on the edge of what America really wants to watch: ‘Six Feet Under,’ ‘Sports Night,’ ‘Dirty Sexy Money,’ and ‘Parenthood’ were always struggling in the ratings. It was kind of heartbreaking not knowing if we get to come back every season.”

― Peter Krause

“My first obsession was actually sports. I was a very good handball goalkeeper. With special permission, I played in the premier league in Germany before I was even old enough.”

― Peter Lindbergh

“If in sports you have a life cycle for 10 or 15 years, in fashion, you have no cycle; you’re in it forever as long as you stay healthy. And I want to be in it forever.”

― Peter Nygard

“All the minor sports injuries you acquire over the years begin to multiply like flies when you get over 70.”

― Peter O’Toole

“Ease is something that I think many admire in other people, in sports or whatever it may be.”

― Peter Riegert

“Baseball is a public trust. Players turn over, owners turn over and certain commissioners turn over. But baseball goes on.”

― Peter Ueberroth

“The integrity of the game is everything.”

― Peter Ueberroth

“Other sports play once a week but this sport is with us every day.”

― Peter Ueberroth

“I grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and I’m a huge Red Sox fan. I’ve probably been to Fenway 40 times. I’ve been pretty lucky as a sports fan because the Patriots have won Super Bowls and the Red Sox have won World Series during my lifetime.”

― Peter Uihlein

“If you take the autobiographies of great sports people, they are almost always the same. They start with zero; they are always ambitious, know what they want to do in life, and have the confidence to do it.”

― Petr Cech

“Young Petr Cech was sports mad, football mad.”

― Petr Cech

“I’ve been a Colt for almost all of my adult life, but I guess in life, and in sports, we all know nothing lasts forever. Times change, circumstances change, and that’s the reality of playing in the NFL.”

― Peyton Manning

“My dad told us up front, ‘Guys, if you want to play sports, go ahead, but it’s your decision.’”

― Peyton Manning

“I cherished my time playing high school sports.”

― Peyton Manning

“If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.”

― Phil Jackson

“Approach the game with no preset agendas and you’ll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.”

― Phil Jackson

“If you’re trying to get into the sports business, you really have to find a niche.”

― Phil Knight

“We wanted Nike to be the world’s best sports and fitness company. Once you say that, you have a focus. You don’t end up making wing tips or sponsoring the next Rolling Stones world tour.”

― Phil Knight

“Sports is like rock ‘n’ roll. Both are dominant cultural forces, both speak an international language, and both are all about emotions.”

― Phil Knight

“Meeting sports athletes that are the best in the world is a thrill to this day.”

― Phil Knight

“I mean, sports are big, big, big business.”

― Phil Lesh

“Talk radio has almost ruined the sports fan.”

― Phil Simms

“Sport crosses party lines and ethnic lines. It occupies a greater realm, and it’s all the more disappointing when sports figures turn out to be like everyone else.”

― Philip Kerr

“When I finally discovered the ‘Sports Illustrated’ swimsuit issue, I browsed through archives and saw a picture of an incredibly stunning model, Damaris Lewis. Her images inspired me, and I imagined being in the magazine myself. Never in a million years did I dream it would actually happen.”

― Philomena Kwao

“As a woman of color and curve model, I never imagined when I started modeling that I would be featured in the pages of ‘Sports Illustrated.’”

― Philomena Kwao

“’Sports Illustrated’ has set the standard for what a swimsuit model should be. For a magazine that has that much influence to include models of different body types on their pages shows that they’re breaking down old beauty ideals while opening the doors of diversity and inclusivity.”

― Philomena Kwao

“I think girls have a harder time than guys do if you’re switching schools. Guys don’t get picked on as long as you’re OK in sports.”

― Pierce Brown

“Every high school I went to, I joined in the middle of the year, so sports helped. But you see a lot of bullies when you move to eight states, I’ll say that.”

― Pierce Brown

“All sports must be treated on the basis of equality.”

― Pierre de Coubertin

“All sports for all people.”

― Pierre de Coubertin

“Besides acting, I love reading books, dancing, singing, and following a few sports. My favorite sport is tennis. I love travelling, and I see a new place every year. Luckily, my job helps me do that very easily. In my spare time, I also spend time watching English TV shows like ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Modern Family,’ ‘House MD’ and a few others.”

― Pooja Hegde

“Jamaica is more than just the ‘brand’ the world recognizes so well; it’s a place of pride for the people who live here, its educational institutions, its sports achievements, its science and technology growth.”

― Portia Simpson-Miller

“The biggest danger to the movement is that it is getting too big in sheer weight of numbers. Other sports will become more popular in terms of numbers, and everyone will want to be involved in the Olympics.”

― Princess Anne

“The sickle-cell got me where doctors said I couldn’t play sports, I couldn’t overexert myself.”

― Prodigy

“I know many sports fans that don’t enjoy soccer. The argument is that there’s no action, not enough of it.”

― Rabih Alameddine

“I think a big part of our attraction to sport movies are the stories contained within the sports.”

― Rachel Griffiths

“I sort of always had an inkling towards some kind of an art form. I grew up in a very small town, and I just figure-skated. My dad played hockey and I was surrounded by sports, but it wasn’t quite doing it for me. I wasn’t totally fulfilled, and I did a lot of skating.”

― Rachel McAdams

“I will openly admit that I’ve never really followed hockey. Given my New England upbringing, I have always adhered to the Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins mantra of professional sports fandom, but hockey was definitely the lowest sport on the totem pole – even when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.”

― Rachel Nichols

“I love playing sports. I’m overly eager and aggressive and not very skilled, so it leads to many small injuries.”

― Rachel Platten

“I never really hated any particular sport but out of all the sports, I used to prefer the team games to running and sprinting and those types of things.”

― Rachel Stevens

“River is a fantastic club that goes beyond just football. They offer so many sports and activities within the club. There are schools for young players, and its DNA can be identified by every other club in Argentina.”

― Radamel Falcao

“I like a lot of sports. Especially football – it’s my favourite sport. My uncle played football in Barcelona for nine years and played for Spain in three World Cups.”

― Rafael Nadal

“I think badminton has a real legacy with more youngsters taking up the sport. Badminton has done really well in that regard compared to other sports.”

― Rajiv Ouseph

“I’ve always wanted to be in journalism. I even started a course at Loughborough doing media studies. I like all sports, and I am keen on writing. But I thought that while I was still young, I ought to make a real go of it at badminton. So I have put all my focus on playing sport instead of writing about it.”

― Rajiv Ouseph

“If I’d had the chance, I’d like to have completed my degree before going full-time, and sports journalism was something that always interested me. Dad used to buy a paper, and I always turned straight to the sports pages.”

― Rajiv Ouseph

“I’m obviously very grateful to play for a sports organization like the Boston Celtics.”

― Rajon Rondo

“In army, I went to Kashmir and did well, which was a challenge. In sports, I went to Olympics at a time when no one believed that we can actually win. Coming into politics was also a challenge as I wanted to push the youth to achieve gold in various fields of life.”

― Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

“In sports, I was representing my country, but in politics I represent people directly. I have always lived with a cause. In army, it was the existence of the sanctity of nation and the men I was commanding, and in sports, it was the pride of my country, while in politics, it is the rights of citizens I am fighting for.”

― Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

“People love video games because they do things they obviously can’t do in real life. That’s especially true with sports games because fans love to step into the shoes of their favorite athletes.”

― Ralph H. Baer

“My symbol was always a polo player because I liked sports, and polo has a stylishness to it.”

― Ralph Lauren

“I played college basketball in West Virginia for two years, and then I graduated from NYU with a sports management degree because I realized the NBA’s not going to happen.”

― Ramon Rodriguez

“Contrary to the royal and uptight image of polo, I want to bring it to a younger generation. This is a great sport that can have a larger audience and appeal to more people. Sportsmanship is lacking in many other sports that I don’t want to name.”

― Randeep Hooda

“Just like music, sports elevates us to new levels of achievment.”

― Randy Castillo

“I started wrestling at ten. I played a lot of other sports: soccer, football. I really enjoyed skiing. But wrestling just took off for me. It seemed to be the sport I had an affinity for; I liked the individual, combative nature. There’s something special about that. It took me all the places I wanted to go.”

― Randy Couture

“Televisa is the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world, and the steps we have taken, which extend the tenure of our exclusive access to Televisa’s premium Spanish-language telenovelas, sports, sitcoms, reality series, news programs and feature films, put Univision in a stronger competitive position.”

― Randy Falco

“In U.S. sports, you tend to be pretty strictly limited by the size of your team’s market. When we heard that Villa was a club here that might be available, I had a strong feeling that a team in the West Midlands could be the chance to create something very special.”

― Randy Lerner

“I have to say that sports is what kept me out of trouble. No matter the circumstances, my mom kept us playing sports. She worked hard to provide for us and even harder to make sure we always stayed active. Whether it was football or basketball, we were playing one sport or another year-round.”

― Rashard Lewis

“It’s important for parents to put kids in positions where they can succeed and to teach competition because competition exists not only in sports.”

― Ray Allen

“There’s nothing masculine about being competitive. There’s nothing masculine about trying to be the best at everything you do, nor is there anything wrong with it. I don’t know why a female athlete has to defend her femininity just because she chooses to play sports.”

― Rebecca Lobo

“I never did any sports at school. It wasn’t until I moved to America, to New York, when I was about 20 that I actually thought that if I wanted to be an actress I might have to start working out.”

― Rebecca Mader

“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

“I’m a sports fan. I’m not just an athlete who plays football.”

― Reggie Bush

“Fans don’t boo nobodies.”

― Reggie Jackson

“I work for ABC television; I have my own syndicated TV series. I’ve been on the cover of ‘Time Magazine’ and on the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated’ five times.”

― Reggie Jackson

“In professional sports, you live in the moment, and that’s what I love about it.”

― Reggie Miller

“For sports in general, it’s good to have a person in the White House who’s physically fit, who loves sports, but also understands and knows how to run a country.”

― Reggie Miller

“The most successful achievers in sports are people that are really driven and have that spirit of hunger.”

― Rei Kawakubo

“I started my cooking ‘career’ aged 15, almost 20 years ago. At the time it was quite a shock suddenly working 75 to 80 hours a week, without time to play football or other sports.”

― Rene Redzepi

“I don’t know much about sports.”

― Rene Russo

“I’m not that clued up on the American sports yet, really.”

― Retief Goosen

“I played a lot of other sports at school and just one day the golf bug bit me and I started playing serious golf from when I was ten years old.”

― Retief Goosen

“Traveling around, it’s difficult to follow much TV. Mainly I’m somebody who watches sports.”

― Retief Goosen

“That’s really what drew me into wrestling. To see my own uncle put on the mask every Friday to go into the ring, and me putting on his masks to play wrestle with him. It was a whole different world when it came down to sports.”

― Rey Mysterio

“I am excited to join Combate Americas on NBC UNIVERSO, and look forward to building this incredible MMA sports brand and supporting the extremely talented athletes on its growing roster.”

― Rey Mysterio

“Sports is part of the pop culture landscape in this country, just like music and television and movies.”

― Rich Eisen

“We all idolize sports figures, and we see them fall from grace. You just truly never know anybody anymore.”

― Rich Eisen

“In the sports world it’s all about argument. It’s all about having a hot take. The other person has to have the polar opposite opinion, and you bash them together. To me it is an outlier to have a conversation be the basis of why you are listening.”

― Rich Eisen

“Sports is the ultimate escape, the ultimate in reality programming. It’s true drama. You really don’t know what’s going to happen.”

― Rich Eisen

“There are hundreds of millions of people on dating apps every day, but apparently, no such apps cater solely to sports fans.”

― Rich Eisen

“I am definitely not the first person with a sports program to have a Hollywood star come on, but I don’t know of any that does it as a staple of the program, which is something we are trying to do.”

― Rich Eisen

“The NFL is part of the pop culture landscape, so sports fans don’t bat an eye when you stop in the middle of a piece to talk about a new movie.”

― Rich Eisen

“I have some guests who get angry when they don’t get to talk about sports and have to talk about the project they are promoting.”

― Rich Eisen

“Being a huge football fan, the chance to work for the NFL and do a show combining sports and entertainment is truly a dream come true.”

― Rich Eisen

“Global sports tournaments have a range of benefits that go far beyond the games themselves. They can transform the image of a country or a region. They bring people together and reveal new possibilities to a nation’s youth.”

― Richard Attias

“Bringing more large sporting events to Africa would help the continent develop sports policies and at the same time optimize its peoples’ chances of achieving competitive success.”

― Richard Attias

“As a kid, I was a paperboy, and the walls of the place where we picked up our papers were plastered with pictures of former paperboys – some sports figures, some presidents, some military officers.”

― Richard Cohen

“Science has taught us, against all intuition, that apparently solid things like crystals and rocks are really almost entirely composed of empty space. And the familiar illustration is the nucleus of an atom is a fly in the middle of a sports stadium, and the next atom is in the next sports stadium.”

― Richard Dawkins

“I went to every sports contest for my kids. I turned off my cell phone at 8 P.M. I did have to travel relentlessly and had some nights at black tie events. But when I was home, I was home.”

― Richard Edelman

“Money is flowing out of traditional advertising into experiential, social, and sports.”

― Richard Edelman

“If I could have married my wife and been a sports writer for the past 30 years, I wouldn’t be sitting here – but I don’t think I’d be sitting someplace where I was sorry to be sitting.”

― Richard Ford

“It’s not just the kid who’s spent every penny from his job to upgrade his car to tell the world he cares about sports cars, it’s also the person driving around in a fuel-conscious hybrid electric car, because it’s more a message to the world than an effective means of saving fuel, to be quite honest.”

― Richard Hammond

“I have just come from a couple of raids, where we had a very lively time, and some of them had to pull their guns. I found it necessary to punch a few sports myself.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“We don’t have sports tickets, we don’t have corporate jets. We don’t have stadiums named after us.”

― Richard Kinder

“I don’t see the arts as competitive at all. It was a better angel of my nature. Sports is zero-sum: winner, loser, demonstrable.”

― Richard Linklater

“You don’t really grow up until you quit playing sports.”

― Richard Linklater

“I don’t know anything that builds the will to win better than competitive sports.”

― Richard M. Nixon

“You can’t explain the feeling of singing hit songs to an audience – it’s like being a genuine sports star at the peak of their powers.”

― Rick Astley

“Football is only once a week. NASCAR is once a week. Those sports are insanely popular. Horse racing is oversaturated. Unless tracks cut back to three days a week of full fields, a lot of people will really hurt down the road. Horse racing, to survive, has to go to that. Let’s face it: Churchill Downs only does well on Derby Week.”

― Rick Pitino

“But as a practical matter, Detroit’s the sports city in the country.”

― Rick Snyder

“So if you want great sports, Michigan’s the place to be.”

― Rick Snyder

“When you have a background in combat sports, people think you’re this martial arts expert, but really I’m just a guy who is able to do certain things without making a mess of himself.”

― Rick Yune

“Obviously, signing on with Puma right when I turned pro, it’s been a great fit for me to show off my colorful lifestyle as far as where I grew up and how I grew up, growing up on a public driving range and growing up around action sports my whole life. Not exactly the normal road that guys take to get to the PGA Tour.”

― Rickie Fowler

“I come from great stock. I didn’t come from money. My parents both worked really hard to keep food on the table and give my sister and me opportunities to play sports and see what we were good at.”

― Rickie Fowler

“I think sometimes when it comes to sports, and especially relationships between players and coaches, that people lose track, lose a sense of reality.”

― Ricky Williams

“There is a huge responsibility on all of us to get England through. It would be one of the biggest disasters in sports history if we blew it and we must make sure it does not happen.”

― Rio Ferdinand

“Even in school, I was that kid others tried to pull down because I was naughty and did well in sports and academics. Life has trained me well.”

― Ritika Singh

“A good vacation for me is going to warm weather. Being able to go outside, in the sun, hit the beach, play outside sports. Being active outside. Going swimming, hanging by the pool, having a couple drinks, having a couple of your close buddies around, and just having a blast.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“In sports, a team is surrounded with people with different backgrounds, with different races, and with different religions. In order to win, everybody comes together. I feels like that’s what the U.S.A. represents. Everyone just has to come together in order to win.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“I’ve always been a fan of football, always watched the NFL and it’s great to always sit back wherever I can this year. You sit back and enjoy the games, pop a little sports drink – not any pop or soda – lay back, watch the games. It’s always cool to see how the games go down and just enjoy them.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“I’ve got four brothers, so with them and all our friends we had these sports parties in the basement. We’d play basketball, mini-sticks, baseball in the backyard, football, whatever it was. We were busy 24/7.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“In order to stay healthy, recover quickly, and continue building strength and agility, I’ve combined different types of low-impact sports circuit exercises to maximize and expand my abilities.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“My deep dark secret is that I was a nerd in school. I liked the theater. I liked to study. I wasn’t very good at sports.”

― Rob Lowe

“To catch a wave, to stand up – it was just life-changing. There was nothing that even came close. I quit playing all other sports – by the time I was eleven, they were toast.”

― Rob Machado

“I’ve always been physical. I loved sports growing up. I was never specifically a dancer or anything like that.”

― Rob McClure

“I can’t quote stats from another decade. I’ve got friends that can do that. But I am a huge sports fan. In fact, I enjoy all sports, and when I enjoy a game for five minutes, I’m in it for the whole thing. Plus, I do have some teams I loyally follow.”

― Rob Riggle

“The other thing is this industry has decided it only has one market. Unlike any other industry in the world, unlike film or books or sports even, this industry has decided it has only one market and that’s 14 year old boys.”

― Rob Walton

“If you look at all aspects of all sports, everything comes down to basics and fundamentals.”

― Robbie Lawler

“Adidas is one of the biggest companies in the world. To have a company like that, a mainstream company, a major sports company, to say they want me, it’s awesome.”

― Robbie Lawler

“I’ve been fortunate enough that in every form of motor sports in which I’ve competed, we’ve won.”

― Robby Gordon

“I’d just as soon play tennis with the net down.”

― Robert Frost

“Football is football and talent is talent. But the mindset of your team makes all the difference.”

― Robert Griffin III

“People have called me Superman my whole life. In various sports, that seems to be the common theme. My favorite superhero is actually the Incredible Hulk. He’s the only superhero that can’t die.”

― Robert Griffin III

“I learned easily and had time to follow my inclination for sports (light athletics and skiing) and chemistry, which I taught myself by reading all textbooks I could get.”

― Robert Huber

“As a kid I was fascinated with sports, and I loved sports more than anything else. The first books I read were about sports, like books about Baseball Joe, as one baseball hero was called.”

― Robert Jay Lifton

“The world of sports knows no religious, racial or political differences. Athletes, from whatever land they come, speak the same language. The lessons of competition are lessons for life.”

― Robert Kennedy

“I come from a family that has always emphasized and enjoyed sports – golf, tennis, football, baseball and the rest.”

― Robert Kennedy

“It was easy being healthy when I was young. I was full of energy, so sports and physical challenges were fun. But as I got older and the spring left my step, exercise became harder, and eating, drinking and watching TV became easier. By the time I was 50, I’d put on 50 pounds.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

“The game of football requires attention constantly. If you miss one play, you can miss a lot of action – unlike some other sports.”

― Robert Kraft

“When I was a kid, I did many sports. Judo, like my dad, but also volleyball, handball, and gymnastics. We never played much football.”

― Robert Lewandowski

“Sport is a wonderful metaphor for life. Of all the sports that I played – skiing, baseball, fishing – there is no greater example than golf, because you’re playing against yourself and nature.”

― Robert Redford

“I’ve always liked speed. I own a car that I shouldn’t be talking about because I’m an environmentalist, but the 1955 Porsche Spyder 550 RS is the finest sports car ever made.”

― Robert Redford

“I feel that music is such an inspirational form of energy, as baseball is. And especially with Metallica, believe it or not, our shows are very physical. Sports is a very physical thing, too.”

― Robert Trujillo

“I had a friend at college who took being poor very personally. He started showering in the sports centre next door and said he wasn’t going to pay for the hot water in our flat any more because he didn’t use it. He made me and my other friend pay the bills on our own.”

― Robert Webb

“It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf.”

― Robert Wilson Lynd

“I grew up in a very ‘Friday Night Lights,’ sports-focused town. I did not play the sports. I was never bullied physically, but I was called names. I was also an overweight kid. I knew what it’s like to feel like the other, to feel written off for things that were not in my control – my appearance, my interests.”

― Robin Lord Taylor

“I started writing stories in sixth grade. But writing wasn’t cool, like being good at sports, or being part of the in crowd, or winning fights on the playground.”

― Rodman Philbrick

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

― Rodney Dangerfield

“I love both the sun and the moon, day and night. But I enjoy the day the most because I live in Rio and I can play sports.”

― Rodrigo Santoro

“I did all the right things in so many tournaments. But like I said, sometimes in sports it just goes the other way. Maybe you’ve already won so much that it evens it out a bit sometimes. I don’t know.”

― Roger Federer

“It’s not just the NFL. Every other league has a draft. It has been fundamental to the success of professional sports.”

― Roger Goodell

“We’re in a leadership position in sports. People look up to the National Football League.”

― Roger Goodell

“Football is violence and cold weather and sex and college rye.”

― Roger Kahn

“I was showing early symptoms of becoming a professional baseball man. I was lying to the press.”

― Roger Kahn

“Tennis and golf are best played, not watched.”

― Roger Kahn

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”

― Rogers Hornsby

“I don’t want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.”

― Rogers Hornsby

“You never know what’s going to happen with this crazy world of sports entertainment, so I would never rule out the fact that Rock wants to come home.”

― Roman Reigns

“I’m a character and a sports entertainer and a wrestler, but I’m also a father and a husband and a provider.”

― Roman Reigns

“Competing in sports has taught me that if I’m not willing to give 120 percent, somebody else will.”

― Ron Blomberg

“I think Philly is arguably the best sports town – football town – in America.”

― Ron Jaworski

“A lot of the high-level sports are really in your mind.”

― Ronald Graham

“Where is women’s sports prominently displayed with the men? Tennis is the only thing I can think of.”

― Ronda Rousey

“Judo was one of those sports where they give you guidelines but then try to tell you to develop your own style.”

― Ronda Rousey

“I am very slow to warm. I’ve always been sort of a loner. I didn’t play team sports. I am better one-on-one than in big groups.”

― Rooney Mara

“I receive huge support from Irish and British sports fans alike and it is greatly appreciated. Likewise I feel I have a great affinity with the American sports fans. I play most of my golf in the U.S. nowadays and I am incredibly proud to have won the U.S. Open and U.S. PGA Championship in the last two years.”

― Rory McIlroy

“I’ve been looking at companies that are on a positive path vs. a negative path and I’ve come to use the language of sports, winning streaks and losing streaks.”

― Rosabeth Moss Kanter

“Along with my dad, my mother’s pretty high up there. She’s a star! Her interests are so diverse – she’s an art collector and a sports enthusiast.”

― Roshni Nadar

“I don’t watch TV series, but I watched ‘Friday Night Lights’ because I’m a sports head.”

― Rosie Perez

“There’s something about beautiful moments in sports that alters our experience of time. And I’d say the same thing about poetry and gardening. Gardening slows me down. I want to stop and observe everything.”

― Ross Gay

“The NBA playoffs have the highest ceiling in all of sports.”

― Rowan Ricardo Phillips

“Absolutely the worst thing about this job is the travel and being away from family. I have a wife and three wonderful children, the kids are all active in sports and it’s very difficult to up and leave and miss them growing up.”

― Roy Clark

“I always thought the best part about sports was the bigger, faster kids who were supposed to be more athletic than me – I always beat.”

― Roy Nelson

“I think I’d probably shine really well in a team sport, but as everybody knows, I don’t handle politics very well. A lot of team sports has a lot of politics. Individual sports, it’s all about me.”

― Roy Nelson

“Some athletes can master two sports, but most are only good at one.”

― Roy Nelson

“For me, drawing was an outlet. No one in school said, ‘Oh, she can do sports,’ or, ‘She’s pretty,’ but I could draw.”

― Roz Chast

“I don’t own designer clothes, or a sports car, or a huge house, but I am seeing the world, experiencing amazing things, and I have become an environmental campaigner.”

― Roz Savage

“When I did sports cartoons, I used to uh, go to fights.”

― Rube Goldberg

“When I was nine years old, my father went to Spain to work for three years, and I was in Portugal. He has a sports store. I only saw him once a month, which was difficult. I was alone with my mother and my sister, who is younger than me.”

― Ruben Neves

“In a world as competitive as ours, the child who does not get a decent education is condemned to the fringes of society. I think all Australians agree that this is intolerable. So we must demand as much of our schools as we do of our sports teams – and ensure that they keep the Australian dream alive for every child.”

― Rupert Murdoch

“I attended sports school in Bulgaria just like my parents. I attended class twice a day and trained twice a day.”

― Rusev

“The Americans love Aussies, but they’re actually quite afraid of us at the same time because they think we’re insane. Then they see our sports – league, union, and AFL – and that makes them even more worried.”

― Russell Crowe

“If you’re just focused on work, my view is that you’ll never get enough back from any organization, no matter how fantastic the role is, and you have to have a full life so that you really get enriched in a lot of different ways, and that can be family and kids. It can be, for others, sports.”

― Ruth Porat

“I really love mountain sports, hiking, skiing, and I love to travel and get to know different places and cultures.”

― Ruth Reinhardt

“I like playing all sports, from football to soccer, and I love playing baseball.”

― Ryan Guzman

“When you are 10, and you are with friends making music or playing sports or doing whatever, I would say, enjoy that and try to keep that as the model for as long as you can.”

― Ryan Lewis

“I am so grateful to everybody that supports the Sheckler Foundation, and gives us the ability to continue to help kids and injured action sports athletes.”

― Ryan Sheckler

“I was into sports in high school, but I got kicked out of Richmond High at 17, so I never graduated. However, I still get invites to the class reunions… I don’t know that I want to see how everyone looks now.”

― Ryan Stiles

“My uncles and other relatives are against encouraging girls in every aspect, and that includes sports. I hardly interact with them. My parents are more open. They back me all the way.”

― Saina Nehwal

“I want to see more sports in schools.”

― Saina Nehwal

“All sports should get support from the government and corporate bodies.”

― Saina Nehwal

“I read research like other people read sports magazines or fashion magazines.”

― Sallie Krawcheck

“I played a million different sports when I was growing up. I started when I was probably five or six, and we’d just go from activity to activity to activity. I think, finally, my parents just realized that we were missing something in our lives. They realized that it was time for us as a family to start going to church.”

― Sam Bradford

“My favorite was always whichever sport was in season. I think these days it’s almost saddening to see kids who are 10 or 11 and are forced to choose one sport and specialize in that sport and play that sport year-round. By playing different sports… you become a better all-around athlete.”

― Sam Bradford

“In a small town, it’s either sports or a band with your buddies. I was always athletic. But in college, I was exposed to all this new music, and I was drawn to hip-hop and R&B.”

― Sam Hunt

“I’ve always craved winning. It’s just easier in sports because there’s a scoreboard.”

― Sam Hunt

“If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they’d starve to death.”

― Sam Snead

“OKCupid’s model is almost entirely based on advertising, which is the way most online media is monetized these days, whether it’s the news or whether it’s sports, and we think online dating is going to evolve in the exact same way.”

― Sam Yagan

“I love to get home and hang out with my family. My brothers and I love spending time at the beach. I enjoy doing all kinds of surf sports and keeping healthy.”

― Samantha Stosur

“Mountaineering is one of the most difficult sports – we are away from routine life for days, living in tents, and it requires high degree of physical and mental strength.”

― Samina Baig

“I love professional wrestling, and I love sports entertainment.”

― Samoa Joe

“I just want to see more understanding and less racism in sports.”

― Samuel Eto’o

“The plays and sports of children are as salutary to them as labor and work are to grown persons.”

― Samuel Richardson

“The success or failing in one competition doesn’t define you, and that is one thing that any sports would teach you.”

― Sandeep Singh

“I still remember the time when I visited the wax museum in London. While there were statues of many sports personalities, including that of Sachin Tendulkar, I didn’t see a wax figure of any hockey player. I was a little disappointed at that time, and I hoped that one day, at least in India, someone would make a wax statue of a hockey player.”

― Sandeep Singh

“Pitching is the art of instilling fear.”

― Sandy Koufax

“I think life is sort of like a competition, whether it’s in sports, or it’s achieving in school, or it’s achieving good relationships with people. And competition is a little bit of what it’s all about.”

― Sanford I. Weill

“Wherever I go, I now easily get the attention of the sports fraternity.”

― Sangram Singh

“For too long now, cricket has got all the attention and money. Look at how much financial help cricket gets from the sports federations.”

― Sangram Singh

“More entertainers should come forward to support sports. I’d love to see Akshay Kumar in a film on Indian martial arts.”

― Sangram Singh

“There is an abundance of good sports talent in India, and wrestling needs a strong support of a very big brand to endorse the sport.”

― Sangram Singh

“I want to encourage more people in small villages to take up sports.”

― Sangram Singh

“I am planning to start a K. D. Jadhav Memorial International Championship in which I will have wrestling tournaments all over India. I will make a foundation and, through that, encourage youngsters to participate in sports activities. Jadhavji was my idol, and he inspired people like me to rise above our disabilities and achieve success in life.”

― Sangram Singh

“I want to tell all the youngsters in Nagpur and in the rest of India that sports is not merely about winning medals; it is about being fit and healthy. It is not about six-packs and going to gym, but exercising right and eating intelligently.”

― Sangram Singh

“I want to create as many opportunities as possible for people inclined towards sports.”

― Sangram Singh

“I am focusing on entertainment because entertainment is the best way to promote sports in India. And wrestling can benefit a lot through entertainment. That’s why I am trying my best to juggle between wrestling and entertainment.”

― Sangram Singh

“We players are as normal human beings as anyone else, and we also have the right to live a normal life. I don’t understand why people talk so much about the way we dress up, how we walk, what we eat, and every little detail of ours. Players are the real heroes. Sports have both respect and fame, and I am fortunate enough to be a sportsperson.”

― Sania Mirza

“I love team sports – they give me something to focus on rather than the fact that I can’t breathe or my muscles are aching.”

― Sanjeev Bhaskar

“My English teacher always gave me scripts for plays, but I was into sports. My friend said there were small parts I could go up for, but the director gave me the part of Mozart, which was kind of the lead role. From then on I just loved it.”

― Santiago Cabrera

“When I was younger, I was very athletic and I always loved sports and physical things.”

― Saoirse Ronan

“I never really paid attention to sports, which, coming from the mecca of football in Texas, is kind of odd. I played sports, but I was nerdy. Having a single mother, the pressure was on me to get good grades and a scholarship and go to college.”

― Sarah Shahi

“You know, I never really paid attention to sports, which, coming from the mecca of football in Texas, is kind of odd. I played sports, but I was nerdy. Having a single mother, the pressure was on me to get good grades and a scholarship and go to college.”

― Sarah Shahi

“Unless you enjoy life passionately, you cannot be a good artiste. Practise what you like, be it sports or dancing.”

― Sarita Choudhury

“Being involved in sports and having a very sport orientated family just helped the transition extremely well. I guess, in a way, your school colleagues saw you out and about, and you were part of the team you were getting into the Australian way, learning the language. The transition was extremely smooth.”

― Saroo Brierley

“I’m a competitive person and I love the challenge of mastering new things.”

― Sasha Cohen

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”

― Satchel Paige

“If a man can beat you, walk him.”

― Satchel Paige

“In Europe, we packed in Wii Sports with the console, so one way or another, people processed the Wii by enjoying Wii Sports. The unique, interactive nature of the game was spread thanks to the excitement from the consumer.”

― Satoru Iwata

“When people saw how other people were playing Wii Sports, they could immediately understand how different the system was.”

― Satoru Iwata

“I think there’s an infinite number of cool technology sports that should exist that don’t.”

― Saul Griffith

“I’m a runner from sports. I’ve been a runner, but I wasn’t a cross-country runner or anything like that. I played a lot of soccer growing up.”

― Scott Bakula

“My kids are good athletes and runners. They run in a bunch of sports.”

― Scott Bakula

“When I was a kid, I was always an athlete. I played a lot of sports. I played football, basketball, baseball and soccer.”

― Scott Caan

“You get a world-class athlete like Hershel Walker, who was a Heisman trophy winner and did some amazing things, but he had a martial arts background. He did kickboxing. He had a combat sports background. It was just rekindling that training and that martial arts workout ethic. He got back into it and did quite well.”

― Scott Coker

“When you think about martial arts here in the states, kickboxing was here in the ’70s, and it kind of ran its course. But I always felt there was a place in combat sports for kickboxing.”

― Scott Coker

“One of the sports I do – my wife thinks I’m nuts – is open-water spear fishing, what we call blue-water hunting. We get in a boat, and we go offshore, normally about 30 miles. So when you jump off the boat, there are no reefs, and the bottom is no longer fifty or a hundred feet: it’s thousands of feet. It’s sort of like being in outer space.”

― Scott Glenn

“In 2008, I started a sports talk show called ’12 Angry Mascots.’”

― Scott Rogowsky

“I told another ESPN friend here, I love all sports. I can’t think of any I don’t love. I’ve even come to appreciate cricket. Maybe I could play a sportswriter. I don’t know. Anything in the sports realm is appealing.”

― Sean Astin

“Sports teams, people who follow sports teams, religion, churches, work – any company, I find that people just generally have a need to belong to something larger than themselves.”

― Sean Durkin

“I would like to do a sports movie.”

― Sean Durkin

“There weren’t any funny people in sports or the Spanish club. All the really creative, witty, funny people that made your belly hurt were in the theater program.”

― Sean Hayes

“I was a total athlete. I loved sports, but when I realized I wasn’t going to be a professional athlete, I realized I wanted to be in movies.”

― Seann William Scott

“I’m the kind of guy that if I don’t work out, I will get bigger and look like one of the guys who used to play sports.”

― Seann William Scott

“Since the break-up of the 1990s, Russia has not had winter sports facilities. All the winter sport venues were effectively located in countries that are no longer part of the federation. There is a strong argument for saying Sochi’s legacy will be this country will have winter sports facilities it did not have before.”

― Sebastian Coe

“The bottom line is what we do might not be the safest so there is always some risk but we are ready to take that into account because we love racing and we love motor sports and it is dangerous.”

― Sebastian Vettel

“My favorite subjects were astronomy, sociology, and gender studies. And I always loved math class; I have a thing for numbers. I played soccer freshman year and then realized I hate sweating, but looking back, I definitely should have kept up with sports.”

― Selah Louise Marley

“I decided to create a sports club during the Soviet times. It was my dream.”

― Sergei Bubka

“My main idea was to create a sports facility for the basics. This is why I established the club.”

― Sergei Bubka

“Sports life is very short.”

― Sergei Bubka

“My policy was just to give good things for sports in my region.”

― Sergei Bubka

“I have spoken with many former athletes, and they tell me the best time they had was in sports. I listen to them and use their experience in my career.”

― Sergei Bubka

“I love movies, of course. ‘Terminator 3’ and ‘Bad Boys II’ – lots of action. Sports movies, action movies, comedies – I’ll go to those, but not ‘las de amor.’ Not romance. It’s not that I don’t like love, but on the screen it bores me.”

― Sergio Garcia

“The NFL is one of the few sports where it’s possible to tear things down and start again.”

― Shahid Khan

“We’ve just got to be careful – with all sports, let alone cricket – I think there’s so much emphasis on doing the right thing all the time, but I think the public want to be entertained when they come to watch sport.”

― Shane Warne

“I enjoy sports in person.”

― Shania Twain

“When I got to high school, I was going to do sports, but I got kicked off the volleyball team because I kept missing it for musical theater.”

― Shanice Williams

“The EA Sports UFC development team has been incredible to work with, and they’ve done a great job capturing the look and feel of my father.”

― Shannon Lee

“Of all the four major sports, whether you like Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, maybe you like Bobby Orr, or you like Larry Bird or Tom Brady – Bill Russell is the greatest athlete to play in Boston.”

― Shannon Sharpe

“President Trump wouldn’t stick to politics, so he got to jump into sports. So I feel very comfortable now, moving forward, jumping back and forth. Sports to politics, politics to sports.”

― Shannon Sharpe

“I meet athletes from different backgrounds and see they share the same mentality and process as other athletes in other sports.”

― Shannon Sharpe

“I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.”

― Shaquille O’Neal

“If you got the game, you got the game. That’s why Tiger Woods is out there playing golf with Greg Norman.”

― Shaquille O’Neal

“I have been president of the Indian Kabbadi Association, and likewise, I have been associated with various other sports as well.”

― Sharad Pawar

“If you’re not the brightest or if you’re not great at sports, or if you’re not artistic, then you’ve got to find a way to make your mark; otherwise you’re just this tiny little insignificant dot. I didn’t want to be insignificant, so I made people laugh.”

― Sharon Horgan

“My favorite sports movies, I like ‘Remember the Titans’ and ‘Hoosiers’ Jimmy Chitwood, from the corner.”

― Shaun Alexander

“We live in a country where movies, music, and sports are more important than God to a lot of people. It’s why Colin Kaepernick’s protest rocked the nation and got the whole world talking. Taking a knee is a simple act of defiance. Had Colin done it anywhere other than the football field, it might not have even made the news.”

― Shaun King

“I’ve always been a guy who wants to play sports, not watch them.”

― Shaun White

“I always tell people that our sports aren’t that dangerous.”

― Shaun White

“What drives me now is the fact that I feel like I still have so many tricks that I want to learn and so many things that I can still do. And so many cool things outside of sports that I have been doing.”

― Shaun White

“I just think that sports movies have such a built-in visceral, rooting interest, an epic win or lose redemptive quality. When they get it right, it can make for a really rousing movie experience.”

― Shawn Levy

“Regardless of what people think of the WWE, we’re great at storylines; we’re great at drawing money. We’re great at causing controversy, and when the other sports do it, they usually do better. It keeps it interesting and makes it fun for the fans.”

― Shawn Michaels

“In MMA, you’re trained to tune the audience out. In sports entertainment, you’re trained to feed off what the audience is thinking and feeling.”

― Shayna Baszler

“In sports entertainment, you can take your time and digest what’s going on along with the audience.”

― Shayna Baszler

“I remember running at school sports day, and I would win everything, but I wasn’t a super athlete or a superstar at high school.”

― Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

“As a result of Title IX, and a new generation of parents who want their daughters to have the opportunities they never had, women’s sports have arrived.”

― Sheryl Swoopes

“When you look at golf films before us they’re all – garbage or satire. A lot of sports films tend to vilify the opposition. Where the opposition becomes this big angry monster, so big you can’t beat him.”

― Shia LaBeouf

“I never really participated in specific sports or anything, but once I hit 40, I started to get a little bit more active and began swimming more.”

― Shigeru Miyamoto

“I think I was a good student, because I jumped over a school. My main interest was basically history and literature. Sports were basically basketball and swimming at a pool. I was so happy.”

― Shimon Peres

“I don’t like sports. I’m not interested in sports. I hate sports.”

― Simon Sebag Montefiore

“I was the sports captain in school. I’ve done everything – from javelin to discus to basketball to judo.”

― Smriti Irani

“I would love to do a period film, a sports film, or an out and out action movie.”

― Sobhita Dhulipala

“I have more of a soccer dad. He was always the one taking us to sports practice.”

― Soccer Mommy

“I’m not really a sports girl anymore – I used to be a huge sports girl.”

― Soccer Mommy

“HBO is undeniably a leader in meaningful storytelling in a wide array of formats. I’m honored to join the REAL SPORTS team and look forward to continuing my fervor for uncovering unique and impactful stories.”

― Soledad O’Brien

“I watched the Olympics in 2012 in London, and there were so many great performances there, so many people, so many sports.”

― Son Heung-min

“What if you didn’t have education for sports? People with a natural inclination for sports, athletes without any kind of education, without any kind of training, they would just be couch athletes instead of the world class Olympians that we have.”

― Sondra Radvanovsky

“Being a lifelong athlete, I am a firm believer that I am who I am today because of sports. Not only did it give me structure and a solid foundation, but it gave me a sense of failure and how to overcome failure.”

― Sonya Deville

“I’ve always been athletic my entire life and loved sports.”

― Sonya Deville

“I grew up riding quads, shooting guns and playing sports.”

― Sonya Deville

“Everything is social media nowadays, everything is sports and entertainment.”

― Sonya Deville

“In sports, you deal with disappointment often, but it’s how you handle it and come back from it that shapes you. All these lessons are transferable to life and have really helped me with the adversities I’ve had to deal with in life.”

― Sonya Deville

“I have a terrific relationship with Woody and realize it’s full of dramatic overtones, but it’s really quite simple. It revolves around conversations, film talk, sports talk, books, and art.”

― Soon-Yi Previn

“Everyone has those times when you feel like you don’t fit in. Everyone struggles to a certain extent with being cool and popular, but I never really let it affect me. I played sports and did theater, and school was really important to me. I had fun in high school.”

― Spencer Boldman

“It’s extremely uncommon in sports to retire and have a show about you within eight months of retiring.”

― Spencer Paysinger

“Economics is about creating win-win situations. But in sports, someone loses.”

― Stan Kroenke

“As a matter of fact, believe it or not guys, you can actually lose money in sports! I know that you’ll find that shocking.”

― Stan Kroenke

“When ‘Sports Illustrated’ came out with their 50 most fashionable people in sport, that fact that I wasn’t on that list is a travesty.”

― Stan Van Gundy

“I think we get a little carried away with ourselves with sports thinking we’re more important than everything else.”

― Stan Van Gundy

“The NCAA is one of the worst organizations – maybe the worst organization – in sports. They certainly don’t care about the athlete.”

― Stan Van Gundy

“My parents wanted me and my siblings to practice some sports outside school. And since we lived next to a tennis club, we decided to play tennis. I didn’t have an idol, so to speak, but I always enjoyed watching Pete Sampras and Alex Corretja.”

― Stan Wawrinka

“I don’t gamble at all, all my life. I am only interested in sports.”

― Stanley Ho

“Sports isn’t just a part of life. It’s not life itself.”

― Stedman Graham

“So while you’re an athlete, and you have that platform, what you want to be able to do is make it work for you as much as possible, because there’s going to be life after sports.”

― Stedman Graham

“When I first started designing sportswear, I felt that women weren’t represented in sports performance. I felt that men were dressed really well both technically and visually, and women were almost like an afterthought.”

― Stella McCartney

“I don’t do sports, really.”

― Stellan Skarsgard

“My first job was working Saturdays in Sports Soccer in Newcastle. I only used to work three or four hours a week, so it wasn’t a huge amount, but I do remember spending the first pay I got on a new pair of trainers.”

― Steph Houghton

“Growing up, I was always into sports – basketball and volleyball – but I wasn’t really a runner.”

― Stephan James

“When you think about the impact and the legacy that ‘Monday Night Raw’ has had on the media, entertainment, and sports worlds, it’s significant.”

― Stephanie McMahon

“Swimming is one of the hardest sports.”

― Stephanie Rice

“When I was at the ‘Philadelphia Inquirer,’ I was promoted nine times in my first 13 years. I ultimately went from general assignment to beats on St. Joe’s and Temple, to backup writer, to NBA writer, to NBA columnist, to, ultimately, in 2003, to general sports columns.”

― Stephen A. Smith

“My family was heavily into sports.”

― Stephen A. Smith

“If something touches on the world of sports, ESPN has never told me that I cannot discuss a sports-related matter.”

― Stephen A. Smith

“Acting was something I did growing up. I never it took it too seriously; it was just one of those things I got into high school and was like, ‘Nah, I don’t want to continue acting.’ Cause I got into it professionally by local theater, and from there, I just decided to do sports and be more a high school kid and have my fun.”

― Stephen Colletti

“We knew sports was important to us and our family, but there are priorities in life.Obviously, faith is foremost; how we did in school is important. If we didn’t handle that business then there were no privileges.”

― Stephen Curry

“These days, you can watch many different sports; you are saturated with it 24 hours a day. And young boys all want to be footballers because you don’t even need to be that good, and you can still earn £100,000 a week.”

― Stephen Hendry

“Within an ensemble, like in sports, if you do your little job, it makes everybody look good.”

― Stephen Hunter

“I love sports, and I love playing sports.”

― Stephen J. Dubner

“Sports is the common denominator in the world that brings everyone together. If there’s any one place in the world where there is equality, it is probably sports. That was something that didn’t always exist. We’ve come a long way in sports. Why can’t society use sports as a way to bring people together and create change?”

― Stephen M. Ross

“I’m an English boy. I played a lot of sports growing up, but I never had any kind of workout regimen.”

― Stephen Moyer

“Boston is really a small town, and the pro sports here are almost like a college sport.”

― Stephen Pagliuca

“There are times when a sports figure doesn’t deserve sympathy.”

― Stephen Rodrick

“Stephen A. Smith is the hardest-working man in sports show business. The ubiquitous basketball pundit appears on ESPN about 10 times a day as a regular on the show ‘NBA Fastbreak,’ a guest commentator on ‘Sports Center,’ and a pundit on ‘ESPNEWS.’”

― Stephen Rodrick

“As anyone who has read ‘Sports Illustrated’s Steve Rushin knows, it’s quite possible to write an unreadable column without being a TV pundit. But if you want to be a consistently good columnist, you can’t be on television.”

― Stephen Rodrick

“I was never into sports, and my passion was the arts as long as I could remember.”

― Stephen Wallem

“The ‘New York Daily News’ called me the most reviled athlete ever in sports history in New York. I don’t listen to them.”

― Stephon Marbury

“I look at a guy like The Rock – how he started with his natural ability in sports but gravitated into Hollywood – as a model for what’s possible.”

― Stephon Marbury

“Remember Circuit City? Bear Stearns? Lehman Brothers? Sports Authority? Once, all were billion-dollar companies – then gone in a moment. The fatal problem might be fraud or corruption, but more often, it’s simply that management didn’t see ‘over the other side of the hill.’”

― Steve Bannon

“I’m pretty quiet. But I love to play sports. I like playing all sports. I’ll act goofy at times around my wife and my son, around my own family. I like to have fun in general.”

― Steve Blake

“What’s been missing from regions outside of Silicon Valley is a ‘playbook.’ In American football, a playbook contains a sports team’s strategies and plays. It struck me that every region needs its own industry playbook on how to compete globally.”

― Steve Blank

“I’m a Philadelphia sports fanatic. I still watch Phillies games on my iPad, which is basically admitting to having daily torture sessions.”

― Steve Capus

“It is exciting to have two sports teams close to where you live.”

― Steve Clevenger

“Me and my mate used to go across the park, jump on the Met line to get the Tube into Harrow. There was a sports shop we always used to go into, and there was a McDonald’s. We used to go off with three or four quid in our pocket. That would cover our train fare, mooching around Harrow, and going to McDonald’s.”

― Steve Easterbrook

“I pick projects according to how fascinating they are to me, and it has resulted in a broad reach. My records are actually in five different sports: balloons, airplanes, airships, gliders, and sailboats.”

― Steve Fossett

“The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.”

― Steve Garvey

“It was no accident that I made ‘Hoop Dreams’ because it concerned a sport that I loved and hoped would be my dream, however far-fetched that turned out to be. Because of the success of that film, Hollywood pigeonholed me as a sports biopic guy, which led to ‘Prefontaine’ and two cable sports films.”

― Steve James

“Despite the amazing diversity we’re blessed with in this country, schools are still in large part segregated because of economic disparity. Sports are one of the few areas where kids are really given the opportunity to interact with those of different races and religions.”

― Steve Kerr

“I’m interested in all kinds of sports. I’ll glance at the front page and then go straight to sports and then I’ll come back to the rest of the paper.”

― Steve Kroft

“Some receivers are like sports cars: they have a lot of speed and flair. Me, I’m like an old pickup truck. I just bounce around and try to get the job done.”

― Steve Largent

“In sports, stats count. Music? Not so much.”

― Steve Lukather

“I was the youngest kid on our street in Baltimore, and I was always playing sports with kids who were older than me. You learn a lot that way.”

― Steve Mollenkopf

“Golf mogul Donald Trump sports an arrangement of hair that is less a comb-over than a ‘do-over, a candy-floss confection of gossamer wisps that comes off as the clumsiest cover-up since Watergate.”

― Steve Rushin

“Quitting has always been the worst possible thing you can do in sports. It’s downright un-American.”

― Steve Rushin

“A lot of people say they eat, drink, and sleep sports, but does anyone really do it, ingesting nothing but Dodger Dogs and Soda Shaqs and Greg Norman Zinfandels 24/7?”

― Steve Rushin

“Occasionally, Americans in large numbers are moved by a vanquished athlete’s grief. Larry Bird with a towel over his head in 1979 comes immediately to mind. But more often, sports fans do the opposite – they delight in the desolation of a defeated archrival.”

― Steve Rushin

“Outside Buckingham Palace, the Royal Standard flies only when the reigning monarch is in residence. Sadly, there’s no similar flag outside The Woods Jupiter, which Tiger opened in the summer of 2015, spending a reported $8 million to make an upscale sports bar-and-restaurant in his image.”

― Steve Rushin

“I had almost nothing published until I had something published in ‘Sports Illustrated.’ I started there as a fact-checker two weeks after I got out of college and was there for almost 20 years.”

― Steve Rushin

“I had started writing for ‘Sports Illustrated,’ which was really my dream job growing up. But the writing probably read like I was auditioning to write for ‘Letterman’ or ’70s-era Carson.”

― Steve Rushin

“The man who consumes sports to the exclusion of all other things will never be well-rounded.”

― Steve Rushin

“When should a man stop wearing sports jerseys? When the buttons of his White Sox top finally pop, like rivets on a distressed ocean liner? When the pinstripes of his Yankees shirt have grown wider at the midsection than at the top, as the longitudinal lines on a globe?”

― Steve Rushin

“Anyone who thinks sports are ruled by athletes need only think of American sports’ most enduring tradition: Immediately after a championship, as the champagne sprays and the confetti falls, the trophy is passed not to the team captain but most often to the team owner, handed to him by his highest-ranking employee, the league commissioner.”

― Steve Rushin

“The first words Rebecca Lobo ever spoke to me when we met in a Manhattan bar in 2001 were, ‘Aren’t you the guy who just mocked women’s basketball in ‘Sports Illustrated’?’ I blushed, broke out in a flop sweat and said, ‘Yes.’”

― Steve Rushin

“As a kid, I didn’t know that ‘All in the Family’ was satirizing male chauvinism or that Bobby Riggs was a self-promoting put-on. Many of us didn’t get the irony and went on making fun of women and girls who wanted to play sports, especially the same sports that men and boys traditionally played.”

― Steve Rushin

“I’m an unabashed sports photo fanboy, the kind of weirdo who seeks out the infinitesimal picture credits.”

― Steve Rushin

“Yes, sports are very often very boring, which is good and necessary: If games were one long highlight, we wouldn’t have any highlights at all.”

― Steve Rushin

“Compassion and empathy are anathema to sports.”

― Steve Rushin

“Hype covers every surface of mass culture, and sports fans are intimately familiar with it – the heavy-breathing buildup that leads, inevitably, to a first-round knockout or a 30-point blowout or a fourth-inning rainout.”

― Steve Rushin

“Sports and fashion move so fast that I can’t possibly keep my ear to the ground. For one thing, my ear trumpet gets in the way.”

― Steve Rushin

“Stunt performing is a highly structured career path – you have to gain qualifications in six different sports to a high standard. It takes four or five years and costs at least £20,000; a black belt in a martial art from scratch costs a fortune.”

― Steve Truglia

“My whole life I’ve actually been training to be a stunt man without realising it. I’ve always loved extreme sports, and I now I get paid for it.”

― Steve Truglia

“I originally wanted to go into sports, but my first concert was KISS at the shooting of ‘KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park.’ The minute I saw Gene and Paul… it was all over. I knew that’s what I wanted to do.”

― Steven Adler

“I also developed an interest in sports, and played in informal games at a nearby school yard where the neighborhood children met to play touch football, baseball, basketball and occasionally, ice hockey.”

― Steven Chu

“I suspect millions of people from my generation probably have comparable stories to tell: if not of sports simulations then of Dungeons & Dragons, or the geopolitical strategy of games like Diplomacy, a kind of chess superimposed onto actual history.”

― Steven Johnson

“Band members have a special bond. A great band is more than just some people working together. It’s like a highly specialized army unit, or a winning sports team. A unique combination of elements that becomes stronger together than apart.”

― Steven Van Zandt

“Cleveland’s a great city. I love the city. The people here are awesome. They’re loyal and hard-working, and they’re loyal to our sports scene, and things are changing here.”

― Stipe Miocic

“People go into that arena, and they know the fix is in. They know what pro wrestling or sports entertainment is. That being said, they want it executed to the highest level so that they can suspend their disbelief and buy in, and so, in a world of make believe, you make people believe in you. It’s as real as it can be.”

― Stone Cold Steve Austin

“I’m telling you, there have been some great finishers in the world of pro wrestling or sports entertainment. Whatever you want to call it. Man, I enjoyed the Iron Claw back in the day. I believed it was real.”

― Stone Cold Steve Austin

“A lot of people say, ‘What set the Attitude Era up?’ or, ‘What started the Attitude Era?’ To me – and I was allegedly the leader of it – sports entertainment, pro wrestling, whatever you want to call it has always had an attitude. So, why that particular generation got labeled, I don’t know.”

― Stone Cold Steve Austin

“The reality is, like, women’s basketball players are playing against women. And we’re all in the same boat the same way men’s sports is.”

― Sue Bird

“I think, overall, the name ‘The Storm’ in Seattle has just continued to grow. It has now become not just an afterthought that we have a WNBA team here: it has become a part of the ‘fabric’ of our sports society.”

― Sue Bird

“Boxing should focus on pitting champion versus champion – those are the fights that everyone wants to see. The sports also needs to work on developing new heroes and personalities. I’d like to see more vignettes on fighters, focusing on their lives, goals and stories. Boxers need to be larger than life.”

― Sugar Ray Leonard

“I grew up as a swimmer, speaking of sports; I spent a lot of time before school and after school swimming.”

― Sunita Williams

“I have always maintained that if you work hard, it won’t go waste, as recognition will come to you at some stage, whether in studies or sports. You need to have good intentions and intent to move ahead in life as well as in sports.”

― Suresh Raina

“I enjoy snorkelling, water sports and paragliding.”

― Suresh Raina

“I used to practice at the hockey ground on synthetic surface while I was in the sports hostel, so Test cricket is certainly going to be a challenge for me.”

― Suresh Raina

“I’ve always wanted to buy a sports car. After the England series, I went up to my dad and said that I wanted to buy a sports car and got his consent. On his birthday, I surprised him by bringing it home. It’s a Porsche Boxter Limited Edition, and my family was thrilled to see it.”

― Suresh Raina

“I had this inferiority complex as a child, as I was not good at speaking. I was also not good in studies or sports and would often flunk in four-five subjects.”

― Suriya

“When you think of Yahoo, they had a shot to be what Vox is doing, in terms of taking content and distribution, and really focusing on news, sports, finance – the things that uniquely Yahoo was really terrific at – and really build that whole flywheel.”

― Susan Decker

“I went to a football school, which meant that I went to a university that served up education and was simultaneously operating a sports franchise.”

― Susan Orlean

“I have long been one of those tedious people who rails against the coronation of ‘student-athletes.’ I have heard the argument that big-time athletics bring in loads of money to universities. I don’t believe the money goes anywhere other than back into the sports teams, but that’s another story.”

― Susan Orlean

“My exercise regime is a mix of gymming, marital arts, sports, etc.”

― Sushant Singh Rajput

“I love parasailing, taking strolls, indulging in water sports, hanging out in touristy places – especially night markets.”

― Sushmita Sen

“I think everybody has something that takes them away or makes them happier. To some people it’s baseball or sports or knitting or the movies.”

― Sutton Foster

“That’s what Major League Baseball’s steroid scandal was all about, the hidden harm in competitive sports that sends the wrong message to the young.”

― Suzanne Fields

“I’m from Boston: if you don’t like sports, they kick you out.”

― Suzy Shuster

“Working in sports for nearly the past twenty years, I have seen first-hand how gun violence affects athletes and their families.”

― Suzy Shuster

“I love sports, or hiking; you’ll always find me outside doing something.”

― Sydney Sweeney

“There aren’t a lot of opportunities for that rite of passage that makes you a man. War is one of them, and violent sports are another.”

― Sylvester Stallone

“I was a gymnast for 13 years, so I was heavy into sports.”

― SZA

“As a child, I liked to play different type of sport, and I grew up to be an ardent sports fan. I have been watching all sports tournament religiously, especially badminton.”

― Taapsee Pannu

“I really want to do a sports biopic.”

― Taapsee Pannu

“I have always been inclined towards sports.”

― Taapsee Pannu

“I truly consider sports stars as the real stars because they represent our country, which makes them really stand apart. I don’t think I can be one of them, and I just find them extremely confident and self-made.”

― Taapsee Pannu

“Always the notorious red-light district of sports, boxing today is as troubled as it was even in the days when the Mob called the shots. There are too many lawsuits and too few heroes. Absurd mismatches and fraudulent rankings by unaccountable offshore sanctioning bodies have disgusted fans.”

― Tahl Raz

“While professional basketball, football, and baseball players make millions and their salaries represent well over 50% of the billions generated by those sports, the spoils of boxing don’t often make it to the boxers.”

― Tahl Raz

“Anyone can call himself a promoter. Anyone can call himself a promoter and stage a fight. Unlike other professional sports, whose owners collude out of mutual interest in their sport’s image and general welfare, there are no real alliances or partnerships in boxing.”

― Tahl Raz

“When I was little, I guess I was just an ordinary kid. But then things changed when I was in junior high. You know, kids that become geeks become one because of something. Like, they aren’t good at sports, or girls don’t like them. I, too, for some reason, got into things like science fiction and, well, especially science fiction as an escape.”

― Takashi Murakami

“I ain’t never did no sports. I just always wanted to rap.”

― Takeoff

“When Quavo was out doing sports, I was in the studio, what we call the bando, making music, going hard.”

― Takeoff

“Soccer is one of those sports that pulls in a universal audience in terms of demographics.”

― Tanc Sade

“Skating, like all other sports, has an element of strategy.”

― Tara Lipinski

“A lot of skaters hole themselves up in hotels and focus – and that’s great, and that may work for them. But for me, having the Olympic experience was as great as winning the medal. I have so many memories of living in the village and meeting other athletes, seeing other sports, and feeling the energy. It’s so magical.”

― Tara Lipinski

“I’m a weird dichotomy of nerd, sports fan, and musical theater, so I’d love to do a superhero musical on Broadway. But all the good superheroes are claimed.”

― Taran Killam

“There is talk that badminton may not make it as a sport in the 2020 Olympics. We must bear in mind that other sports are strongly lobbying to be included.”

― Taufik Hidayat

“The Indonesian brands aren’t interested in sports people, only movie stars, because they can get more exposure in the media.”

― Taufik Hidayat

“Sports in Indonesia aren’t being supported by the government. The rewards you get as a young player don’t match the effort you put in. I want to be different from other athletes, if not better, and I want to make something good out of my profile and help the younger players have opportunities.”

― Taufik Hidayat

“Oh God, I’m awful at sports. In gym I just try and avoid getting hit in the face.”

― Tavi Gevinson

“I’ve always been really active. I grew up playing sports, so I’m always shooting hoops or throwing the football with my friends. I’m super-active in that sense.”

― Taylor Lautner

“I’ve always kind of had an interest in the drums but nothing else. The drums are the only thing I feel I would be good at, because I’m a very physical person. I’ve always played sports and stuff. Drums would give me something to do.”

― Taylor Lautner

“I always played sports when I was young. I played football and baseball for eight years. I loved football.”

― Taylor Lautner

“I grew up playing sports, and being athletic was just something I have always hung on to.”

― Taylor Louderman

“In December 2010, we embarked on a slightly strange tour of India. We played every kind of gig you could imagine over two weeks, from sports bars to hotel bars to a beautiful outdoor amphitheatre.”

― Ted Dwane

“As soon as we started playing sports arenas, we thought how great it would be if we could instead play to 25,000 people in our own way – a way we can control it so there’s not all kinds of company branding around the show – and do it in a way that celebrates the community.”

― Ted Dwane

“It’s the nature of the beast, playing sports on the ski team and how competitive all of us are. I want to beat everybody’s time.”

― Ted Ligety

“I think what’s going to happen with linear television is it’s going to become more linear. It’s going to become more about events and more about award shows, live sports – all those things that, really, you can’t replicate.”

― Ted Sarandos

“I don’t think on-demand brings anything extra to sports.”

― Ted Sarandos

“I don’t know that on-demand sports is remarkably better than live sports.”

― Ted Sarandos

“Sports is like a war without the killing.”

― Ted Turner

“I’ve had the good fortune to have a much more diverse life than most people would, professional sports and television and news and movies.”

― Ted Turner

“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

“I’m not really a huge team player guy; I wasn’t really into sports or anything.”

― Teddy Geiger

“My childhood ambition was to be an Olympic swimmer like my aunt, but that died a quick death when I discovered other sports. I swam very competitively till I was 15, then I swam for fun until I was 18. But athletics remain a very big part of my life.”

― Teddy Sears

“I’m a visual thinker, really bad at algebra. There’s others that are a pattern thinker. These are the music and math minds. They think in patterns instead of pictures. Then there’s another type that’s not a visual thinker at all, and they’re the ones that memorize all of the sports statistics, all of the weather statistics.”

― Temple Grandin

“I feel like football players are overworked and underpaid compared to any other sports.”

― Terrell Owens

“I was a sports nut. I stayed after school probably three hours every day – from fall, to winter, to spring. I went from football to basketball to track, and it started all over again. I loved all of it. I just loved being an athlete and all that it entailed. It really accounts for who I am today and even how I think today.”

― Terry Crews

“I enjoy sports movies that don’t sugarcoat. One thing that irritates me about sports movies is that they’re like, ‘The magic of the ball,’ and ‘The magic of the stadium.’ It ain’t that magical. When you get hit coming across the middle at 25 miles per hour, the magic’s over.”

― Terry Crews

“You can’t do sports for the rest of your life; I don’t care how good you are. You can be the best ever, but it’s still going to go away.”

― Terry Crews

“Arizona was the best place. I like the competition in baseball, and the football program has been great for the past five years. I think I’ll be playing as a freshman in both sports, and I think I can play with them.”

― Terry Vaughn

“There is lots of enthusiasm among youth of Haryana about sports. They have potential in sports.”

― The Great Khali

“The wrestling is real, all the injuries are real, so much so that in no other sports, whether soccer or cricket or hockey, players get so many injuries as in WWE.”

― The Great Khali

“Haryana is one state that loves combat sports. In fact, majority of the kids who learn wrestling from me are from Haryana.”

― The Great Khali

“It’s a natural push and pull that exists in any sports organization. When you are in a big market and then you win, and you’re up against the Yankees, and ratings are what they are and attendance is what it is, no one wants to go backwards; as a business, you don’t want to go backwards.”

― Theo Epstein

“When I was writing or competing in individual sports, it felt unfulfilling and lonely. When I was able to find a group of people I believed in and liked, that all worked in pursuit of a common goal, it felt incredibly rewarding.”

― Theo Epstein

“Sports was my entire life as long as I can remember.”

― Theo Rossi

“Sometimes in football you have to score goals.”

― Thierry Henry

“Most major sports benefit from the fact that betting by the general public fuels fan interest and boosts television ratings. The Super Bowl and ‘March Madness’ are prime examples. But sports other than boxing draw a clear line where betting by participants is concerned.”

― Thomas Hauser

“The heavyweight championship of the world was the most coveted title in sports. Everyone knew who the heavyweight champion was. And not only when it was Muhammad Ali or Rocky Marciano: they knew when it was Ingemar Johansson.”

― Thomas Hauser

“The single most important thing that sports fans want is competition building to a meaningful championship.”

― Thomas Hauser

“As a general rule, Las Vegas sports books take boxing bets only on major fights.The same is true of most Internet gaming sites. Within that framework, not only does boxing allow participants to bet on their own bouts, it sometimes encourages them to do so.”

― Thomas Hauser

“Unlike most sports playing fields, a boxing ring is a temporary structure.”

― Thomas Hauser

“I’m kind of a sports guy.”

― Thomas Middleditch

“When we were doing ‘Sports Night’ and ‘West Wing’ at the same time, I thought I was the luckiest guy in the world because my two interests were politics and sports.”

― Thomas Schlamme

“The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man’s moral nature.”

― Thorstein Veblen

“My becoming an actor wasn’t planned. My interest always lied in sports such as football, martial arts, gymnastics and dance.”

― Tiger Shroff

“Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.”

― Tiger Woods

“Don’t force your kids into sports. I never was. To this day, my dad has never asked me to go play golf. I ask him. It’s the child’s desire to play that matters, not the parent’s desire to have the child play. Fun. Keep it fun.”

― Tiger Woods

“I grew up playing sports. There is a clear line between success and failure.”

― Tiki Barber

“I did some sports. It was a bit frustrating. I wasn’t the greatest sports person.”

― Tim Burton

“As a kid I was short and only weighed 95 pounds. And though I was active in a lot of Sports and got along with most of the guys, I think I used comedy as a defense mechanism. You know making someone laugh is a much better way to solve a problem than by using your fists.”

― Tim Conway

“We really have some of the best fans in the NBA, in sports in general. Here, you get a consistent base, people support. People love the Spurs, and that’s special. That’s not everywhere.”

― Tim Duncan

“I was an All-American in wrestling in high school, was National Champion in Chinese kickboxing in 1999 and have spent a lot of time around professional athletes, which includes my eight-plus years as CEO of a sports nutrition company.”

― Tim Ferriss

“I grew up a Michael Jordan fan; that was my first idol. But my true sports idol was Deion Sanders: he was the person I always wanted to be. I wanted to play two sports professionally, which would never happen, but to me, that was every kid’s dream.”

― Tim Howard

“I’m honored and excited to be chosen to lead MLSE, a world-class sports and entertainment organization with the major league teams, premier facilities and employee team that rank with the very best across North America and internationally.”

― Tim Leiweke

“But I was so wrapped up in sports growing up as a kid, that I think I was going to grow to be a pro ball player. But I found out real quick that was not going to happen.”

― Tim McGraw

“I was a sports fan, but I also went to peace marches.”

― Tim Robbins

“I’ve been on enough sports teams in my life to have experienced the magic of what can happen when a group of people care for and love each other.”

― Tim Ryan

“At the end of the day, everything is God’s plan, and he cares about what we do. He cares about our hearts, how we play the game, and how we treat people. He’s definitely involved with how we handle sports and not just the outcome of it. I’m proud when athletes mention God in any way.”

― Tim Tebow

“It’s hard to create new friendships outside sports.”

― Tim Tebow

“I want to support kids that not a lot of people believe in. Give them an opportunity to do good in school, play sports and get scholarships.”

― Tim Tebow

“The Olympic Games are always in the head of every sports athlete. We work for that.”

― Tina Maze

“The Olympic Games are always in the head of every sports athlete. We work for that. The Olympics are the most important race. They’re each four years, and everybody wants to show their best performance.”

― Tina Maze

“I have long recognized a link between fitness and mental health and I think we need to encourage young people to take part in sports and team activities because we know it has such positive results.”

― Tipper Gore

“I do not like sports, unless you consider treating all humankind with love and respect a sport.”

― Todd Barry

“I liked the energy of cooking, the action, the camaraderie. I often compare the kitchen to sports and compare the chef to a coach. There are a lot of similarities to it.”

― Todd English

“I liked baseball and sports and Garbage Pail Kids and comic books. I know what it’s like to really adore something.”

― Todd Lowe

“In Boston, they love their sports celebrities. And it’s great.”

― Tom Brady

“ABC wouldn’t be a player in the news major leagues until the 1970s, when Roone Arledge brought to ABC News the energy and programming approach he had applied to ABC Sports.”

― Tom Brokaw

“We hope that the Commonwealth Sports movement is playing a meaningful role in the wider global conversation around tolerance, empowerment, and legal recognition for all.”

― Tom Daley

“I was not good at team sports, I have to say. I’m quite good at individual sports, but I was not good at team sports, so I wasn’t good at baseball and football.”

― Tom Ford

“I love both sports, but the deciding factor was, being a left-handed pitcher, I had a huge advantage in baseball because of that, and I didn’t have that type of advantage in hockey.”

― Tom Glavine

“That’s what’s great about baseball: some people are exceptional at the game, but still, even people that aren’t very athletic, like me – I played Little League! It’s one of those games in sports where even if you’re not the greatest, you can still play.”

― Tom Guiry

“I don’t have the insight with the Longhorns that I do with the two teams that I own, but as a fan and reading the sports pages, I’m bullish about the Longhorns.”

― Tom Hicks

“Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it’s so incredible, it’s unbelievable.”

― Tom Landry

“I learned early in sports that to be effective – for a player to play the best he can play – is a matter of concentration and being unaware of distractions, positive or negative.”

― Tom Landry

“Involvement in my kids’ sports teams is something I have made time for over the years. I’ve also been able to coach all three of them in baseball and basketball, something that has strengthened our bonds and given me indescribable joy. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

― Tom Perez

“If I was invincible, maybe I would take up some extreme sports.”

― Tom Welling

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

― Tommy Bolt

“Sports has kept me on the straight and narrow path.”

― Tommy Lasorda

“My four older brothers were my favorite players. That’s why I got into football and sports.”

― Tony Dorsett

“I got put into leadership roles very early in life from fifth grade, sixth grade. I always ended up being the quarterback or the leader of the sports teams, and it’s kind of benefiting me now.”

― Tony Dungy

“We grew up in the Rose Park section of Salt Lake City. It’s a good neighborhood but a tough one, on the poor side but proud. Sports are big. You learn to fight.”

― Tony Finau

“This whole golf thing was so left field for us, as Polynesians, but he had a lot of knowledge about sports in general. My dad was a genius, really. He was an absolute genius.”

― Tony Finau

“It’s a cool thing to see Polynesians – there’s not too many of us, period – but especially doing well in American sports. It’s pretty cool.”

― Tony Finau

“I was a creative kid; I wasn’t really into sports, and sports in the South are a pretty big deal. It’s like a religion down there.”

― Tony Hale

“I think I’m skilful enough, but I don’t consider myself a naturally talented, gifted sports person.”

― Tony McCoy

“People enjoy watching sports at the weekend and watching motor racing and whatever sports, and Formula One is the number one global platform which is competing regularly – not like the Olympic Games or the World Cup – so the macro case was this is something that we should be part of because it’s going to grow, and it does.”

― Toto Wolff

“Sports uplift us. It’s celebratory, gives us optimism and joy.”

― Travis Kalanick

“Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the life of a footballer, and I guess that is true across most sports now.”

― Trent Alexander-Arnold

“To me, acting used to be just, ‘Get my face out there, get girls, make a little bit of money, make my mom proud.’ It was just like sports. But there were moments in ‘Moonlight’ that I really felt like I had to know why he is the way he is. Or just people in general – why this person walks around with a frown on their face instead of a smile.”

― Trevante Rhodes

“I was given an opportunity to do sports in college and get a degree because of it. I ran track for the University of Texas and was studying to be a petroleum landman. And I was gifted an opportunity to audition for a film during my last semester in college, which I discovered while jogging around campus.”

― Trevante Rhodes

“We can find athletes. The biggest challenge is personality. It’s finding charisma. In most sports, they tell you to turn down the personality. Look like everyone else on the team. It’s the team; it’s not you. In this, it’s the opposite. It’s you, not the team. We want you to become the big star.”

― Triple H

“Because I just like sports, I like athletics and I like competition.”

― Trishelle Cannatella

“There are not many Chicagos, where people go out and support their sports teams, whether they are struggling or not.”

― Troy Aikman

“It takes a tremendous amount of skill to be a football player. And some of these guys have enough skills to do other sports. Soccer could be one. Basketball could be another. Things where you need incredible hand-eye coordination are always options. I think a football player would be able to adapt to a lot of sports.”

― Troy Polamalu

“If you don’t eat right as an athlete, you’ll get tired and won’t be as sharp. It’s simple to drink sodas and sports drinks, but water is the most essential drink to put in your body.”

― Troy Polamalu

“Playing professional sports, it’s important to eat healthy and take care of your body. In the offseason, rest is really important to me.”

― Troy Polamalu

“Professional sports are something they can’t control.”

― Troy Vincent

“And I watch ‘Saturday Night Live’ religiously, I have since I was a little boy. I watch it basically like one of my favorite sports teams.”

― Ty Burrell

“I’m an obsessive sports fan, which my wife is incredibly patient about.”

― Ty Burrell

“The crowd makes the ballgame.”

― Ty Cobb

“Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.”

― Ty Cobb

“I just love baseball; it’s one of my favorite sports.”

― Ty Simpkins

“Sports is remarkably cognitive. I think it’s underrated just how smart it is. Actually, if I had more time, I would spend more time with sports. Watching it, reading about it, I think it’s oddly underrated.”

― Tyler Cowen

“I think our path to the Olympics is a good metaphor for how you build a company. Our skill and commitment grew over time, day by day, stroke by stroke. So, sports are tied well with our entrepreneurial pursuits because you train for a few years, but there is no guarantee that you will succeed.”

― Tyler Winklevoss

“If you give all your effort and all the fight and all the heart you got, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to win, and that’s what’s tough about sports.”

― Tyronn Lue

“Sometimes emotions can win fights. Sometimes letting your feelings out in a fight can win you the fight. When it means the world to you, it’s not just a sports contest – a boxing match for money or belts.”

― Tyson Fury

“I have always been a big fan of combat sports – ever since I can remember, it was something that appealed to me and something that I thought I would be good at.”

― Urijah Faber

“As a kid, I loved contact sports, especially American football and boxing.”

― Urijah Faber

“I am a sports fanatic.”

― Urvashi Rautela

“Since childhood, I was ingrained into sports. It plays an important part in my life.”

― Urvashi Rautela

“Besides being a national level basketball champion, I have played a lot of other sports like volleyball, badminton, kho-kho, and kabbadi.”

― Urvashi Rautela

“In track years… track is not like other sports. You do have track athletes that stay in this sport until, like, 35, 36, but I think when you get to 28, it’s really difficult.”

― Usain Bolt

“My family is more a sports family, and I figure skated for a very long time, so movement and how I relate to movement is very integral to my process.”

― Uzo Aduba

“I go to my kids’ sports games and don’t have to carry the enormous burden of secrecy with me every day. However, adrenaline still courses through my body whenever I go through passport control to another country.”

― Valerie Plame

“Sports are a great place to show that equality can happen.”

― Venus Williams

“Equality for men and women, across the world, not only in sports, is the goal. We obviously have a long way to go, but every little bit helps.”

― Venus Williams

“Tennis has been around for so long – women have been playing the majors since the 1800s. Other sports have not had professional leagues for women for as long.”

― Venus Williams

“Unfortunately the world is what it is now. People don’t get along for whatever reason. As professional athletes, in a way we’re almost ambassadors for peace, because sports brings everyone together.”

― Venus Williams

“In the sports arena I would say there is nothing like training and preparation. You have to train your mind as much as your body.”

― Venus Williams

“I think women athletes who have been successful need to help other sports, those sports that are just emerging. That’s what I’ve been thinking about and looking forward to.”

― Venus Williams

“As an athlete and as a woman, I get my confidence from playing sports because it shifts your focus from what your body looks like to what your body can do for you. That’s what we all should be doing. It shouldn’t be about looking perfect.”

― Venus Williams

“Tennis is definitely a star for women in sports.”

― Venus Williams

“I spent my whole life playing sports and training and pushing myself to the limits.”

― Venus Williams

“My kids have played sports all their life, and one thing I’ve tried to teach them when you lose, you try to be a gentleman about it.”

― Vern Buchanan

“I’m a big sports fan. College football is my favorite.”

― Verne Troyer

“Our whole family had been sports oriented. My dad had played a lot of semipro but never had any opportunity to do anything with it. Back then, he had to make a living.”

― Vernon Law

“I thought my sports career was over once I got into a wheelchair. That was the hardest reality I had to face.”

― Victoria Arlen

“ESPN truly is a game changer and has the ability to unite the world through sports, which is something I’m incredibly passionate about.”

― Victoria Arlen

“Sports is a huge entertainment now, and we need to provide that entertainment for the fans because that’s what they’re looking for.”

― Victoria Azarenka

“In tennis, you can have a bad set and still win. The part of track cycling that is difficult to find in other sports is that it’s so final; there’s no second chance if you make a mistake.”

― Victoria Pendleton

“It would be great to be recognised for my achievements, but Sports Personality isn’t about that.”

― Victoria Pendleton

“I think God has it written down for me, that without training and working hard you will never achieve desired results. All three times I have had to toil my way into the Olympics. Talking about pressure, well that is something you have to learn to deal with in sports.”

― Vijender Singh

“I want to compete in the next Olympics. If I go to Rio, it will be my third time, which is a rare feat for an Indian athlete. For me, Olympics is important because it’s the biggest event on earth for a sports person. I hope this time around I come back with a medal.”

― Vijender Singh

“I was socially isolated as a kid. I had friends, but I wasn’t very good at sports and that sort of thing so I became quite comfortable being by myself, exploring. The world was my private playground, and in it, I was supreme. Darwin, Faraday, Huxley and other great scientists were my companions.”

― Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

“I play some fighting games, but mostly I just play sports.”

― Vince Carter

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

― Vince Lombardi

“Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”

― Vince Lombardi

“Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.”

― Vince Lombardi

“If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?”

― Vince Lombardi

“We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.”

― Vince Lombardi

“I played football. I wrestled. Those were team sports and I played for the school. When I was younger, I played kick the can and stuff like that. I loved that.”

― Vince Vaughn

“I probably follow all sports a little bit. I like hockey quite a bit. I like football. I like college basketball when it gets down to March Madness. I like baseball. I enjoy them all. I watch them all.”

― Vince Vaughn

“Someone might come close to dying, and they’ll enjoy life much more than everyone else. I came close to the death of my sports career, and I enjoy everything coming my way.”

― Vincent Kompany

“I was more interested in playing sports than acting. I didn’t take acting too seriously until the end of my junior year.”

― Ving Rhames

“Like life, the beauty of sports is that no two periods are identical.”

― Virender Sehwag

“No Indian wants their sports persons to get left behind or any particular sports to get left behind.”

― Virender Sehwag

“My parents were very supportive of my chess. When I got home after a game of chess, having missed school or something, they always made me feel very welcome; I didn’t feel guilty at all about pursuing chess with such fervour. They never, for instance, perceived sports as a rival to academics.”

― Viswanathan Anand

“I feel that schools and corporates should help the government in popularising sports in the country. Blaming the government for every sporting debacle will not be fair.”

― Viswanathan Anand

“There are two aspects to being competitive; one is to do with sports, and the other is about technical skills. Being able to recollect the moves and apply them when necessary is a critical aspect.”

― Viswanathan Anand

“In sports, you get disqualified if you violate the rules, but in Ukrainian politics, no standards are at work.”

― Vitali Klitschko

“Sports has given me the opportunity to travel around the world and see new countries and meet so many different people. I’ve gained new perspectives.”

― Vitali Klitschko

“We don’t have any kind of sponsors. The players invest themselves. They need money. They need resources… That’s why, in sports and teams, they have sponsors – in soccer, in the NFL. Everyone has sponsors who invest and help to pay daily expenses.”

― Vitor Belfort

“Above all, such sports as judo, in my view, teach people to relate to each other. They teach us to respect a partner, teach us to understand that an externally weak partner can not only put up worthy resistance, but, if you relax and take too much for granted, may even win.”

― Vladimir Putin

“As far as oligarchs who acquire sports team abroad, and invest money abroad, I wouldn’t treat this phenomenon as something bad.”

― Vladimir Putin

“Politics should not interfere with sports. And sports should impact politics.”

― Vladimir Putin

“How does one control weight? By not overeating. How does one stay in shape? One plays sports. There are no magic pills here.”

― Vladimir Putin

“I spend a little time every day to play sports.”

― Vladimir Putin

“I am the sort of athlete who participates in a lot of winter sports – basketball, for example, is an activity that I’ll spend many hours a week watching.”

― W. Bruce Cameron

“The Olympics are great, but they only truly mean something when the moments that come out of them are bigger than the individual sports.”

― W. Kamau Bell

“We have Al Jazeera Arabic news, Al Jazeera English news, of course; we have three sports channels, and we have Al Jazeera Mubasher, which is a live channel that broadcasts live press conferences and symposiums and meetings. And, of course, we have Al Jazeera commentary in Arabic.”

― Wadah Khanfar

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

― Walt Whitman

“There were two very distinct voices going on in my head and I moved easily between them. One had to do with sports, street life and establishing myself as a male… The other voice, the one I had from my street friends and teammates, was increasingly dealing with the vocabulary of literature.”

― Walter Dean Myers

“Growing up, we played sports nonstop. I mean every single day. As soon I got done with breakfast, I was ready to go.”

― Walter Payton

“I’ve played sports and been active my whole life.”

― Warren Christie

“I don’t think there’s anything that is a greater area of discrimination against women today than the fact that nowhere in the world is there a female role model in team sports that more than half of a general audience would recognize.”

― Warren Farrell

“Men’s competitive team sports focus on the balance between individual achievement and team achievement with the emphasis on team achievement.”

― Warren Farrell

“Kids tend to look up to sports figures and entertainers, probably more than they should, but I’ve tried to use that in a positive way.”

― Warren Moon

“I’m proud of the fact that besides being known as a successful former football player, I’ve also worked hard to establish myself as a successful businessman, network broadcaster, sports & entertainment executive and philanthropist.”

― Warren Moon

“That’s the one regret I have in all the years that I’ve played professional sports, that I didn’t win a championship in the N.F.L. And that’s why you play on any level of team sports: you want to win a championship as part of a team.”

― Warren Moon

“Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.”

― Warren Spahn

“Theatre sports is the best improv training period.”

― Wayne Brady

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”

― Wayne Gretzky

“I think that from the time you start playing sports as a child you see that your responsibility to your team is to play the best that you can play as an individual… and yet, not take anything away from being part of a team.”

― Wayne Gretzky

“The power of a sports team in a community it’s almost indescribable.”

― Wendell Pierce

“The NFL is such a large, multibillion dollar enterprise with fan loyalty because they have provided not only entertainment for sports fans, but memories, good memories, family memories to these fans, that can only bring about good will.”

― Wendell Pierce

“When a sports team is doing well in a city that’s going through tough times like New Orleans, like Detroit, it bolsters this real sentiment of ‘we can get through this.’ And when you have that sentiment, it becomes more than feelings: It’s transported into action.”

― Wendell Pierce

“I can’t say Boston is ‘home-home.’ It’s definitely a place I’m growing accustomed to. It’s such a great sports town.”

― Wes Welker

“When a black person is acting up or showing off, somebody might say she’s ‘wilin’ out.’ In sports, an athlete who really takes it to another level has entered ‘beast mode,’ which happens to be the nickname of the former Seattle Seahawks superstar Marshawn Lynch.”

― Wesley Morris

“I’m not buddy-buddy with the players. If they need a buddy, let them buy a dog.”

― Whitey Herzog

“Never before has a major professional sports team partnered in this way with a female-driven brand like Bumble. It’s an honor to partner with an organization as progressive and compassionate as the Clippers. Like us, they know generating awareness for diversity and gender equality is critical to business success.”

― Whitney Wolfe Herd

“When I was a boy, I was called a nerd all the time – because I didn’t like sports, I loved to read, I liked math and science, I thought school was really cool – and it hurt a lot. Because it’s never OK when a person makes fun of you for something you didn’t choose. You know, we don’t choose to be nerds.”

― Wil Wheaton

“The two major things that changed the makeup of all professional sports are money generated by television and courts that players went to in order to win their freedom as free agents.”

― Will McDonough

“One of my first jobs was at the Boston Globe. I worked in the sports department six months a year. When I was ready to graduate, the sports editor gave me a job as a schoolboy sports writer.”

― Will McDonough

“I think money in general hurts all sports.”

― Will McDonough

“I think it reaffirmed something that I believed in and conceptually always had faith in which was that you’re most effective when you work as a team. I love that about filmmaking. I stopped playing team sports at 15-16 because of acting. I think I find a kind of new team sport in filmmaking in a way.”

― Will Poulter

“I wasn’t picked for any of the sports teams at school because I was half the size of everyone else, but now everyone assumes I must have been some sort of rugby player.”

― Will Poulter

“I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything like golf. I have never been depressed enough to take up the game, but they say you get so sore at yourself you forget to hate your enemies.”

― Will Rogers

“Most of us have had that experience – at around puberty – of realising that, despite whatever efforts we put into our chosen sports, we will become at best competent.”

― Will Self

“If the government announced that it was going to allocate a vast tranche of education funding purely to the pupils at the best public schools, there would be a national outcry – and yet this is precisely what the Olympics represents in terms of sports funding.”

― Will Self

“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.”

― William Arthur Ward

“I think sports are a wonderful diversion. People can relate to sports very easily. It’s a quick study.”

― William Clay Ford, Sr.

“Detroit – and I’m not blowing smoke at anybody – is probably the greatest fan sports town in the country. They’ll support anything.”

― William Clay Ford, Sr.

“I’m an automotive fan. I love motor sports, and I love to watch motor sports. I love it all.”

― William Fichtner

“Every boy learns more in his hours of play than in his hours of labor. In school, he lays in the materials of thinking, but in his sports, he actually thinks: he whets his faculties, and he opens his eyes.”

― William Godwin

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

― William James

“When I was a kid in New York, long before saturation sports coverage, the world heavyweight championship was, with the baseball World Series, the great national event.”

― William Klein

“I love sports, as all Bostonians seem to. I love books and movies, as all writers seem to.”

― William Landay

“If I stayed a football player, my career would have been over 20 years ago. As it is, my knees are shot. I found I got the same good feeling in acting that I had in sports, but I found I could have a more profound impact on people.”

― William Petersen

“The only consistent hobby I’ve had is studying Spanish and French because of some delusion of grandeur to work around the world. I love sports but usually I’m looking for the next job.”

― William Sanderson

“I watch movies and sports. I can count on the fingers of my hand the number of times I have watched an hour show. I never watch a half-hour show, and I never watch myself.”

― William Shatner

“It’s too bad that one has to conceive of sports as being the only arena where risks are, for all of life is risk exercise. That’s the only way to live more freely, and more interestingly.”

― William Sloane Coffin

“Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.”

― William Wordsworth

“I was very fortunate to play sports. All the anger in me went out. I had to do what I had to do. If you stay angry all the time, then you really don’t have a good life.”

― Willie Mays

“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.”

― Willie Mays

“When I was in Birmingham I used to go to a place called Redwood Field. I used to get there for a two o’clock game. Where can you make this kind of money playing sports? It was just a pleasure to go out and enjoy myself and get paid for it.”

― Willie Mays

“I had talked for years about doing a restaurant with Rocky Dudum, who’s been my friend since I first came to San Francisco. Then Rocky’s son, Jeff, said he wanted to design it, so he traveled around the country to sports restaurants like Mickey Mantle’s and Michael Jordan’s, and he came up with a great concept.”

― Willie McCovey

“I have spent a lifetime trying to share what it has meant to be a woman first in the world of sports so that other young women have a chance to reach their dreams.”

― Wilma Rudolph

“I do like all different kinds of sports and stuff. I’ve taken up gymnastics and slacklining – you know, tightroping, basically.”

― Wilson Bethel

“Nobody roots for Goliath.”

― Wilt Chamberlain

“I have a Ph.D. in philosophy and sports science. At 14, I went through this really tough Soviet training system. A lot of my roommates got psychologically broken or physically injured. Either you came through, or you were out. I made my Ph.D. work in the field of young athletes aged 14-19 because at this age any human is changing.”

― Wladimir Klitschko

“The first thing I learned in boxing is to not get hit. That’s the art of boxing. Execute your opponent without getting hit. In sports school, we were putting our hands behind our backs and having to defend ourselves with our shoulders, by rolling, by moving round the ring, moving out feet.”

― Wladimir Klitschko

“I think we have tremendous media covering the sport of boxing, even if boxing is a little bit lost in popularity with MMA sports. And I think that with the show ‘Lights Out’ it’s going to get more attention to the sport, and it’s going to put more attention to the problems that athletes in general have.”

― Wladimir Klitschko

“Politics is comparable to boxing. The only thing is that in politics there are basically no rules. In boxing, you can get a black eye, but in politics you can get poison in your food or a bullet in the head. It’s definitely rougher and tougher than other sports.”

― Wladimir Klitschko

“Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.”

― Woodrow Wilson

“Recently, my dad has been teaching me a lot – like how to read a script. It used to just be about hockey or baseball or sports of whatever. We don’t have glitzy or glamour-y Hollywood-type talk, like, ‘Isn’t that person great?’ It’s more about the process of how it works.”

― Wyatt Russell

“No one wants to watch anybody play baseball in a movie. What is interesting is what baseball means or sports in general means to those people doing it.”

― Wyatt Russell

“I was a hockey player. I played hockey forever. That was my life and my job until I got injured, so I get sports, and I get the sports atmosphere, the feeling around other athletes, but I never played football.”

― Wyatt Russell

“It turns out that life in the kitchen is very similar to life on a team. Sports and kitchens are about teams. I found my alternate team sport in the kitchen.”

― Wylie Dufresne

“I like sports, and swimming is my favorite. Doing physical exercises keeps one fit and healthy and helps one work more efficiently. I think we all need to strike a balance between work and relaxation. This can keep us energetic and help us do our job better.”

― Xi Jinping

“As always, I wrote songs. Some people cook or play sports. This is what I love to do. Sometimes I can’t express myself that well in talk, so I write songs.”

― Yael Naim

“Some of the authorities would like to remove rhythmic gymnastics from the list of Olympic sports and turn it into art. I think this would be wrong, as rhythmic gymnastics is a true sport – we train around six hours per day and sometimes spend entire days in the gym.”

― Yana Kudryavtseva

“I love various sports, including basketball, tennis and billiards.”

― Yani Tseng

“Being an athlete helps me get those grandiose emotions of pleasure and pain that are involved in sports.”

― Yanni

“Everybody sort of questioned why we get married on New Year’s Day, and of course, the avid sports fans wouldn’t come, because they had to watch the Rose Bowl or whatever that is on that day.”

― Yeardley Smith

“I like action-based sports, and kabbadi is my favourite. I wanted to be associated with a sport on which I really believe in, and so I bought a team in World Kabbadi League, and Toronto will host my team.”

― Yo Yo Honey Singh

“You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.”

― Yogi Berra

“Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.”

― Yogi Berra

“I was always a tomboy. I always wanted to be around the boys, always wanted to play sports – basketball, football, kickball, whatever it was. I was real aggressive. I wanted to be around the bros!”

― Young M.A

“I grew up being into sports and I wasn’t trained to move my body in the right way for dancing. I’m the last one to get any moves correct. In rehearsals it’s always, ‘OK, one more take for Zac.’”

― Zac Efron

“I had no interest in sports so I didn’t make friends in that traditional way where kids are in public school and they go and they join clubs, and play sports. So I kind of had to find my own way to make friends and get attention and so I just was the class clown.”

― Zach Braff

“As a kid who wasn’t into sports, at school I felt almost alienated at times, whereas in the theatre community there was this amazing sense of camaraderie. Early on, we would go to rehearsals with my dad and I was like the mascot for the backstage crew. That was a big part of my childhood, so I dreamed of one day doing a play in London.”

― Zach Braff

“I love sports, and I’m a hugely competitive person.”

― Zach Ertz

“Sports formed me. I was always decently skilled but lacked size, so I had to resort to using my skill versus my power. I strategically play golf because that’s all I can do. It’s the same on the basketball court. I try to get open and shoot it. Or I use the open space on the soccer field.”

― Zach Johnson

“I had good skills, but my lack of size and speed kept me a little behind the best kids in the other sports. Golf offered a more level field. I would have rather played other sports, but golf picked me.”

― Zach Johnson

“I grew up playing basketball and baseball. I’ve always been active because my dad played professional football, so sports and working out have always been a part of my life.”

― Zach LaVine

“Being nerdy just means being passionate about something, including everyone – the coolest people on Earth are passionate and therefore nerdy about something whatever it is, whether it’s sports, or gaming, or technology, or fashion, or beauty, or food, or whatever.”

― Zachary Levi

“I’m excited to join my brother-in-law Ken Thomson every Tuesday night on SiriusXM to recap all of the awesome NFL action, and to find out what in the Wylde world of sports is going on.”

― Zakk Wylde

“I’m not good at a lot of things. I am not good at keeping my room clean. I am not good at eating healthy. I am not good at sports anymore. I used to be! Not so much anymore.”

― Zendaya

“At Barca, players were banned from driving their sports cars to training.”

― Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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