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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
– Albert Einstein

But in a sporting world swimming in hype, corrupted by big money, there is a purity here that is becoming.
– Rohit Brijnath, Country First

You should wear with pride the scars on your skin. They’re a map of the adventures and the places you’ve been.
Poi Dog Pondering, U-Li-La-Lu

At this stage of the game you need to be consistent and keep up to your mates.
Virtual Rugby

Play for the respect of your peers.
– Popular expression

Play ball
– Popular expression (baseball)

Is it better to play a sport badly, or watch others do it well?
Sports Factor

Winners are grinners.
– Popular saying

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
– H.G. Wells

What binds us makes us strong.
Wellington Lions Rugby

The simplest way of having a straight back is to have a strong activated core.
– Tackling, Rugby Smart

Good things happen when you take the bat off your shoulder.
– Expression

Each individual has to be their own best coach.
– John Buchanan, Sports Factor

Don’t be a horse race, be marathon.
– Michael Franti, Everyone deserves music

Many people would see the 70s as a critical decade in changing cricket almost from a civilised pastime, a leisuretime occupation, to when it really became professional. People stopped playing cricket on Saturdays away from their work, and they started to go to work at cricket. Do you think commercialisation of the sport has changed some of the civilities within it?
– Mick O’Regan, Sports Factor

Game Rules:

1. If the game is rigged so you can’t win, find another game or invent your own.
2. If you’re not winning because you don’t know the rules, learn the rules.
3. If you know the rules but aren’t willing to follow them, there’s either something wrong with the game or you need to change something in yourself.
4. Don’t play the game in a half-baked way. Either get all the way in or all the way out.
5. It shouldn’t be necessary for others to lose in order for you to win. If others have to lose, re-evaluate the game’s goals.
– Garry Hamilton, quoted in Paranoia

Play out of your skin.
– Popular expression

You can’t kick the skin off rice pudding.
– Conversation

If you want your voice to be heard, you have to be at the game.
– Conversation

Look ahead for open spaces. Let young people be given the opportunity of taking an active and not merely a passive interest in games. It is often said that our young men are too much addicted to outdoor games — cricket, football — but I think the contrary is the case. They are possibly too much addicted to looking at games, and that is not a healthy exercise. They like to congregate in crowds, often cooped up in enclosures, and that leads to barracking, cigarette smoking and even gambling on the result of the game. A remedy for the gambling evil and an encouragement of manly sports with the physical development and moral discipline which healthy competition affords, lies not mainly in places like the Sydney Cricket Ground. I look upon that institution as the place of spectacle, as the university of sport.
– Joseph Maiden, Director of the Botanic Gardens, Rugby League: More than just a game

The Japan National Rugby Team was once a mighty force that has fallen in recent years. Led by a new French coach, Jean-Pierre Elissalde, they appear to be on the rise. When Elissalde first came on board, he assessed the team’s basic problem — the players were too predictable. As they moved up the field, the ball was passed between team members with a mechanical accuracy that was easy for their opponents to predict, and thus consistently topple. Elissalde urged his players ‘to become like the bubbles in a glass of champagne,’ floating upward in unexpected and elegantly fluid ways. The Japanese team had to learn how to operate based upon intuition versus intellect.
– John Maeda, The Laws of Simplicity

It’s our game. They just play it.
– Fan’s assessment of Australian footy

Confidence comes from winning.
Johnny Wilkinson

They’ve had a good innings. (He had a good life.)
– Popular expression adapted from cricket.

Sports keeps people from worrying about thing that matter in their lives that they might have some idea of doing something about … Professional sports is perfect. It instills total passivity.
– Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent

The weakness in Chomsky’s argument is that it disregards how the very passion we invest in sports can transform it from a kind of mindless escape into a site of resistance.
Dave Zirin, What’s my name fool?

There is no joy in Mudville. Mighty Casey has struck out.
– Ernest L. Thayer

Your conversion obviously tops my try.
– Conversation

The reference only saw it once.
– Conversation

There is not just one way to play the game.
– Popular expression

No one is bigger than the game.
– Popular expression

Act like you’ve been there before and you’re going back again.
– Popular expression, American football

Focus on the next play, not the one that’s already taken place.
– Coaching tip

A tie is like kissing your sister.
– Duffy Daugherty

There’s no crying in baseball.
– A league of their own

It’s all over but the crying.
– Popular expression

We’ll tell you when you lose.
– Conversation

In the United States, soccer is the sport of the future … and it always will be.
– Conversation

Make the nets bigger.
Sportsnight

I’m the pitcher. You’re the catcher. We have a special relationship.
– Seinfeld

Let the games begin.
– Expression

No more standing on the sidelines.
– Popular saying

It takes a second to score a goal
– Conversation

Para el ultimo etapa necesitamos el apoyo del público.
– Pedro Martínez, Noticias 2 de Noviembre 1986

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