Thanks for memories, friends and pithy quotes


Thanksgiving is here.

It’s the day of turkey trots, Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, football, feasting and family.

It is obviously a time for families and friends who are like family to get together, offer thanks, enjoy each other’s company and enjoy a tasty meal.

I always take time during Thanksgiving to offer thanks for the little things that are often overlooked, for instance like hugs and that person who always greets you with a pleasant welcoming.

And I always try to offer things on the local high school sports scene that I am thankful for but many of these ideas haven’t changed.

I am appreciative of warm weather for late fall football games, being inside for all winter sports events, no shootouts in the state championship soccer games, the first look at a field hockey match, the squeaky sound of basketball shoes on the court, being alert at volleyball and lacrosse games to not get hit by balls during warmups and walk-off hits during baseball games, to list just a few.

This year I have thanks for a personal bad time that I was going through last summer. Friends, family and co-workers were helpful and supportive.

Now it is time to test memories and be thankful that I was able to dig up from a variety of sources some sports quotes that might be entertaining on the holiday.

Enjoy while your dinner is digesting.

Here we go.

 You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. — Wayne Gretzky

 If you win through bad sportsmanship, there’s no real victory.

— Babe Didrikson Zaharias

 When you win, say nothing, when you lose say less. — Paul Brown

 Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can’t tell whether he won or lost when he carries himself with pride either way. — Jim Courier

 The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

— Muhammad Ali

 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

 I am building a fire and every day I train I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.

— Mia Hamm

 Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences. — Kobe Bryant

 Winning is a habit. Unfortunately so is losing.— Vince Lombardi

 Baseball is the only endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of 10 and be considered a good performer. — Ted Williams

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

— Gordie Howe

 You win some, lose some and wreck some. — Dale Earnhardt

 You wouldn’t have won, if we’d beat you. — Yogi Berra

 If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing your grandmother with her teeth out.

— George Brett

 October is not only a beautiful month but marks the precious yet fleeting overlap of hockey, baseball, basketball and football. — unknown

Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com or at 303-566-4083.

Jim Benton


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